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Ajahn Jayasāro Yellow Pages Teaching

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2021.0619 Yellow Pages Teaching Ajahn Jayasaro
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The seventeenth of June marked the 103rd anniversary…

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.

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2021.0615 Yellow Pages Teaching Ajahn Jayasaro
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Many years ago in my monastery in Ubon province

Many years ago in my monastery in Ubon province, a young European monk with a gift for languages was making good progress in his study of Thai. One day, after giving my weekly Dhamma discourse to the local villagers, I asked him how much of the talk he had understood. He said almost all of it. I expressed my appreciation and asked him to summarise the main points. His confident summary bore almost no connection to the key themes of the talk. I realised that he had unintentionally stitched together a narrative from the words he knew and bypassed those he did not.

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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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