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One key characteristic of Dhamma is ‘sanditthiko’…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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One key characteristic of Dhamma is 'sanditthiko'. Translations of the term include, 'directly visible', 'knowable', 'verifiable' and 'apparent here and now'. The Buddha illustrated its meaning with a statement: under the influence of defilement we think, speak and act in ways that lead to our own affliction and the affliction of others. With the abandonment of defilement we do not think, speak and act in such ways.

 

In other words, the Buddha's teachings make verifiable statements about the human condition. These can and should be put to the test of experience. The Buddha did not simply present us with dogmas that give us only two choices: to accept them out of faith or reject them through the lack of it. He challenged us.

 

In asserting that the Dhamma is verifiable, the Buddha was also asserting our capacity to verify it. His discovery of the untapped human potential for liberation from suffering was a turning point in the history of the human race.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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