24 May
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Seeing Things As They Are

The next link on the chain of Transcendent Dependent Arising is called Knowledge and Vision of Things As They Are (yathabhutananadassana). Carol Wilson prefers the translation: Things As They Have Come To Be, which I like too, because it reinforces the understanding that everything is constantly changing, evolving, coming-into-being.

This “Knowledge and Vision” is what Insight (vipassana) is all about. When the mind is calm (passaddhi) and contented (sukha), it gets profoundly still (samadhi). When this happens, it’s possible to actually see into the fundamental nature of all things: that they are inherently unstable (anicca), unable to provide lasting satisfaction (dukkha), and without an eternal essence (anatta).


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