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
“Monks, there are these three feelings. What three? Pleasant feeling, painful feeling, neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling. These are the three feelings.
“These three feelings are born of contact, rooted in contact, with contact as their source and condition. What three? Pleasant feeling, painful feeling, neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling.
"It is just as when during a great rain there are bubbles on the surface of water, arising and ceasing one after another, and a clear-sighted person carefully examines, attends to, and analyses them. When carefully examining, attending to, and analysing them, he finds that there is nothing in them, nothing stable, nothing substantial; they have no solidity. Why is that? It is because there is nothing solid, lasting, or substantial in water bubbles.
AUDIO: Dharma Talk
Death & Dying
Questions & Answers
Real Life Dharma
SERIES: Topic Deep Dives
SHORT: Dharma Bites
Stress & Anxiety
"The only thing that prevents people from attaining Enlightenment and experiencing Nirvana directly is insufficient instruction and/or practice."
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.
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