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The nature of water is such that it can be dyed or dirtied

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, May 19, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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The nature of water is such that it can be dyed or dirtied, be heated or cooled, and it can flow swiftly or stagnate. But whatever is added to water or whatever transformations it is subjected to, water always remains simply water. For this reason, water often appears in Buddhist texts as a metaphor for the mind. The essential nature of the mind is constant whatever the contents of mind that pass through it. Defilements that appear in the mind may seem very real but they are no more an inherent part of mind than, say, a red dye or a bad smell is an essential aspect of water.

The non-meditator may say, 'I feel so angry', 'now I'm calm'. The meditator practising cittānupassanā is aware, 'mind with anger', 'mind with calm'.

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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