Vedanās: A Complete Guide to Feelings in Buddhism (and How to Actually Use This Teaching To Be Happy) — Part 1
by Anagārika Pasannacitta
(Anagārika Michael Turner)
What are vedanās (feelings) in Buddhism? Definitively clearing up this oft-misunderstood subject and understanding how to apply this teaching in everyday life to practically lay the foundation for contentment, peace of mind, and actual progress toward nibbāna.
Vedanā Series Overview
— PART 1 —
Core subjects covered over the course of this series:
mindfulness of feelings
the three characteristics
the three poisons
the four noble truths
the five aggregates
the six sense spheres
the twelve links of dependent origination
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I will temporarily be posting less frequently to this teaching blog for the time-being while I work on some new Dharma teaching projects, which include:
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When monastics tell jokes, use props, make fun, employ sarcasm, or raise their voices while giving Dharma talks.
What does the Dhamma-Vinaya have to say about monastics who employ wrong speech when sharing or discussing the Dhamma? Is this ever OK?
In this short "dharma bite," I answer this single question.
AUDIO: Tonglen Meditation — Benefits and Techniques to Cultivate Compassion and Awakening [Dharma Talk MP3]
The Taking-and-Giving Meditation: a detailed dharma talk on how to do it and what the techniques, benefits, and results are; and using it to cultivate compassion to overcome your own pain, stress, and suffering.
Using Tonglen meditation to ease suffering, overcome problems, cultivate the brahmavihārās, and attain Buddhist awakening (streamentry)
In this dharma talk I dive into the details of a somewhat-lesser-known meditation technique that anyone can use to overcome mental suffering, physical pain, and generate deep and transformative states of compassion and gratitude. I also cover the importance of Right Effort, determination, and good teachers, and how these are critical to cultivating resilient states of contentment and to making spiritual progress.
Understanding how to practically apply the Buddha's teachings of the Four Elements of earth, water, fire, & air.
Everything is made up of Earth, Water, Fire, Air (and Space) Elements – even in the 21st Century
In this teaching we dive into the details to review the Four Elements of physical formations, what they are, and how they are relevant to 21st century Buddhist practice and cultivating our understanding of anattā, the Buddhist concept of Nonself.
AUDIO: Mettā Meditation and Analytical Meditation - How to Do Them Correctly [Dharma Talk MP3+Transcript Included]
A short Dharma talk on (1) how to do loving-kindness meditation correctly, (2) how to do Analytical meditation correctly, and (3) how they are used to make progress.
How to generate genuine feelings of love and compassion while meditating.
Most people are doing mettā meditation (i.e., loving-kindness meditation) ineffectively. Why is this? Because there are very few people who are actually teaching others how to do it correctly, and many of them are hidden away in Buddhist monasteries. In this article + audio dharma talk I provide clear instructions to make your practice more effective for progress toward Buddhist Enlightenment.
How the fundamentals of Buddhist Right Speech can help you give skilful advice and feedback that gets heard.
How to use Buddhist Right Speech
In this teaching, I share how Buddhists can use the teachings of Buddhist Right Speech and Mindfulness to offer unsolicited advice to others, skilfully and kindly, and in ways that promote harmony, mutual respect, and appreciation from and for the people whom we have around us.
"Sloth-and-torpor" is the third of the Five Hindrances to successfully meditating and cultivating concentration.
Stop falling asleep while you try to meditate.
Do you find yourself getting drowsy or falling asleep when you are trying to meditate? Unfortunately this affects many people. In this brief teaching, we will review the value of meditating with purpose and how to address the common complaint of "I keep falling asleep when I meditate, what can I do to stay awake?" And what to do if your attempts to stay alert fail.
How being free of stress and anxiety means letting go of the things that you think will make you happy.
Stress and anxiety are signs that you're doing something wrong.
In this article, we will cover what the Eight Worldly Concerns are and how they relate to your pursuit of happiness and your freedom from worry, stress, and anxiety.
Perhaps one of the most widely misunderstood concepts in all of buddhism and eastern philosophy: karma explained.
'What is karma' explained by a Buddhist teacher
In this short article, we will cover what Karma is and what it isn't; how it relates to destiny and free-will; and, its relationship to your happiness and your peace-of-mind.
Mettā meditation, also referred to as meditating on loving-kindness, is easy to do incorrectly or incompletely.
If you aren't using your heart, you are doing Mettā meditation wrong.
In this teaching you will find a detailed explanation, complete instructions, and a rich example recitation script of the equalising Mettā Meditation on Loving-Kindness and Compassion. Plus, a bonus sutta that can be used to close your meditation session.
Until you learn how to turn your meditation and dharma practice into progress, you will never experience Buddhist awakening, streamentry, or the benefits of your practice.
How to practice Buddhism explained by a Buddhist teacher - Enlightenment is a real thing
In this reply to a student question, I cover the basics of making real progress with your dharma and meditation practice; how to cultivate it; and, why doing so is so important to attaining Awakening and Enlightenment. Because this is an email to a student, it assumes a certain understanding of Buddhism on the part of the reader.
Each one of us has the seed to be unshakeably happy and peaceful; and you don't have to be a Buddhist to have it.
(Alt. Title: Recognising and connecting with your inner-goodness cultivates happiness)
Buddha Nature explained by a Buddhist teacher.
In this article, we will cover what Buddha Nature is, how to recognise it, nurture it, cultivate it, and leverage it for happiness and Enlightenment.
Patience isn't a reward that is granted by praying for it, it's a skill that is cultivated by practicing it.
In this Q&A, we will learn about how Buddhists view and approach the teachings on kindness, tolerance, acceptance, and patience with others.
Compassion vs Pity Explained by a Buddhist Teacher
Compassion and pity are commonly misunderstood. And this is equally relevant to both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. While entire schools of Buddhism are anchored on the concept of compassion, and many compendia have been written on the topic, in this article we learn what they are, how they affect you, and how to adopt an easy way to spot the difference between them.
Dispelling a very common myth about the Altruistic Intention and the Mahayana Bodhisattva Path; and how it applies to your practice and attaining enlightenment.
What everyone gets wrong about The Altruistic Intention explained
In this article we will (1) learn about the Buddhist Altruistic Intention: what it is, what it isn't, and how it applies to Bodhisattvas and to your practice. We will also briefly (2) review what Buddhist enlightenment is and what it means to be "enlightened."
There's a big problem with the Western Meditation movement that no one wants to talk about. Until now.
Stop meditating wrong.
In this article, we will cover what's wrong with western meditation, how to fix your practice, and why it's so important to attaining Awakening and Enlightenment.
Renunciation is about wanting to put an end to Samsara: the endless cycle of birth, aging, sickness, and death.
Buddhist Renunciation explained by a Buddhist teacher
In this short article, we will cover what Renunciation is and what it isn't for lay-practitioners; how to cultivate it; and, why it's so important to attaining Awakening and Enlightenment.
A unique approach to finally understanding sunyata that actually works for practice, growth, and Enlightenment.
Struggling to understand Emptiness? Read this.
Emptiness is an challenging topic for the uninitiated and it presents an almost impossible learning curve to beginners who are just starting to explore the Buddhist path. In this article we make some sense out of it and understand its place in your practice toward Buddhist Enlightenment.
Despite common misconceptions, buddhists are not obsessed with death, they are obsessed with happiness.
Embracing Life by letting go of Death
What is the point of thinking about death? Is it morbid or is it useful? And how can it be used by non-Buddhists to cope with dying, death, or loss?
What is analytical meditation and how to do it correctly?
Analytical meditation is a very powerful, yet simple-to-understand practice. In this article we discuss what it is, how it works, and why it's such an important part of any mediation practice.
How to practice Buddhism explained by a Buddhist teacher
A brief article on how to use Buddhist texts to make progress in your practice.
a simple sing-along or chant that can be used as a teaching tool or a reminder practice.
I was asked by a student to write a short mantra that she could remember to use with her children (and herself) as she saw fit, so I took a ubiquitous and popular children's song and I tweaked and reinterpreted it with deeper Buddhist meanings.
Forgiveness is really not about someone else’s harmful behavior; it’s about our relationship with our own past. When we begin to work on forgiveness, it's firstly a self-care practice for ourselves.
Forgiveness and patience are critical to being able to cultivate your ability to develop inner peace-of-mind and happiness.
We all share the same desire to be happy and to be free of suffering – so have compassion for others no matter what
I had intended to write about something else entirely, but I experienced something that reminded me that compassion is seeing beyond the actions of others and understanding that all people have problems and are trying to be happy; and, I wanted to share this story.
The Sagacious Buddhist Blog
by Anagārika Pasannacitta
Pasannacitta is a pre-monastic ariya-puggala and a full-time Buddhist anagārika; and he is also a deeply accomplished streamentry mentor and applied-dharma teacher. He emphasises and teaches the practical application of the Buddha's teachings in our everyday lives to overcome our human problems that stand in the way of making measurable progress toward Buddhist enlightenment and he is particularly adept at explaining them in ways that can be easily understood and practiced by Western Buddhists. He has been meditating and cultivating the views and techniques that generate indestructible resilience, inner-strength, and direct experience for almost 30 years and has helped countless numbers of students and peers enhance and course-correct their practice to make veritable progress along the path toward Nibbāna.
do good. be kind. help others. be peaceful.™