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On one occasion, the Buddha taught that we should look…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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On one occasion, the Buddha taught that we should look after our precepts with the same care that a one-eyed person looks after their remaining eye. Just as eyes allow us to see the world around us, keeping precepts help us to be aware of our inner world. Damage to eyes makes us vulnerable to many physical dangers. Acting upon the impulse to hurt, steal, betray, to lie and to consume things that undermine mindfulness and our sense of right and wrong: all lead us into grave spiritual dangers.

 

The most effective means to be aware of the arising of harmful, foolish intentions in the mind is keeping the five precepts. Having committed ourselves to the precepts we take care of them by keeping them at the forefront of our minds. Then, whenever the intention to act or speak unwisely arises, the recollection of the relevant precept pops up automatically. This recollection is the arising of mindfulness. Now we can see. Whatever is to be abandoned, whatever is to be cultivated - all becomes visible.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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