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The Buddha, the Dhammapada
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Dhamma Talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu from Metta Forest Monastery
"Instruct, Urge, Rouse and Encourage"
The Buddha taught: "Time is eating itself up as it eats up the beings of this world, and eating us up as well. Where is yesterday, where is the week before? It is gone, and those moments of opportunity to advance in the Dharma are gone, never to return. For most of us this means we are getting older, and our senses are becoming dull. So where can we look to find something that is not affected by all this stuff? We must look inside! That is why we are sitting and meditating. To see what there is inside of us that can be touched by the mind that is special that is not affected by time. It is something we all should be looking for, because as aging encroaches it brings illness and ultimately brings death. So what are you going to do so the mind is not affected by these things, so it doesn't suffer from them? You have to find something good inside."
It is often said that when the Buddha gave His Dharma talks He would "Instruct, Urge, Rouse and Encourage" those listening to seek and find those special aspects of the mind to acquire true happiness and the cessation of suffering.
This rare teaching of the Buddha is given in this talk from Thanissaro Bhikkhu.