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So much human effort is mis-directed and reaps unnecessary frustration

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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So much human effort is mis-directed and reaps unnecessary frustration. Four kinds of effort stand out:

(i) Trying to get rid of or escape from present suffering, without understanding it.

(ii) Trying to find protection from the threat of future suffering, without understanding it.

(iii) Trying to find happiness by pursuing pleasure.

(iv) Trying to hold onto happiness and pleasures already gained, to prevent them disappearing.

The Buddha taught us to change the focus of our efforts to:

(i) Learning how to let go of present defilements; the root cause of present suffering.

(ii) Learning how to protect the mind from as - yet unarisen defilement, the root cause of future suffering.

(iii) Learning how to bring kusala dhammas, the root cause of true happiness, into the mind.

(iv) Leaning how to nurture and bring to maturity the arisen kusala dhammas that are the root cause of true happiness.

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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