Some seclusion is necessary for meditators

Yesterday was Visakha Bucha Day and many people came here to perform a light waving rite. After returning home, did you continue meditation? Who continued the practice? Please raise your hand. It’s good. I was afraid that you just went straight to shopping. Occasionally, we need to detach ourselves from the world and be secluded. …

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When you truly see suffering, you will let go of it.

Look nice. Today is unusual, normally, people who come for a dhamma talk on Saturday mostly have scattered minds. Today isn’t like that. The scattered mind is the mind that is lost in mental formations. At first, the mind is lost in mental objects, that is, when it comes into contact with the objects, and …

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Use Physical or Abstract Phenomena as Your Practice Objects

Be mindful. Your mind has wandered outside. If you want to make quick progress, you must be able to identify phenomena. Don’t leave your practice unguided. Like, when you hear that people practice by breathing, you follow them. Or you hear that people practice by reciting “Buddho,” you follow them. You see that people practice …

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Be aware of changes in the mind

Yesterday, we lost another senior master, Luang Pu Haa. And earlier this year, Luang Pu Saeng passed away. The number of masters is declining, urging us to engage actively in mindfulness practice and become self-reliant. We must do this befoe there are no more masters for us to study under. The determination. It requires both …

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Birth and Death Happen Each Moment

These are easy things to talk about but hard to practice. Seeing the mind arise and fall so quickly sequentially. Asking, “The eye went to see, do you see that?” At that point so many mind moments have already passed. So let’s keep it simple. The Buddha taught cittanupassana. This is the practice for those who are not skilled in jhana, or deep concentration. Once we become quite skilled in observing the mind more and more and our mindfulness is sharp and with quality concentration, we will see the mind arising and falling at the senses. As we become an expert we will see clearly that all types of mind arise and fall. There aren’t any minds that arise and don’t fall. Seeing that the mind arises and falls we will gradually wash away wrong view of eternalism.

Seeing Suffering

Keep practising and training. One day, we’ll see the truth, that these five aggregates are suffering. We’ll see this stage by stage. When we see it, we will release, and be liberated from suffering. In that moment, the mind will encounter true shanti, true peace, true happiness.

Perceiving the Truth of Natural Phenomena

The term “natural phenomena” consists of only two departments, namely, the form and formless phenomena. Although there is another kind of phenomenon, which is called nirvāṇa or nibbāna, it is not accessible to a worldly person — thus, we should ignore this for now. We should continue observing the form and formless phenomena until we realize the Three Marks of Existence. We must observe them until the truth of the Three Marks of Existence is revealed. Therefore, what is critical in our observance lies in perceiving the underlying Three Marks of Existence within the form and formless phenomena.

Don’t Wander Off. Don’t Overfocus.

Only when there’s the knower mind can we truly cultivate wisdom. Without a stable mind, we can’t really develop wisdom, because the mind is too scattered. I’ve been teaching about “don’t wander off and don’t overfocus” since I was still at Suan Poh. It sounds funny, doesn’t it? What kind of meditation is this “don’t wander off and don’t overfocus?” Essentially, it’s how to re-establish the concentration foundation. Without concentration, our mind wanders all over the place. With wrong concentration, we overfocus and suppress. A scattered mind prohibits us from being mindful of our body and mind. Even though we may be able to see our mind or the body while overfocusing, it’s impossible to see their truth.

Mindfulness is essential for all levels of practice

Have mindfulness observing what’s behind your thoughts, speech, and actions. If you can do this, existing unwholesomeness will cease. New unwholesomeness won’t arise. New wholesomeness will arise. Existing wholesomeness will develop.

Suffering ends when seen with crystal clarity

When our practice is truly refined, we’ll see that other than suffering, nothing arises. Other than suffering, nothing sustains. Other than suffering, nothing falls away. It’s all just suffering that arises and falls.

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