The Stuff We Fear

Ajahn Jitindriya

The Stuff We Fear

It’s the same with the stuff we find within, the stuff that we fear – the big ‘monsters’ and the ghastly things we can’t bear to face or think of. Those kind of things actually feed off our resistance and denial. Yet, if we can give them space, we can see…’Oh, just feelings; perceptions…just that much’ – not in denial or rejection but in a full acceptance and opening to just what is. The intensity…

Marshaling the Emotions

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

Marshaling the Emotions

You really have to be devoted to what you’re doing here. Or as Ajaan Fuang would say, “You really have to be crazy about the meditation if you want to meditate well.” You have to get the meditation so that it really engages your imagination. What can be done with the mind as you focus it on the breath? What can be done with the breath? How can you learn to relate to the breath in a way that allows…

Recollect One's Teachers

Ajahn Sucitto

Recollect One's Teachers

I think it’s really important to recollect one’s teachers, both ordinary teachers and Dhamma teachers, as well as one’s parents, because they are all carried into and become part of our citta. This mind is like a stream that absorbs influences from other people. But it’s important to hold this process in the right way. As Luang Por himself would say, ‘Luang Por Sumedho is a perception in the mind’…

Knowing Wholesome and Unwholesome States

Ajahn Pasanno

Knowing Wholesome and Unwholesome States

The work period and the regular chores we have in the monastery are an extension of our practice. It’s important to consciously bring that point to mind. Otherwise, it’s easy to fall into the habit of being wrapped up in the excitement and enthusiasm we feel about the work project we are doing or being indifferent and waiting for the work period to be over. Whatever perceptions and attitudes we ma…

A Big Part of Training

Ajahn Pasanno

A Big Part of Training

There are questions to which we still don’t know the answers, like how confident and comfortable we are at the thought of our own death. That question is about as primal as it gets in terms of things that are most conducive to insecurity and fear. We can work up a great deal of concern about not getting our coffee at the right temperature, but it pales to the thought, “I am going to die.” We put o…

Habits of Becoming

Ajahn Amaro

Habits of Becoming

There is a contrast between the mind caught in the habits of becoming, and the quality of right practice, in which we learn how to work towards realization without creating more confusion. The English word ‘becoming’ is a translation of the Pali word ‘bhava’, which is sometimes translated as ‘being’ or ‘existence’…but I prefer the translation ‘becoming’ because it conveys the quality of momentum.…

The Lived Experience

Ajahn Pasanno

The Lived Experience

I think it’s easy to hold out hope that if I just get these teachings, the intellectual structure, or the techniques down pat, then I’ll be able to free myself from suffering. Maybe it’s not articulated as baldly as that, but it’s easy to internalize this and forget that there’s another really crucial element. Sometimes the teachings can be a bit formulaic, so it’s important to investigate their n…

Conviction

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

Conviction

The five faculties are listed in the order in which they ordinarily develop. You begin with conviction because conviction deals with your views about what’s possible in terms of your self and of your world. In terms of the world, you’re convinced about what is possible and desirable to strive for. In terms of your self, conviction deals with what you believe you are capable of doing. In the Buddha…

A Blessing in the Air

Ajahn Kevali

A Blessing in the Air

Chanting the Buddhist texts is not a technical or mental exercise or something that is practised merely as a tradition or cultural ritual. Rather it is devotion and recollection with mindfulness and awareness that we are developing. It offers a tangible sense of uplift for those who are chanting and also for those listening. I am sure many of us have had such an experience when we first heard thes…

Nowhere to Go and Nothing to Do

Ajahn Sumedho

Nowhere to Go and Nothing to Do

Sometimes, of course, one doesn’t want to give up yet. One still wants rebirth and happiness and worldly things. Fair enough! But I don’t want you to go round lying to yourselves. If you want to have your own way and have rebirths and worldly happiness, then that’s your decision – but don’t delude yourselves by thinking that you are doing something else. If you really understand the teaching of th…