May links to talks

On Tuesday, May 1st, Tahn Subharo told us his story of how he became a monk and his journey since ordaining.

On Friday, May 4th we finished the last chapter of “The Stillness of Being” by Ajahn Viradhammo.  It was an excellent book as the talks were directed to laypeople so really spoke to our day to day travails.  Highly recommended.  See an earlier post for the link to a free download of the book.

On Tuesday, May 8th, Tahn Subharo discussed the Thai word Sabai which means to be peaceful and happy.  Our goal is to be Sabai all the time.  This word is related to the Pali word Sappaya, which means supporting conditions.  Morality is a major supporting condition ,as well as good lifestyle choices.  Our unwise lifestyle choices are due to conditioned habit energies that take persistent effort to change.  Tahn Subharo quoted Ajahn Brahm’s memory aid for this effort: A-F-L –  acknowledge, forgive, learn.  Acknowledge unskillful thoughts, words, actions when they occur.  Forgive yourself.  Learn from the experience.

Friday, May 11, Santutthi shared with us the Buddha’s second sutta, the Anatta Lakhana sutta.

Friday, May 18, she spoke about his third sutta, “All is Burning“.

Tuesday, May 21, Ayya Santacitta introduced herself and discussed her spiritual journey, likening it to a journey through the four iddhipadas (the bases of power or success).  The first is Chanda, interest: we get inspired by an idea.  Second is Viriya, energy: we feel the arising of energy to take action towards the idea.  Third is Citta, a clear mind: we organize our life to accommodate this new idea.  And fourth is Vimamsa, investigation: we fine tune our life to deal with what arises and ceases.

Friday, May 25 we celebrated the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of the Buddha with a washing of the Buddha rupa, symbolizing the gradual cleaning away of all the hindrances that hide our own true Buddha nature.

Tuesday, May 29 we were delighted to welcome Ayya Medhanandi, who joined us in spite of her long travel that day. She shared her thoughts on the Five Subjects for Frequent Reflection (we shall all grow old, we shall experience sickness, we shall die, we shall lose all that is important to us, and we are heirs to our karma and responsible for our actions). It is important to learn to face these realities in order to be prepared to experience them and deal with them well.
In her talk she stressed the importance of persistence and repetition. She likened our repeated attempts to stay single-minded during meditation to the tacking of a sailboat.

 

April links to talks

Tuesday, April 3rd

Tahn Subharo gave a Dhamma talk on his favourite Sutta, the Kālakārāma Sutta from the Anguttara Nikaya 4:24.  Three translations of this Sutta are given below, the first being the translation he used.  There is a commentary on the Kalakarama Sutta in the book, “The Magic of the Mind” by Venerable Nanananda which is available for free download, under the books section of: seeingthroughthenet.net.

Tahn Subharo has agreed to give a Dhamma talk each Tuesday while he is here, which is until May 19th.  He will share with us his other favourite Suttas each Tuesday.

Click the link to read three translations of the Kalakarama Sutta.

Friday, April 6th

We continued reading from “The Stillness of Being”.  Access to this book is listed in the March 2018 post.

Tuesday, April 10

Tahn Subharo shared another sutta that has inspired him.  This week it was AN Book of Fours, 125(5) on the Brahmaviharas……metta, karuna, mudita and upekkha (loving friendliness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity).  This sutta enumerated how many eons one would enjoy various heavenly realms if these qualities are cultivated.  BUT, the sutta goes on to say that once this fruit of good kamma has been exhausted, then we may be reborn in an unwelcome realm due to our unskillful kamma.  So the take home message is to work on our unskillful habit energies NOW and not just rest on the laurels of our good kamma.  If you would like to read this or any other sutta, Bhante Sujato has just completed a new translation, in easy to understand English, of the 4 main books of the Buddha’s teachings.  It is available on suttacentral.net  These books are also available in our library….but are for reading on site, not to be borrowed.

FridayApril 13

Santutthi read a translation, done by herself in the style of Ajahn Brahm, of the first teaching that the Buddha gave: Turning the Wheel (click to read)

Tuesday, April 17

Tahn Subharo discussed how difficult it can be to meditate, but how worthwhile. Group  members felt validated by his comments and encouraged in their practice.

Friday, April 20

We continued reading from The Stillness of Being. Access to this book can be found through the March 2018 blog post.

Tuesday, April 24

Tahn Subharo spoke about the value  of consistent practice. Questions from the group addressed difficulties we all encounter, and we received much encouraging advice.

Friday, April 27

Santutti told us the story of the Channa Sutta: how the Buddha’s charioteer Channa was transformed from a willful, disobedient monk to a stream-enterer by the teaching of the Venerable Ananda, after the death of the Buddha. The clear exposition of dependent arising led Channa to change his heart and mind.

The translation Santutti used follows.

Channa and Dependent Origination (click to read)

 

March links to talks

During March, at the Tuesday group we have been reading Ajahn Viradhammo’s book, “The Stillness of Being”. This is a series of talks he has given over the years to laypeople, so is very relevant to us. It is available for free download from: amaravati.org But it is difficult to navigate the site. If you just google: The Stillness of Being by Viradhammo Bhikkhu, it takes you right to the download.

In the Friday group we listened to a talk by Ajahn Brahm on anatta: https://bswa.org/teaching/anatta-non-self-by-ajahn-brahm/

June to November: Ajahn Brahm 2011 Retreat Links

June 20
While waiting for more from Ajahn Brahm on the eightfold path, we are beginning to listen to a series of talks he gave at a retreat in 2011.  Good beginnings to your daily meditation practice…

Day 1 – Morning Talk. Ajahn Brahm Retreat at Bandarawela, Sri Lanka 2011

July 11
A talk on the five hindrances.  It focused on “sloth and torpor” and its opposite, “restlessness.”
Day 1 – Evening Talk. Ajahn Brahm Retreat at Bandarawela, Sri Lanka 2011

August 8
Day 2 – Morning Talk on Anapanasati.  Ajahn Brahm Retreat at Bandarawela, Sri Lanka 2011

August 21
Continuing on with our survey of Ajahn Brahm’s 2011 retreat in Sri Lanka, we listened to this talk on mindfulness.

August 29 and beyond
Ajahn Brahm continues with a talk on sloth and torpor, which he calls “dullness” and the value of programming mindfulness ahead of time to deal with all the hindrances.
Day 3 – Morning Talk. Ajahn Brahm Retreat at Bandarawela, Sri Lanka 2011

Sept 12 and beyond
How to do walking meditation:
Day 3 – Evening Talk. Ajahn Brahm Retreat at Bandarawela, Sri Lanka 2011

October 3 and beyond
Talk on the jhanas:
Day 4 – Morning Talk. Ajahn Brahm Retreat at Bandarawela, Sri Lanka 2011

October 23
A talk on the defilements, the hindrances to meditation
Day 4 – Evening Talk. Ajahn Brahm Retreat at Bandarawela, Sri Lanka 2011

late October – November
A talk on the jhanas
Day 5 – Morning Talk. Ajahn Brahm Retreat at Bandarawela, Sri Lanka 2011

November 21 & 28
A talk on four ways of letting go as outlined in the first sermon of the Buddha.
Day 5 – Evening Talk. Ajahn Brahm Retreat at Bandarawela, Sri Lanka 2011

December 5 and 12
Day 6 – Morning talk on metta and the importance of having more than one teacher…..(once you are grounded in a practice under the guidance of one teacher).

January 2
Day 6 – Evening talk on the hindrances