Updated: Feb 1
Not 'piece of mind', but in this series, we'll share a casual Dhamma talk between Bro James and Sis Shymiin about peace. This series is relevant to making our Sunday's Metta practice more meaningful. Also, to help manage hindrances in daily life.
One of the four aspirations we use to develop Metta (loving-kindness) is:
"May (...beings) be peaceful".
What is peace? How is that experienced, as a reality?
Perfect peace refers to Nibbana (the ultimate, unconditioned reality).
One way of defining Nibbana, where we could come close to knowing it, is, 'Absence of Suffering'. Please know that, this is just to help us have a concept. This conceptual knowing is inadequate to describe that reality. But, sufficient for the purpose of inspiring practice.
Meanwhile, could you experience peace in daily life?
Yes, to some degree.
Peace in daily life and how to develop it?
In order to feel peaceful, first of all, you must recognise suffering. Why? Because, peace is the absence of suffering.
What is suffering?
Perhaps this should be rephrased for practice in this way: How is suffering experienced as a reality? Do you recognise it? Suffering is, painful feelings. Whenever you feel pain, that is suffering. Painful feelings is suffering itself, suffering is painful feelings. Learn to recognise and realise this.
What brings about pain?
It is the Dosa (illwill) Citta (mind) within! So, we all should stop blaming another for our suffering ;) Seriously. In fact, realising this is actually very empowering. It means there's something that can be done internally as opposed to depending on another or externally to take away the pain.
There're many forms of illwill mind and they also vary in intensity, such as irritation to anger, dislike to hatred, sadness to depression, envy to extreme jealousy, grief, remorse, loneliness, fear, anxiety, worries and so on. As varied as they can be, they share one common trait and that is, they bring along sorrow and pain. They agitate, disturb and hurt the mind. It’s their nature.
Peace is absent when illwill is present.
Therefore, illwill should be managed, failing which, there won't be any peace or insights. The development of insights in Wisdom Meditation has calmness and clarity as its basis.
Read Part 2: Is happiness peace? (coming up next)