Brightening the Mind
Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Yatiko and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo
Upāsikā Day, Aug. 19, 2012
Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, California
3 sessions, 16 excerpts, 43:14 total duration
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Session 1: Brightening the Mind

Session 2: Recollection of the Devas

Session 3: Generosity and Peace


Session 1: Brightening the Mind – Ajahn Pasanno – Aug. 19, 2012 Download audio (17:35)

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1. [0:05] “Could you expand about the layers of understanding of thought, perception, and dukkha?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Yatiko. [Discernment] [Directed thought and evaluation] [Perception] [Suffering] // [Proliferation] [Relinquishment]

Quote: “First you study the Dhamma, then you know the Dhamma, then you see the Dhamma, they you be the Dhamma.” — Ajahn Chah. Quoted by Ajahn Pasanno. [Ajahn Chah] [Dhamma] [Progress of insight]

Commentary: Path of Purification by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli, p. 631: The highest level of understanding is giving up.


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2. [3:08] Comment: Ajahn Chah said that Nibbāna is letting go, but this is difficult to do at deep levels. [Ajahn Chah] [Nibbāna] [Relinquishment] [Suffering]

Responses by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Yatiko. [Self-identity view] [Practicing in accordance with Dhamma]


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3. [4:59] Comment: In the practice, we use gladdening the mind to balance the preception of suffering. [Gladdening the mind] [Noble Truth of Suffering] [Cessation of Suffering] [Recollection]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Four Noble Truths]


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4. [6:26] “What is the difference between mindfulness, bare attention, and clear comprehension? Can you flesh out the word understanding?” [Mindfulness] [Direct experience] [Clear comprehension] // [Right Effort] [Discernment] [Right Mindfulness] [Ardency] [Investigation of states] [Mindfulness of breathing] [Greed] [Aversion]

Sutta: MN 118: Ānāpānasati Sutta


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5. [12:20] “Sometimes you hear something...[audio unclear]....What is your opinion?” [Gladdening the mind] [Discernment] [Release] [Cessation of Suffering]

Sutta: AN 8.19: "Just as the ocean has only one taste..." [Liberation]


Session 2: Recollection of the Devas – Ajahn Yatiko – Aug. 19, 2012 Download audio (18:51)
[Deva] [Recollection/Devas]

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1. [0:08] “What would be a way to connect with the deva-like humans?” [Human] // [Realms of existence]


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2. [1:08] “What would be a way to connect with the devas if you were out walking by yourself...[audio unclear]?” [Culture/Natural environment] // [Recollection/Buddha] [Spiritual search]


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3. [3:02] “I've heard that devas and brahmas aren't able to become enlightened. Is that right?” Answered by Ajahn Yatiko and Ajahn Pasanno. [Liberation] // [Delusion] [Heedlessness] [Sutta] [Great disciples] [Four Noble Truths]

Sutta: SN 56.11: Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

Story: Ajahn Sudanto's pūjā on Mount Hood. [Pacific Hermitage] [Pūjā] [Culture/Natural environment] [Merit] [Goodwill]


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4. [7:52] Comment: Contemplating the devas opens my mind to waking up. [Liberation]

Response by Ajahn Yatiko. [Mindfulness] [Energy] [Proliferation] [Depression] [Sutta] [Culture/Natural environment]


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5. [11:45] Comment: I ask myself, "Do I believe in Māra?" There's no doubt. I try to balance this with the devas. [Māra]

Response by Ajahn Yatiko. [Skillful qualities]


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6. [13:01] “Are angels devas...[audio unclear]?” [Christianity] // [God] [Delusion]


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7. [14:29] Comment: Maybe recollection of the devas isn't frequently taught because it could slip into a desire for heaven. [Craving for material existence]

Response by Ajahn Yatiko. [Sutta] [Hell] [Kamma] [Delusion]


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8. [16:01] Comment: For me it is a question of whether I can believe it or not. It depends on where I place my mind. [Faith] [Science] [Emptiness] [Proliferation] [Dalai Lama] [Death]

Response by Ajahn Yatiko. [Doubt] [Trust] [Tranquility]


Session 3: Generosity and Peace – Ajahn Karuṇadhammo – Aug. 19, 2012 Download audio (9:58)

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1. [0:13] “Could you speak more about the concept of relinquishment, giving up, and how it relates to giving?” [Relinquishment] [Recollection/Generosity] [Generosity] // [Clinging]


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2. [2:30] Comment: I'm looking at contemplating peace as opposed to grasping for peace as a result of aversion to dukkha. There's not the same result. [Recollection/Peace] [Clinging] [Aversion] [Suffering]

Response by Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Noble Truth of Suffering] [Craving not to become] [Relinquishment] [Kamma]


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3. [5:23] Comment: So you maximize the internal benefit you receive...[audio unclear]? [Recollection/Generosity] [Generosity]

Responses by Ajahn Karuṇadhammo, Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Yatiko. [Faith] [Discernment] [Clinging] [Habits] [Proliferation] [Idealism]