Growing Older isn’t for Sissies!- I recall this excellent bumper sticker making the models a couple of years back. Unless of course existence finishes tragically, all of a sudden, we’ll all experience senior years and caused by senior years, that is dying.
When we live lengthy enough, in order to dying via senior years, we start losing things. Possibly our mobility, our overall health, our energy, our memory, our parents, our buddies and partners, our siblings and siblings, and even perhaps a lot of our children who die before we all do.
Many occasions, we eventually might even lose our making it through children’s respect because they shoulder the extra financial, physical and mental burdens of being careful people, that, when stacked on the top of the other issues and duties, turns into a huge burden.
And sooner or later, although we hold this off as lengthy as you possibly can, we may lose our self-esteem our reason behind living. We might even lose our future once we find ourselves relaxing in our rocking chairs cherishing the traditional days of history all of which are we have left now.
It’s at this time, as whatsoever sensitive and intelligent, that people might question if this sounds like all there’s to existence, a existence which has passed by so quickly that it’s now basically a blur.
But it is far too late to complete any looking into now in to the concept of existence. We simply not have the energy. Our fate continues to be cast. The negative and positive kamma we have designed for inside us an eternity of activity will shortly dictate our destination once we are hurtled into our next existence.
That which was our lifestyle? All we must do is think back at what we should did every single day to determine where we’re going. That which was our degree of awareness? What were our methods in existence? What were our ambitions? This is actually the level where we’ll seek our new existence which is going to be our methods next time around.
The issue is if our methods were basically targeted at seeking endless pleasure, comfort and satisfaction to live in and individuals around us, we may have burned up all of our good kamma from previous existences. Then, such as the mighty gods who’ve it so cozy they think that their constant pleasures can last forever, we’ll fall from your deluded feeling of security no in a different way compared to Gods will fall using their temporary heavens when their good kamma is burned up.
Since these existences are impermanent, the Buddha described how you can transcend existence altogether, whether that existence is incorporated in the human realm or even the god area. Eventually, when we just enjoy our good kamma – our best of luck as they say – that kamma will ultimately exhaust itself. Unless of course we go to whichever good kamma we’ve gathered to free ourselves from existence, instead of simply taking pleasure in it, our future existences is going to be uncertain and perhaps a lot more demanding and difficult than our present existence.
The Buddha stated the tears we’ve cried within our past existences would fill the oceans. And also the tears we’ll cry later on might even be greater. Therefore, is not it time to get away from this endless cycle of senior years and dying?
Senior years and dying relies upon birth. Unless of course we’re born, there won’t be any senior years and dying. What exactly causes birth? That’s, what can cause our awareness, when launched at dying, to find another form to continue existence?
The psychic and spiritual impetus with this transference of awareness in one lifetime to a different, one form to a different, is our need to live. We hang on to our physiques and minds, we are affixed to our physiques and minds, and therefore, a effective desire continues at dying to in some way continue. This really is known as the thirst for existence within the form realm.
So, so how exactly does this excellent longing for continuance in our -selves- happen?
It starts with this altered look at existence. We have seen existence as desirable, fun, and . . . really we sex life! In comparison, the Buddha stated that existence is -Dukkha,- suffering.
We see existence as something permanent, that people and also the things and individuals around us won’t ever change. We purchase a new vehicle rather than think that it’ll soon become worn-out, unfashionable, and obsolete. We decide someone in existence rather than consider that she or he will quickly become old and unhealthy. We live existence within the fast lane rather than begin to see the long-term effects until it is almost always past too far. The Buddha stated -Anicca,- that things in material existence change.
And also the most insidious factor we get me wrong, the quintessence of this which catapults us into one lifetime to another of endless births and deaths, may be the mistaken, deluded concept that there’s someone behind everything, just a little guy or lady, just a little self that’s charge of everything. The Buddha stated, -Anatta.- There’s no self, there’s no soul.
The realization that there’s no self, that there’s no ongoing soul, that everything changes and that we can’t control anything for lengthy, and additional that existence is constant stress and discontent that must definitely be worked with forever – these simple facts, when understood within the heart, would be the things that free us from future existences. Understanding this stuff require a lot more than intellectual consideration, nevertheless it needs a change in awareness. And each time we change our awareness, we alter our future within the next lifetime.
When our awareness changes, we discover ourselves leaning toward another lifestyle from your previous one. Usually, the brand new lifestyle is a lot simpler, easier, and also the methods change too.
Methods of acquiring pleasure and luxury become methods of finding what doesn’t change, what doesn’t result in discontent and stress, which which knows in a very deep level the thought of self, the thought of ego, and subsequently seeks to dissolve that delusion which will keep your brain jailed and circulating in one existence to a different.
Quite simply, we undertake a brand new strategy that’ll be there for all of us once the finish comes, and which we always face alone. If you’re involved with a terrible vehicle accident tomorrow where the body is pinned and also the bloodstream is flowing so quick you know you’ve merely a couple of minutes to reside . . . what will probably be your refuge? Your folks? Your partner? Your kids? Your home? Your job? Your understanding and game titles? Your religion?
This new technique to face dying with courage and calmness calls for what’s generally known as spiritual training. It’s a voluntary responsibility that may simply be went after having a mind that’s strategizing toward liberation. A mind which has not moved awareness and it is still caught in the concept that worldly things and individuals will in some way create happiness if all of our methods and combinations exercise, fails to deliver from the necessary courage and conviction needed to deepen working out for an extent that strategizing ceases. When all strategizing ceases, this really is release.
Full release may be the complete freedom the Buddha known as enlightenment. All his teachings, that have been not religious nor did they rely on belief or belief, were targeted either directly or not directly only at that objective of liberation.
As a person’s awareness changes over and over, much deeper and much deeper, so that as a person’s mind catches onto the incredible potentiality of liberation, worldly pleasures and methods naturally fall away before the mind becomes one-pointed and focused toward this ultimate freedom.
The awareness degree of the unrefined, unliberated mind is among very coarse oscillations. Because the mind knows at much deeper and much deeper awareness levels, these oscillations become increasingly more subtle before the mind barely vibrates whatsoever. This really is incredible stillness where nothing moves, the thoughts are fully aware and awake. This is when a mind, that’s no more susceptible to the endless models of birth and dying, naturally resides, filled with creativeness, insight and potentiality.
This type of mind reaches beyond all material and non-material forms along with the formless, beyond all that may be considered, beyond origins and ending, beyond some time and space, beyond discontent, beyond ego, beyond change.
This can be a liberated mind.
E. Raymond Rock (anagarika eddie) is really a meditation teacher in the DhammaRocksprings Theravada Buddhist Meditation Retreat Center: dhammarocksprings.org and author of -Annually to Enlightenment: His 33 many years of meditation experience has had him across four continents including two stopovers in Thailand where he practiced within the remote northeast forests being an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk. He resided at Wat Pah Nanachat under Ajahn Chah, at Wat Pah Baan Taad under Ajahn Maha Boowa, and also at Wat Pah Daan Wi Weg under Ajahn Tui. He was really a postulant at Shasta Abbey, a Zen Buddhist monastery in northern California under Roshi Kennett along with a Theravada Buddhist anagarika at both Amaravati Monastery within the United kingdom and Bodhinyanarama Monastery in Nz, both under Ajahn Sumedho. The writer has meditated using the Korean Master Sueng Sahn Sunim with Bhante Gunaratana in the Bhavana Society in West Virginia along with the Tibetan Master Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, Colorado. He’s also practiced in the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and also the Zen Center in Bay Area.