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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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