camerata 518 Posted February 4, 2011 Share Posted February 4, 2011 In his talk this week, Sayadaw U Jotika brought up the part of the Kalama Sutta in which the Buddha says: "Kalamas, when you yourselves know: 'These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,' enter on and abide in them." But he asked, how do we ourselves know when something is good? It seems to me that many people assume this refers to "common sense" or intuition, but the sayadaw explained it like this: After we meditate and the mind is still, everything is much clearer, like a black spec on a white cloth. In this state of mind, it's very easy to know what is good and what is not. This corresponds to what Ajahn Brahm says about the "super-mindfulness" one achieves immediately after coming out of jhana. That's the time to ask questions and investigate phenomena. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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