You should train yourself thus:
In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen.
In reference to the heard, only the heard.
In reference to the sensed, only the sensed.
In reference to the cognized, only the cognized.
That is how you should train yourself.
When for you there will be only the seen in reference to the seen,
only the heard in reference to the heard,
only the sensed in reference to the sensed,
only the cognized in reference to the cognized,
then, there is no ‘you’ in connection with that.
When there is no you in connection with that, there is no you there.
When there is no you there, you are neither here nor yonder nor between the two.
This, just this, is the end of suffering.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Bahiya Sutra
The Buddha instructs us here to interrupt the chain of dependent arising at the point of contact between the senses and the sense objects. That is, do not allow the mind to dwell on the feelings of pleasantness or unpleasantness that arise upon contact: “I like it; I dislike it; I don’t care.”
This is not as difficult as it appears at first glance. We need only return our full attention to the sense-object itself. Does it have intrinsic characteristics? Is it pleasant or unpleasant inherently —that is, from its own side? The answer is always NO, and the chain of dependent arising is broken. —TN