Peace and clarity

These two mental states are conducive to correct knowledge. Which two? Peace and clarity. 

By developing peace, what purpose is served? Mind is purified. By purifying mind, what purpose is served? Craving is abandoned. 

By developing clarity, what purpose is served? Wisdom is developed. By developing wisdom, what purpose is served? Ignorance is abandoned. 

Defiled by craving, the mind is not released [from emotional agitation], and defiled by ignorance, wisdom is not developed. Thus, abandoning craving through peace, there is liberation of the mental fluctuations, and abandoning ignorance through clarity, there is liberation by wisdom. 

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Vijjābhāgiya Sutta

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to Peace and clarity

  1. Pierre says:

    But how to define clarity?

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Clarity appears spontaneously when peace is cultivated. Just as the mud in muddy water settles when allowed to sit still, so will the mind settle into its natural luminosity when emotions subside. One can also cultivate clarity by dispelling wrong views through the study and contemplation of Dharma, but ultimately clarity must be experienced directly.

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