Please recheck the translation of Buddhist teaching in “Sabbasava Sutta - All the Fermentations” from the Original.
There are following translations from this website:
I do not sure which translation is correct or close to the meaning in the Original (Pali). But if there was a different meaning, it would lead to practice wrong Buddhist teaching and never get an enlightenment, why?
Because in paragraph 1 (Vietnamese language) shows the method of practice is - như lý tác ý. In paragraph 2 ( English) shows different method of practice - Appropriate attention.
Method “như lý tác ý” in English can be translated - Auto-self suggestion. For example: When someone has an greed thought, one must remind oneself to expel a greed mind : “This greed mind must give away”. Only that way all greeds, hatreds and delusions gradually disappear. This method teach us only remind oneself to expel evil thought.
I am not an English person so I do not know how one can practice this “Appropriate attention” method. I thought Buddha has wisdom, so he must teach his disciples concrete method to eliminate all fermentation. He could not teach us generally. If we understood general meaning, each of us would choose an appropriate method, then there would be millions methods to get enlightenment.
But I feel that there are something different here. So please recheck with the Original.
Why do I write this article and sure that method “như lý tác ý” is the Auto-self suggestion? Because my master has experienced about this method and has gotten a result from this method. He teaches us and all his students have experienced about it. The mind naturally becomes calm and peaceful without any force and without focusing on anything. This method is very simple and easy to practice.Buddha always emphasizes repeatedly to use the Auto self suggestion method to eliminate evil minds and develop good mind: “With using the Auto-self suggestion, unarisen fermentations do not arise, and arisen fermentations are abandoned. Without using the Auto-self suggestion, unarisen fermentations arise, and arisen fermentations increase”
There are more Buddhism teachings in Majjhima Nikaya 20 - Vitakkasanthana Sutta -The Relaxation of Thoughts (Translation by Bhikkhu Thanissaro) talk about the method Auto-Self Suggestion (http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/uni/u-kinh-trungbo/trung20.htm)
In Vietnamese language, Bhikkhu Thich Minh Chau translated from the Original source into Vietnamese is “tác ý”, that means use method Auto-self suggestion to remind the mind.
In this Buddhist teaching, Buddha taught us there are 5 ways to apply this Auto-self suggestion method to eliminate evil minds which depend on each situation. If first situation still did not work, then one should use the next second way, and so on.
For example: In the first case, Buddha told us to remind the mind an opposite way of the way the mind is thinking. It means when the mind think about to steal something. We must remind to expel evil thought away: “This evil mind must go away, stealing is a bad, to bring suffer to oneself and to others, go away”.
It is probably my English is not enough to understand the translation meaning of the author - Bhikkhu Thanissaro. What do you think what is a meaning of the word “attend”? and how have you been practicing?
In Anguttara Nikaya - 1. Ekakanipàta - II. Nãvaraõapahàna Vagga. -Expelling obstacles. Buddha also taught us to apply this method every paragraph to expel desire, anger, restlessness, torpor, arrogance, and doubt.
But in English translation about this teaching I could not find any author remind about this method. Why?
For example: Main Translation by Sister Upalavanna (2) by A.D.Jayasundere
In other Buddhist teachings, we can find that Buddha taught us to use Auto-self suggestion method to eliminate wrong view, wrong intention, wrong speech, wrong action, wrong livelihood, wrong effort, wrong mindfulness, wrong concentration, wrong knowledge, etc,. And use this method to develop right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration, right knowledge, seven factors of enlightenment (Samyutta Nikaya), etc,.
You can re-read all Buddhist teachings and realize that Buddha use this method in all the process of practice from beginning to the end of enlightenment. This method is a key leads to succeed, without it the practitioner died or sink, because it is a buoy or a float for us to pass an ocean. Have you seen that we have been sinking?
Dear sirs and madams. This is not my method, this is not my master’s method or someone else’s method. This is the method that Buddha had recommended us to use in order to eliminate all fermentations to achieve enlightenment. He already had used it to achieve enlightenment, so why we can miss or underestimate it. If you read all Buddhist teaching, Buddha said that this method is one meal of other important parts to achieve seven factors of enlightenment. So please recheck the translation with the original.
With this method we can heal all sickness such as cancer, HIV/AIDs and so on. If someone practices correctly, one can control sickness and never visit doctor or take any medication, pills. If someone practices wrong, one will visit doctor, take medication, pills and die with pain in the bed or wheelchair. You can ask and answer yourself. When you have sickness, have you visited doctor, taken medication, pills since you have practiced Buddhist teachings? Buddha taught us everything. He had not hidden anything. We just do not understand the right meaning of his teachings.
Do you remember the first time Buddha come out from his palace and see what was happening in the human life? They were an old man, a sick man, a death man and a monk. So his purpose was to find a way to overcome a suffering of Life, Age, Sickness and Death. He found it, and taught us. That is why Buddhism can lead people to control their Life, Age, Sickness and Death which are the main sufferable factors of human life.
When I read about two translation scriptures, I have a question why in Vietnamese language scripture Bhikkhu Thich Minh Chau had written about the Auto-self suggestion, but in English language scripture Bhikkhu Thanissaro had not written about this method? I think you also have the same question. The difference is very important. This missing part can affect to our practice.
Please recheck the English translation. If there are so many mistakes or missing useful information in translation, I think Buddhist Association need to recheck all translations of Buddhist teachings, especially English Buddhist teaching translation. This job will bring benefits for all Buddhists now and future generation of the world.