Media Consumption: How Much is Too Much - Ajahn Dhammasiha
Ajahn Dhammasiha responds to a question how to use media, mobile devices and the internet in a wholesome way.
He encourages us to observe 8 precepts regularly (one day a week, or at least one day a month), to at least occasionally completely abstain from any form of entertainment and music.
But when we do use the internet and social media, we have to set up mindfulness and be aware of the following Dhamma Principes:
- Restraint in usage, both in terms of time spent online, and in terms of carefully choosing what we watch and engage with
- Guarding the doors of the sense faculties (sight & hearing), do carefully filter out any unwholesome sights and sounds that might cause unwholesome states of desire, lust, anger aversion or delusion to arise in our heart
- Right Communication (3rd Facter of Noble 8-Fold Path): When we actively comment, tweet, share, like, follow & post, we have to avoid lying, harsh/offensive communication, causing disharmony, and meaningless/pointless communication
Ajahn warns us of the danger how quickly our mind can get drawn towards unwholesome objects. Via a mobile phone the mind can instantly go almost anywhere in this world, so we have to choose wisely where we allow it to go
This talk is also available on video here: