zenguide.com random_koan - zen buddhism principles, practice, discussion forum, books and directory http://zenguide.com/ random_koan syndicated from zenguide.com en-us Copyright - forever - zenguide.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:23:16 EDT zenguide.com http://zenguide.com/images/zen_guide_dot_com_logo_small.gif http://zenguide.com How To Develop Your Faculties The Buddha was talking with Uttara, a young pupil of the bhramin Parasariya:<br> -Uttara, does Parasariya teach you how to develop your faculties?<br> -Yes, Master Gotama, he does teach us how to develop our faculties<br> -How does he do this?<br> -We are taught not to see material forms with the eye nor to hear sounds with the<br> ear. That is how to develop the faculties.<br> -But in that case, Uttara, the blind and the deaf must be in total development of their<br> faculties, for the blind does not see and the deaf does not hear.<br> Uttara was silent.<br> -Well, Uttara, Parasariya teaches you one way and here we teach a different way.<br> Let me tell you what we teach. When a monk sees a form with the eye, usually a<br> feeling of liking and disliking come into being. The monk then understand that<br> liking or disliking has arisen but that either one is not inevitable but is conditioned<br> and dependent on causes. So he heads for a state in which there is equanimity<br> and finds that in so doing the liking and disliking has vanished and he sees things<br> as they are. That is how he develop his faculties. That is what we teach.<br><br> From "Majjhima Nikaya" of the Buddha http://zenguide.com/zenmedia/index.cfm?id=339 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:23:16 EDT