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Don't Take Your Life Personally


Don't Take Your Life Personally

Author(s) : Sumedho, Ajahn and edited by Diana St Ruth
Publishers Price : 18.95
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ISBN : 0946672318
EAN : 9780946672318
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 420
Size : 230 x 152mm
Publisher : Buddhist Publishing Group
Published : 2010
Category : Theravada Buddhism: General
Category 2 : Theravada Buddhism: Thai
Synopsis:
Ajahn Sumedho urges us to trust in awareness and find out for ourselves what it is to experience genuine liberation from mental anguish and suffering, just as the Buddha himself did two and a half thousand years ago. Buddhism is not about becoming the model for humanity or escaping the natural consequences of our past deeds, but of putting aside all pretence and all ideas in order to simply be where we are. Sumedho therefore encourages us not to take our lives personally, but to look at the reality of this moment free from beliefs, views and opinions. He refers frequently to his own experiences, his own journey along the path, and this he does humerously, guilelessly and sometimes with brutal honesty.

Ajahn Sumedho, a highly respected American Theravada Buddhist monk, trained for ten years in the forests of Thailand with the renowned master Ajahn Chah. He has since spent over thirty years in England as the founder of Cittaviveka Forest Monastery and as abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.

For 18 years (1986-2006) the Buddhist Publishing Group held week-long Summer Schools in Leicester, England, with teachers from all traditions. Ajahn Sumedho attended every Summer School and gave at least one talk every day. The final six years of these talks are what comprise this book.

"For many people the attitude towards meditation is one of always trying to change something, always trying to attain a particular state or recreate some kind of blissful experience remembered from the past, or of hoping to reach a certain state by practising. When we practise meditation with the idea of having to do something, however, then even the idea of practice - even the word "meditation" - will bring up this idea that "if I'm in a bad mood, I should get rid of it", or "if the mind is scattered and I'm all over the place, I should make it one-pointed." In other words, we make meditation into hard work. So then there is a great deal of failure in it because we try to control everything through these ideas, but that is an impossibility...The word "meditation" covers many mental experiences, but the goal of Buddhist meditation is to see things as they are; it is a state of awakened attention. And this is a very simple thing It isn't complicated or difficult or something that takes years to achieve. It is so easy, in fact, that you don't even notice it" Ajahn Sumedho.
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