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Ajahn Jayasāro Yellow Pages Teaching

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2021.0612 Yellow Pages Teaching Ajahn Jayasaro
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One key characteristic of Dhamma is ‘sanditthiko’…

One key characteristic of Dhamma is ‘sanditthiko’. Translations of the term include, ‘directly visible’, ‘knowable’, ‘verifiable’ and ‘apparent here and now’. The Buddha illustrated its meaning with a statement: under the influence of defilement we think, speak and act in ways that lead to our own affliction and the affliction of others. With the abandonment of defilement we do not think, speak and act in such ways.

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2021.0608 Yellow Pages Teaching Ajahn Jayasaro
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The path of Dhamma is rarely a smooth one…

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.

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2021.0605 Yellow Pages Teaching Ajahn Jayasaro
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Buddhist meditation practices are not intended to be relaxation…

Buddhist meditation practices are not intended to be relaxation techniques. Relaxation is one of the first welcome results of meditation, but is by no means its final goal. This may seem an obvious point, but its also one frequently forgotten. Inexperienced meditators find it hard to resist indulging in the pleasant feeling of relaxation as a reward for their efforts in overcoming distraction. By doing so their mindfulness weakens, their mind become dull, and their meditation session is derailed.

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2021.0601 Yellow Pages Teaching Ajahn Jayasaro
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The Buddha gave great emphasis to the practice of…

The Buddha gave great emphasis to the practice of ‘indriya samvara’, which is translated into English as ‘sense restraint’. Personally, I am not so fond of this rendering. To me, ‘restraint’ sounds too forceful; it sounds too much like the action of a charioteer straining at the reins of impetuous horses. I prefer to translate the Pāli word ‘samvara’ as ‘governance’, and in my work with children I use ‘taking care’.

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