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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").
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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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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1999-04-22 Past And Future 51:34
embracing the timeless present
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1999-04-23 The Way It Is 52:39
reflecting on our experience with awakened awareness
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1995-06-14 Confidence Not To Believe In Negative Moods 1:33:43
open doubting
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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
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