Mindfulness allows us to really notice the way it is.
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.
Buddhist teachings are guides that help us to look at the experience of being alive
‘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.
This is what we are all involved with. This is what life is for us at this time. We are all alive now, living within the restrictions of our bodies and minds. Whether you like it, approve of it, or whatever, it doesn’t matter…
And this is a most important part of meditation practice, to really know when there is no suffering…
The word ‘Buddha’, for example, in everyday language refers to the historical enlightened being, Gotama Buddha. It refers to a physical man of flesh and bone that was born in India over two thousand years ago, died, and was cremated.
Considered in terms of dhamma language, however, the word ‘Buddha’ refers to the truth that the historical Buddha realised and taught, the dhamma itself…