Q: A Contemplative Perspective On Compulsive Stress Eating

(approx. 15 minutes) KEYWORDS: Q: “I know from past experiences that increased food intake never genuinely makes me feel better. Might you have any advice? Evolutionary biologists, psychologists, demonize desire, wanting, craving, wholesome desires, enemy, smoking, breaking the habit, basic skills, 5 spiritual faculties, faith, kamma, energy, intensity, embodied mindfulness, discipline attention, discernment, indriya samvara, skilful composure, containing, respecting intensity, hiri and ottappa, conscience, lokapala, protectors of the world, skilful shame and fear of the consequences of shamelessness, guilt, progress, unruly heart energy, competent, ill-will, truly responsible.

Q: Could You Guide Us In A Contemplation On The 5 Spiritual Faculties?

(approx. 12 minutes) KEYWORDS: "In one of your talks you ask us to contemplate on 5 spiritual faculties. You had given some ideas on faith. Could you please guide us on this too." Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Thate, indriyasamvara, hiri ottappa, basic tools, sadha, faith, fragrance, honeysuckle, floating, 3 levels of faith, viriya, energy, intensity, transformation, tedious mediocrity, interest, challenge, sati, embodied mindfulness, satipatthana sutta, gatekeeper, praise and blame, samadhi, collectedness, ceto-vimutti, discernment, mirror, self-reflective capacity, accuracy of perception, compassion, goal.

Q: Is This Just A Passing Mood Or Is It Denied Dukkha?

(approx. 12 minutes) KEYWORDS: "The question is how do I know the difference between the mind just following its old familiar pattern of chasing after thoughts, and denied dukkha which needs further exploration?" Guilt, triggers, Ajahn Chah, finished, 3 kinds of dukkha: present-generated dukkha, old unmet dukkha, adopted dukkha, cutting through, seeing through, burning through, cold, shower, reintegrated, alcoholic parent, wholesome shame and toxic guilt, hiri ottappa, fear of consequences, hell, precepts, lemons are sour, blowing on a fire, vibhavatanha, not alone.