Friday, February 11, 2011
Dana, Sila, Bhavana
The path to Nibbana comes in two ways: Dana-Sila-Bhavana for the lay Buddhist.Sila-Samadhi-Panna
for the Monks.
People from baan taad, school children, people from around the area are sleeping in tents and hammocks to be there to prepare the food that has been offered for the people that visit.
The monks eat once a day at about 0800, but the visitors eat throughout the day.
The second, síla, is behaviour, morality, virtue. This is very essential so as to develop wisdom. Right conduct is the very foundation of the path leading to liberation. We can't expect to go one step further on this path if síla is being neglected. The one who is only preoccupied to observe a virtuous behaviour will naturally develop a certain concentration, a certain attention and a certain serenity. The people staying at the wat offering their time a certainly practicing sila.
Once dána and síla have been firmly established, there is nothing else that ought to be done save training in bhávaná, until the end. bhávaná means " development of the concentration ".