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Ajahn Sumedho's Dharma Talks
Ajahn Sumedho
Ajahn Sumedho is a prominent figure in the Thai Forest Tradition. His teachings are very direct, practical, simple, and down to earth. In his talks and sermons he stresses the quality of immediate intuitive awareness and the integration of this kind of awareness into daily life. Like most teachers in the Forest Tradition, Ajahn Sumedho tends to avoid intellectual abstractions of the Buddhist teachings and focuses almost exclusively on their practical applications, that is, developing wisdom and compassion in daily life. His most consistent advice can be paraphrased as to see things the way that they actually are rather than the way that we want or don't want them to be ("Right now, it's like this..."). He is known for his engaging and witty communication style, in which he challenges his listeners to practice and see for themselves. Students have noted that he engages his hearers with an infectious sense of humor, suffused with much loving kindness, often weaving amusing anecdotes from his experiences as a monk into his talks on meditation practice and how to experience life ("Everything belongs").
2005-06-30 A Sense Of Relaxed Attention 67:43
Learning to balance effort in our practice takes the application of our intuition.
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2005-06-29 That Which Is Inclusive 66:25
Noticing the sound of silence and space which are open and inclusive forms of reflections.
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2005-06-29 It Is The Way It Is 1:12:01
The value of reflecting on thought and thinking other than merely thinking about thinking.
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2005-06-28 In Awareness There's No Dukkha (AM Instructions) 1:14:55
When we dwell with Mindfulness and Awareness we can realize freedom from suffering.
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2005-06-28 Where Jackals Cease 1:12:55
Using awareness of consciousness to realize the Third Noble Truth of cessation.
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2005-06-26 Space & Conciousness 61:36
Contemplating Space & Conciousness in the here & now as the path of practice, and using the sound of silence for realizing Dhamma.
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2005-06-26 Unconditional Love 66:22
The importance of starting practice from the unconditional, and Metta as unconditional love.
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2005-06-25 Death & Deathlessness 67:33
The Dhamma is something ordering, but we constantly over-look it and get stuck in the world of ideas and rational thought. Developing awareness of feelings and welcoming the totality of experience grounds us in the Deathless.
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2005-06-24 Awakened Awareness 45:52
Introductory teaching and Instructions for a ten day retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
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2001-04-17 Trust In Being The Knowing 67:43
Using reason and logic, that is, acquired knowledge, we get caught in dualistic positions: right and wrong, good and bad, etc. We tend to establish a fixed view about things. In this talk Ajahn Sumedho is trying to get us to a place beyond such dualistic thinking, beyond taking sides. He says that intuitive awareness involves a one-pointedness (ekaggata) that includes, rather than excludes. It is not dualistic. Transcendence is a matter of “being” it, not thinking about it.
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