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Achaan Sumedho's Dharma Talks
Achaan 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").
1995-06-14 Confidence Not To Believe In Negative Moods 1:33:43
open doubting
Cloud Mountain Retreat Center
1995-06-15 Attainment Vs Letting Go 1:18:46
avoiding the conceit of bending life towards one particular view
1995-06-15 12 Aspects Of 4 Noble Truths & 8 Fold Path 1:12:22
the reflective teachings
1995-06-16 Point Of Intersection Of Timeless With Time 59:37
"pure presence is ever-transcending"
1999-04-17 Gates To The Deathless 67:57
realizing the potential of our true nature
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monastic Retreat
1999-04-23 The Fourth Noble Truth 62:40
learning to cultivate awareness and compassion
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monastic Retreat
1999-04-24 Listen To Those Turkeys 47:09
integrating practice into ordinary situations
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monastic Retreat
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.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-06-24 Awakened Awareness 45:52
Introductory teaching and Instructions for a ten day retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
1991-06-29 The Jewel Of The Dhamma 48:43
being aware, right here, right now
Abhayagiri Monastery

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