The Fire Sermon

10645111_665423653572889_8472004311241464522_nEverything is ablaze! What is ablaze? The eye is ablaze. Forms are ablaze. Consciousness at the eye is ablaze. Contact at the eye is ablaze. And whatever pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral sensation that arises in dependence on visual contact, that too is ablaze. Ablaze with what? Ablaze with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of indifference. Ablaze, I tell you, with birth, aging and death; ablaze with sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair.

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Seeing thus, the experienced seeker grows disenchanted with the eye, disenchanted with forms, disenchanted with visual consciousness, disenchanted with visual contact. And whatever pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral sensation arises in dependence on visual contact, with that, too, he grows disenchanted.

He grows disenchanted with the ear… He grows disenchanted with the nose… He grows disenchanted with the tongue… He grows disenchanted with the body…

He grows disenchanted with the mind, disenchanted with perceptions, disenchanted with mental consciousness, disenchanted with mental contact. And whatever pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral sensation arises in dependence on mental contact, he grows disenchanted with that too.

Disenchanted, he becomes dispassionate. Through dispassion, he is fully released. With full release, there is knowledge. Fully released, he discerns that birth is ended, the holy life is fulfilled, the task is done. There is nothing further in this world.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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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6 Responses to The Fire Sermon

  1. dharma pen says:

    Tashi, what does this mean, “Fully released, he discerns that birth is ended..” In what way does renunciation in this sense lead to the end of birth?

  2. Cheryla says:

    The term dispassion explains letting go of clinging, correct? Is there a danger that dispassion leads to indifference? I ponder “not being invloved” versus being skillfully compassionate. These days I see sadness without the emotional responses I used to have. Am I becoming disenchanted, dispassionate, and or indifferent? At least the blazing is greatly reduced! cheryla

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Dispassion does not lead to indifference –on the contrary, it allows for real compassion to arise. When we let go of our biases and our sense of separation, we can truly wish that all be happy and free from suffering.

  3. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2014年11月11日 (週二) 9:34 PM 寫道﹕

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