09 June 2014

Contemplation: Cessation and Clear Observation

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:

Question:  How should followers of the teaching practice cessation?

Answer:  What is called "cessation" means to put a stop to all characteristics (lakshana) of the world of sense objects and of the mind, because it means to follow the samatha (tranquility) method of meditation.  What is called "clear observation" means to perceive distinctly the characteristics of the causally conditioned phenomena (samsara), because it means to follow the vipasyana (discerning) method of meditation.

 The Awakening of Faith (trans. Hakeda), p. 95.  Punctuation and diction altered.

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