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The seventeenth of June marked the 103rd anniversary…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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The seventeenth of June marked the 103rd anniversary of the birth of Ajahn Chah. That night, sitting in the moonlight surrounded by a group of monks, I asked each of them to share one teaching of Ajahn Chah that had particular meaning for them. Some monks mentioned his emphasis on 'mynae', the essentially unpredictable, unfixed, contingent nature of life. Others spoke of his advice on letting go, and the importance of practising Dhamma with patience and consistency. I especially appreciated a short quote that I had not though about for some years. In it, Ajahn Chah asserted that purity is to be found within impurity, nowhere else.

 

Freedom from impurity does not mean turning our back on it and walking away, because without truly understanding impurity we will always carry the seeds of it within us, ready to sprout up elsewhere. Freedom from impurity is realized by facing up to it until we are aware of the causes and conditions sustaining it, and abandon them. Impurity is simply a name for an unwise relationship with body and mind; purity is the wise relationship that can replace it.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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