I went out walking meditation at 5 AM, the half moon shone brightly in the starry-sky..I loved chanting before the dawn....
Texas weather is so wonderful right now.
********************** Direct Knowing of Perception
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ SD/JTN]
Our Greatest Teacher, the Buddha, said in Maha-Satipatthana Sutta that contacts, perceptions, and intentions (arising at the six bases: aayatana) are where craving arises and dwells. And in the Upakkilesa Samyutta, it is said that desire-passions (chanda raaga) with regard to contact, perception, and intention are defilements of the mind; they are defilements of awareness.
"When, with regard to these six bases, the defilements of awareness are abandoned, then the mind is inclined to renunciation. The mind fostered by renunciation feels malleable for the direct knowing of those qualities worth realizing." Such direct knowing of the qualities worth realizing, e.g. dispassion, is the seeing and knowing of the Noble Truths.
Taking perception as an example, the seven dhammas (satta-thaana) to be directly known are:
1) the perception itself, 2) its origination, 3) its cessation, 4) the path of practice for its cessation, 5) its allure, 6) its drawback or danger, and 7) its escape.
"For any priests or contemplatives who by directly knowing perception in this way, directly knowing the origination of perception in this way, directly knowing the cessation of perception in this way, directly knowing the path of practice leading to the cessation of perception in this way, directly knowing the allure of perception in this way, directly knowing the drawback of perception in this way, directly knowing the escape from perception in this way, are practicing for disenchantment, dispassion, cessation with regard to perception--they are practicing rightly."
[SN 22.57 : Sattatthana Sutta]