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The path of Dhamma is rarely a smooth one…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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The path of Dhamma is rarely a smooth one, even for the great masters. Ajahn Chah once told his students that the difference between him and them was not in the number of severity of the obstacles he had to overcome, but in the strength of his determination to overcome them.

 

So how can we cultivate that kind of courage and determination? We do it by constantly bearing in mind certain basic convictions. The most important of these is that suffering arises due to causes and conditions, and that it can utterly cease through removal of those causes and conditions by practice of the Eightfold Path. This conviction grows steadily stronger by close observation of the relationship between suffering and defilement in our mind. When we are suffering we ask ourselves, 'What is the craving, what is the attachment here? What virtues are lacking?' When the mind feels bright, light and clear we ask ourselves, 'What is the craving, what is the attachment that is absent here? What are the virtues that are supporting this wholesome state of mind?'

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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