Pali Text

Meditation Like The Sky

Rahula, let your meditation be like the sky. When your meditation is like the sky, any pleasant or unpleasant sensations that arise cannot take hold of your mind and heart and remain there. Just as the sky has no foundation anywhere, just so, Rahula, let your meditation be like the sky.
Mahārāhulovādasuttaṃ (MN 62:119)

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2 comments

    1. Thanks for your question! The Pali term is “ākāsa”, which can mean space, but is also the term for the sky or for air. The word is often rendered “space” in the context of the Elements, which is what the Buddha is covering in this portion of the Sutta. But I always like to try out other valid definitions — otherwise, there’d be no reason to do my own translations, I’d just read Bhikkhu Bodhi’s!

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