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On the night of his enlightenment, the Buddha became awakened…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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On the night of his enlightenment, the Buddha became awakened both to the nature of the Four Noble Truths, and to the correct way to relate towards them. Later, he summarised:

 

"Dukkha is to be fully understood.
The cause of dukkha is to be abandoned.
The cessation of dukkha is to be realised.
The path leading to the cessation of dukkha is to be cultivated."

 

Thus, in our practice we should be constantly asking ourselves:

Right now, where is the dukkha?
What is the cause that needs to be abandoned?
What cessation of this dukkha may be realised?
What path factors should I be cultivating?

 

It is a very practical approach. Recently, a schoolboy told me he is afraid of ghosts. I asked him, 'Right now, are you suffering because of ghosts or because of your fear of ghosts?' He replied that it was the fear. I said, 'Well, then that's your problem'. I went on to teach him how to observe the physical and mental expressions of fear, and how to let it go.

 

I've rarely heard of ghosts oppressing human beings, other than in books or on screens. But I hear of people being oppressed by fear every day. In dealing with our daily challenges, it's important to determine the real issues.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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