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Dhamma Talks given at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery. Please visit www.abhayagiri.org for more information.

Dhamma Talks given at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery. Please visit www.abhayagiri.org for more information.
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Dhamma Talks given at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery. Please visit www.abhayagiri.org for more information.

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English


Episodes

Monasteries and Pesky Habits

1/16/2019
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In this reading from the Winter Retreat of 2018, Luang Por Pasanno continues reading from chapter 2 of Stillness Flowing. The first section describes the cultural role monasteries have had in Thailand since Buddhism was established in the country, and the second section briefly touches on Ajahn Chah’s life as a novice in his early teenage years. In the following discussion, Luang Por describes Wat Pah Pong’s and Wat Nanachat’s relationship with other local monasteries, and the discussion...

Duration:01:00:58

Just Knowing and Letting Go

1/14/2019
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Ajahn Naniko discusses hindrances during retreat, misconceptions about blissful states, measuring progress, and developing a mind of endurance and the long view. This talk was offered on January 12, 2019 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:38:02

Let Clarity and Peacefulness Descend

1/12/2019
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Approaching the start of the winter retreat, Ajahn Karunadhammo gives guidance on moving from activity to retreat, settling the mind, contemplations on the body, and gratitude for support and the Dhamma. This talk was offered on January 5, 2019 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:43:23

Regret and Renewal

1/2/2019
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Ajahn Karunadhammo discusses a teaching on the kamma of negative actions. Developing wholesome mind states such as loving kindness and compassion is a way to ameliorate the effect of past negative actions. He suggests ways to understand and let go of remorse, to forgive, and to reconcile, internally and with others, our past unwholesome acts. This talk was offered on December 31, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:53:12

The Qualities of a Great Person

1/2/2019
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Ajahn Naniko discusses the Sappurisa Dhammas, a set of the Buddha’s teachings describing the qualities of a great person. These are: knowing the nature of things, knowing ones spiritual goal or purpose, knowing ourselves, knowing the right measure, knowing the proper time, knowing cultural norms, and knowing with whom to associate. This talk was offered on December 29, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:38:44

Resolutions

1/2/2019
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Ajahn Kaccana gives tips on making and keeping resolutions or determinations, and describes how they are useful as a practice. This talk was offered on December 30, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:41:12

For Our Long-Term Benefit

12/29/2018
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Ajahn Naniko discusses good will, rejoicing, analytical meditation, and the history and benefits of the eight precepts and Wan Phra observance. This talk was offered on December 22, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

A Thread of Authenticity

12/17/2018
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Ajahn Karunadhammo describes how the monastic community including its lay supporters is an expression of authentic practice of the Buddha’s teachings. He discusses the importance of wise or appropriate attention outlined in the Sabbasava Sutta to deal with the outflows of mind (sensual desire, becoming, and ignorance) which lead to suffering. He stresses the importance of spiritual friends in the practice. This talk was offered on December 15, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:51:12

Nonjudgemental Awareness

12/14/2018
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Ajahn Karunadhammo encourages us to have a nonjudgemental view of our challenges and hindrances in practice. We should remove harshness towards ourselves and keep evaluation and clarity operating. We can be nonjudgemental, but still have discernment. Peace and contentment are our benchmarks. This talk was offered on December 9, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:34:00

Three Seclusions

12/14/2018
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Ajahn Karundhammo announces the purchase of a new property for the monastery due to a generous donor. Referring to the approaching winter retreat, he discusses three seclusions (viveka) to implement in practice: seclusion of the body, seclusion of the mind using sense restraint, and seclusion from becoming or from clinging to the aggregates as self. This talk was offered on December 7, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:42:20

Adaptation and Authenticity

12/9/2018
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Ajahn Amaro reflects on the topic of “Buddhism and Mindfulness in the West: Where are They Headed and What Challenges Do They Face?” He discusses the Buddha’s pragmatism in the process of setting up the structure of the monastic form and the tools necessary to undergo transformation and be relevant to people’s lives. He discusses the explosion of interested inot meditation after the many documented benefits of meditation on depression and other illnesses. Further he discusses the benefits...

Duration:01:28:43

The Weight of Their Giving

12/4/2018
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Ajahn Naniko discusses communal harmony, the power of the sangha when tasks arise or practice is difficult, and the weight of the generosity of senior teachers in the tradition. This generosity gives rise to faith. He encourages us to give when it is difficult to give and practice Dhamma in accordance with Dhamma. This talk was offered on December 2, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:36:44

We Have a Choice

12/3/2018
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Ajahn Karunadhammo discusses the mind’s tendency to focus on the negative. But we have a choice about what we attend to. We can train the mind through positive reflection and broaden our awareness to focus on goodness. We can understand the reactive, optional suffering we add to situations and lessen this through the practice. This talk was offered on November 30, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:38:20

Six Recollections for Staying on the Path

11/30/2018
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Ajahn Kaccana describes the six recollections which the Buddha taught to inspire perserverance and gladden and brighten the mind. These are: recollection of the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, one’s virtue, one’s generosity, and traits of the Devas. One can employ these recollections with breath meditation or other techniques for stilling the mind. This talk was offered on November 25, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:53:20

Tudong Lessons

11/29/2018
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Tan Nisabho gives some history of the monks’ Tudong practice and describes his walking journey in Australia. He discusses his brief visit to Dharma Realm Buddhist University where he and Tan Kovilo stayed as part of their recent Tudong. The beauty of Tudong affirms ones faith and surrender to the goodness of others. This talk was offered on November 22, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:40:49

This World is Swiftly Passing

11/29/2018
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Using the example of the massive wildfires in the area, Ajahn Karunadhammo asks, “In what do we take refuge?” when external conditions are difficult and threatening. Since the world is inherently unstable, one needs to take refuge in developing internal stability and wholesome mental qualities. When we see and understand the first noble truth of suffering, we can begin to accept instability and change. Questions and answers follow. This talk was offered on November 14, 2018 at Yoga...

Duration:00:47:04

Tudong - Test of Contentment

11/24/2018
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Tan Kovilo describes the one week Tudong walk which he and Tan Nisabho completed from Windsor, California to Abhayagiri. Cold temperatures, shelter, recollecting the Dhammapada, and gratitude sustain them on their pilgrimage home. This talk was offered on November 15, 2018 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:42:20

Beginning Anew with Each Breath

11/19/2018
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Ajahn Kaccana discusses the importance of anapanasati or breath meditation practice. He describes the Buddha’s simile of a skilled lathe turner. One attends to or knows the qualities of the breath just as a lathe turner knows he or she has made a short or long turn of the lathe. See a video of a bow lathe turner: (https://youtu.be/wnv0DAR_gWA). Ajahn discusses attention to posture, focus on the meditation object, awareness of hindrances, patience, and beginning again. This talk was offered...

Duration:00:43:42

Winter Camping (Vintage 2008 Talk)

11/17/2018
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This talk was offered on October 28, 2008 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Duration:00:42:34