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Dhamma talks by Ajahn Viradhammo at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. In the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho, and Amaravati Monastery.

Dhamma talks by Ajahn Viradhammo at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. In the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho, and Amaravati Monastery.
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Dhamma talks by Ajahn Viradhammo at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. In the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho, and Amaravati Monastery.

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English


Episodes

Half-Moon Parittas

11/10/2018
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On a half-moon Wan Prah shortly before Ajahn Viradhammo’s departure, the Tisarana community chanted parittas for the well-being and welfare of all. (Chant recorded at Tisarana on 1 November 2018. Duration 16:31)… Read the rest

Duration:00:16:35

Be the Knowing of Not Knowing

11/9/2018
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Ajahn Viradhammo answers questions at tea time from Tisarana’s resident community about the nature of insight contrasted with intellectual conclusions, about anger versus heavier states such as hatred and revenge, about consciousness and the unconditioned, and about the relationship between Advaita Vedanta and Theravada Buddhist practises. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 25 October 2018. Duration 1:01:32)… Read the rest

Duration:00:58:47

Using One’s Time

11/2/2018
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On the last day of the Vassa, Ajahn Viradhammo reflects on the goodness of the Tisarana community. As he will be away during the first part of the 2019 Winter Retreat, he also shares encouragement and suggestions on how they can best make use of their time during the retreat. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 24 October 2018. Duration 44:01)… Read the rest

Duration:00:41:28

Be the Vase

10/26/2018
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Tea time at Tisarana finds Ajahn Viradhammo answering questions about dealing with contraction and sense restraint in the outside world after spending time living in the security of a monastic environment, on dealing with fear as an object by changing the attention at the sense doors, and on contemplating the Four Noble Truths as a way to transcend suffering. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 15 August 2018. Duration 50:30)… Read the rest

Duration:00:49:59

A True Refuge

10/19/2018
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Awareness can be understood as an objective state of mind that simply knows things as they are. Ajahn Viradhammo stresses how to recognize, in our day to day life, that our experiences (of pleasure, pain, various moods) are constantly changing. But if we look deeper at the awareness behind it all, we can see that awareness is unchanging. It becomes a center grounding point, a true refuge. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 1 September 2018. Duration 28:43)… Read the rest

Duration:00:33:21

All Salads Taste the Same

10/12/2018
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Ajahn Viradhammo answers questions from Tisarana’s resident community at tea time. He compares the need for jhana and the role of samma samadhi, the difference between ultimate reality and present moment awareness, how to train with distracting thoughts by using contact at the sense doors, and on how an attachment to things going well conditions the perception of things not going well. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 2 August 2018. Duration 1:03:30)… Read the rest

Duration:01:02:55

Awakening the Mind with Metta

10/5/2018
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Ajahn Viradhammo has tea with the community and reflects the true quality of Theravada Buddhism: “Reflective as opposed to an absolute teaching”. Furthermore, he goes on to give another perspective of Metta which can sometimes be wrongly described as “emotional”. He describes instead Metta as a factor for enlightenment, a “fundamental component of the awakened mind”. There is the Metta which we practice thinking of our families, our friends, our community and wishing them well, wishing them...

Duration:01:14:23

Sound and Awareness

10/5/2018
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In this guided meditation, Ajahn Viradhammo invites us to open up to the sound around us. Notice how the sound changes, but the awareness behind the sound is unchanging. Then move attention to the body as a whole, sitting where you are; and finally resting on the breath. (Guided meditation recorded at Tisarana on 1 September 2018. Duration 06:25)… Read the rest

Duration:00:06:00

Do Monks Cry?

9/28/2018
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During tea with Ajahn Amaro, someone asked if monks cry. This lead to a discussion, with Ajahn Amaro drawing from his own personal experiences. He reflects how monks, or even enlightened beings, can experience emotions such as sadness or irritation, but they are able to let it go and not cling to it as “I” am sad, or “my” emotions. He gives advice on how we can cultivate this attitude ourselves when faced with difficult emotions. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 5 May 2018. Duration 1:21:38)…...

Duration:01:30:09

A Disfactory Clockwork

9/28/2018
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Tan Khemako explains in detail the measure of dukkha in our daily life. Starting by showing how the mind feels pain and where it can lead, he encourages us to explore the very feelings of dissatisfaction. Seeing their causes and learning how to release them will then pacify the mind. Thus, bright and wholesome states will have much more room to develop and prosper. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 11 August 2018. Duration 43:27)… Read the rest

Duration:00:42:32

Chocolate Cake and Death

9/21/2018
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After a prompt from the audience, Tan Khemako takes us through the steps of dependent origination, showing how its understanding can lead to freedom from suffering. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 9 December 2017. Duration 41:09)… Read the rest

Duration:00:39:06

The Five Niyamas

9/21/2018
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Ajahn Pavaro explores the topic of the five niyama or laws of Nature in the Buddha’s teaching and how they relate to our direct experience of reality. Understanding these principles, we can find ourselves in different situations: good or bad, pleasant or difficult, but trained with the proper attention, it is possible to orient our life to a more peaceful and pleasant abiding. This talk also includes a couple questions and answers at the end. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 18 August 2018....

Duration:00:41:44

The Ten Perfections

9/14/2018
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Ajahn Pavaro talks about the ten paramis that were praised and extolled by the Buddha. He explains how their practise and cultivation help to strengthen our practise and point us in the direction of liberation. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 11 August 2018. Duration 56:32)… Read the rest

Duration:00:55:35

Two Interpretations of Dependent Origination

9/14/2018
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Tan Khemako answers questions from the lay community at Tisarana on the subject of dependent origination. He contrasts the three lifetime and single lifetime versions from the commentary, and explains how to develop awareness so as to break this cycle of dependence. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 6 December 2017. Duration 59:23)… Read the rest

Duration:00:55:13

A Bald Man Walking Around in Orange Robes

9/7/2018
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Tan Khemako has tea with the community and begins by talking about his recent trip to Israel that he went on with some of his family members to tour some of the holy sights in that area. He describes how the people living in that area of the world have very little knowledge of Buddhism or what a Buddhist monk is; so the sight of a bald man walking around in orange robes is an unusual thing to see. But people were none the less very curious and would occasionally approach him and ask him who...

Duration:01:19:16

The Yuck Talk

8/31/2018
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Ajahn Viradhammo shares some reflections on going beyond pleasure and pain, the past and the future. The usual course of existence is manipulating phenomena in order maximize pleasure and minimize pain. Ajahn Viradhammo encourages us to apply our energies to put our attention on the simple reality, to dwell in non-preoccupation, to free our selves from suffering. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 4 August 2018. Duration 29:14)… Read the rest

Duration:00:40:35

Meditation on Attention

8/31/2018
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Tan Khemako shares a guided meditation on scanning through the parts of the body. (Guided meditation recorded at Tisarana on 9 December 2017. Duration 27:54)… Read the rest

Duration:00:32:30

The Spiritual Faculty and Power of Mindfulness

8/24/2018
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Mindfulness is now a ubiquitous buzzword that is often used to just refer to being aware. In truth, when cultivated intensively, it becomes a real power and it is present in any wholesome state. He also answers some questions and at the end of the talk. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 28 July 2018. Duration 41:04)… Read the rest

Duration:00:40:15

Pol Pot Probably Loved His Dog

8/24/2018
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On the full moon night of Vesak Puja, Ajahn Viradhammo advises Tisarana’s resident community to consciously develop a feeling of gratitude and devotion to the Buddha, and to his teaching which has remained alive in the world for over 2500 years. He explains how by using compassion we can awaken to our states of mind in a way that is both harmonious to those around us and liberating to all. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 29 May 2018. Duration 27:42)… Read the rest

Duration:00:27:22

Evolution of Practice and Grief

8/17/2018
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Ajahn Viradhammo shares with us the story of the 4th uncle, a chinese healer. He then answers questions about the evolution of “practice” developing the themes of right understanding, not grasping, the knowing and hiri-ottappa. He concludes by showing how to deal with grief and use a doctrine as a tool for reflexion and not as an opinion. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 27 May 2018. Duration 1:17:04)… Read the rest

Duration:01:25:49