Mindfulness allows us to really notice the way it is.
Buddhist talk: Being Awake to Rebirth in the Moment.
Ajahn Sumedho encourages us to see clearly that all thoughts arise and cease, and to realise that we cannot, therefore, trust them as a means of enlightenment.
Awareness is a natural state; it’s normal. It isn’t a compounded state that depends on other conditions.
Question: Would you call awareness ‘enlightenment’?
Ajahn Sumedho focuses on the simple reality of the here and now, and the awareness of ‘just this’, where all thoughts and concepts drop away in favour of insight and understanding.
The Buddha, on the other hand, takes down all the barriers and leaves an empty space. As you let go of your emotional habits you find it is very peaceful, it’s universal, it’s what you really are; you’re not the limitations that you identify with. You are not the human body. What does that mean?
That awareness, that light, is universal; it isn’t like my personal property. That’s why on an intuitive level we can resonate; many of you can intuitively understand what I’m saying.