Samsaric pleasures and developing concentration

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

  • The Greater Discourse to Saccaka Sutta (MN 36)1
    • Development of body versus development of mind
    • How contact with sense objects leads to craving
    • Nature of samsaric pleasures
  • The Fear and Dread Sutta (MN 4)
    • Purpose of developing concentration
    • Supernormal powers
  • Questions and answers
    • Due to fear of the disadvantages of samsara, grabbing onto the identify of “monastic.” Is that a good motivation?
    • Planting good seeds in this life
    • Direct perception of impermanence

Exploring Monastic Life 2009: Session 5 (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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