Now is the Time: Both by nature empty


April 21, 2011. 104-minute question and answer session given in English, with consecutive translation into Mandarin, with Thich Nhat Hanh and others. This is the fifth day of a five-day retreat in Taipei, Taiwan.

The Sixteen Exercises of Mindful Breathing (Anapanasati Sutta) – we are encouraged to memorize these exercises. Here we review each of these again. For example, the concentration of impermanence (13th exercise) should not just be an idea.

In addition, there are other meditations (concentrations) that can help us liberate ourselves. Emptiness. Signlessness. Aimlessness.

Mindfulness brings about concentration and we gain wisdom of Right View and we can be liberated.

With signlessness we can see the impermanent nature of all beings.

No birth. No death.
Being and nonbeing.
No coming. No going.
No sameness. No otherness.

The talk was given in English and Mandarin at the same time and is available below for listening or download. You may also view the video.

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Someone had asked about the 51-mental formations, so I have posted them below:

Mental Formations

In the Manifestation Only school of Buddhism, we divide mental formations into fifty-one categories.

Five Universal Mental Formations
1. contact
2. attention
3. feeling
4. perception
5. volition

Five Particulars Mental Formations
6. zeal
7. determination
8. mindfulness or memory
9. concentration
10. wisdom

Eleven Wholesome Mental Formations
11. faith
12. energy
13. share or remorse
14. humility
15. absence of craving
16. absence of hatred and anger
17. absence of ignorance, delusion, and misunderstanding
18. feeling light and peaceful
19. carefulness, mindfulness, and diligence
20. nonviolence, harmlessness
21. equanimity, nondiscrimination

Six Fundamental Unwholesome Mental Formations
22. greed or craving *
23. hatred and anger *
24. ignorance and delusion *
25. arrogance and pride *
26. doubt or suspicion *
27. false or wrong views *

Twenty Secondary Unwholesome Mental Formations
28. irritation
29. enmity
30. hypocrisy
31. gloom or vexation
32. selfishness
33. envy
34. dishonesty
35. deceit
36. will to harm, harmfulness
37. arrogance or shamelessness
38. absence of humility
39. impudence
40. sloth
41. restlessness
42. lack of faith or trust
43. laziness or idleness
44. carelessness
45. forgetfulness
46. confusion or distraction
47. wrong judgment, understanding, or perception

Four Indeterminate
48. remorse
49. sleepiness
50. thinking
51. applied thinking

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