Sunday, January 3, 2016

TIMELESS WISDOM: Teachings on the Satipaṭṭhāna Vipassanā Meditation Practice

The Buddha recommended dhamma pūjā — to undertake the three sikkhā trainings: morality, concentration and wisdom.
The Buddha constructed the dhamma pagoda (dhamma ceti) by eradicating all defilements. Ceti is what people establish to pay respect and reflect upon the virtues of the Buddha. There are different types of ceti.
There are those that contain relics (dhātu ceti) and those that contain the Buddha’s belongings (pariboga ceti) as well as those that contain images of the Buddha (udesa ceti).
None of these are as important as the construction of a dhamma ceti through the practice of satipaṭṭhāna meditation. Practice the thirty seven requisites of enlightenment, become mindful of sensory consciousness and be aware of “seeing”, “hearing”, “smelling” and so on so that you can attain path and fruition knowledge (magga phala ñāṇa) and construct a dhamma ceti within your own heart. Constructing a dhamma ceti doesn’t involve brick, sand, water, or cement. It is constructed through the practice of satipaṭṭhāna meditation.
By practicing diligently, one realizes the four noble truths and can pay respect to the Buddha by offering the highest dhamma pūjā.
May you all be able to do dhamma pūjā by practicing satipaṭṭhāna mediation in the way that the Buddha really liked and appreciated!
~ Sayādaw U Paṇḍita

This book contains the essence of over 50 years of Sayādaw U Paṇḍita’s clarification of satipaṭṭhana vipassanā meditation practice. The message conveyed in this set of lectures is that one must be meticulous (with correct practice) if one wants to experience the incredible Buddha-Dhamma for oneself.

This gift of Dhamma Dāna is the collective effort of many. This book is taken from a series of dhamma talks that Saydawgyi gave in 2009 at TMC (Tathagata Meditation Center) in San Jose, California. We are grateful to TMC for making Sayadawgyis talks available online. We are indebted to Daw Caru for her clear translation of Venerable Sayadawgyis insightful wisdom. The work of the two editors, Mr. Kenneth Morris and Ms. Barbara Janus of the Saddhamma Foundation, USA; their suggestions, corrections, inspiration and criticism in reviewing a draft of this book has been invaluable. Without their ongoing support and dedication, this publication would not have been possible.

Finally, we wish to acknowledge the efforts of our anonymous transcriber, who steadfastly transcribed and completed the first round of editing, ensuring that the talks were recorded accurately while preserving the flow of Sayadawgyis teaching.

First digitally published by VIPASSANA FELLOWSHIP’s Digital Edition (v1.0 June 2011)
This first imprinted was published by INWARD PATH PUBLISHER for free distribution 
with kindly permission from SADDHAMMA FOUNDATION, USA