Thai Forest Dhamma

in the tradition of Lungphu Mun Bhuridatto

and his western disciples

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Dhamma talk given byAjahn Martin
TitleWe just think we need to do this – the Self
Date17 Feb 2010
LocationWat Pa Baan Taad
Content / Description

“Don't do onto others what you don't want others to do onto you” - that's kamma, we know it but don't follow it. The brain can only understand conventional reality, to go beyond, we use one-pointedness meditation (buddho or anappana sati). Fear, worries disappear as long as we stay on that point, happiness arises. In upacara samadhi, we feel safe. “The true nature of the citta is knowingness”. One-pointedness / appana samadhi: the senses and the universe disappear, all that's left is this amazing and pure knowingness. The 5 groups/khandhas is what we call “I”, but the observer has nothing to do with them. Attachment to the 5 khandhas brings dukkha. Separate them through investigation. The body doesn't care if it has food or not, it only knows how to digest. The citta is the driver of the body. We have to un-condition what leads to dukkha. Fighting the kilesas is like not giving in to the desires of a crying child. Cannot persuade Avijja to go away, you have to fight. Methods to investigate painful bodily feelings. With your inner eye, you can see clearly all your organs, no need for books.