the Fire Sermon


In light of the fever that sets within me every Spring that I’ve been in Korea, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at the Fire Sermon.

The Buddha began the sermon, “Bhikkhus, all is burning.” He continues to go into exact detail of the six internal senses, (the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind) and the six external sense bases (visible forms, sound, odor, flavors, touch & mental objects). They meet, creating contact, feeling, pleasure or pain, and, in turn, craving or diversion.

Burning within us is the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion, keeping us firmly in Samsara, the cycle of birth and death. When one can see this burning, one becomes disenchanted and through detachment from these burning senses, one is led to liberation.

If you’d like to listen to the Fire Sermon, I found this link on Wiki:

Fire Sermon read aloud by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana

By looking at the fever burning within me now, I’m reminded that I haven’t realized the truth of this sermon. Therefore, I don’t have any comment, other than that T.S. Elliot noted that,”The Fire Sermon corresponds in importance to the Sermon on the Mount.”


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