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- That is the simplicity of it! Thanks:)35w
- What is the difference between seeing and observing in this context?35w
- I suspect,, that the sequence refers to the view that phenomena (dhamma) arise, endure, then cease.
You cannot "observe" the arising because you don't know where/when/how the not-yet-existent phenomenon will pop up. So you can only see it : it calls your attention.
Once your attention has been called by the stimulus, then the mind can decide to keep the attention on that, i.e. it becomes wilful / mindful. And we can speak of observing.
And then you reach the problem that there's no disappearing to observe: either the phenomenon exists, or it's gone, but there's no in-between. Any "in-between" is simply another phenomenon (causally related maybe, yet different).
Anyway, I suspect this is where the 3-steps come from, but I might be wrong. Any other hypothesis on your side ?35w
- Shunryu's poem seems like an excellent skillful device for contemplation!
Love and Peace35w
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