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When speaking about mindfulness, Ajahn Chah would often…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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When speaking about mindfulness, Ajahn Chah would often make use of similes. One of his favourites compared the mind to a room and the sense faculties to six doors leading into it. He said that at the centre of the room is a chair. Every day many people walk in and out of these doors. If the chair is empty, then any one of them may sit down on it, and make a nuisance of themselves. But as long as you keep sitting on that chair, none of the guests will stay very long, for there will be nowhere for them to rest. In other words, we should firmly establish mindfulness to prevent passing thoughts, memories and emotions from seizing control of our household.

 

In more active situations we might extend the simile to that of a vehicle. In this case, we have a destination that we are moving towards, and we must keep our eyes on the road at all times, not allowing any of our passengers to seize hold of the steering wheel.

 

In both cases, the key idea is that it is mindfulness that gives us autonomy and allows us to live our lives in harmony with our ideals. Without it, our house can always be seized by intruders, and our vehicle and can be hijacked.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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