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Many years ago in my monastery in Ubon province

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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Many years ago in my monastery in Ubon province, a young European monk with a gift for languages was making good progress in his study of Thai. One day, after giving my weekly Dhamma discourse to the local villagers, I asked him how much of the talk he had understood. He said almost all of it. I expressed my appreciation and asked him to summarise the main points. His confident summary bore almost no connection to the key themes of the talk. I realised that he had unintentionally stitched together a narrative from the words he knew and bypassed those he did not.

 

Whether in worldly or in spiritual matters we tend to overlook or downplay what we don't know. When we lack knowledge, our craving for things to make sense can make us careless. How can we be sure that the bits we don't know are not the most important bits? Taking into account the extent of our ignorance and not ignoring or downplaying it is essential on the path of wisdom. It is the humble heart that is open to the truth.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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