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Mind Like Fire Unbound: An Image in the Early Buddhist Discourses Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Mind Like Fire Unbound: An Image in the Early Buddhist Discourses

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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The discourses of the Pali Canon make a frequent analogy between the workings of fire and those of the mind: The mind unawakened to the supreme goal is like a burning fire- the awakened mind, like a fire gone out. The analogy is made both indirectlyMoreThe discourses of the Pali Canon make a frequent analogy between the workings of fire and those of the mind: The mind unawakened to the supreme goal is like a burning fire- the awakened mind, like a fire gone out. The analogy is made both indirectly & directly: indirectly in the use of terminology borrowed from the physics of fire to describe mental events (the word nibbāna being the best-known example)- directly in any number of metaphors:I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One — while staying at Uruvelā on the bank of the Nerañjarā River in the shade of the Bodhi tree, newly awakened — was sitting in the shade of the Bodhi tree for seven days in one session, sensitive to the bliss of release. After the passing of those seven days, on emerging from that concentration, he surveyed the world with the eye of an Awakened One. As he did so, he saw living beings burning with the many fevers and aflame with the many fires born of passion, aversion, & delusion.— Ud 3.10