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Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: Independent Seeing

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2011-09-27
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



The Kalama sutta fits very nicely into the discussion on freeing awareness completely from any inward or outward authority. In the most radical statement possible the Buddha severs all ties from any dependency, essentially saying that freedom is not possible if one leans in any direction whatsoever.


In the Third Foundation, we learn to free awareness from self-judgment and interference; now in the Kalama sutta, the Buddha takes away external dependency. Is your practice more susceptible to internal interference or external dependency? Self-judgment is usually caused by a prevailing sense of self-inadequacy and external dependency by self-doubt and discouragement. See if you can use active discernment to trace these issues back to their source. Let the discerning awareness hear the issue directly. For instance, what you are emotionally saying to yourself in the moment the judgment occurs? Do not use analytical thinking–just allow awareness to access this personal pain without any further motivation.


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