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Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Dividing the Mind Through Desire

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2011-02-08
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Desire forms the sense of self by fracturing the mind into what it wants compared to what it has. In moving with what it wants, it has to dismiss or resist reality (what it has) and form its own imaginative response. The sense of self is part of that fantasy buildup and has a central role in keeping it going.


Nothing is more important than what you are doing now, because nothing is happening except what you are doing now. Desire seems to indicate that you are missing something and need to bypass the present for the fulfillment of the future. If you go with desire you go with time/thought; if you go with the present you go with awareness/reality. You will not make this shift until you are convinced you get more out of reality than your imagination. Spend this week noticing where you lose your spiritual footing along this continuum.


Time /                      <—– Desire Mindfulness —-> Reality /
Thought   <—————————————————————————————–> Awareness

               <—– Sense-of-Self Wholeness of mind —>



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