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Reflection on the Unattractive

Ajahn Vajiro

I would like to offer some thoughts on the cultivation of asubha kammaṭṭhāna or ‘Reflection on The Unattractive’. We have a standard practice in the monastery of regularly reciting the asubha chant. This is recommended particularly for a…

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Hold on to Strategies

ฐานิสสโร ภิกขุ

As long as you’re on the path, you have to hold on to things. Hold on to your strategies. It’s simply a matter of replacing unskillful ones with more skillful ones and being very clear about what your choices are. When you think about yours…

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A Few Simple Objects

อาจารย์ ชยสาโร

Luang Por did not consider a drastically simplified lifestyle to be liberating in itself; he knew well enough that the tendency towards attachment is far too strongly embedded in the unenlightened mind to be so simply bypassed. But a life p…

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Poetic and Attentive

อาจารย์ สุจิตโต

The Middle Land, other than being the area of the Ganges Valley that the Buddha frequented in the course of his forty years of wandering, is that present awareness that stands between impressions and their designation. But it’s dynamic, it’…

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Small Choices Lead to Big Decisions

อาจารย์ ยติโก

A lot of big decisions we make in life are dictated by the many small decisions we make on a daily basis. That can be a very powerful reflection, and one to keep in mind. In the book Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky, the main character o…

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Death or Deathless?

พระไตรปิฎกบาลี

Not up in the air, nor in the middle of the sea, nor going into a cleft in the mountains –nowhere on earth– is a spot to be found where you could stay & not succumb to death. —Dhammapada 128 At Savatthi. “Monks, remain with your minds well-…

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The Buddhist Cosmos

อาจารย์ ปุณณธัมโม

Traditionally the very diverse array of beings [which inhabit the cosmos] is divided into five gati or “destinations of rebirth” (DN 33). From lowest to highest, these are: The niraya beings which live in great misery, in a world of fire an…

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Everything Covered

ฐานิสสโร ภิกขุ

When you deal with pain, you’re told don’t think about how long the pain has been in the past or how long it’s going to be in the future. It weighs the present moment down unnecessarily. It places restrictions on how much freedom you have i…

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The Most Important Breakthrough

อาจารย์ ถิรธัมโม

The most important breakthrough is the uprooting of personality view. Recognizing that the self is really just an artificial creation and not an ultimate entity is the first really profound insight. It’s a very significant insight into impe…

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Gather Thinking Within the Breathing

อาจารย์ สุจิตโต

A lot of the time we’re thinking and that isn’t always good or helpful. Thinking (unlike thoughtful attention) is about constructing: a future, a past, another person – or oneself. It’s often about creating an alternative to the direct expe…

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