Four Noble Truths

Direct Knowing, by Ajahn Sumedho

Now the Buddha was a sage who tried to convey a particular teaching that would encourage the realization of ultimate reality. And the teaching of the Buddha sometimes baffles modern humanity because it does seem somewhat strange to our way of thinking; we are used to regarding religion from the point of view of being told something. A sage, or philosopher, or some prophet tells us something, and we either agree with it or not…

Trust in your awareness, by Ajahn Sumedho

‘This is the awareness ― listening ― relaxed attention.’ Then you will feel the connection. It is a natural state that sustains itself. It isn’t up to you to create it. It isn’t dependent on conditions to support it. It is here and now whatever is happening…

The Still Silence, by Ajahn Sumedho

We can get very angry if we become attached to silence and stillness and sensory deprivation; it is so pleasant not to have things impinging on the senses once we get used to it. And if we attach to the silence out of ignorance, out of greed, then when it is disrupted we can feel very angry.

The Eightfold Path

Whoever makes endeavour for the riddance of wrong purpose, for the attainment of right purpose, that is his right endeavour. Mindful, he gets rid of wrong purpose; mindful, entering on right purpose he abides in it. That is his right mindfulness. Thus these three things circle round and follow after right purpose — that is to say: right view, right endeavour, right mindful­ness…

The Four Noble Truths

And what is the ariyan truth of the arising of anguish? Whatever crav­ing is connected with again-becoming, accompanied by delight and attach­ment, finding delight in this and that, namely the craving for sense-pleasures, the craving for becoming, the craving for annihilation — this is called the ariyan truth of the arising of anguish…