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The heart of our practice lies in letting go…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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The heart of our practice lies in letting go. Through our training in sīla, we let go of unwise actions and speech. Through our training in samādhi, we let go of the hindrances. Through our training in pañña, we let go of the attachments that conceal the true nature of things, and that bind us to the wheel of birth-and-death.

 

One frustrated student complained to Ajahn Chah that it was difficult to let go. He replied that the defilements are like red hot coals. If we were to hold a red hot lump of coal in our hands, we wouldn't have to struggle to let it go. We would do so instinctively, and without hesitation. The reason we can't let go of the defilements is because we cannot, as yet, see clearly enough how they burn us.

 

Ajahn Chah would tell his students to be patient, and to persevere in the three-fold training. Above all, he would say, keep observing and investigating the drawbacks of the defilements and the rewards of letting them go.

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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