Inner Wisdom

Contemplate with Dhamma

2016-10-18 08:48:16 admin

When facing a difficult situation, look at it from the viewpoint of Dhamma3.
Don’t be victimized by the influence of defilements.
Reflect on Dhamma at all times. Wisdom gained from meditation will lead
you to the right knowledge and awareness.
Time flies by quickly. Days, weeks and months go by, and all of a sudden
a year is gone. Ask what you have done for yourself. Are you conducting
your life in a way that fulfills your goals? What should you strive for? What
should you refrain from? Are you doing the things appropriate for who you
are? Always be mindful. Don’t become deluded in yourself.

Cr: Khun Yay’s Teaching

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Examine Yourself

2016-10-09 22:27:48 admin

Khun Yay Chan KonnokyoongExamine yourself before bedtime each night, take a few minutes to meditate upon your day.
Reflect on everything you have done throughout the day, from the time you
wake up, to the time you go to bed (i.e., waking, eating, working, meditating,
keeping the precepts, giving alms).

Reflect on how much merit you have accumulated and how many bad deeds
you have committed today. Resolve to relinquish all the negative actions that
lead to bad Kamma. Don’t even let one particle of your demerit linger with
you overnight.

Contemplate on giving up. Give up wrongdoings. Give up bad actions.
Give up everything evil. Give up the slackness in your meditation.
Contemplate on improving. Improve on doing more good deeds. Make the
effort to improve yourself and build up good kamma every day. Think of this
life as your final existence and your last opportunity to capture all the merits.

September 31, 1976

Excerpt from Khun Yay’s Teaching

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Seek the Goodness in Others

2016-02-27 23:12:12 admin

Dhamma Talk Given by Venerable Medhigo in Meditation Class on Feb. 27, 2016
Before meditation session, Venerable Medhigo shared his way of thinking that keeps him happy and help him progressing in his meditation. Here is the summary of his talk:
We don’t live in this world alone. We interact with others who may have different points of view both at home and at work. Sometimes we have a tendency to notice other people’s faults prior to their virtues. These negative thoughts create unpleasant feeling and disrupt the otherwise peaceful mind. During meditation it is rather difficult and takes a long time to get rid of the readily lingering negative/unpleasant feeling. The better approach is to prevent the unpleasant thought to happen at all. We need to shift our focus to observing the goodness and kindness of others. It is challenging but the benefit makes it greatly worthwhile. Not only that we will have better relationship with others but we will also have a peaceful mind throughout the day. When we meditate, we can reach the point of stillness easily and eventually obtain the happiness inside.

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Meditation Testimonial: Aaron Stern

2016-01-31 19:33:25 admin

Meditation Testimonial

Dr.Aaron Stern

Dr. Aaron Stern

My two daughters were born during my doctoral program and despite the joy they gave both my wife and I, all parents know the amount of time and energy required for children-rearing. Meditation helped me maintain my patience when handling the strain of a temper tantrum, a near sleepless night tending to a sick child and many other responsibilities associated with parenthood. My introduction to Dhammakaya meditation began about five years ago when I first learned about the basic method from a monk at the Meditation Center of Chicago. I had meditated many years earlier using Vipassana meditation (essentially focusing on my breath) and had not returned to any regular meditation practice until learning about Dhammakaya meditation. I did some background reading and directed questions at various monks and people know ledgeable about the Dhammakaya method before starting to practice it regularly. Similar to other people who had their minds consumed by the vicissitudes and influences of daily  life, it was not easy to meditate initially. A key element of the Dhammakaya method was to the mind, clear out mental clutter and let the mind become still.

     A mind trained to “multi-task” (a good description of my mind) needs time to slow sown so that it will not wander from thought to thought, memory to memory and worry to worry. I struggled with this mental wandering (and still do) for many months before I experienced my first moment of true mental stillness. That brief moment demonstrated the happiness associated with a still mind; a sense of being relaxed and at peace with the world, without feeling the need to escape from the world. I continued to meditate, although I felt a little annoyed on some says at my wandering mind. There were also physical concerns with meditation. In my initial efforts to meditate, my legs would go numb and my back would start to ache. Monks recommended that I stretch regularly, especially found I could greatly reduce my back pain by sitting with my back against a hard surface and lodging a small pillow against my lower back. Once I had addressed my physical discomfort, my meditation sessions grew longer and more relaxing.  Initially, I did nearly all my meditation at home. I was fortunate to have the opportunity in July 2005 to participate in Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s Dhammadayada International Ordination program in Thailand.

     The monk instructors at the temple focused heavily on meditation practice, and all participants in the program meditated for at least four hours per day. The combination of concentrated meditation, along with the benefits of having regular access to highly experienced monks in Dhammakaya meditation, helped me progress notably. It felt very good to meditate and sometimes, I would see a small point or ball of light floating in front of me, something I had rarely perceived in my meditation at home. Even the memory of such experiences can help induce a feeling of contentment and help make future meditation efforts more fulfilling. Meditation has had a number of tangible benefits in my life and my family life. I took up Dhammakaya meditation while I was in my doctoral program. Meditation reduced the intense stress associated with simultaneously completing my doctoral dissertation, teaching 40-50 undergraduate students, and searching for a job. It became important to me to find the time to meditate, typically early in the morning or late at night. Without meditation, I could have easily succumbed to the pressure of my responsibilities as a student and simply given up pursuing the doctorate, even after investing so much time and money. Instead, I found that meditation helped me to concentrate when writing my dissertation. My teaching improved also, written by my students. My two daughters were born during my doctoral program and despite the joy they gave both my wife and myself, all parents know the heavy amount of time and energy required for child- rearing. Meditation helped me maintain my patience when handing the strain of a temper tantrum, a near sleepless night tending to a sick child and many other responsibilities associated with parenthood.

     Meditation also improved my relationship with my wife. I would often forget things, make wrong turns while driving, bump into objects and commit other errors that frustrated my wife because they occurred too frequently. Meditation improved my mental clarity, reducing the frequency of these blunders. I also had a tendency to think too much about myself, focusing on my own problems and priorities when the concerns needing the most attention were with my focusing on needing has made me more aware of what matters most in life and led me to stop and consider the consequences of my choices in my studies, work and family.  In addition to the benefits of Dhammakaya meditation, various monks recommended practicing  “loving-kindness meditation”. Lovingkindness meditation involves mentally identifying and sending good wishes to all fellow human being s and creatures. When done consistently, it cultivates a sense of caring and com passion for one’ living companions on the planet. Lovingkindness meditation helped shake me out of my penchant for putting my own needs above those of others, especially those of my family. Whenever I meditate now, I devote some time to lovingkindness meditation as an integral component of Dhammakaya meditation.

 
     The more I have meditated, the more I have realized that the human mind is strong but very susceptible to influences that may weaken its powers of concentration and clarity. Dhammakaya meditation helped me see the value of keeping the mind relatively free of unnecessary clutter and other things that may impede this clarity. This is an important reason why I decided to stop consuming alcohol because I started to find that even small amounts – say, one bottle of beer- made my mind fuzzier than I expected. The alcohol buzz soon lost its attractiveness. My decision greatly pleased my wife as well and I hope it will serve as a good example for my children. Meditation is an activity that everyone in this world should take part in. It is one of the few human activities free of any drawbacks. It is free, relaxing and good for the mind. For the mind. It promotes improved behavior and according to an increasing amount of research, it has medical benefits such as lowering blood pressure. Meditation does not need to be a religiously-motivated activity in order to reap its advantages. Meditation only requires a commitment of time and some per severance. The only case in which I would question the appropriateness of meditation is for a person with a serious mental illness or psychosis. Otherwise, there is every reason to believe that meditation has substantial potential for improving the quality of life for all living creatures by increasing the capacity of human beings to feel more relaxed, mentally alert, and at peace with themselves. And if people feel at peace with themselves, they will feel at peace with the world; something our planet direly needs.
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A Monkey Trap

2015-06-19 10:43:13 admin

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Life is full of suffering.  Most of them come from our own desire. We all want to get rid of this suffering and gain peace and happiness in our lives.  Venerable Wuttipong used the analogy between monkey trap and mind trap to help you find the solution.  He talked about the monkey trapping technique that Thai gardeners use to catch monkeys destroying their crops. The monkey is an animal that is usually very active. They run away and climb up trees very quickly. The gardener used coconut shell to trap them. They made a small hole, and put grated coconut or their favorite nut inside. The monkey ran up to the scent that they love, reached inside the coconut shell and grabbed their favorite tightly such that they could not pull their hand full of nuts out.  With their hand stuck inside a heavy coconut, they can’t run away fast.  This made it easy for gardener to catch them.  Many people laughed at the silly monkey. If they want to get their hand off the coconut shell, they just  release the nuts that they clutch tightly.

Today, we don’t let go all the suffering that we are have. We are like monkeys clutching our belonging, our desire, our hatred, our anger, and our opinion so firmly. We hold on to what we want despite of our loss even more.  We are immersed in the grief that we used to be rich, have relationship, or be powerful such that we miss the chance to start a new life that could be better than the past.

If the monkey trained itself to observe its mind, it would have seen that its hand was stuck inside the coconut shell since it grabbed something firmly.  Just release its favorite nut, it would have many choices to choose from. There are other fruits around it.  Or find a rock to smash a coconut. It was better than locking itself  in trouble or in coconut without any solution.

No one gives us a problem except ourselves.  Everything is just the events that can happen to anyone at any time. When it happened to us, we suffered because we wanted it to be the same as we wanted. When we are not aware of our trap, we hold on to our desire so firmly. We forgot that it is our craving that makes us suffering. We create conditions that trap ourselves and don’t see a way out .

What we can do in this situation is to be aware of our desire, acknowledge it, stop it, and let it go. Practice these process daily. When we relax our mind, we will see what is going on. We will have an insight to see the cause of the suffering. Some problem we can fix by ourselves, some problem takes time to fix, and some problem cannot be resolved. Just let go the desire, and use insight to see it through.

Venerable Wuttipong

June 13, 2015

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