Let us follow the unbeaten track, the dukkha in right action.

You see a man in need, you feel compassion, wishing him well you help him with his worldly need, then you feel delighted of your action.

Then you meditate the delight in your mind which arises due to the virtuous act you did, you contemplate it with the three mark of existence saying this delight is impermanent, it is born of external phenomena of a being in need of compassion, a being suffering and this feeling will end soon. If I hold this as mine and myself when it ends I will suffer, and this is dukkha.

Now let’s look at an action that is born of detachment.

You feel that you are attached to money, hoarding more than you need. You said to yourself, I have to let go of my attachment and to do so I will give all the excess I have and live in simplicity. You go out and give the money to those who need and put an end to your greed and hoarding. You feel delighted with your act, not that you helped someone, but because of your detachment… how do you contemplate this delight? Do you check it as above and hold it aloof not to grow big or do you nurture it to grow?


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how do you contemplate this delight?

From MN1, we know that...

MN1/en/bodhi ...delight is the root of suffering...

Therefore, rather than contemplating and nurturing delight, it may prove more fruitful to contemplate emptiness:

MN8:3.6: A mendicant gives up and lets go of these views by truly seeing with right wisdom where they arise, where they settle in, and where they operate as: ‘This is not mine, I am not this, this is not my self.’

MN8 is a wonderful sutta that explores the relationship between practice and action that you have brought up in your question. Notice that what is contemplated is NOT delight:

MN8:12.30: ‘Others will be stingy, but here we will be without stinginess.’


There are three major aspects of Noble Eightfold Path which lead to Nibbana. That is Sila, Samadhi, and Panna. What you describe above just the aspect of Sila and it is just a means to an end but not the end. It appears your understanding of Buddhism is still immature. You have to learn a bit more to get what Buddha exactly meany in Noble Eightfold Path. The contemplation you made comes at the Panna level.

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    Thanks, but these are not levels as you put it.. there is no Sila without Panna and a person in Samadhi without Panna is a dead log. All is pervaded with the light of wisdom.
    – Epic
    Nov 30, 2019 at 7:10

Its good you have experiential understanding of delight as a phenomenon ,but let me probe this inquiry ,who is asking this question of how to contemplate delight ?, who is getting delighted ?. Does that person intrinsically exist or just a phenomenon ?.

There is really nobody that has to do something about anything .There was delight and then there was the person who thought about what to do about delight ,both are phenomenal they can stay come or go ,but intrinsically there is nobody to initiate contemplation on them, because that itself would also be a phenomena ,recognized from the emptiness which isn't someone .

Just that realization is enough to end any meditation session.

  • Who is asking the question? the mind asks the question, The mind gets delighted and the mind contemplates to end suffering ... it's the mind that suffers due to ignorance. or do you think there is no mind? no wisdom? no dukkha? no buddha? Could you please expound your answer, Śūnyatā isn't new concept but can u direct it to the practice like that?
    – Epic
    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:06
  • Yes there you go :), the mind suggested that ,so ,you are not the mind ,there was an attachment to that suggestion and due to it ,an identity that believes in that suggestion formed .So the mind can do what it does ,it can suggest and that's about it ,nobody needs to buy its suggestion.Its suggestions are spontaneously recognized . Nov 30, 2019 at 11:57
  • Sunyata happens ,when the person who is trying to contemplate ,gets recognized as just another phenomena.In line with impermenance and dependent origination ,life happens without needing a doer , without needing someone to continually contemplate it. Contemplation happens on its own accord. Nov 30, 2019 at 12:21

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