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“When you know for yourselves, ‘These things are wholesome; these things are blameless; these things are praised by the wise; these things, if undertaken and practiced, lead to welfare and happiness,’ then you should engage in them.”
~ The Buddha
AN 3:65

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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