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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, March 24, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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Everybody has ideas about who they are. Why, for example, would anybody become offended when they are treated with disrespect if they did not have an idea of themselves as somebody worthy of respect? Why would anyone meekly allow themselves to be disrespected if they did not think of themselves as somebody unworthy of respect? Why is being ignored so depressing, being rejected so painful? In the Buddha's teachings we learn that suffering arises from attachments rooted in mistaken assumptions about who we are.

Over 2500 years ago, the Buddha encouraged people to know themselves. However, the meaning that he gave to the term, 'knowing oneself' differs from the commonly understood meaning of today. These days knowing your self, or your 'true self', is often taken to mean things like being in touch with your guiding passion, or following your dream. For the Buddha, that is a narrow, reductionist idea. For him, knowing oneself means being aware of the whole constellation of impermanent conditions that constitute our life. It means knowing how to abandon those conditions that cause suffering, and knowing how to cultivate the conditions that bring happiness and wisdom. Passions and dreams are best when embedded within the context of the Buddha's path to liberation.

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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