On Sunday 1 December, Nalanda Centre was honoured to host Venerable Ajahn Karuniko for a Dhamma talk. Ajahn said that we should understand suffering and contemplate the cause of suffering. This is neccessary although against the way of the world which is to continuously seek happiness and avoid unhappiness.
When we cling to what is pleasant, we become more adverse to the unpleasant. This itself results in dissatisfaction and the rising of mental afflictions such as anger, restlessness and discontent. We also develop fear, anxiety and paranoia about things we do not like. To overcome this, we should accept that both the pleasant and unpleasant are a part of life.
Ajahn advised us to be mindful to see what is happening in our minds at the present moment. As we become aware, we try not to let our minds go into habitual thinking and develop worries about the future. When we meditate and stay in the present moment, we can achieve tranquillity and concentration as taught by the Buddha. We thank Ajahn Karuniko for visiting us and wish him the best of health and peace.