Ajahn Sumedho encourages us to see clearly that all thoughts arise and cease, and to realise that we cannot, therefore, trust them as a means of enlightenment.
Kesaputta (Kalama Sutta: sometimes called ‘The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry’).
Awareness is a natural state; it’s normal. It isn’t a compounded state that depends on other conditions.
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.