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Being humans, we have a variety of ways to construct identities –
be it through our skills or habits or dispositions – and we go
about in the world, doing what we can to keep those identities alive.
This is stressful. In this Dhamma talk, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo reflects
on our capacity to go deeper than our constructed and superficial
personalities, using the precepts and mindfulness of the body as
tools to not only experience states of peace, but to also understand
the way our defilements rob us of that peace – that is, the peace
of the kusala-citta, or ‘wholesome mind’. He
reminds us that by continually applying effort to return to wholesome
states of mind, they can become stronger and clearer, and we can
eventually realize an unentangled peace and liberated mind which no
longer strives to nourish a sense of identity. This talk was offered
on March 12, 2017, at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.