Thai Forest Dhamma

in the tradition of Lungphu Mun Bhuridatto

and his western disciples

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Dhamma talk given byAjahn Martin
TitleStarting the practice of Meditation
Date24 Feb 2010
LocationWat Pa Baan Taad
Content / Description

Starting the practice is not easy, like learning to walk or to use a computer, but it is never too late to learn. For lay people, practice at home daily: when you wake up, 45 min to 1 hour meditation. When back home, wash the mind with 'Buddho' (45 min to 1 hour) then reflect about the day to see what should be corrected. The day after, try to change 1 or 2 things about your day. With only this, your life will change. About nationality: we are born in countries because of our kamma. We need to criticize others when we don't feel good about ourselves. Upacara samadhi while walking: you see yourself walking, very peaceful state. A good friend/spiritual friend tells you when you're right or wrong, not condoning you doing evil. Life of a monk: “I haven't been so happy in my whole life”. “What I so much love about the Lord Buddha's teaching, it makes life so understandable, so explainable, so reasonable.” In the churches or with some Buddhist teachers who depend on lay people, they don't tell people what they don't want to hear (like if you do this or that, it will lead you to hell).