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“The Tathagatha… is the originator of the path unarisen before, the producer of the path unproduced before, the declarer of the path undeclared before. He is the knower of the path, the discoverer of the path, the one skilled in the path. And his disciplines now dwell following that path and become possessed of it afterwards.”
~ The Buddha
SN 22:58

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The Vitakkasanthana Sutta

Bhante Gunaratana

In this sutta, called “Removal of Distracting Thoughts,” MN 20, five methods are taught by the Buddha to overcome unwholesome and distracting thoughts during meditation. They are: replacing an unwholesome thought with a wholesome thought; examining the danger of the distracting thought; forgetting the thought; stilling the unwholesome thought formation; crushing mind with mind to forcefully drive away the unwholesome thought.

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File Size: 13 MB
Duration: 55:00
Recorded: 9-25-07
Posted: 03-18-08