Ajahn Yatiko emphasizes the importance of listening to Dhamma talks and studying suttas because although the goal of Buddhist practice is to reach the unconditioned, the path of practice itself is conditioned. He draws on the Stoics' concept of hedonic adaptation to explain the dissatisfaction intrinsic in any conditioned happiness. The search for conditioned happiness often manifests in the creation and maintenance of views and narratives about the self and world. The Brahmajāla Sutta (DN 1) enumerates 62 such views and asserts that all views arise dependent on sense contact. Returning to the direct experience of the six senses can cut through attachment to views. This talk was given on December 8, 2012 at Abhayagiri Monastery.
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