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 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 […]

Ajahn Amaro’s Spiritual Journey

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I always enjoy Ajahn Amaro’s talks. Here, he traces his own spiritual journey, a long and winding road—which culminated in 2010 with his becoming Abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. A favorite moment: “…where freedom is found—it’s in here.“ So, without further ado, here’s the Venerable Ajahn Amaro talk at Stanford: Enjoy!

Dhamma Talks from Thai Forest Tradition Monks

Dhamma Talks from Thai Forest Tradition Monks Dharma Seed, “freely offering Western Buddhist Vipassana teachings,” has over 2,100 Web pages of links to Dhamma Talks. is also not to be missed with its well-organized collection of Dhamma talks by many monks (past and recent) associated with the Thai Forest Tradition (among others). Abhayagiri Monastery‘s Audio Page has the ability to filter by keyword. Its […]