Right restraint in meditation - Ajahn Brahm's insights on guarding the Mind
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Right restraint in meditation – Ajahn Brahm’s insights on guarding the Mind

In this conversation explores “” or “”, the sixth factor of in .

He suggests that “Samari” is more accurately translated as “restraint” or “guarding” rather than “”, highlighting the importance of letting go and avoiding forceful effort in .

Ajahn Brahm emphasizes that right restraint involves guarding the senses, practicing , and abandoning unwholesome to maintain and focus during meditation.

Using various stories, analogies, and personal experiences, Ajahn Brahm illustrates the significance of this practice.

For example, he compares guarding the senses to a tree protecting its leaves from the wind, allowing stillness to naturally emerge.

He also tells a story about a woman who was unable to concentrate during meditation because she was distracted by the famous actor sitting next to her, emphasizing the need to keep the focused.

Ajahn Brahm further stresses the value of and towards all beings, and the cultivation of positive mind states to weaken hindrances.

He advises welcoming unwholesome thoughts with kindness rather than suppressing them with willpower, using the story of an “-eating monster” as an analogy.

In the end, Ajahn Brahm promotes unity and empathy in communities, advising followers to cultivate positive qualities and sustain a and focused mindset for effective meditation.


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