2021-06-28-Clear Recognition (1 of 5) Power of Recognition
7:54PM Jun 28, 2021
Good day on this Monday, end of June. And the theme that I want to discuss this week is clear comprehension. The Pali word is Sampajañña. Jhana, in this context, means to know. And, and the PA of pajhana is kind of an emphatic prefix. So it's kind of like to really know. And sam, I believe means here means something like with. So with clear knowing with really knowing. And the and so it's important quality of mindfulness practice. Sometimes it's translated as clear comprehension, sometimes clear, knowing, clear recognition, the clear of being the emphatic kind of idea behind it. And, but to really know, and it's part of the art of mindfulness is to learn the power of recognition. In some cultures, I've been to, that people won't talk tell each other, tell other people strangers, their birth name, they have another name can I can nickname that they go by, because it said that their, their birth name is has some, there's some power to it. And if you give it to easily to other people, then somehow they can have power of you or something, it's something you want to be very careful for. The and sometimes many of us can have the experience of English expression is to name something, I'd like to name something or, you know, it's just naming what's naming what's happening is to very simply describe or characterize what's happening the moment or other people are noticing. And ah, maybe Oh, that's what's happening. Oh, I see. That's how it is. And sometimes we do that for ourselves. I've kind of felt off sometimes, and didn't know quite why I felt off or something was quite not quite right. And then I recognized at some point, I recognized that I was sad about something. And in recognizing their sadness, oh, that's what's happening. I'm sad. And with it with their clear recognitions, like the clouds parted, and something becomes obvious and clear. And the kind of the way in which these things are cloudy or murky, clears up, but that's what's happening. And so mindfulness practice involves two primary attentional faculties, and, and others, as well. But the two primary ones, is Sati. And some pajasa, and Sati, which is often translated as mindfulness, I think it's maybe more useful to translate it as awareness, and some pajasa as clear recognition. And that mindfulness practice is the combination of those two, to be really present, have a sense of really present moment awareness present moment, attunement, to being aware of what's happening here. And now. So ability to receive to perceive perceive, for the senses, sense doors to be open. So the senses, the eyes, the ears, the nose, the tongue, the tactile senses, and also the mind. Door is all open, so that we can receive what's going on or perceive what's going on, in a way that is not so thought filled, that doesn't necessarily involve recognition. It's almost like pre recognition, just the experience being with the experience, that Sati and, and then the clear recognition is the clear knowing of what that is. And the combination of those two is what I think often new modern definitions of mindfulness are presented.
You noticed that sometimes what's called clear recognition, knowing what's happening in a nonreactive way, is often called Mindfulness Sati but it's closer to this thing called some pajama Clear recognition. And as I said, in the guided meditation, it's a really implied at least a very valuable art to learn how to call forth our capacity to clearly recognize even what is most obvious, and and sometimes it can be dismissed is easy to be dismissive of what's obvious like that in breath that outbreath that we feel tingling or warm in our body. These are little details that seem like they don't warrant much attention. But what what's warranted warrants attention and engagement is this capacity, we have to clearly recognize where the clear recognition is closely related to freedom, freedom from preoccupation, freedom from reactivity, freedom from closing down around something, because we, that recognition is kind of a bias a judgment, but rather than recognition is opening, to possibility opening to being present. And so this is the art of figuring out the art of recognition. So it's very, very simple. So to recognize that, I feel I feel warm and tingly. And just to, to recognize it, not with a lot of baggage and sociation, or what it means. But to recognize it as a kind of like pausing to open to experience it more warm and tingly. What's that like, ah, like that. Seeing, like, right now, I'm seeing the camera that you're all behind. And, and so there's a moment of seeing of recognition that I've been here now for, you know, over half an hour, kind of looking in the direction times with the camera. But until this moment, I hadn't really clearly recognize it, it's Oh, so it stands out a little bit in highlight. And it's more like, Oh, look at that, as opposed to, oh, no, the camera or something. So all it's a camera. And then I have a monitor in front of underneath that. So I can see what's happening here on the chat and stuff. So so you know, see the light and the color and, and things. And, and now I feel thirsty, so to clearly recognize that thirst and then maybe do something about it.
And so there's a story in my book, the book of stories called the monastery within. And it's a story about a very famous sage, who lives deep deep in the mountains. And there's no rows that take you there and just some trails, mountain trails, and the person seems that as a reputation of having just the right thing for everybody. If you go tell this person, your troubles and your challenges, and he seems to always have the right, everyone leaves satisfied, I thought that was perfect for me. And and that's my best bet you must have great intuition, great understanding. And so people would do the trek at some time would take three days of hiking into the mountains, and three days out. And because people some people were really desperate to find out, you know, support help for their challenges in their life, they made that Trek. And when they found him, the sage would sit and listen. sometimes they'd listened for 15 minutes, sometimes an hour, sometimes hours as people kind of loaded and told the stories that they were concerned with. And they're safe to say much. Just took it all in. And then at some point the sage person would stop talking and then Sage would nod and K would indicate indicated the sage now really wanted to think deeply about this and really reflect and come up with some really wise thing. But before it before, he would say his words, there was always a requirement that the person who was asking for support, guidance, whatever he said, would not be told anyone else. So just very personal for that person. And it turns out, the person always said the same thing to everyone. The same thing and that is the thing that he said what he always said, What are you not paying attention to? What or you're not recognizing and then people some people are often disappointed. That's what he has to say but okay. gave him the benefit of the doubt and then they leave But they had to spend three days hiking out of the mountain. And it would echo in their mind. How, what are you not recognizing. And over those three days, all kinds of possibilities, all kinds of things they hadn't been noticing, came up and came up. And by the time they came out of the mountains, they were transformed, they had received something powerful that it changed them for the better. So this power of recognition, to really, when we sit and meditate, to clearly not only be present for the experience, but there recognize it, and to do with no way that's relaxing, that's calming as opposed to agitating. But do it in a way that is so clear, that we're no longer being swept along in the mind stream of thoughts are no longer admired or absorbed in the world of emotions. It's almost like taking a step back out of the mud, out of the mire, out of the preoccupation, stepping out of it, and looking back at it and saying, oh, preoccupation, thinking or this is thinking or anger, sadness, this is anger, this is sadness. And, and the art of is is to kind of explorance use the word, the recognition, until you really feel the kind of freedom the kind of separation, not aloofness, not kind of distance, but separations were not caught in something, their release, and then and then then mindfulness, the awareness to being present as a whole different quality of, of movement. And then mindfulness can do its work, it can unfold best, when we're not kind of lost in the stream of thought or stream of emotion. So clear recognition. That's the theme for this week. And I'll talk about different aspects of clear recognition. And for these next 24 hours, you might experiment with seeing if you can discover some of the power of recognition of how it's supportive and helpful. And look how you can recognize what's happening even what's obvious. He missed what you already know. But you haven't really recognized it, what it's like to really stop,
pause and recognize and if you care to, you could also explore, carry with you. The sages question what do you not recognizing and see if that's interesting for you. So, thank you all very much and I look forward to this week. Together with you