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发表于 2015-7-8 12:14:08 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
There are all kinds of conventional truths, conventional realities, but there can be only one ultimate reality. That is ‘This’. The here and now.

The past is done and the future, well that is a field full of potentials, a future that we desire. Ultimate reality is just THIS. That’s how things are.

We want ultimate reality to be something else, some kind of thunderbolts and lightning. Something to put the flags out for. But this is it, just as it is. It can’t be any other way.

So rather than thinking of the ultimate as something that you have to go out and get. Rather than thinking of it as something that you have to creat through your desires, and your plans, we reflect that it is right here and now, and according to Buddhism, it is perfect peace. That’s the theory. Temporary happiness lies in getting what you want, but the ultimate happiness lies in giving up wanting, and being at peace with how things are.

Accepting the reality of how things are, and being at peace there is a challenge – it is not easy by any means. Much of the time you desperately want reality to be something else, something you can strive for and attain..

..The habit-forming nature of desire is a form of addiction. Just because the object always changes, unlike with a drug addiction, it still follows the same pattern of all addiction – a ‘hit’ and a let down, and the chasing after the next hit. An unexamined life is led this way – always looking for some quick stimulus, while the deeper questions are shelved for things more tangible.

This topic of desire will keep coming up in Buddhism. People like the idea of calm, of peace. They like the idea of developing spiritual qualities, but are not so keen when it comes to letting go of desire itself.

And this does not mean all desire. You still need the aspiration to practise, to develop and to follow the teachings. Buddhist teachers are always encouraging ‘aspiration’ and the putting forth of effort.

But when it comes to letting desire go, it is something that happens as a consequence of looking – of watching this desiring process. After a time you just want some relief from it. Then it falls away, even if just for a few moments. Rather like ‘relaxing’ – it is not something you ‘do’, but you just stop doing the things that are stopping you from being relaxed.

- Ajahn Kusalo




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Tahn Ajahn Kusalo - Abbot at Bodhinyanarama Monastery, New Zealand

He was born in 1952, grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. A chequered pattern of study and work, mostly in the building industry, eventually resulted in qualification as a Quantity Surveyor. However, a general disinterest in worldly gain led to many years of wandering throughout Australasia.

Around 1980 he met Ajahn Jagaro in Perth, Australia and joined retreats led by Ajahn Sumedho who visited there for two conscutive years. Because he was still married, with one son, it was not until 1990 that he was able to join Ajahn Viradhammo in Bodhinyanarama Monastery, Wellington. He took bhikkhu ordination in 1992 and remained there until 1994 when there was an invitation to join Ajahn Sumedho in England.

Six years at Amaravati Monastery led to a couple of years in Wales which was a precursor to two years of wandering around Europe. Part of this time was a week trip to Canada that eventually resulted in his living there for eight years, the last five of those being spent developing Tisarana the new monastery in west of Ottawa.

A short visit to Bodhinyanarama in 2011 resulted in Ajahn moving back to his home monastery in 2012 to follow on from Ajahn Tiradhammo. The plan is to reside there for some years to come.

A Sangha photo. L to R: Bhante Khemaratana, Ajahn Kusalo, Ajahn Viradhammo, Ajahn Hasapanyo, Ayaa Medhanandi. Anagarika Laurence is kneeling

Ajahn Kusalo in front of his kuti at Tisarana Monastery, Canada.
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