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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").
2006-07-17 Relaxed Attention 60:10
Amaravati Monastery Vassa Retreat
2006-05-25 Questions And Answers 65:22
Amaravati Monastery 10 Day Retreat
2006-05-26 Paying Attention 17:43
Amaravati Monastery 10 Day Retreat
2006-05-27 Not-Self 69:01
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2006-05-28 Investigating Suffering 67:13
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2005-07-01 Listening To The Sounds Of The Morning 64:37
Instructions on how to open up to pure awareness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-07-02 I'm Saturday Morning 52:03
Noticing mundane experiences can help us realize the difference between conventions and reality.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-07-02 Mother Earth, Father Sky, & The Middle Way 66:13
Practicing with the Middle Way & the 4 Noble Truths.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
1990-05-18 Practice Of Inner Listening 29:34
learning to listen to the inner sound of silence as a way to quiet and center the mind
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
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.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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