2021-07-01-Clear Recognition (4 of 5) Comprehension of the Pasture
8:11PM Jul 1, 2021
So for today's talk on clear comprehension, sampajāna, clear recognition. I would like to I'm happy to talk about the third form of clear comprehension, which is clear understanding clear recognition of the pasture, and pasture strange expression. But it's this is my I think my favorite of the clear comprehensions. And pasture refers to its where does it go? Cara, gocara. In Pali go is the Pali word for cow. And probably it's a cognate kind of indo European languages have the same source. And cara means where the course the chariot, the chariot, but the, the course the place, the place, the location, the field, the place where the cows go, to eat. So pasture. And so it weren't what what what feeds us what nourishes us? And, and so I didn't recognize in as we do our activities, what is the pasture, where's the nourishment that can come from anything that we do? The because everything we do in a sense is conditioning us everything we do. Isn't is the nourishment for something. And if we are constantly complaining, constantly being afraid, anxious constantly thinking about all the things we want, and fantasizing about all kinds of desires that we can.
It's really freezing a lot. I wonder. So I'll just try to go ahead and we'll try to fix it. And so the so it must been specifically the pasture in know, is the four foundations of mindfulness, that the body is a pasture for we get nourished and supported, if we know how to bring attention to it, the attention to the feeling tones of experience, to the mind states, to the demos, the mental activities that go on in the mind, all these things are nourishment, for ourselves, but the way at their nourishment is when we're aware of them, in and of themselves, the body in the body, the feelings and the feelings, the mind states in the mind states and the mental activities in the mental activities. And what this means is that kind of expression from the suit does. And what what this means is that we're aware through the vehicle through the through the channels of direct experience through these four means not through the thinking, the proliferation of thoughts, the ruminations, the fantasies, the complaining, the anxiety, producing thoughts that might be spinning around for us. And those are not nourishing. And even if the thoughts are wholesome, they might not be the place of the greatest nourishment. But to be aware of whatever is happening through the channel of the body, and to learn how to through the body feel things in a way that feels wholesome. So it's how we're aware that's important. But we can discover that sometimes through the body, and the body becomes a spit pasture. We can become aware of it through the feeling tones, whether things are pleasant or unpleasant, and even unpleasant things. There's a way of knowing it a way of being present for it, that oddly enough can be beneficial and nourishing. If you're aware of unpleasant, unpleasant, and we're reacting to it, then contracting around it and angry with it or despairing around it, then it's not nourishing. But if the if we go through it and just feel the unpleasantness, the unpleasantness and unpleasantness, independent of our reactivity, oddly enough, that those unpleasant things begin entering into the beneficial mode that provides good good conditioning for us good food for us in a certain kind of way, because we becoming free of it. And then the, if we're aware of the mind state that's present. So it's all having to do with present moment awareness of the mind state. And that present moment, as soon as we're aware and clearly recognize the present moment, this of the mind state, that recognition is no longer caught up in the other pasture, we can walk in the pasture of, you know, as I said, rumination, complete complaining judgments, fear, anxiety, the thoughts that are spinning and pulling us around. Negative self thinking is very harmful. And it isn't that we should just push it away or be aversive to it. The magic of mindfulness practice is that we recognize that that's there. But we don't feed there, we don't let it influence us. And one way to do that is to know where the pasture is a clear comprehension of the pasture, of a good place to be, to be aware through the body, where feelings in feelings, to be aware, without, through the without the channel, of the spinning thoughts that we might have. And at different times, different pastures are the most beneficial. Sometimes the best pasture is that think is the body. And we just really aware and sense and feel through the body. Sometimes the pasture best pastures, the recognizing the feeling tones, the pleasant unpleasantness and neutrality of the experience. Sometimes just be aware of the mind, state, the attitude, how the mind how awareness holds it. And sometimes it's better to be aware of the the, the operating of the mind, attachments, that clinging, the freedom, the the different, wonderful qualities of mind that are present. And so to have clear comprehension of the pasture,
where we feed from, and as I said, for the Buddha, the best pastures, the four foundations of mindfulness, and then I'll repeat, because it's so important. How we're aware is where the nerve best nourishment comes. And so if we don't have to avoid paying attention to what's difficult, but how we're aware of it, is that is the point. And if we're aware of it through the East for pastures, it can be beneficial in nourishing the awareness, not the negative states of mind, nothing negative thinking, it's how we're aware, which is nourishing. But then it's a little different with wholesome states beneficial states, then there's a kind of a double benefit, that the how we're aware of them would also that wherever that greed or holding on or expectations, but how we're aware of them is, is beneficial, and they themselves make good food, they themselves are good conditioning. So it's a way of not being conditioned by the negative, but to make room to be conditioned by the positive. All in the service in nutritional Buddha sense of developing greater and greater strength of mindfulness, stability, of attention in the present moment, on the way to becoming free. And if we can become free and how we see become free and how we're aware, our our attention to others can become a gift. People can trust us that when we're present with them, that we don't have agendas of our own that we're imposing on them. We're there to see to be present, and, and share that is common human experience of being alive in this in this challenging and wondrous world. So thank you very much and, and how we're aware of the challenges of the YouTube and sound. That's the art of it, not whether or not the video is choppy or not. But we'll see if we can get it fixed for tomorrow. Thank you