ultraben wrote:Hi Christopher,
Sorry for the late reply.
The "Thamma" in "Thammachart" is the same as the the Thai word for Dhamma.
Dhamma = Tham (ธรรม) - also spelt Thamma (ธรรมะ)
Nature = Thammachart (ธรรมชาติ)
In the talk "Thammachart" is used to refer to the natural world/nature ( no hidden meanings if that is what you mean? )
The translation is not word for word in parts - but seems ok.
Traditionally the Eightfold Path is taught with eight steps such as Right Understanding, Right Speech, Right Concentration, and so forth. But the true Eightfold Path is within us-two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, a tongue, and a body. These eight doors are our entire Path and the mind is the one that walks on the Path. Know these doors, examine them, and all the dharmas will be revealed.The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice.Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this-just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle.Why not give it a try? Do you dare?
- Ajahn Chah
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