Do we suffer because of our loved ones, the government, the political system? Or do we suffer because of something else? Ajahn Sumedho shares insights to face suffering and understanding reality.
Mindfulness is a word that is overused now. They teach it in the military, in schools, in the parliament. Some people criticise this because in order to rob a bank you have to be mindful, and to commit a successful crime or to murder somebody and get away with it takes a great deal of mindfulness. But is that what the Buddha meant by mindfulness?
One of the things we need to educate ourselves is the nature of wanting. Because if we don't understand wanting, and we are directed by the misunderstandings around wanting, then, the results will be suffering.
People, especially in today’s age, assume that love has something to do with romance. The idea of romantic love should be investigated because when we don’t know it properly, it can create so much suffering inside of us. So often, when you fall in love, what you are really loving is the way the person makes you feel.
A good way to understand what actually enlightenment is, is to go a little back to the story of the person who was to become the Buddha. Just like many other people, was searching for meaning in life, searching for happiness in life, searching for security in life.
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It is important to understand why the Buddha starts his teaching with the truth of suffering.
He starts with suffering because his teaching is designed for a particular end. It is designed to lead us to liberation. In order to do this, the Buddha must give us a reason to seek liberation.
the hungry ghost realm, the creatures are depicted with large empty bellies, small scrawny thin necks. They can never get enough satisfaction. They are always hungry, always empty, always seeking satisfaction from the outside. This speaks to the part of us, isn't it?
There is no one word that can sum up the Dhamma. Once you try to categorise the Dhamma, you would run into some difficulties.
Inner peace definitely comes from consistent meditation. But not every time, and not straight away. If you feel like you are not getting anywhere with your meditation practice, here's why you may need to think again.
This teaching is extracted from the Q&A section of a lecture by Sis Sylvia Bay at Buddhist Fellowship Singapore