This talk was given at the Auckland Buddhist Vihara on December 5, 2009
Ajahn Amaro is the co-abbot of Abhayagiri Buddhist monastery in California, USA. He ordained as a monk in the lineage of the Venerable Ajahn Chah in Thailand in 1979. Author of numerous books, he actively teaches around the world.
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Thanks Fuji, I do enjoy listening to Ajahn! or HHAA as they call him in the talk
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither! With Metta Upāsaka Cittasanto Blog,-Some Suttas Translated,Ajahn Chah. "Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."
"And so, because this Teaching is so different from what Westerners are accustomed to, they will try to adapt the Teaching to their own framework. What they need to learn to do is not to adapt the Teaching to their own point of view but to adapt their own point of view to the Teaching. This is called saddhá, or faith, and it means giving oneself to the Teaching even if the Teaching is contrary to one’s own preconceived notions of the way things are."- Ven Bodhesako