The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

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The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta Introduction  A Painting at Wat Chedi Liem of Gautama Buddha’s first sermon at the Deer Park  [licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported] Today, July 8, 2017, is the full moon of the eighth lunar month—a day celebrated throughout the Theravada Buddhist world as Asalha Puja, which is also known as Asanha Bucha in Thailand (อาสาฬหบูชา). It commemorates the Buddha’s […]

A Monk’s Path to Dhamma

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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 […]


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Vesākha On this, the day of a May’s full moon, Buddhists around the world celebrate the triple anniversary of the Tathāgata’s Birth, Enlightenment, and Parinibbana. The Five Precepts Today it is fitting to recall the five precepts (which I’ve taken the liberty to expand a bit here) and undertake the training to: Abstain from killing or harming any living beings Abstain from taking […]

Spring 2017 Amaravati Newsletter Available

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Spring 2017 Amaravati Newsletter Available If you are in (or travelling to England) be sure to check out Amaravati Monastery‘s website, where we note that the Spring 2017 issue of Looking Ahead (their quarterly newsletter) is now available. I love the look of its masthead: The newsletter itself has a wealth of information, including (among other things) news of new […]

Introduction to Meditation

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Meditation Class Notes Introducing Buddhist meditation techniques to Westerners (in this quietly desperate land of I, Me, Mine) is particularly challenging, I think. I recently was privileged to attend a six-week meditation course at my local Insight Center ( presented by one of our dedicated lay-sangha members, Bruce Pardoe ( It was definitely well received, and I know I benefited from it. […]

The Elephant in the Room (Bhikkhu Bodi discusses Donald Trump)

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There are few serious students of Buddhism that have not heard of Bhikkhu Bodhi. Here’s his bio from the Bodhi Monastery website: Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1966) and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School (1972). Drawn […]