This site was a project of students of Sayadaw U Tejaniya in order to share teachings from his book, Dhamma Everywhere: Welcoming each moment with awareness+wisdom
Please enjoy the teachings shared here and visit the main website for more, including links to audio, video, and PDF versions of Dhamma Everywhere, Don't Look Down on the Defilements: They Will Laugh at You and Awareness Alone Is Not Enough. You may also be interested in this sister Tumblr and our teacher's YouTube channel. Finally, if you are in North America, there are books available for distribution through the US organization of students and supporters, Wisdom Streams. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that this site and the book from which the content comes by no means are meant to replace the personal guidance of the teacher.
Because the mind is covered by defilements, we are unable to see dhamma or to understand nature as it is. What is the meaning of nature? It is cause and it is also effect. The cause and effect process itself is nature. Whatever is happening in the present moment is nature, dhamma. Even defilements become dhamma, become nature. Nature is becoming, nature is arising, knowing is arising and awareness is arisingobject and mind, object and mind. In nature, there is nobody there. Nature is not us, not them, not others; nature is nature.
—Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Dhamma Everywhere (p. 111)
We should be thinking about the practice. If we are thinking the right way, the mind can’t think the wrong way. We prevent delusion when we are aware and when we understand. Knowing what is happening is also right view. Whether it is good or bad, we know what is happening in the present moment.
—Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Dhamma Everywhere (p. 104)
If you can stay in the present moment you can be satisfied. Because of knowing, you understand what is happening now, understand what is going on in the present moment, this is real life. Whatever you put into the practice you get in return. If you don’t know what you are already getting, you will want more. You get as much as you put in. If you can stay fully in the present moment, expectations won’t come. No need to regret the past. No need to expect the future. You are trying to think the right way. Thinking is very powerful. If your thinking is reasonable, if your thinking is right, the mind is already calm, relaxed and peaceful.
—Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Dhamma Everywhere (pp. 103-104)
We check our attitude first before we meditate. What attitude, what background ideas do you have when you meditate?
Do you want anything?
Do you expect anything?
Why are you meditating?
Why are you being mindful?
We want to understand-that is why we are watching and learning. We are not trying to control anything. We are not trying to create anything. We simply want to be in the present moment: Awake, alert, aware.
—Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Dhamma Everywhere (p. 97)