This week, my classes have emphasized the first limb of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path: Wise View.
Wise View simply sees things as they really are.
In the beginning, Wise View aligns our energy with the direction of the path, towards a freedom that is independent of conditions. In a sense, Wise Viewharnesses our energy towards a deeper understanding of how things really are, guiding us through an experiential knowledge of the Four Noble Truths and Karma.
However, all too often, we practice yoga or meditation through the lens of Self View, which seeks to improve oneself and become something other than what one already is. This strategy of self-improvement must be acknowledged and released in order for Wise View to realign our practice in accordance with how things actually are.
Points for Practice:
- In meditation and daily life: allow Wise View to reflect on how things are, just in this moment. “Calm is like this.” “Irritation is like this.” “Fatigue is like this.” Not judging any state, but seeing all states within Wise View, just as they are.
- As always, be sensitive to any resistance or struggle. This energy tends to arise when we are held by Self View. “This shouldn’t be happening.” “I should be calmer.” “I should be more concentrated.” “I’m wasting my time.” Relax and let these states be seen by the clarity of awareness.
- This webpage has a great overview of the entire Eightfold Path. If you are in my class, be sure to have a look at this.
- One of my teachers, Rodney Smith, has a great talk on Wise View here.
Many thanks for your warm support and participation in these classes. It is a pleasure to share the Buddha’s teachings with you.
Originally published on October 20, 2010