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.
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.