In our practice it isn’t necessary to talk of samatha or vipassanā; just call it the practice of Dhamma, that’s enough.
Question: Would you call awareness ‘enlightenment’?
An allegory on truth and interpretation. A group of six blind men endeavour to describe an elephant.
Practice is separate from any posture. It is a matter of directly looking at the mind.
Greed and hatred are the same in an Eastern or a Western mind. Suffering and the cessation of suffering are the same for all people.
Sensing no change in the changing, Sensing pleasure in suffering, Assuming “self” where there’s no self…
So, if there’s friction in your practice, then it’s right. If there’s no friction it’s not right, you just eat and sleep as much as you want. When you want to go anywhere or say anything, you just follow your desires. The teaching of the Buddha grates.
The Buddha, on the other hand, takes down all the barriers and leaves an empty space. As you let go of your emotional habits you find it is very peaceful, it’s universal, it’s what you really are; you’re not the limitations that you identify with. You are not the human body. What does that mean?