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Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: The Spirit of Questioning

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2011-10-11
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Questions are the life’s blood of the dharma. If we are willing to follow wherever the question takes us, then the question will take us out of our beliefs and opinions into something new and unexplored. Something will end in us and will not arise again in the same way.


What part of you does not want to see clearly and is comfortable where you are? Connect with that part without judgment or derision. Pull your attention backward into yourself and ask gently, “What is going on in me that wants to turn away?” Follow this thread of resistance, no matter where it takes you, and see where you feel hesitant and obstructed. Connect with the emotional residue, the story that holds you in place, the unmet desire or fear. Be curious and interested as you explore it thoroughly.


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