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Sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā सब्बे संखारा अनिच्चा Sabbe saṅkhārā dukkhā सब्बे संखारा दुक्खा Sabbe dhammā anattā सब्बे धम्मा अनत्ता
Sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā सब्बे संखारा अनिच्चा Sabbe saṅkhārā dukkhā सब्बे संखारा दुक्खा Sabbe dhammā anattā सब्बे धम्मा अनत्ता
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If the eradication of craving and suffering can only take place in the same field in which they arise and prosper, then it is impossible to face them and uproot them in any other place but the place where they are reawakened, rise to the surface, and are experienced as present. Just as the reactions of craving (and of aversion) were originally evoked at the meeting point between the subjective apparatus and its respective sense objects (where these reactions established themselves and became habits), so, too, the opportunity to uproot them exists only in similar circumstances, when those very same reactions arise and come alive. Just as in the transference situation, these circumstances are also characteristics of external reality, which, upon meeting the subjective apparatus, set themselves into its formerly imprinted prototypical patterns (saññā), so that they are reproduced in the present as habitual reactions (saṅkhāra)—compounds of processes, impulses, feelings, and physical reactions. They then re-create experiences, similar to those encountered in the past...

Carved by Experience • Michal Barnea Astrog

[He reflects:] ''I am now being chewed up by feeling... perception... fabrications... consciousness. But in the past I was also chewed up by consciousness in the same way I am now being chewed up by present consciousness. And if I delight in future consciousness, then in the future I will be chewed up by consciousness in the same way I am now being chewed up by present consciousness.' Having reflected in this way, he becomes indifferent to past consciousness, does not delight in future consciousness, and is practicing for the sake of disenchantment, dispassion, and cessation with regard to present consciousness.
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"And to the monk whose mind is thus released, the devas, together with Indra, the Brahmas, & Pajapati, pay homage even from afar:

'Homage to you, O thoroughbred man. Homage to you, O superlative man — you of whom we don't know even what dependent on which you're absorbed.'"

SN 22.79 • Khajjaniya Sutta • Chewed Up • Thanissaro Bhikkhu
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn22/sn22.079.than.html

Painting • The Temptation of St. Anthony (detail) • Max Ernst • 1945
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For how long have I been dreaming up myself into precarious existence,
Conjuring up floating worlds,
I can't remember.
Vast, complex,
And without a discernable beginning,
Is this samsara.

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I understand Nibbana, and the path and way leading to Nibbana. And I also understand how one who has entered this path will, by realizing it for himself with direct knowledge, here and now enter upon and abide in the deliverance of mind and deliverance by wisdom that are taintless with the destruction of the taints.

MN 12 • Maha-sihanada Sutta • The Great Discourse on the Lion's Roar • Ñanamoli Thera • Bhikkhu Bodhi
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.012.ntbb.html
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When the coreless nature of all dhammas is clearly perceived, the fault seeking mind is given up, and nevermore does any presence become a threat. But rather, soft, pliant, radiant, effortlessly, naturally, the mind is able to bend itself in whatever shape the circumstances require. Be it attentive friendliness, compassion, or empathetic joy, there’s no divine abode of spacious awareness the unburdened mind can't inhabit.

Photo • Ajahn Amaro • Abhayagiri Monastery 20th Anniversary

Courtesy +Mahisha Warusavitharana
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