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A Gift of Dhamma – Part 1

Update: 09/11/2016
I am happy that you have taken this opportunity to come and visit Wat Pah Pong, and to see your son who is a monk here, however I"m sorry I have no gift to offer you.
 

A Gift of Dhamma – Part 1

 

France already has so many material things, but of Dhamma\r\nthere's very little. Having been there and seen for myself, there isn't really\r\nany Dhamma there which could lead to peace and tranquillity. There are only\r\nthings which continually make one's mind confused and troubled.

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France is already materially prosperous, it has so many\r\nthings to offer which are sensually enticing –\r\nsights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures. However, people ignorant of Dhamma\r\nonly become confused by them. So today I will offer you some Dhamma to take\r\nback to France as a gift from Wat Pah Pong and Wat Pah Nanachat.

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What is Dhamma?

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Dhamma is that which can cut through the problems and dif-\r\nculties of mankind, gradually reducing them to nothing. That's what is called\r\nDhamma and that's what should be studied throughout our daily lives so that\r\nwhen some mental impression arises in us, we'll be able to deal with it and go\r\nbeyond it.

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Problems are common to us all whether living here in\r\nThailand or in other countries. If we don't know how to solve them, we'll\r\nalways be subject to suffering and distress. That which solves problems is\r\nwisdom and to have wisdom we must develop and train the mind.

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The subject of practice isn't far away at all, it's right\r\nhere in our body and mind.

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Westerners and Thais are the same, they both have a body and\r\nmind. A confused body and mind means a confused person and a peaceful body and\r\nmind, a peaceful person.

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Actually, the mind, like rain water, is pure in its natural\r\nstate. If we were to drop green coloring into clear rain water, however, it\r\nwould turn green. If yellow coloring it would turn yellow.

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The mind reacts similarly. When a comfortable mental\r\nimpression “drops”\r\ninto the mind, the mind is comfortable. When the mental impression is\r\nuncomfortable, the mind is uncomfortable. The mind becomes cloudy just like the\r\ncolored water.

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When clear water contacts yellow, it turns yellow. When it\r\ncontacts green, it turns green. It will change color every time. Actually, that\r\nwater which is green or yellow is naturally clean and clear. This is also the\r\nnatural state of the mind, clean and pure and unconfused. It becomes confused\r\nonly because it pursues mental impressions; it gets lost in its moods!

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Let me explain more clearly. Right now we are sitting in a\r\npeaceful forest. Here, if there's no wind, a leaf remains still. When a wind\r\nblows it flaps and flutters. The mind is similar to that leaf. When it contacts\r\na mental impression, it, too, “flaps and flutters” according to the nature of\r\nthat mental impression. And the less we know of Dhamma, the more the mind will\r\ncontinually pursue mental impressions. Feeling happy, it succumbs to happiness.\r\nFeeling suffering, it succumbs to suffering. It's constant confusion!

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In the end people become neurotic. Why? Because they don't\r\nknow! They just follow their moods and don't know how to look after their own\r\nminds. When the mind has no one to look after it, it's like a child without a\r\nmother or father to take care of him. An orphan has no refuge and, without a\r\nrefuge, he's very insecure.

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Likewise, if the mind is not looked after, if there is no\r\ntraining or maturation of character with right understanding, it's really\r\ntroublesome.

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The method of training the mind which I will give you today\r\nis kammatthana. Kamma” means “action” and “thana ”\r\nmeans “base. In Buddhism it is the method of\r\nmaking the mind peaceful and tranquil. It's for you to use in training the mind\r\nand with the trained mind investigate the body.

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Our being is composed of two parts: one is the body, the\r\nother, the mind. There are only these two parts. What is called “the body, is that which can be seen with our physical eyes. “The mind”, on the other hand, has no\r\nphysical aspect. The mind can only be seen with the “internal\r\neye” or the “eye\r\nof the mind”. These two things, body and mind,\r\nare in a constant state of turmoil.

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What is the mind?

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The mind isn't really anything”.\r\nConventionally speaking, it's that which feels or senses. That which senses,\r\nreceives and experiences all mental impressions is called “mind”. Right at this moment there is\r\nmind. As I am speaking to you, the mind acknowledges what I am saying. Sounds\r\nenter through the ear and you know what is being said. That which experiences\r\nthis is called mind.

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To be continued

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Excerpt From the Book: Everything Is Teaching Us - Ajahn\r\nChah

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