An interesting post at a fellow blog…
…got me to thinking about discernment. In Buddhism, what is discernment and is it something we can cultivate?
The question brought to mind a great essay on the subject by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, one of my favorite dharma teachers. In an article entitled “Giving Rise to Discernment” he says:
“We meditate, developing mindfulness, developing concentration, and after a while we begin to wonder, “When is the discernment going to come? When are the insights going to come?” And it’s important to look at what the Buddha has to say about what gives rise to discernment…”
As always, Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s explanation is fully grounded in the Buddha’s own words and in decades of skillful practice. Take a look at the whole article if you’d like to learn more. And thanks again to my fellow blogger for making me take a fresh look at this important subject!