A Natural-born Monk's Path to Dhamma
Cultivating the Garden of Life
Venerable Ajahn Sona at Stanford University
"It turned out, I'm logical . . .
linear, purely-logical activity
should not be the master of the house."
How the Thai Forest Tradition Came to Canada
I am always interested in how individuals find out about Buddhism in general, and the Forest Tradition in particular.
In this video, the Venerable Ajahn Sona, discusses a 38 year sojourn that began with his simple practice of meditation on the breath and culminated in founding (and becoming the abbot of) Birkin Forest Monastery (Sitavana) in the wilds of Canada. Given at Stanford, his talk rather eloquently describes his eventually finding an existential home in the solitude of the forest, ordaining as a Theravādin monk, and making Dhamma available to many whose lives benefit from it.
Here, then, is Venearable Ajahn Sona's talk given to Stanford's Ho Center For Buddhist Studies on October 25, 2016.
Birkin Forest Monastery (Sitavana)
The Birkin Forest (Sitavana) Website has a wealth of Dhamma resources: