Seattle Insight Meditation Center | Mar 2017
Renunciation can have a double edge if we use self-dislike as its guide instead of wisdom and compassion. Fully acknowledging suffering can lead to renunciation as an expression of compassion. Renunciation can also be seen as having outer forms or structures and inner forms in which a deeper understanding is revealed.
While the last talk established the importance of compassion directing renunciation, this talk explores how wisdom also directs renunciation. We can define wisdom simply as what leads to freedom, instead of what leads to suffering. As we clearly see this distinction, we practice renunciation for those actions leading toward more suffering. The three characteristics of dukkha (unsatisfactoriness), anicca (impermanence), and anatta, (non-self), create a framework to further deepen our understanding of wisdom and renunciation.
The Sutta mentioned in the talk is MN 19: Two Sorts of Thinking: