The Buddha’s enlightenment

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

  • Continuation of the commentary on the Noble Search Sutta (MN 26)1
  • How deep states of concentration did not free the Buddha from dissatisfaction and affliction
  • Three realms—desire, form and formless
  • Questions and answers
    • Are the jhanas sequential?
    • Different meditation objects
    • Monastics robes in different traditions
    • Jataka tales
    • Effort is an important quality to get anywhere on the path

Exploring Monastic Life 2009: Session 3 (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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