How to reach the Ease and Peace of Ceasing?
At Savatthi, the Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, when the experience of stilling, ending, stopping, and ceasing is
developed and cultivated, then it is of great fruit
and of immense benefit!
It leads to great advantage, it leads to great security from bondage, it leads
to a great sense of urgency, it leads to living in fearless
ease and comfort..
How, Bhikkhus, is the experience of
and cultivated, so
that it is of great fruit and advantage? Here, the Bhikkhu systematically
Awareness Link to Awakening, joined with the experience of ceasing.
Investigation of states Link to Awakening,
while examining deep stilling.
Energy Link to Awakening, perceiving an ultimate ending of all activity.
Joy Link to Awakening, while laughing at the complete cessation of all.
Tranquillity Link to Awakening, accompanied by calm
and serene silencing.
Concentration Link to Awakening, focused on fading away of all states.
Equanimity Link to Awakening,
indifferent even in the final end...
while being based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing,
and maturing in
It is in this very way that the experience of stilling and ceasing into peace is
developed and cultivated, so that it is of great advantage,
great benefit, great security from bondage, great sense of urgency, and living
in the sweet ease of a calmed, fearless, content, and imperturbable comfort!
Bhikkhus, when the perception of ceasing is developed and cultivated in this way
joined, fused and enhanced by the
Seven Links to Awakening, one of
is to be expected: Either final knowledge in this very life or, if there is a remaining
residue of clinging, the state of
Ceasing is Bliss... Ceasing of What? Ceasing of the
internal , yet infernal
Greed, Fire of
Hate, and Fire of
Ignorance and their derivatives!
More on Ceasing
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V:133-4] section 46: The Links. 76: Cessation...