With fault-finding mind, the dullardlistens to the victor’s instruction.They’re as far from the true teachingas the earth is from the sky.
With fault-finding mind, the dullardlistens to the victor’s instruction.They fall away from the true teaching,like the moon in the waning fortnight.
With fault-finding mind, the dullardlistens to the victor’s instruction.They wither away in the true teaching,like a fish in too little water.
With fault-finding mind, the dullardlistens to the victor’s instruction.They don’t thrive in the true teaching,like a rotten seed in a field.
But one with contented mindwho listens to the victor’s instruction—having wiped out all defilements;having witnessed the unshakable;having arrived at ultimate peace—they are quenched without defilements.
“This mind is always anxious,this mind is always stressed about stresses that haven’t arisen and those that have.If there is a state free of anxiety,please answer my question.”
“Not without understanding and austerity,not without restraining the sense faculties,not without letting go of everything,do I see safety for living creatures.”
“Three things are coming, like a wall of flame:death, disease, and old age.No power can stand before them,and no speed’s enough to flee.
Don’t waste your day,a little or a lot.Every night that passes shortens your life by that much.
Walking or standing,sitting or lying down:your final night draws near;you have no time to be careless.”
I’ve officially started uploading videos to three other major platforms since going through the multiple banning issues on youtube. I’m still getting use to the two channels and will be uploading as I can. You can find the links to my channels here :
In this series I go over each section of Bhara sutta, each video is approx 8 minutes. The first video is larger because youtube wont let me edit it, but I have a direct link in description.
“Wicked One, I will not become fully extinguished until I have monk disciples … nun disciples … layman disciples … laywoman disciples who are competent, educated, assured, learned.
Not until my spiritual life is successful and prosperous, extensive, popular, widespread, and well proclaimed wherever there are gods and humans.’”
Just a quick message, if you are a Buddhist and care about the longevity of the teachings, then you may know that the Buddha linked the thriving of the four-fold assembly(them being learned, wise, etc) to the length and quality of the Buddhasasana’s existence.
That being said, the Theravada Bhikkhuni order is a vital part of the Dhamma lasting long, so they deserve our support to practice without much worry and grow wise. This is what the generosity of the laity does, allows the monastic to practice well and in turn share their wisdom and the Dhamma with the people, growing the four-fold assembly.
Its no secret that Bhikkhunis and Bhikkhuni monasteries are not as well supported as the Bhikkhu ones, for a variety of reasons, so those of us who wish to see the fourfold assembly thrive should try and take care of all the monastics as much as possible, because both thriving Bhikkhus and thriving Bhikhuis are needed for the continued survival and growth of the Dhamma, especially here in the west where we place a high value on equality.
I am honored to know, and to learn from, many good Bhikkhunis. As many of you know, I am very keen on growing the Dhamma in America, so lets all do our part to support and help the Bhikkhuni order grow for the benefit of all beings who will be able to learn the Dhamma and work towards their own freedom.
Its been a while since I did a nomad monk update, which I usually do during a transition period. A few weeks back I left the secluded mountain top farm in West Virginia and I’m currently in New Jersey, mostly doing some housekeeping things( had a visit with my PCP, blood work, dental, vaccinations, etc etc) .
In terms of where I’ll be next, nothing is set in stone but I have some irons in the fire. I’m currently thinking about where I’ll be for the Vassa, that is unknown as of yet. One thing that I definitely plan on doing, if external conditions allow it, is to do a Colorado visit for a week or so, I need to start going out there to make more connections and scope the place out.
I’m open to do zoom events and as things start to open up, to travel to share Dhamma as well, I’m still trying to make up for the monastery visits I had planned in 2020 to spend time with senior monastics at a variety of monasteries and learn from them, hopefully that will start to become reality as things open up.
All in all, I am rather enjoying the nomadic life, It’s not very worry some(although I do worry about being too much of a burden on any one particular support), its quite freeing and not being too burdened is wonderful, not getting too comfortable in any one place because I’ll be moving on, as it says in the Metta sutta, “with few duties, living lightly”
at Empty Cloud ‘s Vesak yesterday I got to listen to a talk from Ajahn Passano, and one story of Ajahn Chah that the Ajahn gave stood out for me, both as a rare Chah story I’ve not heard, and also for how “Chah” it is(yes I’m a Ajahn Chah fanboy, so what ?:P).
As far as I remember the story was about a monk who had previously been blissing out by himself in caves and other solitary places, but then he came to Ajahn Chah’s monastery. Ajahn Chah being the master Dhamma troll he was, pushed the monks buttons and had him doing work and all kinds of things where the monk got agitated and yearned for his peaceful cave.
He came to Ajahn Chah to tell him he was leaving, and Ajahn Chah said ” you can leave and go be peaceful in your cave if you like, or you can stay here and learn to be peaceful anywhere”. The monk stayed.
Both Ajahn Brahm and Ajahn Sumedho have similar stories in dealing with Ajahn Chah. The simile of the Wheelbarrow stands out.
This tells us many things, but most important it gives you an idea of what the practice is about, externally peaceful conditions are nice, but the practice is about being able to be at peace despite external conditions. As Ajahn Chah says, everything is teaching us, everything is training, everything is the practice. A nice peaceful cave can be as much a crutch as a help. So remember as you practice, if your peace depends on external conditions, you have no peace.