Krueng Yoo

Ajahn Yatiko

Krueng Yoo

It is worth reflecting on the Thai phrase krueng yoo. Krueng literally means tool. When it is combined with yoo, the loose translation is a tool used to sustain. With Dhamma in mind, krueng yoo can mean a practice that is used to help sustain one’s spiritual existence. So we might reflect and ask ourselves, “In my daily life, what do I use to occupy my time? What is the practice that sustains me?”…

Two People

Pāli Canon

Two People

On one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Then two brahmans—feeble old men, aged, advanced in years, having come to the last stage of life, 120 years old—went to the Blessed One. On arrival, they exchanged courteous greetings with him and, after an exchange of friendly greetings & courtesies, sat to one side. As they were sitting there, t…

Living in Tune

Pāli Canon

Living in Tune

Once the Blessed One was staying among the Bhaggas in the Deer Park at Bhesakaḷā Forest, near Crocodile Haunt. Then early in the morning the Blessed One, having adjusted his under robe and carrying his bowl and outer robe, went to the home of the householder, Nakula’s father. On arrival, he sat down on a seat made ready. Then Nakula’s father & Nakula’s mother went to the Blessed One and, on arriva…

Can “No Chocolate” Cause Violence?

Ajahn Sundara

Can “No Chocolate” Cause Violence?

Another aspect of the practice which can be quite confusing is that the more determined you are to do something good, the more challenged you may become. Let’s say that you determine to do something wholesome. You will notice that, not long after that, Ma ̄ra (the Buddhist personification of evil) will come along and test you. One year, when I was a novice, I resolved to refrain from eating any ch…

Compassion—Positive and Uplifting

Ajahn Pasanno

Compassion—Positive and Uplifting

Compassion fails when it causes sorrow. When faced with suffering, if one is overwhelmed by grief or heaviness of heart, then that is not being compassionate. The quality of compassion is then tainted and not functioning properly. When the heart is drawn towards boundlessness, it is not dragged down by suffering. Instead, it is uplifted. It is important to recognize that. The heart could be weighe…

The Question Mark

Ajahn Sucitto

The Question Mark

You can also approach this silent kind of knowing through an attitude of question. Question mark. Here is, if you like, a non-statement. When you question, when you bring your thinking energy into a question, for that moment, that question is being in the thinking mind. It doesn’t know. That’s what it’s asking. Right at the point where the question mark occurs, there’s a listening. Then it comes u…

Not Without Concentration

Ajahn Lee

Not Without Concentration

Those who are to reach the paths (magga) and fruitions (phala) leading to nibbāna will do so by way of the heart. If the heart isn’t trained, then no matter how much external goodness you may have, you won’t be able to reach nibbāna. Nibbāna can be attained only by training the heart in the practice of virtue, concentration, and discernment. Virtue forms the basis for concentration; concentration,…

Come from the Shadows

Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī

Come from the Shadows

Viktor Frankl wrote, “What is to give light must endure burning.” We want to give light but we’re afraid to suffer, not realising that our very freedom lies in penetrating to the middle of that suffering – and knowing its nature. But the poison arrow doesn’t simply vanish, nor does the wound heal by marvelling at it, “O what a grievous injury, what a spectacular wound!” We can’t light the candle o…

A Deeper Understanding of Anattā

Ajahn Viradhammo

A Deeper Understanding of Anattā

To reach a deeper understanding of anattā we simplify our perspective on life’s events by observing our experiences as bodily sensations, feelings, perceptions, mental constructs, sensory phenomena. In other words we observe the changing nature of the khandhas. If this objective perspective is missing we easily get caught up with the narrative or story line that each life situation generates. For…

Sense Organ Logic

Ajahn Sucitto

Sense Organ Logic

We have all the different sense organs: the eye, the ear, the nose, the tongue, body, and mind. If you review those, you’ll see that there’s a particular logic in that sequence. The phenomena that arise in the eye are distant. There’s space. They’re out there. You can see things that don’t see you. You’re removed from them. The eye is very good for the hunter because it’s good at sharply defining…