THE FIRE SERMON
“The Fire Sermon” is a reference to Buddha’s “Fire Sermon”. Buddha’s sermon detailed how to achieve liberation from eternal suffering of the recurring circle of life (Samsara). Thus, Buddha laid down the principles of detachment from the temporal, material world as accomplished by detaching one’s self form the 5 senses.
In the sermon, 1000 white robed acolytes from all castes gathered and were told that the flesh, existence, connection, and love, are all burning and even the ascetics burn with attachment.
Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the all that is burning?
The eye is burning, forms are burning,
eye-consciousness is burning,
eye-contact is burning,
also whatever is felt as
pleasant or painful or neither-painful
-nor-pleasant that arises with eye-contact
for its indispensable condition,
that too is burning.
Burning with what? Burning with
the fire of lust, with the fire of hate,
with the fire of delusion.
I say it is burning with birth,
aging and death, with sorrows,
with lamentations, with pains,
with griefs, with despairs.
“The ear is burning, sounds are burning…
“The nose is burning, odors are burning…
“The tongue is burning, flavors are burning…
“The body is burning, tangibles are burning…
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