Dealing with Inner Demons

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Dealing with Inner Demons We all have them. In the West, where the prime directive (from adolescence on) is often “Make something of yourself,” this can become especially problematic. I’ve often said that a preoccupation of many teenagers is to cultivate a ‘credible act,’ which will serve to impress others (or, at least, fend off their criticisms). The tragedy, of […]

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 […]

Vesākha

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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 […]