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Ajahn Sumedho's Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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").
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1999-04-20 End Of The Storm 1:54:22
awakening from the ignorance of our conditioning.
Monastic Retreat
1999-04-20 Gwendolyn: What Are You To Me? 54:45
contemplating the three kinds of desire: the cause of dukkha
Monastic Retreat
1999-04-19 Grounded Awareness 49:56
Monastic Retreat
1999-04-18 Food 1:12:22
surrendering resistance
Monastic Retreat
1999-04-18 Ritual and Tradition 1:30:08
Monastic Retreat
1999-04-17 Gates To The Deathless 67:57
realizing the potential of our true nature
Monastic Retreat
1995-05-22 Ajahn Sumedho At Spirit Rock 61:25
Reflecting on the meaning and purpose of this strange experience called life.
Monday and Wednesday Talks
1990-05-26 The Joys of Monastic Life, Part 2 35:03
The Joys of Monastic Life

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