JUST BE CURIOUS AND OVER TIME THE ANSWER WILL BE REVEALED

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It’s only when we’re always practicing – at first we don’t notice but when we notice something like that, in your mind if you think: Oh, I wonder why? And when it happens again, you still don’t know why. But every time you’re curious: Why? Why? Why?

Eventually, the sub-conscious mind knows that it’s curious about this, and one time you have another experience with food – it’s like something happens and the sub-conscious mind will remember what’s happening in the mind at that time – what the mind is thinking, what it saw, what it felt, what it processed and how it thought.

Then it’ll see the whole picture – it comes with repeated practice.

WHEN THE MIND CHANGES, THE VIEW CHANGES TOO

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What is the difference? Very different, right? 

The mind already knows that it is different. But you don’t know what the difference is.

When you notice these things, be a bit curious about what is happening. Just look at it more carefully. At that time, don’t just recognize the experience is different and carry on.

When I was working, I was more aware of knowing the seeing. I asked: What is the mind knowing? The mind says: Seeing. Who is seeing? I’m seeing. Very obviously, I’m seeing. So, I continue to be aware of knowing the seeing: seeing, seeing, seeing. Then seeing changed: seeing is happening, not that I’m seeing.

In the beginning, wrong view is already there. Later, the wrong view disappears. The idea is very different.

When ‘I’ is not there, it is not normal view; the view has changed. That’s why we say it is different.

When awareness comes back, I tried to be aware of seeing. Then, who is seeing? I’m seeing and I’m hearing are already there. Okay. Then, I continued to be aware, aware, aware.

Then, for me it’s very easy for the view to change to seeing and hearing are just happening. Nobody is seeing or hearing. This understanding comes easily to me.

Your mind already knows that the view is very different. What is different? It’s not clear, right? You keep watching with curiosity. The next time the view is different, just ask with some curiosity: What’s the difference? That’s enough.

When the mind changes, the view immediately changes too.

STAYING ALERT AT THE MIND DOOR

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When we close our eyes, the mind imagines a lot.

The eyes give one kind of information to the mind.

We have 6 sense doors, right? When we use all our 6 sense doors, the mind can collect 6 kinds of information, and then, the mind can think the right way.

If the mind receives any less information, that’s not enough for the mind to think the right way.

When we close our eyes, it goes into a world of imagination (daydreams) and thinking.

AWARENESS IS THE CONDITION FOR LEARNING TO HAPPEN

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 Vassa Chinese Interviews 20190920 (04:55-5:24)

Yogi: I want to learn.

Sayadaw: Yes, if you want to learn, your awareness must be better.
Not now. Now, try to be aware. Learning is later.

Now try to be aware of the present moment – moment to moment. Bring awareness to the present moment; then the learning can come.

Wait for your awareness to become stronger.

ADVICE FOR THE DEPRESSED – EASEFULLY AWARE IS ENOUGH

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 Vassa Chinese Interviews 20190920 (42:38-45:56)

Yogi: I feel good after switching to sitting on a chair.

Sayadaw: Good. Practice in a lazy way – don’t try too hard. If you try too hard, the mind becomes tense and there is more suffering.

It’s important to feel good when you meditate. Try only this first. You need to be more peaceful. That’s enough.

If you can, come here and help in the cleaning, it’s better because then you can stay more in the present. You can forget about the past and future and the mind is more free – that’s enough. If you try to learn (think), then your peacefulness is gone.

When craving comes, don’t follow what the craving wants. Just be aware, aware, aware first. Don’t follow the craving; if you follow, the mind becomes agitated.

Just recognize that craving is there and – do what you need to do – come back to being aware of your body sensation.

SENSE OF ‘DISAPPEARANCE’ CAUSED BY IMBALANCED 5 INDRIYAS

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Yogi: During walking meditation, I often experienced that my breathing stopped, no feeling, no body, and no awareness – just a knowing mind that sees the body walking.

Sayadaw: This is some experience – breath stopping is impossible. Breathing is there, but the mind cannot know because it’s subtle. Body disappearing is also impossible – if disappear, how to walk? The mind cannot be aware, that’s why it cannot see.

It doesn’t mean that the body and breathing disappear if the mind cannot see them; just that the mind cannot know.

Awareness doesn’t disappear – awareness is there, it already knows the process; only that wisdom is not there.

Calmness is strong and awareness-wisdom is weak – the 5 Indriyas are not balanced. That’s why this experience happens.

You should try to investigate. It is better to think then – reminding and checking.

DEFILEMENT AND AWARENESS SEE-SAW

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Yogi: In daily life, can liking and disliking stop when we are aware of them? If not, what happens?

Sayadaw: When we notice liking and disliking in daily life, the defilements stop growing, but they also do not disappear immediately. You need to continue to be aware of the liking and disliking for them to subside.

This is because only awareness is present when we notice defilements in daily life. If the awareness is very strong (awareness and wisdom together), when you notice the defilement, immediately it disappears.

If wisdom is weak and awareness is present, then the defilements will still be there but they don’t grow. And if you continue to be aware, and the awareness quality gets stronger, then the defilements decrease.

WHEN MEDITATION IMPROVES, THE MIND HAS LESS PREFERENCE

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Yogi: I prefer walking to sitting because the mind is more alert when I walk.

Sayadaw: In the end, all will become equal. 

(Yogi’s note: When meditation improves, liking and disliking become weaker.)

In the beginning, it’s because we always have all these biases in the mind – this or that is better for the practice.

And once the mind likes one thing, it will reject the other thing. It’ll have difficulty with the thing that it rejects.

Later on, the practice becomes more balanced.

WE CANNOT TRUST DEFILEMENT THINKING

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 Vassa Q&A English Interviews 20180925 (44:00-47:00)

Whatever you see when you close your eyes is only thinking – the mind creates the image. You don’t need to pay attention to it – it is only a concept.

You need to know that images can arise when the mind is thinking. Don’t believe whatever the mind says; just be aware of it. It’s a crazy mind – it can say whatever it wants.

Have you ever seen a green elephant? When you hear a green elephant, the image of a green elephant already appears in your mind. You think of a green elephant, and already the image appears in your mind.

This is the nature of the mind – when the mind thinks, an image appears. The image is not real.

So, when you close your eyes, whatever images you see are not real; they are created by the mind.

When your concentration becomes better, depending on your nature, you may see violent images or ghosts. They are not important, just the mind thinking, just imagination. There is no need to be afraid, sad or happy.

We can only trust wholesome or wisdom thinking. We cannot trust defilement thinking.

At first, we only know that thinking is happening. Later, we will notice that there is some energy – wholesome or unwholesome – pushing the thoughts.

QUESTIONING TO BE INTERESTED IN THE PRESENT MOMENT

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 Vassa Q&A Chinese Interviews 20180920 (51:55-52:52)

We ask a question to be interested in the present moment, not for an answer.

If you use a question, the mind becomes more awake. We need to be awake, alert and interested, that’s enough.

We can get the answer later – but at present, we don’t have enough information yet. If you have enough information, you will find the answer when you ask the question. The investigation is later, the next step.

Now, we try to use awareness – how to be aware of the body, how to be aware of feelings, how to be aware of thoughts – to know the process first, and then the investigation can come.

AWARENESS HAS TO BE CONSISTENT FOR WISDOM TO ARISE

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 Vassa Q&A English Interviews 20180925 (37:42-38:15)

Yogi: When do I learn about anger?

Sayadaw: When your awareness is good; otherwise, when you use this object, the anger will come again. This is the mind pattern – when you pay attention to this object, anger will come again. If you want to learn about anger, watch it when your awareness is better.

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When your awareness gains strength, the mind can naturally see new things. If you try to look for some experience, it becomes craving. If you cannot see, the mind becomes bored or upset.

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Just build up your awareness. If awareness is stronger, you can see more subtle levels that you cannot see previously. You can see many new things that you cannot see at the gross level.

When awareness becomes stronger, the mind can see more detail and subtle level; then you become more interested. 
But the important thing is that you build up the strength of awareness first.

If you have expectation to see something new, you become happy when you get it and you become bored or upset when you cannot.

So, let awareness grow naturally – naturally, it can see more detail.

WHAT IS MOMENTUM BUILT ON?

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Applying yourself to paying attention to a few things – one, two or three things – over and over and over again, to build the stability of mind. This is very important.

Some of us naturally have this stability; so, when I talk about being aware and all, they can do it instantly. But some of us don’t have that.

When we don’t have that, we find that our awareness comes and goes, here, there, here, there, and then our defilements come in.

We don’t feel confident and we think our practice is neither here nor there, and we don’t want to practice anymore because we don’t have the stability, the roundedness of mind to give it that strength of being in charge of everything. You have to build that.

We can’t do vipassana practice – being aware of anything – without that roundedness.

LEARN HOW TO BE AWARE IN A RELAXED WAY

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 Vassa Q&A Chinese Interviews 20180920 (35:00-37:25)

If you feel tense, you need to relax first, and then start to be aware again.

You need to learn how to be aware in a relaxed way.

The important thing is the continuity of awareness. If you’re tense, be relaxed and start to be aware again. Slowly, the mind will understand how to be aware in a relaxed way.

Now, you need to learn how to be relaxed and maintain the awareness – that’s enough. Investigating or watching the mind – you only do that later.

RECOGNIZING THAT THE MIND IS THINKING

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 Vassa Q&A Chinese Interviews 20180920 (53:00-53:54)

It’s a habit that whenever thoughts come, we get caught in them.

In the beginning, we try to notice that the mind is thinking. That’s enough. Don’t pay attention to the storyline.

If we pay attention to the story, when defilement comes, defilement wants to continue to think. That’s why it is easy to get lost in thought.

So, just recognize, ‘Ah, the mind is thinking’ – that’s enough. Bring the awareness back to body sensation, back and forth. We learn to be aware of thoughts this way.

Later, the mind understands that thoughts are objects. When that happens, thinking can continue and awareness can also be present together.

For the present, just recognize that the mind is thinking and come back to body sensations.

WHEN THERE’S AWARENESS, THINKING MIND CAN BE NOTICED

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You think that when the mind starts to be aware, the mind immediately runs away (awareness is immediately lost).

No. When you’re immediately aware (when awareness returns), awareness can see that the mind is thinking. The mind doesn’t immediately go away.

When you’re aware, you can see the thinking mind. But your idea is that when you start to be aware, the awareness immediately goes away.

No, it is because you’re aware that awareness can see the thinking mind happening.

That’s why awareness is already there.