Many people have asked us good questions about Dhamma practice — many of them arising from the teachings presented on the ‘Wisdom of the Masters’ YouTube channel. So we thought it worthwhile to share some of the Q & As here with everyone (suitably anonymised), as such questions are often relevant and relatable for us all in our spiritual practice.
Please keep in mind that the answers are contemplative ‘reflections’, not dogmatic treatises on Dhamma… they are intended to help people reflect on their situation, and find a way to work skillfully with it and progress in their path of practice. Responses to the YouTube questions in particular are spontaneous and often brief, and usually relate to a specific teaching the questioner has heard and is asking about.
With regard to hearing different Dhamma teachings, a helpful anecdote concerning Ajahn Chah comes to mind here…
Once Ajahn Chah was challenged by a questioner, saying his teachings could sometimes be contradictory. Ajahn Chah laughed and responded that his way of teaching was very simple… He then said:
“It is as though I see people walking down a road I know well. To them the way may be unclear. I look up and see someone about to fall into a ditch on the right-hand side of the road, so I call out to him, ‘Go left, go left’ Similarly, if I see another person about to fall into a ditch on the left, I call out, ‘Go right, go right!’ That is the extent of my teaching. Whatever extreme you get caught in, whatever you get attached to, I say, ‘Let go of that too.’ Let go on the left, let go on the right. Come back to the center, and you will arrive at the true Dhamma.”
This wise pointing is well worth remembering when it comes to hearing or reading teachings on Dhamma — context is everything.
Click on each question-link below and it will take you to the full Q & A …
All further questions below have come from ‘Wisdom of the Masters’ YouTube channel, answered by Samaneri Jayasara.
If you’d like a PDF of a larger selection of Q&As from the ‘Wisdom of the Masters’ channel, you can download that by clicking this link: Q&A (Pt.1) PDF (694 KB)
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