Thai Forest Dhamma

in the tradition of Lungphu Mun Bhuridatto

and his western disciples

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Dhamma talk given byAjahn Martin
TitleDesire is the cause for dukkha
Date1 Jan 2010
LocationWat Pa Baan Taad
Content / Description

Facing unpleasant situations is facing the 1st Noble Truth (dukkha). There is not even one hour without desire, and desire leads to dukkha (2nd Noble Truth). Following the path (4th Noble Truth) leads to the end of dukkha (3rd Noble Truth). Sati: awareness is a better translation than mindfulness. There is a force within us who doesn't want to stay on one point, so who has the control over our mind? Descartes says “cogito ergo sum (I think therefore I am)”, so what happens when I stop thinking? What is left? Upacara samadhi: thoughts stop, all worries disappear. Appana samadhi: everything disappears (body, feeling, senses), just a pure awareness, extremely peaceful. We have to investigate what we think is “us”, I.e the 5 groups: body, feeling, memory, thoughts and consciousness. Just with 2 values ('0' and '1'), you can do amazing things with a computer, so imagine with 5 groups what can be created.