Explanation of 'in the seen, just the seen' quote.
The Final Part of Bāhiya's Teaching
Bahiya a well respected person of his time, wondered if he was enlightened and went to see the Buddha. When he saw how calm and composed the Buddha was he begged him for a teaching. The Buddha refused as he was on an almsround (begging for food). Bahiya asked him again, three times and the Buddha then gave him the following teaching:
"Bāhiya, you should train yourself thus: in the seen will be merely what is seen, ... in the cognized will merely be what is cognized. Practising in this way, Bāhiya, you will not be 'because of that'. When you are not 'because of that', you will not be 'in that'. And when you are not 'in that', you will be neither here nor beyond nor in between the two. Just this is the end of suffering."
It is a not a great translation but in a nutshell the Buddha was saying, be open, mindful and aware and keep it simple, no need to add stories and theories onto to what we percieve.
1 For info on Satthipatthana Sutta: http://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/the-four-foundations-of-mindfulness-as-a-dynamic-process
2 'Do the next right thing' from Julia Cameron, The Artists Way
3 The Four preliminaries - a Tibetan framework for reminding people why they practice (gratitude, impermanence, karma, death)
4 'Metta bhavana' is a Buddhist practice to cultivate and increase feelings of loving-kindness.
5 A short pause anytime in the day or 3 mindful breaths, from ’Life with Full Attention’ by Maitreyabandhu.
6. Useful teachings in short form of 'slogans' from Pema Chodron’s ‘Comfortable with Uncertainty, 108 Teachings on Cultivating
Fearlessness and Compasssion’
7. An urban retreat is one where you don’t go away, you do it as part of your normal daily life. It involves taking things up that you don’t normally
do and dropping some unhelpful things that you do often. The Urban Retreat takes place internationally in late October each year and info can
be found online nearer the time or at a Triratna Buddhist centre.
8. Four forces described in Life with Full Attention are ‘Maintain, cultivate, prevent and eradicate’.
Maintain; do what already works until it stops working!
Cultivate: setting aside time for developing mindfulness, ie, a regular meditation time and regular ‘just sit’ time
Prevent: or protect; anticipating when I’ll be most mindless and prepare for that.
Eradicate: Can’t really completely eradicate mindlessness unless enlightened but can let go of unhelpful habits and addictions such as bad TV and overfilling diary.
Sketches and quotes.
(A bit 'random assembly' as sketch may not reflect what the quote means!)