Seven Points by Ajahn Sumedho on Cultivating Awareness and Enlightenment

Ajahn Sumedho - A new day is here. Yesterday is a memory. Tomorrow is unknown. Now is the knowing.

  • “A new day is here. Yesterday is a memory. Tomorrow is unknown. Now is the knowing.”
  • “..But with mettā (good-will), you are not blinding yourself to the faults and flaws in everything. You are just peacefully co-existing with them. You are not demanding that it be otherwise. So mettā sometimes needs to overlook what’s wrong with yourself and everybody else — it doesn’t mean that you don’t notice those things, it means that you don’t develop problems around them. You stop that kind of indulgence by being kind and patient — peacefully co-existing.”
  • “Awareness is your refuge:
    Awareness of the changingness of feelings,
    of attitudes, of moods, of material change
    and emotional change:
    Stay with that, because it’s a refuge that is

    It’s not a creation. It’s not an ideal.
    It’s very practical and very simple, but
    easily overlooked or not noticed.
    When you’re mindful,
    you’re beginning to notice,
    it’s like this.”
  • “The goal lies away from the sensual world. It is not a rejection of the sensual world, but understanding it so well that we no longer seek it as an end in itself. We no longer expect the sensory world to satisfy us. We no longer demand that sensory consciousness be anything other than an existing condition that we can use skillfully according to time and place.”
  • “The mind of an enlightened human being is flexible and adaptable. The mind of the ignorant person is conditioned and fixed.”
  • “To understand suffering means that we must accept suffering rather than just try to get rid of it and deny it, or blame somebody else for it. We can notice that suffering is caused, that it is dependent upon certain conditions: the conditions of the mind that we’ve created or that have been instilled into us..”
  • “We have now, in a country like England, an opportunity to work toward a common truth among all religions, because we can all begin to help each other. It’s no longer a time when converting people or trying to compete with each other seems to be of any us e or value. Rather than the attempt to convert others, religion is the opportunity to awaken to our true nature, to true freedom, to love and compassion. It’s a way of living in full sensitivity, with full receptivity, so we can take delight and open ours elves to the mystery and wonder of the universe.”

Ajahn Sumedho (1934 – )


5 thoughts on “Seven Points by Ajahn Sumedho on Cultivating Awareness and Enlightenment

  1. After meeting you I was moved by the simplicity and directness by which you spoke. I credit you with my interest in buddhism.


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