A Heart Released

The Teachings of Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Thera

by Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Thera | 1995 | 9,299 words

Translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu Copyright © 1995 Metta Forest Monastery PO Box 1409, Valley Center, CA 92082 For free distribution only. You may reprint this work for free distribution. You may re-format and redistribute this work for use on computers and computer networks provided that you charge no fees for its distribution or us...

Teaching 11 - One's Self-training As A Meditator

Has To Be In Keeping With One's Temperament.

A famous horse trainer once approached the Lord Buddha and asked him how he trained his disciples. The Buddha responded by asking the trainer how he trained horses. The trainer replied that there were four kinds of horses:

  1. those easy to tame,
  2. those of an intermediate sort,
  3. those genuinely hard to tame, and
  4. those that couldnt be tamed at all, and had to be killed.

The Buddha replied, So it is with me.

  1. Those easy to tame, i.e., those whose minds gather easily, should eat enough food to nourish the body.
  2. Those of an intermediate sort, i.e., those whose minds have some trouble settling down, should not be allowed to eat much -- only a little food.
  3. Those genuinely hard to tame, i.e., those who really have trouble getting their minds to settle down, shouldnt eat at all, but they have to be attannu They have to know their own strength and exactly how much they will be able to endure.
  4. As for those who couldnt be tamed and had to be killed -- i.e., those termed padaparama who couldnt subdue their minds at all -- the Buddha would withdraw the bridge. In other words, he wouldnt teach them, which was tantamount to killing them.
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