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The Buddha gave great emphasis to the practice of…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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The Buddha gave great emphasis to the practice of 'indriya samvara', which is translated into English as 'sense restraint'. Personally, I am not so fond of this rendering. To me, 'restraint' sounds too forceful; it sounds too much like the action of a charioteer straining at the reins of impetuous horses. I prefer to translate the Pāli word 'samvara' as 'governance', and in my work with children I use 'taking care'. 'Taking care' or 'looking after' your senses has a very different feel to it than restraining the senses and I think it is a much more helpful way of understanding the practice, especially for lay Buddhists.

 

The senses, or the sense doors as they are also called, are our portals to the world. Just as we are careful about the substances we introduce into our bodies through our mouths, so we should be careful about the things we allow to enter our minds through our eyes and ears. Take care what you look at and what you listen to. Your mental health and progress in Dhamma may be significantly retarded by bad choices and greatly enhanced by good ones.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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