Ajahn Amaro remarks favorably on the material developments he sees at Abhayagiri Monastery, but reminds us that the true purpose of a monastery is to awaken the heart to the potential we have as human beings. We often associate stress with engaged action and peace with retreat and non-engagement, but self-view is the actual cause of suffering. Free of this obsessive focus on I, me, and mine, the heart can be at ease in the midst of strenuous action. Rather than waiting for his responsibilities as abbot of Amaravati to diminish or become easier, Ajahn Amaro makes the effort open the heart to the present moment as fully and completely as possible.
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