The purpose of developing concentration

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2009.

  • Remembering Buddha’s qualities to counteract the tight mind
  • Different levels of Buddhist vows
  • Ethical conduct lays the foundation for developing concentration and realizations
  • Continuation of commentary on the Noble Search Sutta (MN 26)1
    • Why the Buddha was reluctant to teach after enlightenment
    • What Mara symbolizes
  • Questions and answers
    • Difference between a Buddha and an arhat
    • Was Mara a sentient being?
    • Different types of god realms
    • Source of our thoughts

Exploring Monastic Life 2009: Session 6 (download)


  1. In the references to the sutras MN refers to the Majjhima Nikaya, the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. DN refers to the Digha Nikaya, the Long Discourses of the Buddha. 

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