Right seeing in this instance of Buddha’s teaching, does not mean better eyesight. He is referring to a totally different way of seeing the world and ultimately, believe it or not, it is so much more important than even good or perfect eyesight.
Right seeing is understanding life as it truly is and not as we think or fantasize it is. Normally, when we speak of seeing, we look out at the world through the lens of our eyes and immediately a thought arises and we engage in that thought, and the next thought and the next, so on, each thought triggered by what we’ve seen, and it may remind us of something pleasant or unpleasant. These thoughts lead us into daydreams of past or future. We are lost in illusion. This is the “normal” life, each person wanders around in their private dreamworlds.
Those who practise meditation are well aware of this situation and feel its an impossible task to breakout from their dreamworlds. So, what is needed? What is needed is a sincere, steady, clear, and persistent practice with encouragement and guidance and once one begins the Journey, one begins to feel better!
The Buddha’s teachings show quite clearly and practically what is needed. He has provided a clear and precise path to freedom from the entanglements of the mind, and the first steps are to have a deep and correct understanding of The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths, which are –
1. Truth concerning the existence of suffering;
2. Truth concerning the origin of suffering;
3. Truth concerning the extinction of suffering; and
4. Truth concerning the path that leads to the extinction of suffering.
With right seeing one begins to understand what right action is needed to extinguish suffering and illusory thoughts.
To know that True Happiness cannot come from anything or anyone outside, no one nor nothing in the created world can give you True Happiness. And always knowing that all things that come into being must pass away again. These are some of the major constituents of right seeing and the beginning of wisdom.
The simplicity of Lord Buddha’s teachings are often overlooked and thought of as complicated. But the opposite is quite the case.
In the Four Nobles Truths Buddha sets out clearly the cause of suffering and samsara (cyclicality of all life, matter, and existence) and provides a very complete and precise remedy in The Eightfold Path.
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