"learning to listen"

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sunnat
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"learning to listen"

Post by sunnat » Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:17 pm

From a Dhamma talk by Ajahn Chan ( http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Learning_Listen1.php)

Some things that the Venerable Ajahn Chah said:

''When you listen to the Dhamma, you must open up your heart and compose yourself in its centre. Don't try and accumulate what you hear, or make painstaking efforts to retain it through your memory. Just let the Dhamma flow into your heart as it reveals itself, and keep yourself continuously open to the flow in the present moment. What is ready to be retained will remain. It will happen of its own accord, not through forced effort on your part.... Just continue your practice no matter what you are doing. Practice is not dependent on any one posture, such as sitting or walking. Rather, it is a continuous awareness of the flow of your own consciousness and feelings. No matter what is happening, just compose yourself and always be mindfully aware of that flow.''

''To define Buddhism without a lot of words and phrases, we can simply say, 'Don't cling or hold on to anything. Harmonize with actuality, with things just as they are.''

"continuous awareness of the flow or your own consciousness and feelings." - "harmonize with actuality"

Continuous awareness of anicca.

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