Được dạy bởi Sư Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu
Dịch Việt: Việt Hùng
Lời người dịch: Trong các bài Hỏi & Đáp như vậy, tôi sẽ chủ yếu dịch thoát ý, chứ không chặt chữ. Một mặt đây là việc tôi làm để có thể nghiền ngẫm phần trả lời của Sư Yuttadhammo. Một mặt, tôi chia sẻ lại đây, và hy vọng nó hữu ích cho các thiền sinh Vipassana tham khảo.
Bài pháp ngắn này được đăng tải trên Youtube vào ngày 27/07/2010. Phần English transcript ở cuối bài. Link Youtube của bài nói ở đây: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNVkrYlbfbc
Mặc dù đã cố gắng tốt nhất trong khả năng của mình, tôi chắc chắn không thể ghi xuống được một cách chính xác 100% tất cả các từ ngữ, đặc biệt là các từ Pali mà Sư đề cập trong bài pháp. Tôi sẽ tiếp tục cập nhật bản ghi, bất cứ khi nào tôi thấy được những điểm còn thiếu sót.
Con xin thành kính đảnh lễ tạ ơn Sư Yuttadhammo về bài pháp thoại ngắn quí báu này. Con nguyện cho Sư được mọi thuận lợi và sức khoẻ trong hành trình tâm linh của Sư.
Các bạn có thể tìm hiểu thêm thông tin của Sư Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu và các lời dạy của Sư tại trang web: https://www.sirimangalo.org/.
English Transcript (quickly jotting down)
Question: Hello, YouTube. Um, I’m back now for Ask a Monk. I was away for a brief time, pretty busy over the weekend. So I’ve got some questions here. I can answer them, not according to the order they were received, but according to popularities. So please remember to place your boats.
So the lead question is how should my meditation progress after the initial stages of concentration of the breath and being witness to a clear thought? And when will I know I have arrived?
I don’t know exactly about when will I know I have arrived. Because it’s a long path. And it’s really a lot more gradual. What happens when you create the clear thought as you start to let go of things, you don’t cling and you don’t worry and you don’t fret over things. You don’t hold on to it. Because you see that there’s nothing you can do to keep it the way you want it. It’s not going to bring you peace and happiness. These things that we hold onto, our modes of of reacting to things, either clinging to good things and chasing after them or running away from bad things and preventing them, always denying them, this compartmentalization of reality as these things are good and these things are bad, and only allowing certain experiences … We see that that’s a cause for suffering, that there’s nothing that we could hold onto, nothing that we could cling to, nothing that we could try to shape and mold into the perfect reality that would make us happy. And so we let go. The clear thought just helps you to let go. It helps you to be here and now without having to be somewhere else or some something else than what you are. So, there’s really not very far that you have to go. If you’re creating the clear thought, you should be seeing. If you’re practicing correctly, you should be seeing, learning things about yourselves that you didn’t know before, coming to see things that you couldn’t see it for yourself before. It’ll help you to deal with all of the difficulties in life, to deal with things in a more rational and more wise and more productive way.
There’s a lot of technical detail that I could go into as to the stages of practice. But that’s not really helpful and it’s not really advised in the beginning stages anyway. The best thing I could advise for you is to find a teacher and practice as you are continuously. Because it’s the continuous practice that leads to the goal that leads you to arrive. One thing I would say is that you’re going to run into a lot of hindrances. You’re going to come up against a lot of things that try to trick you into thinking that you’ve hit a roadblock. There will be states of of like states of disliking, states of boredom, states of of worry, states of depression. Your mind is going to change as you practice, and it’s not necessarily going to be in a positive way. The mind is always changing. So you might be thinking that when you practice, you’re just going to get happier and happier and happier. But what you’re doing in the meditation is digging up all of the positive and negative stuff inside of you. So there’s going to be a lot of negative stuff coming up. And you should be very quick to catch that. And to apply the meditation to everything that arises. So when something comes up and you think, oh, now what do I do? Or you think, oh, that’s it, and I don’t have to practice anymore practice on that. Look at what’s going on in your mind. And as long as you’re doing that continuously being very honest with yourself, the clear thought is all you need. As long as you have this clear understanding of things as they are, there’s nothing else you need and there’s no other stage or method of practice. Once you practice like this, the arrival is the freedom from attachment that no longer you need things to be in a certain way. So if you’re asking when you arrive, the best thing I could say is when you have no more greed, when you have no more anger, when you have no delusion, when you just see things as they are, and when you’re content with things as they are, and when nothing can bring you stress or suffering, that’s when you’ve reached the goal. Ok, so I hope that helps. And this is my first answer. And thanks. Keep them coming.