Thai Forest Dhamma

in the tradition of Lungphu Mun Bhuridatto

and his western disciples

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Dhamma talk given byAjahn Martin
TitleThinking we are different, leads to separation
Date4 Apr 2010
LocationWat Pa Baan Taad
Content / Description

When we see unpleasant things, we look away to avoid unpleasant feelings. Body contemplation teaches us to accept unpleasant feelings. We are all connected like water drops in an ocean but we assume we are either better, worse or equal to others. Driving up the concept of equality eradicated respect (parents, teachers, older people etc.). The more we think, the more we close the connections with others beings. In samadhi, we feel connected. We tend to forget we depend on people (food, cloth etc.). Every 20 years, every generation makes a revolution contrary to what the parents or the society think. Appana samadhi: the whole universe disappears. Investigating pain: don't make any assumptions, you really want to know what pain is. You have to struggle with it until thinking you're going to die. “Paticca samuppada” (dependent origination): only a few Arahants can understand it and kamma in depth. We cannot cut the dependent origination in sequence, but we can cut the 10 fetters in sequence. Panna is not knowledge: you cannot get rid of the fetters by studying Buddhism in university, you have to practice. Sila, samadhi and panna all foster one another.