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Buddhadharma : Winter 2007
buddhadharma| 83 |winter 2007 programs & centers Buddhadharma THe pracTITIoner's QuarTerly centerS And progrAmS a section highlighting upcoming programs being offered at various centers. for information about advertising your center’s upcoming programs and events in this section, please call us toll-free at 1-877-786-1950, ext 31. ness of it disappear one after the other. you clearly see this for all other objects as well, such as the falling of the abdomen, sitting, bending, stretching, stiffness, and so on. Each object and the awareness of it disappear moment by moment, one after the other. some meditators even find that there are three things arising and pass- ing away in sequence: a sense object, the awareness of it, and the knowing of that very awareness. But it is enough just to observe that the objects and the noting mind disappear in pairs. when your insight becomes clear enough that you can see both the sense objects and the awareness of them disap- pearing in pairs, you will lose the illusory sense of conceptual forms or shapes, such as the form of your body, head, arms, legs, etc. you only experience phenomena dis- appearing instantly. as a result, you may feel like your practice has become superfi- cial or is not as good as it had been before, or that there are many gaps in your not- ing. however, that is not actually the case. it is only that the mind naturally takes delight in concepts of solid form; thus, it cannot feel comfortable when those con- cepts are absent. in any case, this condi- tion is an indication of progress in your practice. Before this insight is developed, it is the concepts of solid form or shape that you first perceive when you note seeing, hearing, touching, and so on. But at this level of insight, the instant disappear- ance of phenomena is what you perceive first. in other words, you experience the insight into dissolution first. your sense of solid forms only comes back when you deliberately evoke it. Otherwise, by just noting uninterruptedly, your awareness remains attuned to the ultimate reality of the dissolution of phenomena. Thus, you personally verify the truth of this saying from the sages of old: when conventional reality emerges, ultimate reality submerges. when ultimate reality emerges, conventional reality submerges. Once you are able to extend the range of the objects to be noted and are able to observe without strain, you clearly see that whatever you see or hear instantly disap- pears, and that two consecutive moments are not connected but separate units. This is understanding as it really is. •A unique practice opportunity for experienced Dharma students in the exquisite high country of Taos, New Mexico •Grounded in the Theravada-Vipassana lineage, supplemented by other awareness or concentration practices •Offering two-week to one-month retreats with an opportunity for more independent, self-directed practice • Special scholarship rates available for low-income people of color, helping professionals, lay Dharma teachers, and other Dharma students who could not otherwise attend. No fee for monastics. April 2 - April 30, 2008 Teachers: Marcia Rose and Annie Nugent Guiding Teacher: Marcia Rose P.O . Box 807·Ranchos de Taos, NM·87557 505-758-0633 email@example.com · www.mountainhermitage.org The Mountain Hermitage