DHAMMA IN ACTION

TOPIC: “I Struggled with Meditation until I Heard the Suttas”

DATE: 18NOV20

Scenario Situation (Pretend Story)

·       A young man grew up in a Buddhist home, but no one meditated, and no one read the suttas. 

·       The only thing the young man knew about Buddhist teaching was making merits at the temple for the monks. He was not trained in the suttas and meditation. 

·       He was not interested much in Buddhism and even considered changing religions. 

·       As he became older, he did not enjoy visiting the temple to offer merits to the monks. It was very helpful to his mind, so he had stopped attending. 

·       He never learned about the suttas nor was taught how to meditate. 

·       A friend of his invited him to a day a meditation retreat that included reading suttas, dhamma talks, and training in meditation. 

·       He respected his friend and knew the friend had a peaceful mind due to meditation, therefore, he decided to join him at the retreat. 

·       During the retreat he heard sutta readings that he had never heard before which seemed to awaken his mind with new insights and new interest. 

·       During the dhamma teachings, the young man felt the suttas come to life as the teacher share their meaning and how to apply them. 

·       When it came time to meditate, he was fearful that he would not know what to do, but as he sat down and got comfortable, a peace came over him. 

·       The suttas that he had heard earlier that day seemed to help give both inner peace and confidence for the meditation time. 

·       As the teacher began to lead the meditation time, the young man felt connected to The Buddha’s teachings for the first time. 

📜 KEY SUTTA SECTION

“Then there is the case where a monk has developed tranquility in tandem with insight. As he develops tranquility in tandem with insight, the path is born. He follows that path, develops it, pursues it. As he follows the path, developing it & pursuing it—his fetters are abandoned, his obsessions destroyed.

“Then there is the case where a monk’s mind has its restlessness concerning the Dhamma [Comm: the corruptions of insight] well under control. There comes a time when his mind grows steady inwardly, settles down, and becomes unified & concentrated. In him the path is born. He follows that path, develops it, pursues it. As he follows the path, developing it & pursuing it—his fetters are abandoned, his obsessions destroyed.”

https://suttacentral.net/an4.170/en/thanissaro

😌 PERSONAL APPLICATION

1.    How would you describe the mind of this young man? 

2.    What was his view of Buddhism and the temple? 

3.    Have you felt this way before? 

4.    What brought changes to his mind? 

5.    Who was a big positive influence for him? Why? 

6.    Why did sutta reading and dhamma talks make a difference to him?

7.    How did the suttas and the dhamma talk influence his meditation time? 

8.    Can you relate to this young man? 

Regards, Steve

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