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?
The Buddha knew that because both happiness and unhappiness are unsatisfactory, they have the same value. When happiness arose he let it go. He had right practice, seeing that both these things have equal values and drawbacks.
In the field of conventional reality, one side is right and the other side is wrong, and there can never be complete agreement. Arguing till the tears fall, however, is of no use whatsoever. The Buddha taught non-clinging.
That awareness, that light, is universal; it isn’t like my personal property. That’s why on an intuitive level we can resonate; many of you can intuitively understand what I’m saying.
Whatever you experience will become an object for contemplation. This is where the practice really begins. It is the fruit which arises as samadhi matures.
‘Three Dharma Gates to Buddhism’ by Bhante Bodhidhamma a talk given at the Golden Buddha Centre, Totnes on Sunday 14th May 2017. (About 30 minutes)