Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones

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Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zones

The study of the Dhamma is another area that often requires us to venture outside of our comfort zones. Pariyatti—which is the Pali word for the theoretical comprehension of the Dhamma acquired through reading and study—is an important part of Theravada Buddhism. For anyone intent on pursuing the Noble Eightfold Path, there has to be a deep curiosity about the Buddha’s teachings and how they might…

The True Test of Dhamma

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The True Test of Dhamma

…Of course, the fact that the Pali Canon is the oldest (extant) record (of the Buddha’s teachings) is no guarantee that it is accurate. But as the Canon itself says, the true test of a teaching lies not in the claims of tradition, but in the results it gives when put into practice. To be fair, the test must involve four things: —associating with people of integrity; —listening to the true Dhamma;…

Ajahn Chah 4

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Ajahn Chah 4

During one time refugees were pouring into Thailand from Laos and Cambodia. The charitable organizations who came out to help were many. This made some ordained Westerners think it was not right that Buddhist monks and nuns should just sit in the forest while other religious organizations were so actively participating in alleviating the plight of the refugees. So they approached Ajahn Chah to exp…

I’m a Lot Freer Than You Are

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I’m a Lot Freer Than You Are

Yesterday, a group of us went over to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas for a commemoration of Master Xuan Hua’s fiftieth anniversary of coming to America. This morning while I was sitting, I remembered something said by Doug Powers, a long- time disciple of Master Hua. He had mentioned yesterday that Master Hua would both tease and challenge the students who came to study with him in the sixties a…

Loving-Kindness and Living in Harmony

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Loving-Kindness and Living in Harmony

The Buddha taught the Saranīya Dhammas, which are the six principles of conciliation or harmonious living. The first three of these Dhammas are based on bodily, verbal, and mental acts of loving-kindness. By generating loving-kindness, we create a strong condition for the arising of wholesome kamma. When we establish harmony with others, we build on that foundation of loving-kindness. The fourth…

On teaching him a lesson

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On teaching him a lesson

Six years after the Second World War was over, the legacy of the war remained in the form of the poverty and difficulties caused by the shortages of food and materials that affected every home. In particular, there was a great shortage of cloth. If a monk or novice had even one complete set of robes, he was fortunate. I was one of a large number of novices living with Luang Pu. One day Novice Phro…

No Ajahn Chah 3

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No Ajahn Chah 3

One of Ajahn Chah’s disciples was unplugging a tape recorder when he accidentally touched the metal prongs of the plug while it was still connected. He got a shock and dropped it immediately. Ajahn Chah noticed and said, “Oh! How come you could let go of that so easily? Who told you to?” This reflections by Ajahn Chah is from the book, No Ajahn Chah, pp. 202.

Being Comfortable Is Not the End of Suffering

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Being Comfortable Is Not the End of Suffering

There’s an element of the human psyche that is constantly looking for comfort, security, and ease. We can sometimes believe that the end of suffering is when we bring about the circumstances in which we don’t have to extend ourselves or put forth too much effort. But even when we’ve managed to manipulate conditions in a way that allows us to feel relatively comfortable and laid back, we inevitably…

He Gave Me My Life

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He Gave Me My Life

On the evening of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ajahn Chah’s death, Ajahn Pasanno and the Abhayagiri community watched The Great Peace, an Italian television documentary of the state funeral of Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Pasanno helped extensively with preparations for the funeral, but it had been well over a decade since he saw this documentary. Amid discussion of the details of the funeral, a layperson…

The Four Noble Truths and Stopping to Know

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The Four Noble Truths and Stopping to Know

A senior monk of the meditation tradition came to pay his respects to Luang Pu on the first day of the Rains Retreat in 1956. After giving him instruction and a number of teachings on profound matters, Luang Pu summarized the four noble truths as follows: “The mind sent outside is the origination of suffering. The result of the mind sent outside is suffering. The mind seeing the mind is the path.…