Dear fellow practitioners,
Recently I was invited to teach a 9 day retreat in the Melbourne area of Australia. The retreat organisers asked if it would be okay to film some of the talks so that they could be shared with a wider group of meditators. Below is the first of three talks that were filmed.
In this talk I share my own conviction regarding the belief that rebirth and kamma are simple facts pertaining to the way life works. I share several stories of the teachers and masters who I respect most deeply which clearly support these beliefs. We also explore the ways that taking on this more vast and spacious view of life can be useful with regards to gaining confidence in the value of practicing sincerely today, understanding that the benefits in the future will be enormous. Belief in rebirth can also be helpful in generating the necessary energy, resolve and determination that is required for liberating one's mind from the realm of birth and death. Later in the talk we explore the ways the Five Hindrances to peacefulness can bind us to the painful samsaric cycle, and consider ways to go beyond them by "letting them go."
I hope that something here is helpful
Ajahn Achalo Bhikkhu
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