Greetings fellow practitioners,
Recently we had our Kathina offering celebrations at Anandagiri, it was an inspiring and joyful occasion attended by many. Once again a group of faithful Malaysians made a special effort to attend, staying nearby for several days. Giving a formal talk in the English language is actually quite a rare occurrance here, situated as we are in rural Thailand, but I felt it was appropriate to offer some encouragement to our special guests and this talk is the result.
I am glad that I gave this particular talk and am happy to share it more broadly as it addresses some important subjects – namely, balancing spiritual practices and qualities in a manner which will actually lead to an increase in both peace and wisdom. Even experienced practitioners can go wrong at times, placing too much emphasis upon 'trying to be mindful in all postures' without doing enough formal practice, or alternately, doing a lot of formal practice and attaching to peaceful states, then resenting the impingement of normal life. Balancing mindfulness with collectedness, then keeping a quality of 'presence of mind' throughout the day, while reflecting wisely is the key.' A diligent, balanced and holistic approach is what is needed. No one says this is easy! But the resultant peace and wisdom make the efforts worthwhile.
I hope that something in this talk is useful to you,
Ajahn Achalo Bhikkhu
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