MP3 download Praise and Blame
Sayadaw U Jotika
January 2010 Sayadaw U Jotika, a much respected and loved Monk from Myanmar, gave a talk in the jam packed offices of DMG to an audience of about 600+.
The topic was “Praise and Blame” which is one of the ‘Eight Worldly Winds’, namely:
Atta Loka Dhamma
Gain and Loss (laabha and alaabha)
To be loved or unloved (yasa and ayasa) *
Praise and Blame (pasamsaa and nindaa)
Happiness and Pain (sukha and dukkha)
*Following Sayadaw’s translation in the talk. Otherwise translated as fame/obscurity
You might notice that praise is just as disturbing as blame, and that happiness is just as much an obstacle as pain. It is an interesting list … we hope that Sayadaw will talk on all the pairs in the future.
These Eight Worldly Winds are mentioned in the Mangala Sutta – a sutta that Sayadaw has talked on many times elsewhere. The relevant verse goes:
Though in contact with the worldly dhammas
yet his mind is not shaken
without grief, spotless, secure
this is the highest blessing
This is a really great talk – download and keep it !
Below is the full talk which runs at about an hour. A couple of points –
- It was delivered in English with regular intervals for Thai translation. Here the Thai parts have been removed so it is in English throughout.
- You can leave comments below, and they will be read by Sayadaw when he has chance.
- Though the file is for free distribution, rather than putting the file on other websites please just post a link to this page so that everyone has chance to leave a comment if desired.