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When I was younger I would sometimes go on long walks

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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When I was younger I would sometimes go on long walks through the Thai countryside. I liked to walk in the evenings when the sun was not so hot. The only drawback I found to walking after dark was the aggressive dogs in the farms and villages along the way. Two things helped to keep me safe: loving kindness and a big stick to sternly wave about.

 

Recently, a rather large Malaysian pit viper has come to live under the tree at the front of my kuti. We keep to ourselves and live in harmony together. Nevertheless, at night time I stay safe with both loving kindness and a bright flashlight.

 

I have strong faith in the protective power of loving kindness, but this does not mean that I necessarily object to sticks and flashlights. Reasonable caution and common sense also have their place in the Dhamma.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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