Thai Forest Dhamma

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Talks from Ajahn Martin

This website now contains all of Ajahn Martin's recorded talks in English and German (a few in Thai and in French).

Most of the talks were given to laypeople at Baan Taad Forest Monastery who wished to receive instruction on Dhamma and meditation.
Most of the newer talks (from 2013 onwards) were given to newly ordained western monks. The talks are preserved exactly as they were originally given – they have not been cut or corrected. For that reason, they should not be transcribed or translated into another form without Ajahn Martin's written consent.

If you have any questions about the content of the talks, please send an email to th.forest.dhamma@gmail.com.

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Date Title Description Album Duration
30-12-07 Good practice, bad practice: just practice!
Dhamma Talk 33.37
26-12-07 Generosity, respect and gratitude
Dhamma Talk 50.26
23-12-07 You can decide what to do right now, but kamma will come back to you and you cannot change it!
You cannot evict kamma - Good karma goes to a warehouse of good karma. Whereas bad karma goes to the warehouse of bad karma. It does not affect each other. “A debt incurred has to be paid” But we can change our karma. How? By not doing bad karma and more good karma –this can only be done in the “present” moment. There are 3 types of moments (a) past (b) future (c) present – (1) past – is over and one which cannot change even if you want to (b) future – you can plan till “the cow comes home” future is future, it has yet to come. If you truly observe your planning of future … make a review of your plan for the future and notice that it never happen as planned, so it is useless. (c) The crucial moment is “present” the it up to us to decide to do right (good karma) or wrong (bad karma).
Dhamma Talk 51.52
19-12-07 Reading and listening to talks on Dhamma
the unwholesome vs wholesome activities in the practicing ground respecting the wishes of the Abbot of Wat Pa Ban Tat ie Venerable Luangta Maha Boowa. How Luangta expects a practitioner to practice and behave in the Wat Pa Baan Taad.
Dhamma Talk 17.41
16-12-07 Wrong views about our practice
Dhamma Talk 53.53
10-12-07 Finding the right boat to cross the river
Dhamma Talk 37.02
7-12-07 The three columns of our practice
Dhamma Talk 62.36
5-12-07 Being like gold diggers in the ways of Dhamma **
Dhamma Talk 48.04
30-11-07 Inviting the hooligans into our heart ***
Dhamma Talk 30.12
28-11-07 5, 227 precepts for our protection; sati **
Dhamma Talk 59.25
26-11-07 Practice is NOT developing our Self
Dhamma Talk 60.06
25-11-07 What has our appearance to do with us?
Dhamma Talk 53.08
20-11-07 We just cannot accept our own kamma
The liberated citta and the Khandhas, the rulers of the khandhas – Dhamma or kilesas, avijja and kamma, cannot accept our bad kamma, time-lag of kamma, all actions have a result, doubt – the 1st fetter, not keeping the precepts – the 2nd fetter, belief that the body is self – the 3rd fetter, must break these to enter the stream, the body dies – but the citta never dies, not blaming others for our own kamma, kilesas making us forget what is important, rooting out our bad character tendencies, intention creates kamma, awareness of our true intentions, observing the results of our actions, breaking our bad habits, wisdom – teaching the heart until it can let go, understanding greed and hate, generosity, getting access to our heart, the deceitful kilesas, fighting for inner freedom, laziness, taking responsibility, the power of avijja.
Dhamma Talk 40.11
19-11-07 Boredom: Hearing always the same things
Practise – sticking to a single object all day, listening to Dhamma with the heart, study vs. practise – study doesn't lead to wisdom but can encourage us to practise, the 4 noble truths: Dukkha – not only suffering – all planes of existence experience it, Craving – the cause of Dukkha – a simple life reduces it, the path out of Dukkha – Sila/Samadhi/Panna, the 5 precepts, concentration and mindfulness, single pointedness, deep samadhi – everyone can do it but requires interest, wisdom/investigation requires concentration, upacara samadhi – stopping thoughts – a safe haven, the gold in our hearts vs. the gold in the world, wisdom – investigating the 5 khandhas – the khandas make 'self', anicca – impermanence, anatta – not-self, 'I' constantly changes and is not under our control, avijja doesn't want us to practice, wisdom vs. knowledge.
Dhamma Talk 49.04
14-10-07 The right way to help
Samadhi – compare to the happiness of the world, what is comfort? Dealing with problems in the present, problems arise in our heart, avoiding running away, rationalisation vs. true intentions – avijja hides our true intentions – intensive practise reveals them. Forgetting our only true refuge, apanna and upacara samadhi, the 5 precepts – training wholesomeness – avoiding hell, not judging others, kamma, freedom of the precepts, fleeting nature of all things, building the self-view, we can't change the world, influence of the kilesas, observing the animals, the deception of the hair and skin, the power of sensual desire, asubha practise – getting rid of greed and hate, going against our habits, mindfulness of the body, constant effort in practise.
Dhamma Talk 45.41
8-10-07 Stop your own injustice first!
Kamma, Burmese invasion, we are the sole cause of our problems, easier to help others than ourselves, most important to help ourselves first, the peace movement, hypocrisy, stream entry – stepping out of the mud, the world is already perfect, there is no injustice other than in our own hearts, abilities of Arahants, The Dalai Lama, fighting greed and hate – not the world, language of the heart, good and bad – what are they? Staying in the heart, harm of views and opinions, decline of the religion, anicca/anatta/dukkha, stepping outside the body, going beyond thoughts, the 5 khandhas – turning them off, samadhi practise, self-doubt, going crazy – thinking, riding the horse of meditation, boredom is a thought, listening to a Dhamma talk, freedom fighting within our heart.
Dhamma Talk 29.46
6-10-07 Cutting the three fetters to reach Stream-entry
Samadhi – resting the mind, wisdom – the only way to destroy the kilesas, 1st 3 fetters – doubt/fiddling with the precepts/view that the body is self, purpose of precepts – protection from hell, most people go to hell, not doubting heaven/hell and kamma, 3rd fetter – thinking the car and driver are one and the same – like the body and citta, the citta controls the body, the body doesn't move in deep samadhi, 15 years of training the body – life after life – it then soon breaks down, breaking the 3rd fetter – breaking the body into pieces – what remains? The body is a prison, the body is full of filth – turns nice things into shit - requires much maintenance – gives many problems, the nature of the sense 'pleasures', greed and hate burn us up, we live only for the body – but then it dies, monks look after the body in just 1.5 hours per day, we want the body for the senses, thinking is the westerners favourite sense, senses are anicca/anatta/dukkha, tearing off our skin, asubha – bringing up the unpleasant – balancing the scale to overcome greed and hate.
Dhamma Talk 47.49
5-10-07 Shutting down the mind-Engine
heart and mind is the same thing: Citta. Samadhi: The world of experience. Upacara Samadhi and Appana Samadhi states. Kilesas and the strolling mind. Appana Samadhi state: an experience beyond description and a motor to get rid of the defilements: greed, anger and delusion. Sammuti. Investigation. Rupa (body), Vedana (feeling), Sañña (memory and association), Sankhara (thinking) and Viññana (consciousness): the mixture that fools us. The path of Sila, Samadhi and Pañña. Sila: virtue, the Five Precepts: our protection to fall down into the lower realms.
Dhamma Talk 34.03
25-09-07 The difference to the practice in the West (asubha)**
Samadhi and vipassana are clearly separated in the east, importance of understanding each khandha, khandas and self, importance of samadhi, investigating not just observing, asubha practice to overcome greed and hate (not taught in the west), staying with unpleasant feelings, how Luangta helped Anagamis to overcome avijja, teaching is much more basic in the west, “when there is sati there are no kilesas”, body investigation leads to Anagami, attachment boils up the khandhas, can't understand the nama khandhas before the body, Luangta's rapid progress – due to solid samadhi, sila/samadhi/panna support each other, anatta – not self, what we need to know to practise, what is boredom? Only the heart can let go – can't be forced to – can only be taught, sati – short cut to enlightenment, hindrance of views and opinions, delusion and the nama khandhas, the training is too tough for most people, westerners & conceit.
Dhamma Talk 45.31
23-09-07 Keeping precepts increases inner freedom
Vegetarianism, Devadatta, mindfulness of speech, clothing in a monastery, the monk's rules, Luangta Maha Boowa's method of teaching, chores at wat pa baan taad, the purpose and method of eating, importance of mindfulness throughout the day, the 3 universal characteristics, training the body and mind, rebirth – the roller coaster of life, kamma, ageing, the 5 khandhas, mobile phones, “let the dead bury the dead”, changing ourselves not the world, the 5 precepts, finding a tiger to train us, cutting the 1st 3 fetters, teaching the heart not the brain, importance of reaching Anagami, foolishness of the Sotappana, the body and greed & hate.
Dhamma Talk 62.05
16-09-07 What do you want to do with your life?
An important question, not just following our desires, setting a worthwhile goal – working towards it every day, the garbage in our hearts, taking responsibility, mindfulness, not wanting to see reality, our perceptions vs. reality, the present moment, the short cut to enlightenment, thoughts and memory hiding reality, one pointedness – a preview of Nibbana, facing death – the citta never dies, determination and effort, the practise of westerners, how the kilesas fool us, complacency, how Luangta Maha Boowa helped Ajahn Martin, views and opinions, importance of a spiritual teacher, the path to Arahantship still exists – but time is running out.
Dhamma Talk 52.48
14-09-07 Results of kamma; death
Time clock of death, can't escape results of kamma, Arahant plane crash, kamma of killing & of serving others, results are delayed, generosity, gratitude, respect, without sati we are blind, determination, practise without a teacher, facing the unwholesomeness in our hearts, Buddhism answers our questions, the teaching is not the truth itself, practise provides a safe haven, practise is simple in theory but difficult to do, training the mind is like taming a wild elephant, importance of not giving up, samadhi gives us confidence in the path, the senses, building our world with thinking, dreams, changing our reactions to and accepting our bad kamma, anicca, kamma and farming, the true nature of the citta, appana samadhi.
Dhamma Talk 54.51
9-09-07 Investigation and reflection about death *
Mindfulness – the key to the practice, meditation object is our life-saver, investigating pain, expectations, facing death, pain disappearing, Avijja is afraid of death, the Citta never dies, fear of the unknown, the power of Avijja, endless rebirth, looking for completeness, deep samadhi, fighting the kilesas, practice compared to a war/battle, uncovering the tricks of Avijja, the principle of Anatta, how to listen to a Dhamma talk, the language of the heart.
Dhamma Talk 36.4
2-09-07 Wrong kind of samadhi *
Wrong samadhi leaves us depleted, right samadhi leaves us refreshed, concentration leads to a pleasant abiding, mindfulness in extreme sports, don't look for the pleasant feeling, how the kilesas influence us, sticking to the breath or Buddho, interest in the object, how to get one-pointed, forests are the place of practice, neccesity of facing death, kilesas – sugar coated poison, the strictness of Than Acharn Maha Boowa, practice brings lasting satisfaction, thinking and chatting leads to turmoil, mindfulness – catching every detail, uncovering the magic tricks of Avijja, Boredom.
Dhamma Talk 24.49
29-08-07 The need to take a rest **
“How can we stop this Dukkha?” Taming the wild elephant. Reflecting about the food. Mindfulness. A perfect place. Past and future. Worries. Memories. Putting the mind back to the object. Not wasting the time. Training the mind. Duality and one pointedness. Citta’s true nature. Getting a taste for the Nibbana. Something beyond description. Are we perfect? Investigating the body. The end of greed and hate. Delighting in our own imagination. Encouragement to practice.
Dhamma Talk 34.25
24-08-07 The path leading to the end of dukkha
The three columns. Sharpening Mindfulness. Samadhi: one part of the Eightfold Path (not an option). The knowing quality of the Citta. Duality. One pointedness, singularity - the knowing nature of the Citta. Access concentration (Upacara Samadhi) and deep (Appana Samadhi) concentration. Benefits and importance of Samadhi. Development of wisdom. Undermining the three fetters. The citta and the body. The wagon simile. Sotappana, the stream-enterer. The roller coaster of rebirth. The bull’s hairs and the bull’s horns: an example of the Lord Buddha. The fetters of greed and hate. Reflections about the body. A garbage factory simile. The body: why do we put up with? Undermining greed and hate and getting rid of them. Anagami, the non-returner.
Dhamma Talk 43.52
20-08-07 When practicing, we need to know only little
Terms we need to understand if we undertatke the Path of Practice (The Four Noble Truths, the Law of Kamma, the three fundamental characteristics of this Universe: Anicca, Anatta and Dukkha; and Avijja). Deep considerations about the Anatta principle. Using the three principles to relieve us. Avijja: not-knowing correctly. Greed, hate and delusion. Five Khandhas. Seeing what is going on. Wisdom on the Path of Practice is gained through experience alone. The knowledge that has nothing to do with the truth. The Cittas understanding is like: touching the fire. Everything takes place in the Citta. Importance of Mindfulness. When the heart understands... Freedom. Training of the heart.
Dhamma Talk 24.06
13-08-07 The power and tricks of avijja **
What are we afraid of? Sleepiness, fear and worries. The power of the kilesas and its reign over us. Saying “No”. The Four Noble Truths. The Path of Perfection. Sila, Samadhi and Pañña: the Path to the end of Dukkha. Mindfulness. The realm of experience: where the kilesas leave us alone. Glasshouse simile. Investigation of the Five Khandhas. A simple task. Observing the quality of the object. Questions and answers.
Dhamma Talk 29.12
8-08-07 Undermining the power of the kilesas **
The practice to destroy the kilesas. Finding the roots of our kilesas and root them out of our heart. Avijja: the “Master of Deception”. Wrong understanding. The knowing nature of the heart. The deep state of Samadhi and the world war of the senses. Assumptions and conclusions. Undermining the power of the kilesas. The constant fight with the champion: Avijja. Heart understands through experience only. Step by step not looking back. Avijja: the tyrant. Practice - The toughest work in the world (and the most rewarding). Deep considerations of loving-kindness (Metta) and its practice. Understanding that takes place in the heart. Thinking has nothing to do with reality. Reality is what the heart experience. Kilesas: the enemies that causes our dukkha.
Dhamma Talk 41.09
5-08-07 Wishful thinking
The way of kilesas. Sugar coated poison. Dukkha glued to our back. How we do increase our dukkha. Wasting our time. Meditation is not just getting a nice feeling. Practice: boxing against the champion. Practice and its sole enemy: the kilesas. We do not get anything for free. The sweet voice of the kilesas: believing their promises. Fighting hindrances. Fear, doubt, and laziness: the powerful factors of our kilesas. Fata morgana. The kind of strictness that is going to lead us to the place of freedom. Not Believing the images created by the kilesas.
Dhamma Talk 16.07
31-07-07 A skilful way to change bad habits (kamma) **
The Five Precepts: passport simile. Like Animated puppets - Going the way of our kamma. Considerations about mindfulness. Kamma: short and long effects and its relation with our characteristic tendencies. Applying ‘buddho’ all the time long. How to develop the ability to concentrate on one object. Monkey mind. Observing the quality of the object. Facing and overcoming hindrances. Counteracting the mind tendencies. Samadhi: a rest for the mind - Upacara Samadhi. One pointedness - Appana Samadhi. Discovering the knowing nature of the citta. The Nibbana of the little man. The way of wisdom. Seeing things as they are. Greed and hate: removing their roots within our heart. Daily practice. The teaching of Than Acharn Maha Bua.
Dhamma Talk 50.59
27-07-07 Ways to practice awareness (sati)
Importance of Sati (Mindfulness) in the practice. Sati is not beyond our abilities. The meaning of: “real dedication to the practice”. The grass of the other riverside. Kilesas’ promises. The tyrant Avijja. Who is the lord of the Khandhas? Investigating the body for what it really is. The six senses and the body. How things arise in our heart. Letting go: when the heart understands. Encouragement and practical advice to practice.
Dhamma Talk 41.51
22-07-07 See and understand how the kilesas work **
Getting rid of the kilesas. Investigation delivers us to Freedom. Why we need Samadhi before the investigation? The knife of Wisdom. Mindfulness: A physicist watching an experiment simile. Cutting down the kilesas. Observing feelings within its own nature. Investigation: using the three characteristics of the whole Universe and The Four Elements. The three columns of practice: Sila, Samadhi and Pa๑๑a (we have to develop all at the same time.) The way we look: the importance of outer appearance and its relation with Avijja. Forms of greed and hate: being honest to ourselves. Body and citta: two different things. The body: a heavy burden. The understanding that takes place in our heart. The value of teaching the heart. The fire of the kilesas. The experience that takes place within our heart cannot be erased. Seeing the things as they are. Who is the “One Who Knows”? Samatha and Vipassana. The tree of greed and hate. Question and answers.
Dhamma Talk 63.58
20-07-07 The results of kamma are manifold **
Kamma and its many effects. Hungry ghosts. Keeping the Five Precepts. Developed abilities and characteristic tendencies: its development and its relations with previous and future lives. What is the purpose of our life? Lay life and monk hood. The work of the monk. Noble beings: The four stages of the enlightenment. What are we going to pursue within our life? Words of encouragement to practice.
Dhamma Talk 42.4
18-07-07 The importance of sati; kamma
Dukkha meanings. The Path of Practice. Mindfulness and Kamma. Who is responsible? Roots: greed, hate and delusion. The original quality of the citta. Knowingness. The movie of life: a simile. Refreshing the citta. The experience of Samadhi. Anicca: arising, changing and ceasing. Anatta: that’s not me this is not myself, this does not belong to me”? Dukkha: the conflict with “myself”. The law that governs the process: Kamma. Unwholesome intentions.
Dhamma Talk 44.2
16-07-07 The 4 Noble Truths, the path of wisdom *
The Four Noble Truths. Sila (The Five Precepts), Samadhi (Concentration and Mindfulness) and Pa๑๑a (Wisdom developed in the heart). Description of Samadhi stages. The One Who Knows: the knowing nature of the citta. Appana Samadhi: the “Nibbana of the little man”. “Visiting Rome”: a simile. The Five Khandhas. The Path of Investigation. The “monkey mind”. Calming down the mind. Gold Rush: a simile. Finding the “gold” within our own heart.
Dhamma Talk 36.57
14-07-07 Preview of nibbana and investigating pain *
Calming down our mind: a required step before we start with the investigation. Concentration. Khanika Samadhi, Upacara Samadhi and Appana Samadhi: details and similes. Being aware. The true state of the citta. The knowing nature of the citta and the object being known of. The observer and the observed object. The by-product of our work. Digging out earth: a simile. Not letting the mind wandering around. Putting back the mind on the object. The “Nibbana of the little man” meaning. Appana Samadhi. Investigation itself. The Five Khandhas. Bodily feelings: investigating pain. Physical and mental aspects of pain. Who is producing this pain? Investigation of the body. Taking away the illusion. Citta and body: two different things. Questions and answers.
Dhamma Talk 49.05
21-05-07 Getting into one-pointedness
“There is a lot that we have to do and there is little we need to understand with our brains”. Talking? Interacting as little as possible. Arammanas. What keeps the kilesas alive? Little naughty child simile. Tricking the kilesas (in an artful manner). The persuaders’ kilesas. “Satisfaction Guaranteed”. Whatever arises... arises just within our own heart. Loneliness. Arahants’ “foolishness”? The “Forest University” Sweeping the cave (a Chinese Zen story). Simplicity will teach us the Truth. Touching the Fire of the Truth. Kilesas: sugar coated poison.
Dhamma Talk 42.37
19-05-07 Respect for the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha *
Respect for the Dhamma. Not confusing Dhamma and teacher’s personality. Dhamma: the highest thing. Why the Dhamma is always given freely, Dhamma does not belong to anybody. The Sangha (community) of the Holy People. The outside formality and the inner attitude. Respecting us and other beings. Looking down on others. Using the mirror of the world. Working on us and not on others’ faults. Wrong views. Comparing us with others. The Path of Sila, Samadhi and Pañña, Respect; Generosity and Gratitude. Anicca, Anatta and Dukkha. Investigating the Five Khandhas. Determination, effort, endurance and patience. Grinding down the kilesas. What is NOT Samadhi. Anxiety.
Dhamma Talk 40.31
16-05-07 Kilesas and the 5 khandhas
Heaven and hell: a hardly mentioned topic in the West. Main topics in the general teachings of Than Acharn Maha Bua: The Five Precepts, sexual misconduct: the “main-wife” and “little-wife”. Good and bad kamma: two different accounts than cannot be leveled off. Three types of kamma. Considerations about money and happiness. The way out of greed. Citta: the “Everlasting Tourist”. Arising and ceasing: Anicca. Anatta, Dukkha. Grabbing onto feelings. Who is the one who knows that we are depressed? Kilesas.
Dhamma Talk 49.1
14-05-07 Kamma, heaven and hell (the 5 precepts and the way out of samsara)
Respect for the Buddha and His teachings. The teaching that still produces Arahants. Respect for the monks. Generosity, respect and gratitude: virtues we have to develop. The Five Precepts: our protection. Heaven and hell. The most grievous deeds. The endless circle of rebirths: a roller coaster simile. Observing our reactions: tendencies of previous lives. Kamma: the boomerang simile. Investigating the effects of our own actions. A decision to be made: every moment. Who is the only one responsible for its actions? The driver and the car simile. The citta and the body: not one and the same thing. Reaching the stage of “one pointedness”, the deep Samadhi (Appana Samadhi) and considerations about the Upacara Samadhi.
Dhamma Talk 59.06
21-01-07 Practice at the forest university
Initial practice – calming down the mind, Taming the monkey mind, Avijja is in control of our minds, the 5 precepts, Mindfulness is the basis of practice, object of concentration is a single point, Knowing the object, breath and Buddho meditation, Citta is mind and heart, Citta is the prime mover, Determination to go back to the object, practising all day, Wonder of one-pointedness, Upacara samadhi – thoughts stop, the mind always likes to think/like/dislike/worry, practice compared to learning to walk, coping with dukkha, investigating pain, facing up to death, only avijja is afraid of death, dukkha brings us to practise, wonder of pain disappearing, knowledge isn't wisdom, investigating to make the heart understand, Sila Samadhi & Panna are not optional.
Dhamma Talk 40.27
18-01-07 Subha and Asubha (The beautiful and the Beast)
Observing wholesome and unwholesome situations and things. The daily practice. Being mindful or just following our own kamma. Investigation. Should we let Avijja controll us? Swimming against the current is not easy. Kilesas: sugar coated poison. Everything ceases in this Universe. Seeing the “Master of the Magicians”. Counter balancing the tricks of Avijja. Subha and Asubha. Will it become better the next birth? The senses’ constant bombardment. Balancing unpleasant and pleasant feelings. Crazy Nibbana.
Dhamma Talk 40.44
15-01-07 The Practice of Samatha
Transcending Dukkha: the purpose of the monastery established by Than Acharn Maha Bua. Considerations about the monastic activities and its relation with the practice itself. Importance of self-discipline. What is “developing one's own practice”? Pain: what to do when it arises. Anicca: everything arises, changes and ceases. Investigating the nature of the pain. Pleasant and unpleasant feelings: running away or investigating them. Past, future, and the present moment. The practice of Samatha. Concentration on one point: example with the breath. The guardian of the museum: a simile. Mindfulness. Taming a wild animal: a simile. Putting the mind to rest: Samadhi. The King’s War Elephant training: an example. Fighting against shadows. The Five Khandas and the Arahants. The magician called “Avijja”. What fools us?
Dhamma Talk 42.06
12-01-07 Magga-Phala and Nibbana
Magga-phala and Nibbana. Our True Home. Fighting for freedom. Being free of the Five Khandas. Freedom of the Heart. The tyrant Avijja. Mindfulness: the key to unlock the power of Magga-phala and Nibbana. The Path of Sila, Samadhi and Panna (the Eightfold Path): explanation. Learning the practice of meditation and learning to walk: a comparison. The key of Samadhi: sticking to one object. How to observe the breath. The knowing nature of the mind. Duality and one-pointedness. The true nature and qualities of the Citta. Panna means Wisdom. How to investigate: disassembling and dissecting the body. Training the Heart and the Citta to understand the body and the “self”. Anicca, Anatta and Dukkha.
Dhamma Talk 35.25
8-01-07 Avijja and the Blender of the Five Khandas
Considerations about Avijja, the “Master of Delusion”. Counteracting Avijja with Mindfulness and Wisdom. Running and catching soap bubbles. Rupa, Vedana, Sañña, Sankhara and Viññana just appear and disappear. The pleasant and the unpleasant. The deep Samadhi is the origin of the citta. There is no fear in our true home. The Five Khandas have nothing to do with the One Who Knows them. Anicca (impermanence): arising and ceasing. The Five Khandas: understanding its true nature as a mixture or combination. Watching TV: a simile. Separating the Khandas. Proliferation. Symbols. Fighting for our views and opinions. Being defeated. Having opinions about tea and coffee: a simile. Tasting food. Seeing the loathsomeness of the body. Proving wrong the notorious liar. Questions and answers: there is much more than the things we see.
Dhamma Talk 41.44
5-01-07 Sensual desires: the path to hell
Raga-tanha (sensual desire): a topic of Than Acharn Maha Bua when He gives a public talk. Being faithful to one partner. Sexual misconduct. Using power to seduce others: a path to hell. Not indulging in sexual misconduct. The Five Gravest Deeds. The wife of the King Bimbisara story. Kamma, all the “good” and all the “bad” go with us. Doubt (one of the Three Fetters). Whatever we experience is the result of our previous or past actions. Looking for scapegoats? Always finding them. The proper way to react to our kamma. Eradicating bad kamma. The first Fetter: doubt. The second Fetter: inconstancy keeping the Precepts. The third Fetter: the belief “I and the body are one and the same thing”. A simile of the Lord Buddha. The body and the citta are not one and the same thing. The mainstream that leads to destruction. Considerations about Christians and Buddhists. Nobody has the right to kill another being.
Dhamma Talk 41.24
3-01-07 Why living the life of a monk?
Is Life a sin? Not punishing ourselves. Boiling up the Kilesas. Celibacy, austerity, why do the monks do it? Sexuality. Afraid of tigers, pain, illness, fear of death, death itself: getting rid of them in order to live a life of Freedom. Being slaves of the Kilesas, of Avijja. Conventions. Not being afraid. Prisoners of the Five Khandas. Mindfulness: the key to control the Five Khandas. Strolling out and bringing in restlessness. Who is control of the body? Nibbana: the ultimate happiness. Anatta (not-self): analysis and considerations about the body (Rupa), feelings (Vedana), memories and associations (Sanna), thoughts (Sankhara), consciousness (Vinnana). Anicca, Anatta and Dukkha. “That is not me. That is not my self. That does not belong to me”. The understanding that deep Samadhi brings us. The body: the nurturing earth for the plant of greed (wanting) and hate (disliking). Sila, Samadhi and Panna. Learning to walk: a simile. The foremost investigation: the body. Developing our skills. Battling the Kilesas. Boxing: a simile. Fighting for Freedom: an example.
Dhamma Talk 52.53
2-01-07 Stopping the Mind-Engine *
Forms of Dukkha. Our heart: the most obscure thing in our life. Duality. One-pointedness. Appana Samadhi: the Nibbana of the little man. Everybody who wants to train his mind can dot it. Heart and Mind are one unity: Citta. The path leading to the end of Dukkha has Three Columns: Sila (Five Precepts), Samadhi and Panna. Sati: Mindfulness. Panna is the Wisdom to look at one's heart. Wisdom is not a kind of conclusion. The Fourth Column: Gratitude, Respect and Generosity. Recognizing good teachers. Kalyana-mitta: the spiritual friend. Stopping the mind's engines.
Dhamma Talk 58:30:00