30 March, 2009 by Cittasamvaro
The Mp3 recording from Wednesday 25th March 09 when Venerbale Sayadaw U Jotika stopped off in Bangkok to give a (much too rare) public talk, hosted by his publisher DMG Books is posted below (English only segments)
Sayadaw is a hugely respected master from Burma, whose Dhamma is lyrical, simple and precise. There are several books of his teachings, notably the superb Map of the Journey and the book Snow in the Summer which is available online. While online versions are free, the proceeds from the printed versions are forwarded and used to help the suffering people in Myanmar. This was a very special opportunity to meet with a tremendously inspiring teacher.
The event was in English with translation into Thai, but through the wonders of modern computing it was a relatively painless process to cut the Thai parts and create an MP3 of just the English sections; posted below.
The talk was based on some verses from an old anonymous Samurai poem, which served as a launching point into some beautiful dhamma. In fact, this topic will be the basis of Sayadaw’s upcoming book.
Venerable Sayadaw will see this post and all your comments, and is very interested to hear your own reactions to the stanzas - what they mean to you. He has asked that, if you listen to the talk, you pick out whichever of the stanzas has struck you in anyway, and explain why. You can also leave any other messages/comments.
The verses referred to (use google for the full poem):
I have no parents; I make the Heavens and the Earth my parents.
I have no home; I make mindfulness my home.
I have no life or death; I make the tides of breathing my life and death.
I have no divine power; I make honesty my divine power.
I have no friends; I make my mind my friend.
I have no castle; I make the immovable mind my castle.
I have no sword; I make absence of self my sword.
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