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.
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.
Buddhist teachings are guides that help us to look at the experience of being alive
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’.