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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Buddhist Publishing Group (1 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946672237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946672233
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Teachings of a Buddhist Monk is just what it says. Suggestions for practice by a practising Buddhist monk based on his long experience. -- Buddhism Now, November, 2001

It addresses the reader directly with humour and simplicity. -- Buddhism Now, November, 2001

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The Buddha’s teaching is all about understanding suffering—its origin, its cessation, and the path to its cessation. When we contemplate suffering, we find we are contemplating desire, because desire and suffering are the same thing.

Desire can be compared to fire. If we grasp fire, what happens? Does it lead to happiness? If we say: ‘Oh, look at that beautiful fire! Look at the beautiful colours! I love red and orange; they’re my favourite colours,’ and then grasp it, we would find a certain amount of suffering entering the body. And then if we were to contemplate the cause of that suffering we would discover it was the result of having grasped that fire. On that information, we would, hopefully, then let the fire go. Once we let fire go, then we know that it is something not to be attached to. This does not mean we have to hate it, or put it out. We can enjoy fire, can’t we? It is nice having a fire, it keeps the room warm, but we do not have to burn ourselves in it.

When we really contemplate suffering, we no longer incline towards grasping hold of desire, because it hurts, is painful, there is no point in doing it. So, from that time on, we understand, ‘Oh! That’s why I’m suffering; that’s its origin. Ah! now I understand. It’s that grasping hold of desire that causes me all this misery and suffering, all this fear, worry, expectation, despair, hatred, greed, delusion. All the problems of life come from grasping and clinging to the fire of desire.


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Always gets top marks from me ....... read any of his publications and it'll be a winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Theravada Buddhism Book 28 Oct. 2010
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In the US, it is real hard to find Theravada Buddhism book. You go to bookstores, you can only find Zen or Tibetan Buddhism books. This is one of the great Theravada Buddhism books for those serious Buddhist or new interest or even critique of Buddhism. Easy to read yet fills with great information. The Buddha four noble truth illustrated so well in here and easy to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Unassuming 22 Feb. 2008
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Ajahn Sumedho does not try to win us over with grandiose ideas, detailed dogma, or tantalizing promises of transcendent states, but seems to emphasize being present in the moment, as simple and non-glamorous as it might be. If that sounds easy, he makes it clear how in one and the same time it is and it is not, as though we are so absorbed with all the stuff we carry inside that we miss what is really going on time and time again (no matter how well versed in the Dhamma we might be). He emphasizes his points by using himself as an example and making lighthearted fun of himself. The only promise for peace and vanquishing suffering on any level is in our starting to realize the same things about ourselves and to find the spaciousness of mind and heart that Sumedho shows to be possible. Sumedho's other books are highly recommended also.
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it 17 Jun. 2016
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Simple to read and common sense teachings. Glad I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect! 12 Feb. 2002
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Ajahn Sumedho is a Buddhist Monk trained in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism. He is a follower of Ajahn Chah who taught many Westerners.
This book is a real treat. I have done extensive reading on Buddhism, particularly the Theravada tradition. Ajahn Chah started many monasteries and those who followed him, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Amaro, Jack Kornfield, and many others, all seem to offer such wisdom in presenting the Dharma. Their way of teaching, to me, is very direct and practical. Not high in the head thinking, but real, basic, and very applicable to my life. (Isn't that what we all want?)
I read through this short book in just a few days and enjoyed it so much I've started rereading it again! If you are new to Buddhism, this is a great place to start, if you are an 'old pro' you'll enjoy this one too!
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