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Ajahn Jayasāro

Giving, sharing, performing acts of kindness

The non-harming of self and others has always been one of the defining features of Buddhism. There is not a single sentence of the Buddha’s teachings that can be interpreted in such a way as to support violence of any kind. The Buddha even denounced mental violence. On one occasion he cautioned the monks around him that anyone who indulged in angry thoughts towards those who slandered the Buddha would be no true disciple of his.

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Ajahn Jayasāro

Human beings are very good at measuring…

…But how many of the most important things in life are, in fact, measurable? How, for example, could we quantify a parents love for their child? Notably, the Buddha gave the title of the Four Immeasurables to the wholesome motions of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity…

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Ajahn Jayasāro

One of the first discoveries in meditation…

…But how many of the most important things in life are, in fact, measurable? How, for example, could we quantify a parents love for their child? Notably, the Buddha gave the title of the Four Immeasurables to the wholesome motions of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity…

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Ajahn Jayasāro

One helpful way of reflecting on unfair criticism…

One helpful way of reflecting on unfair criticism is to recollect how normal it is, how many times even the purest of beings have been subjected to such treatments. The most famous example is perhaps the occasion when a woman called Ciñcā Mānavikā accepted payment from religious teachers jealous of the Buddha to accuse him of making her pregnant…

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Ajahn Jayasāro

In this period of great stress and uncertainty…

In this period of great stress and uncertainty, one of our most important tools to maintain sanity and balance is the cultivation of loving-kindness for self and others. On one occasion the Buddha listed the benefits that may be realised. The range is remarkable: beginning with physical and mental well-being and culminating in profound spiritual accomplishment…

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