Thai Forest Dhamma

in the tradition of Lungphu Mun Bhuridatto

and his western disciples

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Dhamma talk given byAjahn Martin
TitleFinding the perfect place
Date6 Jan 2010
LocationWat Pa Baan Taad
Content / Description

Vow of celibacy in the wat: the Lord Buddha was very strict, bhikkhus cannot touch or have private conversations with women. Monks have 4 case of defeat (=disrobing for life): killing human being, stealing, lying about spiritual attainments, and having sexual intercourse. New meditators usually get faster results because they are more open-minded and not in trapped in the views/opinions like “experienced meditators” who tried many techniques “Wherever we go, it's not perfect because we are not perfect ourselves”. Anappanasati: concentration on the tip of the nose observing in & out breaths. If we think a lot, we can use the mental repetition of the word “Buddho”. Forest tradition doesn't change any of the rules laid down 2,500 years ago, that's why there are many arahants in this tradition (60 to 100 since Luang Por Mun). “Nothing of what the Lord Buddha said is out-of-date”. “Who is the master in your heart?”: Avijja and the kilesas. “We're looking for real experience/insight not mental knowledge” When is the last time you've rested your mind? Constantly thinking since birth. Upacara samadhi is a state of rest/peace/joy/calm/happiness without thoughts. In our relationships we always find faults in our partner or we get bored: “after the 15th-20th time, I said to myself, it can't be always the fault of women, the problem must come from inside me.” Kilesas are the foot soldiers of Avijja: it starts with the mercenaries, then the regular army, then the elite soldiers, a long and difficult fight. At the end, we battle against the general, Avijja.