The significance of the Buddhist teaching lies in the fact that it isn’t doctrinal. It’s not an attempt to tell us how things should be, it’s more a way of bringing our attention to the way things are. Most of… Read More ›
In this short film (28 minutes) Ajahn Sumedho points to the message of Buddha’s teaching.
To think ‘I am screwed up’, is a value judgement, isn’t it? ‘Screwed up’ makes the ‘I am’.
Maybe disease isn’t something to get rid of; maybe it’s something to understand, to contemplate, to come to terms with. Being born itself implies that we are going to be subject to different forces beyond our control. We can, of course, learn how to live more carefully, respecting life, not misusing our bodies, nor exploiting them…
Buddhist talk: ‘Living a Meditative Life’, by Ajahn Sumedho, given at the 2005 Buddhist Publishing Group Summer School. 55 minutes.
‘The Awareness of the Self is not the Self.’ ‘Pure consciousness isn’t a self; it’s not a person.’ ‘The condition of a self arises and ceases according to time and place.’ Film around 90 minutes.
It takes determination to trust this kind of awareness, however, because one’s conditioning tends always to go towards being judgemental and to think in terms of, ‘I shouldn’t feel like this! I don’t know what to do! How should I meditate?’ Whatever you are feeling, however, even if you feel confused about everything, just recognize it ― ‘Confusion is like this’…