Part of the “At Peace with Experience New Year Retreat” for Sheffield Insight: 30th December evening Dhamma talk and guided meditation

“Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of their mind” – MN19, SuttaCentral. Ven Canda discusses two suttas (MN19, the Dvedhāvitakka Sutta and MN20, the Vitakkasaṇṭhāna Sutta) on how to wisely reflect upon the wholesome and the unwholesome thoughts by seeing the motivation behind them and their relevance in the path to liberation. The malleability of the mind allows it to be trained and directed in wholesome ways, even fully settling the thoughts leading to complete silence within. Thoughts are always one step away from penetrating the truth. Five sequential methods of dealing with thoughts, gradually calming them down and eventually stilling them all, are discussed.

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