The Path to Enlightenment II
Author: Venerable Luangpor Pramote Pamojjo
Translator: Hataitip Devakul
Edited by Vipasie Smitthipong Korakot Chaovavanich
Copyright: Luangpor Pramote Pamojjo’s Teaching Media Fund
From My Mind
Lots of my Buddhist practitioner friends like to come to have dhamma discussions with me. One of the questions asked almost on a daily basis is on how I practice dhamma, to which I have to explain the same topic day-in and day-out. To relieve myself from such task I have decided to write this book “The Path to Enlightenment II”, so that friends who want to know how I practice dhamma can read and understand better.
The book was originally completed on July 30, 2002. As time passes, I deem it necessary to improve on the writing, making it more comprehensible, for the benefit of the general dhamma practitioners.
Phra Pramote Pamojjo
July 30, 2006
【Table of Contents】
From My Mind——————————————-1
1. The Goal of Buddhism———————————–10
2. What is Suffering?————————————–14
3. What is the Cause of Suffering?—————————-20
4. The Path to End Suffering——————————–24
5. What is Mindfulness Practice?—————————–34
6. How to Be Mindful?————————————-38
7. What is Natural Phenomena (Sabhavadham)?——————68
8. What is meant by “Arising at the Present Moment”?————-76
9. What is meant by “As it Really is”?————————–82
10. What is the Benefit of Mindfulness?————————102
VENERABLE LUANGPOR PRAMOTE PAMOJJO——————113
【About Venerable Luangpor Pramote Pamojjo】
Luangpor or Luang Por literally means “Revered Father” This is the title of respect that Thai people address an older monk.
Luang Por Pramote Pamojjo is a highly respected and appreciated Dhamma teacher. His teachings are especially appealing to modern urban people, helping them to become successful mindfulness and insight practitioners despite their busy lifestyles.
Although he offers a complete practice, emphasis is given to the development of strong mindfulness for effective Vipassana Practice. He teaches that Samatha (concentration meditation) and Vispassana (insight meditation) are interdependent and that both are necessary for Dhamma practice, provided there is an understanding of when and how to use them effectively.
He teaches the Dhamma to avid practitioners looking to truly understand the middle way and to progress in their practice. Bangkok residents set out on an hour and a half drive in the darkness of the early morning to arrive before sunrise and line up outside Luang Por’s center to get a good seat to listen to his teachings, express their concerns regarding their own practice and receive individual advice – a custom that has been coined “submitting their homework” for the headmaster to fine-tune or modify.
Luangpor’s style is easy, relaxed and intuitive. This allows him to guide the meditators in developing the skills they need to apply to his teaching and become self-sufficient Dhamma practitioners.
He has had many teachers in the Thai forest monk tradition, but regards Luangpu Dune as his primary teacher. Luangpu Dune was one of the first students of the legendary Ajahn Mun Bhūridatto.
Luangpor Pramote lives at Wat Suan Santidham where he guides his own monks, visiting monks and his large lay Sangha.