Simple and Ordinary Mindfulness Meditation

“… When we become aware of our body and mind and accept the truth of them, that they are impermanent, do not persist and are beyond control, then we will be liberated and abide in the greatest happiness.”

Luangpor Pramote Pamojjo

 

Dhamma (Pali) or Dharma (Sanskrit) means the plain, undistorted truth that the Buddha taught.

Dhamma as taught by the Buddha is simple and easy to practice. It is about ourselves and how we can be free from personal suffering. As suffering beings we are deluded about the truths of our body and mind. However, if we practice the Dhamma, we turn our attention to our body and our mind and unveil their true characteristics. Our suffering lessens as we gradually come to understand the Dhamma more and more.

  
Luangpor Pramote Pamojjo
Luangpor Pramote Pamojjo

Luangpor or Luang Por literally means “Revered Father” This is the title of respect that Thai people address an older monk.

Luangpor Pramote Pamojjo resides in Suan Santidham (The Garden of the Peaceful Dhamma), Sriracha, Chonburi, Thailand. He teaches the Dhamma to avid practitioners looking to truly understand the middle way and to progress in their practice. Bangkok residents set out on an hour and a half drive in the darkness of the early morning to arrive before sunrise and line up outside Luang Por’s center to get a good seat to listen to his teachings, express their concerns regarding their own practice and receive individual advice – a custom that has been coined “submitting their homework” for the headmaster to fine-tune or modify.

Luangpor became a monk in 2001 after being an avid meditator since he was seven years old. He has had many teachers along the way, but considers himself primarily a disciple of Luang Pu Dune, from North Eastern Thailand’s forest monk lineage of Luang Pu Mun Bhūridatto.

To be truly mindful does not mean we have to question ourselves or to guess whether at this moment there is happiness, suffering, anger, doubt or craving. It is very important to stress that we must be mindful of the actual phenomena of the mind, or the absolute reality, because the mind needs to witness and learn from the actual arising, changing and disappearing of all things on its own, and not via the thinking process.

Once we are mindful of the mental phenomena as they arise, the mind needs to have sufficient stability and firmness to avoid getting lost in thoughts that commonly arise after the awareness.  For example, when something arises in the mind, it is ultimate reality.  After that, a thought based on conventional reality arises, labeling this mental state as liking, for example.  This formulation cannot be avoided, because the mind’s nature is to think and recollect.  Therefore, we must not try to prevent or refuse the thinking process based on conventional reality from happening.  Just be aware of it but do not get lost in the thinking process.  Continue to be mindful of phenomena of mind that arises, such as liking in this case.  Only through observation will we be able to see the three characteristics of existence of that condition.

Luangpor Pramote Pamojjo, The Path to Enlightenment I, page 57

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Video Recording of Luangpor's Teaching with English Subtitles

  

This website is a collection of Dhamma materials conveyed by the venerable Luangpor Pramote Pamojjo, a master teacher of mindfulness for the modern world and Vipassana meditation. His teachings are published and distributed as free gifts of Dhamma, with the intention of preserving the Teachings of the Lord Buddha for generations to come. With permission from Luangpor Pramote, the English content of this web site has been translated from his teaching in Thai by different people. Please bear in mind that despite our efforts there can be errors and misinterpretation by translators.

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