Matter: Only a Momentary Arising & Ceasing!
As arising occurs the mind notices it, therefore do the emerged object and
As ceasing occurs the mind also notices it, and thus do the
ceased object and
the mind coincide!
In all perception, at each event of noting, there is always this
twin pair, the object
which observes the object. These two elements of
the object and the knowing mind always arise
in pairs, and apart from these 2,
there does not exist any other thing in the form of a 'person',
'experiencer', nor any 'Ego', 'Subject', or any 'Self'! No identity is
Similarly is there no 'observed object', or any 'substance'
"out there" independent of the mind!
reality of impersonality
will be intuitively realized in due course. The fact that materiality
are two distinct phenomena, will be clearly perceived during the time of noting
"arising, arising & ceasing, ceasing" at all times. The two elements of materiality and
are linked up in pairs and their arising coincides, that is, the
process of materiality arises always
together with the process of mentality, which knows it. The process of
always fades away together with the process of mentality, which
It is the same
for lifting, moving and placing the foot or hand: Physical
processes arise and cease,
starting and ending, together within the same mental
which induces and knows them...
This subtle understanding is the discriminating knowledge
It is a preliminary stage on the long path of insight
It is important to have this first
stage understood in an accurate way!
the praxis of reflecting and noting for some time,
there will be considerable
the quality & alertness of both
It will then be detectable that on every occasion of noting, each
event of mentality & materiality,
passes away, exactly at that very moment! It all ends instantly, right there and then...
While walking: It is not the same foot, that is put
down, as that one that was lifted moments ago...
The lifted foot ended right there and then. The foot put down arose
right after that!
uninstructed people often believe that forms, the body and the mind remains the
in a permanent stable state, throughout life, so the same body of childhood has
grown up into the
adulthood, and that the same young mind has grown up into
maturity, and finally that both this
continuously changing body and this always
changing mind are one and the same person at all times...
In reality, this is not so... Nothing is permanent! Everything comes into
a temporary existence for
a moment - an event - and then passes instantly
away! Nothing can remain even for an eye-blink...
Changes are taking place very swiftly & will be clearly perceived & recognized after due training.
While carrying on the contemplation by noting: "arising arising, ceasing
one will perceive
that these processes arise & fade away one after another in
succession. On perceiving
that everything passes away at the very point of
noting it, the yogi knows directly & sees directly,
that nothing is permanent! This
regarding the impermanent nature of all phenomena is
knowledge of impermanence!
The yogi then knows that this ever-changing state of things, is very
to be desired. It can never ever be kept. Not something pleasant or pleasing.
Neither something agreeable, nor
This is reflective realistic
knowledge of Suffering!
On suffering many painful
this body and mind complex is recognized as a mere cluster
of sole suffering.
also the reflective knowledge of suffering. It is then observed, that
of impersonal materiality & mentality, whether internal or external, never follow
one's wish to be satisfied, but arise & cease according to their very own
inherent given nature,
outer circumstances and conditioning. While being engaged in the act of noting
the yogi understands, that these
processes are not controllable, and that they are
'person', a 'me', an 'I', an 'Ego', nor a 'living entity', nor something
'Mine', nor any 'My Self'.
This is reaching the reflective
knowledge of no-self.
When a yogi has completely developed the
knowledge of impermanence, suffering
and no-self, he
will realize the state called Nibbāna...
immemorial, Buddhas, Arahats and The Noble Ariyas have realized this Nibbāna by
this very same method of insight: Seeing any body as merely a changing form,
noting any feeling
as merely a transient reaction, knowing any mentality to be just a
passing mood, and by realizing
that any phenomena simply is a momentary mental state! This, only
this, in itself, is the highway
leading to Nibbāna ...!
The Venerable Mahasi Sayādaw, Burma.
Momentary Energy of Thought = Selective Choice!
Local Order! => Local Entropy fall compensated by a
Universal Entropy increase! This induces a variation in
the a priori probability distribution for all future
This is the 'physical' reason of moral kammic efficacy!
Like putting a nail in a dice! All future throws are
biased. Still "naturally occurring" but also "affected"....
Vipassana Insight in Detail
by Venerable Mahasi Sayādaw:
Otto Rapp: Decay of both Mind and Matter!
on Insight (Vipassanā):
The Venerable Mahasi Sayādaw,