On 2 December 2018, Nalanda was honoured to host Venerable Ajahn Achalo for a Dhamma talk on his first visit to Nalanda Centre. Ajahn Achalo reminded us that in our samsaric existence, we are affected by ignorance – the cause of all suffering. This ignorance of ‘not knowing the true nature of the way things are’ results in us perceiving things incorrectly and culminates in craving and anger. The remedy to ‘not knowing’ is simply ‘to know’; achieved through cultivating wisdom and concentration.
A way to develop our mind is to establish ourselves in mindfulness and to differentiate between the skilful and unskilful with clear comprehension. When we persistently cultivate these qualities, we will eventually experience the happiness of peace, even if momentarily, which gives us insight into our deeper nature and true potential.
We thank Ajahn for delivering a pivotal and inspiring teaching for us at Nalanda! Sadhu, Bhante.