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Direct Experience

by Nagabodhi (2020)

Nagabodhi explores a common misconception about how we’re supposed to stop all thought in meditation. Thought more generally can be very useful and could even be said to be one of the things that makes us human, but it becomes a problem when it runs away with itself and we start living in a ‘secondary reality’ most of the time. He refers to some of the Buddha’s teachings relating to this, including ‘in the seen only the seen, in the heard only the heard, in the cognised only the cognised’ from the Bahiya Sutta.

He then guides us in a series of short meditations where we come into contact with direct experience, including bodily sensations, energy and feelings, sounds, and thoughts.

This talk is part of the series The Two Arrows: Dukkha to Insight.

Total running time: 1:25:3