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Title: Ajaan Suwat
A short talk on the development of virtue, concentration, and discernment. Keep practicing until these qualities become clear in your own heart!
Meditation isn't about “getting” anything; it's about letting go. We can't let go of the darkness and delusion in our minds; it has to be dispersed by light — the light of clear-seeing discernment that we cultivate through meditation.
A talk given at the start of a meditation session, in which Ajaan Suwat explains how to strenghten mindfulness and develop the disenchantment needed for discernment to arise. An excellent introduction to the contemplation of the 32 parts of the body.
These Dhamma talks and question-and-answer sessions were recorded during a two-week meditation retreat he taught at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts in 1990. This event marked a rare opportunity for an elder Thai ajaan to speak directly to Westerners in their home environment. With a disarming ease and clarity, Ajaan Suwat here illuminates a number of vital points of Dhamma that will help the reader develop the proper attitude toward the practice of meditation.
Before you can really let go of the five aggregates (khandha) in meditation, you must build yourself a good home for the mind.
This anthology gathers together under one title seven short talks on the practice of meditation, in commemoration of the life of Ajaan Suwat. The anthology includes the following talks, each of which is available online individually: Blatantly Clear in the Heart, Straightening Out Your Views, Right Attitude, Disenchantment, A Home for the Mind , Right Concentration, To Comprehend Suffering.
In this short Dhamma talk, recorded in Thailand in 1991, Ajaan Suwat gives a concise summary of many essential points of meditation practice. This talk is remarkable in that it can serve equally well as a newcomer's introduction to meditation practice and as a refresher for experienced meditators. At every stage in meditation practice, success depends on cultivating the correct attitude of mind.
The role of tranquillity meditation in building a foundation for the development of insight.
Why a meditator's first task is to begin to bring his or her beliefs in line with right view.
Viewing peace of mind as a skillful strategy helps the meditator settle the mind down into concentration. But its uses also extend to more advanced stages of meditation, by helping one disengage from all involvement with the aggregates, thereby bringing the meditator to the threshold of Awakening. In this remarkable talk Ajaan Suwat weaves together teachings for beginning and advanced meditators, alike.