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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").
2008-06-15 Closing 52:58
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2008-06-13 Four Times Three Equals Twelve 69:00
Ajahn Sumedho reflects on the use of the Four Noble Truths to investigate experience. He also continues to explore the fetters that block the spiritual path, while also speaking about the paticca samuppada, or Dependent Origination.
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2008-06-14 Buddho, Dhammo, Sangho 67:43
Using Buddho, Dhammo, Sangho as a reminder not to take refuge in conditions.
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2008-06-12 I'm Right, You're Wrong 1:12:42
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2008-06-11 This Is Not The Ideal 65:57
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2008-06-10 Metta For All Conditions 61:28
Contemplating Metta as unconditional love and acceptance.
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2008-06-11 Security In Awareness 63:25
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2008-06-10 History Of Zero 65:45
Reflections on Sakkayaditthi personality view.
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2008-06-09 The Point That Includes 65:46
A wide-ranging talk about many aspects of Buddhist practice.
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2008-06-08 Me, Ajahn Sumedho, Center Of The Universe 60:03
A talk on the delusion of Sakkayaditthi, personality view, and its relationship to the three cravings. The talk also includes some instruction on the sound of silence.
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