Imagery in the Early Buddhist Texts

Vedanānupassanā — Investigating Feelings

This is part 9 of a course going systematically through Bhikkhu Analayo's Excursions series.

Illustration by Ayya Vimalayani aka "Ven Yodha"

We always have the option to investigate (rather than react to) our feelings: to “be with” what we experience with compassion and curiosity to learn their true character.

Suttas

Similes

Hecker similes: 11, 58, and 60.

Reflections

How does curiosity and understanding soften reactivity? How does the Buddha’s rhetoric reflect those qualities?