Having just completed a two-week solitary retreat, Ajahn Pasanno begins this talk with the familiar teaching of the three kinds of solitude–seclusion of body, seclusion of mind, and seclusion from the defilements. He then expounds the simile of the shopkeeper (AN III.20). Just as a shopkeeper must have keen eyes, be responsible, and have a benefactor to acquire great wealth, progress in the practice requires a keen eye for the Four Noble Truths, arousing energy replace unwholesome states with wholesome ones, and inquiring about the Dhamma from wise benefactors. Ajahn Pasanno concludes with an exhortation to make good use of this precious human birth. This teaching was given on September 30, 2012 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.
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