Ajahn Kalyano, abbot of Buddha Bodhivana Monastery near Melbourne, had kindly accepted our invitation to Dhammagiri's robe offering ceremony at the end of the rains retreat.
In the afternoon session, Ajahn is asked how to develop mindfulness. He explains how we can establish and maintain mindfulness ('sati') during our activities in daily life, and how mindfulness leads us on to develop wisdom. With sati, we recognize that we can not fully control what kind of feelings and thoughts arise in our mind, they tend to come and go according to their own conditioning factors. We begin to understand that what we can't even control, is not suitable to be regarded as our self, it is not truly our ego.
But as we insist to identify with what truly is not ego, we continue to create suffering for ourselves & others:
"Me, mine, myself - we add it onto everything, and then all the trouble starts".
So Ajahn encourages us to mindfully investigate the process of identification with what is not truly self, until we can abandon the delusion of self and ownership, and extricate ourselves from suffering.
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