Dhamma Everywhere

This site was a project of students of Sayadaw U Tejaniya in order to share teachings from his book, Dhamma Everywhere: Welcoming each moment with awareness+wisdom

Please enjoy the teachings shared here and visit the main website for more, including links to audio, video, and PDF versions of Dhamma Everywhere, Don't Look Down on the Defilements: They Will Laugh at You and Awareness Alone Is Not Enough. You may also be interested in this sister Tumblr and our teacher's YouTube channel. Finally, if you are in North America, there are books available for distribution through the US organization of students and supporters, Wisdom Streams. They can be contacted at info@wisdomstreams.org.

Please note that this site and the book from which the content comes by no means are meant to replace the personal guidance of the teacher.

Posts tagged "insight"

Insights can arise under very ordinary circumstances. The object of your observation can be a very simple and straightforward one, but the insight can be very deep, a world apart from the simplicity of the experience.

Sayadaw U Tejaniya

(photo by Indonesian Yogi, Retreat with SUT, BrahmaViharaArama, Bali July 2011)

Vipassanā wisdom can’t be comprehended simply through intellectual thinking. The ordinary mind can’t bring about insight through intellectual thinking. Vipassanā insight is not something that can be conceptualized through images; it is a wholly new understanding and insight of principles or nature.

Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Dhamma Everywhere (p. 92)

(photo by Austrian Yogi, Inle Lake, December 2007)

If we are practicing Dhamma every time we are practicing, there is mental and bodily happiness. Insights can’t arise in a mind meditating with mental or bodily discontent.

Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Dhamma Everywhere (p. 74)

(photo by German Yogi, Sunset at Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (=Golden Rock), December 2007)

When you interfere with the watching mind, insight cannot arise. Learn to watch objectively.

—Sayadaw U Tejaniya

(cartoon by Hor Tuck Loon)

So far, we’ve talked about awareness and waiting and watching with intelligence.

Remember that awareness alone is not enough! There has to be wisdom present in the awareness.

Where is that wisdom going to come from? Sutamayā paññā, cintāmayā paññā, and bhāvanāmayā paññā.

  • Sutamayā paññā is information you get from reading, from listening to Dhamma discourses, or from discussions with teachers.
  • Cintāmayā paññā is intelligence or knowledge acquired through thinking, reasoning, or intellectual analysis.
  • Bhāvanāmayā paññā is insight or wisdom gained through direct experience. In short, we refer to them as information, intelligence, and insight.

In this book, we may refer to any of these as “wisdom”, or be more specific at times by using the words information, intelligence, or insight.

Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Dhamma Everywhere (p. 17, 18)