The Discourse about the
Ways of Attending to Mindfulness

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Contemplation of Feelings

And how, monks, does a monk dwell contemplating (the nature of) feelings in feelings?

Here, monks, a monk when experiencing a pleasant feeling knows “I experience a pleasant feeling”; or, when experiencing an unpleasant feeling he knows “I experience an unpleasant feeling”; or, when experiencing a neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant feeling To be parsed as a-dukkhaṁ a-sukhaṁ. Another word that is used for this is upekkhā, which is this context would mean indifferent feeling.01 he knows “I experience a neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant feeling”; These are the three basic feelings that are enumerated in the teaching, what follows is a further division of these feelings depending on whether they are connected with sense-desire or not. Pleasant feelings that are not connected with sense-desire are recommended by the Buddha for loosening attachment to those that are so connected, see Saḷāyatanavibhaṅgasuttaṁ, MN 137.02 or, when experiencing a sensual pleasant Comm: sensual pleasant and so on - sensual pleasant is a name for the five strands of sensuality dependent on the sensual, and the six happy feelings connected with the life of the householder; spiritual pleasant is a name for the six happy feelings connected with the life of renunciation. 03 feeling he knows “I experience a sensual pleasant feeling”; or, when experiencing a spiritual pleasant feeling he knows “I experience a spiritual pleasant feeling”; or, when experiencing a sensual unpleasant Comm: sensual unpleasant is a name for the six sorrowful feelings connected with the life of the householder; spiritual unpleasant is a name for the six sorrowful feelings connected with the life of renunciation.04 feeling he knows “I experience a sensual unpleasant feeling”; or, when experiencing a spiritual unpleasant feeling he knows “I experience a spiritual unpleasant feeling”; or, when experiencing a sensual neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant Comm: sensual neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant is a name for the six equanimous feelings connected with the life of the householder; spiritual neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant is a name for the six equanimous feelings connected with the life of renunciation.05 feeling he knows “I experience a sensual neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant feeling”; or, when experiencing a spiritual neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant feeling he knows “I experience an spiritual neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant feeling”.

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Thus he dwells contemplating (the nature of) feelings in feelings in regard to himself, or he dwells contemplating (the nature of) feelings in feelings in regard to others, or he dwells contemplating (the nature of) feelings in feelings in regard to himself and in regard to others, or he dwells contemplating the nature of origination in the feelings, or he dwells contemplating the nature of dissolution in the feelings, or he dwells contemplating the nature of origination and dissolution in the feelings, or else mindfulness that “there are feelings” is established in him just as far as (is necessary for) a full measure of knowledge and a full measure of mindfulness, and he dwells independent, and without being attached to anything in the world.

In this way, monks, a monk dwells contemplating (the nature of) feelings in feelings.

Contemplation of Feelings is Finished