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We have a dysfunctional relationship with our mental states…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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We have a dysfunctional relationship with our mental states. Through ignorance of the true nature of phenomena we identify with mental states, we grasp onto them. This is the cause of much unnecessary suffering. The problem cannot be remedied by thinking. It can be remedied by a meditation practice embedded in the Eightfold Path.

 

The effort to sustain awareness on a meditation object such as the breath gives us a new perspective. Formerly, we assumed the each mental state belongs to us, is who we are, or at least is an expression of who we are. Now, desire, aversion, discouragement, anxiety, agitation, etc reveal themselves as temporary distractions from the work in hand. We see how unpredictable, unreliable and ownerless these mental states are. Our attachment to them wanes.

 

As meditation progresses, we are able to dwell in the spaces between thoughts, between emotions, for longer periods. We see directly how mental states arise and pass away according to causes and conditions. Mental states lose their power over us. We gain a taste of liberation.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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