The Bhikkhunī Issue

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The Bhikkhunī Issue Aloka Vihara Bhikkhunīs walking in the forest… Some years ago I had the privilege of attending a daylong retreat given by a female renunciate who was struggling (along with others) with the fact that in the Theravāda Buddhist tradition there were no more fully ordained nuns. At one point in the history of the tradition, the number […]

Luang Por Sumedho’s Recent Retreat Talks at Amaravati

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Luang Por Sumedho’s May 2017 Open Retreat Evening Talks (Video) Ajahn Sumedho is the senior Western representative of the Thai Forest Tradition. He became a monk fifty years ago (in 1967), training in Thailand with Ajahn Chah for the first ten years. He helped establish and served as the first abbot of Ajahn Chah’s International Monastery, Wat Pa Nanachat (created […]

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 Theravāda 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. […]