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Feeling of like and dislike are of huge significance to small children…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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Feeling of like and dislike are of huge significance to small children. They assume that when they like something it means that thing is right and good for them, and disliking something means it's wrong and bad - reasonable conclusions for beings new to this world. Unfortunately, many people never grow out of this attitude. They may not cry or rage like children when they can't get their way, but they suffer nevertheless. Many people still see their life in terms of getting the things that they like, and avoiding the things that they dislike. Failure to achieve this goal often ends in depression. As the emphasis in today's world shifts more and more to the individual and away from the group, the tyranny of like and dislike grows ever stronger.

 

Likes and dislikes are human nature; the importance we give to them is not. Seeing likes and dislikes as temporary, conditioned phenomena is a crucial element of our cultivation. Ajahn Chah used to say to this monks, 'No matter how many years you've been ordained, if you're still following around after your likes and dislikes, you haven't even started to practise Dhamma'.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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