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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").
2001-04-15 Knower Of The Worlds 55:37
We can be empowered in practice through getting to know the nature of the world we live in and through learning from the way it is. Taking refuge in knowing the truth-- the laws of nature-can free us from a selfish struggle with the way things are.
2001-04-14 The First Noble Truth: What'S Noble About Dukkha 66:46
The Buddha's teachings are all about awakening to the truth of suffering, or dukkha, and finding the end to it. Our potential for awakening begins to be realized when we shift our attitude to take an interest in suffering, learning from the way it is, and understanding how it gets created. Opening to the truth about suffering, we also open our awareness to something greater -- the ultimate reality.
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1999-04-24 Listen To Those Turkeys 47:09
integrating practice into ordinary situations
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1999-04-23 The Way It Is 52:39
reflecting on our experience with awakened awareness
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1999-04-23 The Fourth Noble Truth 62:40
learning to cultivate awareness and compassion
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1999-04-22 Past And Future 51:34
embracing the timeless present
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1999-04-21 Here And Now 56:27
relaxing into the present moment
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1999-04-21 Light At The End 55:52
"cessation is possible"
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1999-04-20 End Of The Storm 1:54:22
awakening from the ignorance of our conditioning.
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1999-04-20 Gwendolyn: What Are You To Me? 54:45
contemplating the three kinds of desire: the cause of dukkha
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