Drunk with the Body

Ajahn Liem

Drunk with the Body

Usually our mind likes to get carried away with having fun. If we find ourselves infatuated with amusement, take it as important and hold on to it, the Buddha recommends to ground ourselves in an attitude of alertness. Hilarity is a tie. It can drag us onto the path of foolishness. When we are infatuated and crazy about something, we can go wrong anywhere. Whether in the hidden or open, it’s all t…

A Firm Bond of Mutual Benefit

Ajahn Amaro

A Firm Bond of Mutual Benefit

The Sangha lives according to the Vinaya, a code of monastic discipline established by the Buddha. In accordance with this discipline, the monastics are alms-mendicants, living lives of celibacy and frugality. Above all, this training is a means of living reflectively and a guide to keeping one’s needs to a minimum: a set of robes, an alms bowl, one meal a day, medicine when ill, and a sheltered p…

Supposition and Release

Ajahn Chah

Supposition and Release

If we know both supposition and release in the proper way, we can get along. Suppositions have their uses, but in reality there isn’t anything there. There isn’t even a person there! There’s just a set of natural conditions, born of their causal factors. They develop in dependence on their causal factors, stay for a while, and before long they fall apart. You can’t stop that from happening. You ca…

Supposed into Being

Ajahn Chah

Supposed into Being

All things in the world are suppositions that we’ve supposed into being. Once we’ve supposed them, we fall for our own supposings, so nobody lets them go. They turn into views and pride, into attachment. This attachment is something that never ends. It’s an affair of saṁsāra that flows without respite, with no way of coming to closure. But if we really know our suppositions, we’ll know release. If…

It’s How the Mind Acts Now That’s Most Important

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

It’s How the Mind Acts Now That’s Most Important

How do actions determine results? Skillful intentional acts—those that would lead to no harm for yourself or anyone else—tend toward pleasant results. Unskillful intentional acts—those that would lead to harm for yourself or others or both—tend toward painful results [§16] It’s important to emphasize the word tend here, as there’s no ironclad, tit-for-tat deterministic connection between an intent…

What is the Purpose?

Ajahn Sumedho

What is the Purpose?

In our practice we need to learn what right effort is in contrast to just will power. In Thailand the attitude is always to sleep little, speak little, eat little. This has quite a strong influence on one’s mind. It sets in motion the idea of pushing and striving. But it also tends to create a kind of mental state that is very suppressive. One isn’t really aware of what one is doing. A lot of peop…

Correcting Our Faults

Ajahn Amorn

Correcting Our Faults

In one particular sutta - the Mangala Sutta - the Buddha explains the way to behave in order for us to be happy. Being respectful and showing humility, Knowing contentment in life. Paying back the debt of gratitude we have towards others, And frequently listening to the Buddha’s teachings. These are the highest blessings.’ So this verse from the Mangala Sutta is my particular teaching for today. A…

There’s Just Dhamma

Upāsikā Kee Nanayon

There’s Just Dhamma

When you’re persistent in contemplating to see your inconstancy, stress and not- selfness, the mind feels ease because you’ve loosened your attachments. This is the marvel of the Dhamma: an ease of body and mind completely free from entanglement in the defilements. It’s truly special. Before, the ignorance obscuring the mind caused you wander about spellbound by sights, sounds, and so forth, so th…

It’s Not a Sure Thing

Ajahn Pasanno

It’s Not a Sure Thing

It is the commemoration of Ajahn Chah’s birthday today. One of the constant refrains in his teaching and training is the recollection of the Thai phrase, mynair—unsure, uncertain, not a sure thing. We can develop the ability to hold experience in this space of not sure and uncertainty. Often the mind inclines to some sort of story. “It’s going to be just like this; this is going to be really wonde…

Stability and Reliability

Ajahn Amaro

Stability and Reliability

Another realization that has become clearer as I’ve been meeting people and teaching over the years is that those who’ve come from broken homes, or who have had very unstable family situations, assume that life is unsteady and unpredictable; they often have a deep sense of insecurity. I remember being struck during my first few years of meeting and living with such people, and there are a great ma…