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Transcendent and Imminent (12-21-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo gives a unique talk comparing and contrasting the transcendent with the imminent. He explores how we can receive our experiences without getting caught up in them. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Using Thought to Look at Doubt (12-14-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Bringing the Heart into the Practice (12-14-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Awareness Is Watchful and Available (12-14-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Warm Yet Tough (12-14-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Part of Luang Por Liem's Autobiography (12-14-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Non-Desire and Non-Becoming (12-14-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Compassionate and Emotionally Available (12-14-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Conclusion and Gratitude (12-14-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

What Is This Moment Like? Q and A (12-07-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

What Is This Moment Like? (12-07-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Being Peaceful with Unpleasantness (12-07-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Kidnapped Attention (12-07-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Awaken the Mind (12-07-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Watchfulness and Availability (12-07-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Discipline Towards Doing Little (12-07-2014)

These short recordings are from the 2012 Tisarana Residential Retreat. Almost all of them take place before a formal sitting meditation session. So you may enjoy playing these before one of your own sits at home. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Lay Saṅgha: Its Meaning and Implication (11-30-2014)

From a past Tisarana Residential Retreat: Ajahn Vīradhammo speaks about what it means to be part of the Lay Buddhist Saṅgha. This requires a deep commitment, responsibility, and aspiration to follow the path laid out by the Buddha for the full realization of enlightenment. This entails the duty of living by the 5 precepts, creating a foundation of generosity, developing a formal meditation practice, and developing a life of inner contemplation. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

How Do You Find Peace? (11-23-2014)

This is from a Friday night talk at the Ottawa Buddhist Society. Ajahn Vīradhammo speaks about the practice in general and the value of living a spiritual life. He develops the theme of muditā (gladness) and explores how we can bring joy into our lives. In general we are learning to develop a whole set of skills that ultimately brings us peace and happiness. And learning to be patient, as well as developing awareness and non-grasping are some of the most important skills we can learn to do this. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Tisarana Kathina 2014: Don't Settle For Just Happiness (11-16-2014)

This is a recording of Tisarana's 2014 Kathina. In this traditional Kathina ceremony the laity offers the Tisarana monks who have stayed together for the three month rains retreat, gifts of robe cloth and other requisites. If you are interested in hearing Luang Por Pasanno's talk: Don't Settle For Just Happiness, please advance 40 minutes into the recording (where he begins giving this talk). Luang Por Pasanno explains how to use happiness as a basis for real peace and unshakeability, rather than using Dhamma practice only for the sake of finding happiness. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Conditions Are In Awareness (11-09-2014)

Luang Por Vīradhammo discusses how to work with a mind obsessed with outward conditions and social experiences. By using the perception of all conditions being in awareness we can release our outward going tendencies. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Working With Anticipation (11-02-2014)

At the Ottawa Buddhist Society's Day of Mindfulness held on July 4th, 2014, Ajahn Vīradhammo begins a talk about how he works with anticipation and then moves on to answering several questions on Dhamma. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Actor and Witness (10-26-2014)

The practices of Buddhism have a two fold nature. The first is as an actor, the area of our active life: morality, generosity, social responsibility, relations to others, etc.. And the second is as a witness, the area of our contemplative life: witnessing experience in our formal meditation practices as well as during daily life. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

When a Monk Disrobes (10-19-2014)

On the occasion of Ajahn Yatiko's leaving the robes (an Abhayagiri senior monk), Ajahn Vīradhammo expounds upon the merits of being a monk, whether it is for a period of time in one's life or an entire lifetime. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Impulse, Habit, Personality, Destiny (10-12-2014)

This talk explains how to refrain from unwholesome reactions to experiences in the external world. We do this by paying attention to the movement of the mind in ordinary circumstances (much like we do with the movement of mind in formal meditation). In a sense we are learning to wait and pause around our experiences so we can identify how we move from impulse to habit to personality to destiny. This then allows us to break this repetitive cycle. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Developing An Inner Vigilance: Q and A (10-05-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo answers a question from a concerned mother about her fears in regards to her children and another question from a woman trying to help family members, specifically her mother, learn about Buddhism. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Developing An Inner Vigilance (10-05-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo speaks about how we develop the contemplative life by watching our experiences and developing wholesome action. We do this in our daily lives by being a witness to our stream of consciousness and having an awareness of change. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Monastic Renunciation (09-28-2014)

During one of the Wan Prah vigils, Ajahn Vīradhammo speaks about the advantages and uses of renunciation and how the monastic form helps to encourage the use of this helpful tool. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Non-Grasping and Non-Attachment (09-21-2014)

Luang Por Vīradhammo speaks about the theme of grasping and how we can identify grasping in the mind. We learn non-grasping, not to become a better person, but to realize how we can let go of our attachment to ideals and the ways we think we should be, thus releasing ourselves from suffering and self-view. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Simplicity (09-07-2014)

On the afternoon of July 27th, 2014, in Toronto, Ajahn Vīradhammo leads a guided meditation and then answers questions from the group. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

A Positive Approach To Life (09-07-2014)

On the morning of July 27th, 2014, in Toronto, Ajahn Vīradhammo leads chanting and gives an explanation for why we take the refuges and precepts (and offers the refuges and precepts). He then leads a guided meditation. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Perception and Recollection (09-07-2014)

On the afternoon of July 26th, 2014, Luang Por Vīradhammo gave a Dhamma talk with the group, Satipañña: Insight Meditation Toronto. The talk focuses on how to use perception and recollection in our practice. He also fields some questions from the group. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Meaning of Taking Refuges and Precepts (09-07-2014)

On the morning of July 26th, 2014, with the group Satipañña: Insight Meditation Toronto, Luang Por Vīradhammo offers a reflection on why we keep precepts and what it is we are taking refuge in (along with the taking of the 3 Refuges and the 5 Precepts). >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Not Taking It Personally (09-07-2014)

On the evening of July 25th, 2014, Luang Por Vīradhammo lead another evening chanting, guided meditation and Dhamma talk with the group Satipañña: Insight Meditation Toronto. In the Dhamma talk Ajahn Vīradhammo examines conditionality and the flow of consciousness in a non-personal way. We can learn to understand our experiences and suffering from the perception of Dependent Origination; how suffering arises and how it ceases. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Being a Happy Puppy (09-07-2014)

On the evening of July 24th, 2014, Luang Por Vīradhammo leads evening chanting, a guided meditation and Dhamma talk with the group Satipañña: Insight Meditation Toronto. Luang Por Vīradhammo speaks about how to deal with discontent, annoyance, challenging circumstances and the stories we repeat to ourselves. We do this by being a witness to change. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

How Well Am I Spending My Time? (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-31-2014)

As the retreat comes to a close Ajahn Vīradhammo encourages the retreatants to reflect: "How Well am I spending my time?" And to be aware of the unwholesome feeling of duty that may come up in regards to this reflection. He further goes on to explain how to use the practice in the greater context of our lives. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

A Watermelon with a Mild Case of Poison Ivy - Q & A (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-31-2014)

Ajahn Vīradammho answers written questions from the retreatants at the Hockley Valley Retreat. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Adept at Awakening the Mind - Q & A (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-31-2014)

On the last night of the Hockley Valley Retreat Ajahn Vīradhammo talks about choiceless awareness, being a monk, the sound of silence, goodwill, how to deal with anger, different permutations of suffering and more. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Different Modes of Meditation - A Guided Meditation (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-24-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo talks about different modes of meditation practice and then leads a guided meditation on awareness of the body. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

You, a Monk, I Don't Think So (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-24-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo gives a talk on his experiences just before and after becoming a monk. He goes on to give very practical advice with following the spiritual life. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Spiritual Friendship (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-24-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo speaks about Kalyāna-Mitta (spiritual friendship) , his time in Thailand, and the Thai Forest Tradition. He continues with explaining the Four Noble Truths, craving and cessation. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

This is How It Feels: Q & A (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-21-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo focuses on developing a good posture, in a chair, while walking, etc.  He then spends the majority of the talk answering meditation questions from retreatants at the Hockley Valley Retreat. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Sadu, Sadu, Sadu (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-21-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo speaks about devotion, faith and wisdom. He also speaks about trusting the knowing quality of awareness rather than attaching to our thoughts. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Viññāyaṇa: Consciousness (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-21-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo helps us understand consciousness and then reads from the biography of Luang Por Chah and later the biography of Luang Por Liem (Ajahn Chah's successor). >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

It's Just a Perception (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-20-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo begins this Dhamma talks by answering written questions from the retreatants on the Hockley Valley Retreat. He then goes on to speak at length on several Dhamma themes including perception, cessation, and the notions of identification. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Exploring the Body - A Guided Meditation (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-19-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo gives a guided meditation using body scanning and explores various themes focusing on the experiences we have of our body. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Having Heard the Teaching We Know This (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-18-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo analyzes the morning chanting that is done on a daily basis beginning with an examination of dukkha and the grasping of the five khandas (form, feeling, perception, mental formations and consciousness). >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Getting Back on the Bicycle (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-17-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo gives advice on how to use the horizontal posture to meditate. He further develops the analogy of riding a bicycle to explain how we learn to balance the mind with the hindrances that arise during our practice. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Ajahn Vīradhammo Introductory Talk and Meditation at the 2013 Hockley Valley Retreat (08-14-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo begins the retreat at Hockley Valley with a 25 minute talk and a 15 minute guided meditation. Please note that these talks and guided meditations will be distributed sequentiality on each Saturday and Sunday over the next 8 weeks. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Meaning of Communal Life (08-13-2014)

On Āsālḷhā Pūjā (the night before entering the communal rains retreat), Ajahn Vīradhammo expounds upon the purpose of communal life and explains how we use the perception of change to understand our experiences. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Everything Belongs (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-12-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo speaks about his past experiences with Ajahn Chah and more recent experiences with the Thai Forest Saṇgha. He goes on to teach about non-grasping with the themes of liking and disliking, and ends with the peace that arises from knowing our experiences just as they are, regardless of conditions, everything belongs. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Listening to the Morning Dove (Hockley Valley Retreat) (08-09-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo speaks about how the underlying wisdom of knowing that circumstances change and that they are just as they are, can get us through difficult experiences. He also speaks about using the breath, body awareness, heart practice and examining our attitudes to ground ourselves. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Meditation as Craft (07-27-2014)

In the Craft of Meditation, there are several elements which are important to be constantly aware of. One element is how our bodies are doing, which deals with our vitality and energy, as well as our posture. We can ask ourselves: What is our physical condition, what can we do with our body, what can't we do with it? >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Stabilizing the Mind (07-20-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo gives various examples to encourage stability in our mediation and explores the nuances of how our minds work within the context of Dhamma. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

When Thought is Problematic (07-13-2014)

Ajahn Vīradhammo speaks about how thought can complicate our experience and shows how we can work with thoughts, judgements, comparisons and be released from how we identify with them. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Gratitude to Parents Day 2014 (07-06-2014)

Lunag Por Sumedho gives a talk on Gratitude at Tisarana on June 21st, 2014. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Four Noble Truths (06-29-2014)

In this talk Ajahn Vīradhammo discusses the four noble truths. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Guided Meditation: Metta (06-22-2014)

This is an hour-long guided meditation on the development of loving-kindness, given by Ajahn Vīradhammo during a ten-day meditation retreat. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Working with Moods (06-15-2014)

In this talk, Ajahn Vīradhammo answers a question about how to interact with others when one is experiencing negative moods. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Non-Becoming, Non-Anticipation (06-08-2014)

"In listening, establish a receptive consciousness - receiving the sounds... It doesn't really matter what sounds are there, just let them come to you - pleasant sounds, unpleasant sounds, whatever. And get a feeling for a consciousness that is not trying to get anything or become anything - just receptive." >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Preoccupations (06-01-2014)

In this talk, Ajahn Vīradhammo speaks about maintaining kindness towards ourselves as an aid to developing watchfulness and availability in our practice. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Investigation of Dhamma in Theravāda Buddhism (05-25-2014)

In this talk given during a meditation retreat, Ajahn Vīradhammo speaks about deeply investigating Dhamma within the framework of Theravāda Buddhism. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Body Awareness (05-18-2014)

In this talk, Ajahn Vīradhammo gives meditation instructions focused around awareness of the body. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Just Listen (05-11-2014)

A guided meditation by Ajahn Vīradhammo, structured around using listening as the primary object of awareness. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Memory as Memory Only (05-04-2014)

In this talk given on a Saturday afternoon, Ajahn Vīradhammo offers a few reflections on how to relate to one's memories in a useful way. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Where is the End of the World? (03-23-2014)

The Buddha said "Dear Rohatissa, you're not going to find the end of the world, by traveling physically".  That's when he said that the arising of the world, the ceasing of the world, and the path leading to the ceasing of the world, is right within this body. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

What the Buddha Realized 2013-10-27 (at Boston Vihara) (03-16-2014)

If I have a sense of the goal, then everything else that I do - Sīla, Samādhi, and Pañña - should fit in.  If I don't have a sense of what I think the Buddha might have realized, and I do practices that don't have that aim in mind, and aren't informed by that aim, I can do things which are pleasing, but they can be hit and miss, and they aren't understood fully, and then my practice can be very "hit and miss": sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't work.  So when people say to me "I don't want to get enlightened, I just want to get a bit happier", I don't think that's a good idea.  I do think it's a good idea to be happier.  But to not try to pick up at least what the Buddha might have realized, to not have a sense of that, then I think one can't understand why he taught what he taught.  And he taught what he taught, because of his enlightenment, right?  He didn't teach an abstract philosophical theory. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Ways of Doing, Instead of Mere Philosophies (03-09-2014)

The first element that the Buddha would emphasize was Generosity.  And all these elements, that he recommended, or pointed to, were ways of doing, rather than just positions, philosophical positions, or moral positions, which were simply intellectually taken.  Rather, they were ways of living, ways of developing the heart.  So they were "doings", rather than "believings". >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Role of Perception in Training (03-02-2014)

Meditation is a very part of the training we do, and as monks, that's one of the strong words that we have, that of training, training in body speech, and mind.  And as human beings we can train.  We not just the victims of karma, or the victims of genes, or the victims of habit, or the victims of cultural preferences, or whatever.  We can train, and that's one of the beautiful things of human intelligence.  We can use human intelligence in a way which actually makes us better human beings, and hence we become more beautiful in the societies we live in.  And one of the trainings we're trying to do is a training in perception. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Practising Outside our Comfort Zones (02-23-2014)

Sleep is a very attractive thing, and there can be a lot of aversion to not being able to take that posture, and develop the endurance to look at that.  And it's very much a part of our forest tradition to not just go with that which is comfortable, to be aware of that discomfort, quite deliberately.  Not as a form of self-mortification, but as a form of investigation. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Pa Bah Talk - Boston Vihara 2013-10-27 (02-16-2014)

I was with Joseph in Thailand, he was "Pabbakaro" then, we were young and very intense, and dedicated to the practice.  And I think Ajahn Chah was fascinated by us, because we were so eccentric, and so intense, and we all thought too much.  He was interested in us, in our crazy way, but in the end he said "You Westerners are just the same, you've just got bigger noses". >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Our World is Based Upon Our Constructs (02-09-2014)

If you think the popular perception that "my glass is half full", or "my glass is half-empty", that's a perception, isn't it?  Somebody might say "it's better to be an optimist," but then what about the case where you're about to cross the desert, and you're passing the last gas station, perhaps it might be better to think "my gas tank is half-empty, and I better fill up".  So perceptions are part of how our inner consciousness works.  And the Buddha asked us to see perception as a construct, not as something that's absolute. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Kalama Sutta - Dispelling Perplexity (02-02-2014)

So, here we are.  Just a warning to everyone, this is about as good as it gets.  I was just thinking this morning about how we have a community thats very diligent, we get along with each other, we all have kutis, and there are no deer flies.  We have good financial support.  A couple of arahants would be nice, but one doesn't want to be greedy. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Harmonious Communal Life (01-26-2014)

In this teachings of the Buddha, quite often would describe two streams of consideration.  One is what we call "Conventional Truth" or "Conventional Reality", and the other is called "Liberation Truth", "Transcendent Truth", or "Liberation Reality".  In the "Conventional Truth", that's where we're defined as social beings, with our various kinds of responsibilities and relationships: I'm Viradhammo, I'm the senior monk here, my brother lives in Ottawa, I have a personal history, my parents come from Latvia, my Teacher lives in Thailand, and so on and so forth.  So these are the conventions of individuality that each one experiences in a different way. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Generosity as a Training (01-19-2014)

In the mornings, we've been having some basic readings from the texts, which outline what we call the "Gradual Path".  The Buddha would read people's minds, and see a gradual way of introducing the ideas which lead to liberation.  There are a progression of ideas, and each lay a foundation for both worldly happiness, and eventually enlightenment.  It's an accumulation of goodness, an accumulation of strength, an accumulation of insight, which leads to more and more profound well-being.  The first aspect that the Buddha would emphasize is Generosity, rather than meditation.  The texts we were reading indicated the importance of a heart which is not tight, which is not self-serving, which is not self-obsessed, to say the least.  A mind which has the capacity to give, to look outwards, to have empathy.  With generosity, there's a certain kind of confidence in the heart, because one doesn't need so much for oneself. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Formality in Practice (01-12-2014)

When a group of people develop a common form, a ritual, and then they use it for a sense of uplift, in this kind of endeavour we're involved in.  It's not [strictly] necessary, [as] we can just plunk down, put on a buzzer, and then leave, but then I think there's a sense of beauty in that [chanting]. I like ritual if it's not superstition, I'm not up for superstition.  In many ways, we're orthodox, in the sense that we come from a tradition in Thailand, which has a lot of structure and form. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

3 Refuges and Training in the Bhikkhu Life (01-05-2014)

This is a monastery that offers training for men that want to become Bhikkhus, and it's also a residence for people like myself, as well as a place for Lay People to come and practice. Why do you need a monastery?  Why not just have a retreat center?  Why do you need Bhikkhus?  Maybe in Sri Lanka you wouldn't ask that question, but in Western cultures now, there are certainly many ways to practice Buddhism.  There are many Lay teachers, and there are many good retreat centers.  But here in North American culture, and European culture, it's not taken for granted, the Bhikkhus, and there are many people who think the Bhikkhu Sangha isn't necessary. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Be Aware of Becoming (12-29-2013)

The sense of time is an object of consciousness; you can know that.  Objects create a sense of a person in time.  There's movement of time--chronological time, memory time, but you can only know the present moment.  You can't become aware as a kind of experience, you can only be aware. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Don't Grasp Your Preference (12-22-2013)

One of the criticisms of Western Buddhism is that it's a kind of 'feel good' philosophy.  There is a tendency sometimes with retreats and meditation situation where you get a kind of precious attitude.  You might think, 'This silence is so precious.'  Then, if anyone comes into that silence, there's a kind of annoyance, 'You're destroying my retreat.'  But, the practice is not about being precious, it's about being free. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Sangha and Laity Beyond Personality (12-15-2013)

The abbot has tremendous influence just because of the nature of our hierarchy.  Just his personality has a tremendous kind of influence.  So, when an abbot changes, we can see how attached we can get to personalities.  So, our minds start to compare, well, 'This one doesn't do it like that.'  But, a monastery and a Sangha is much bigger than a personality. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Closing Tips and Five Precepts (12-08-2013)

So, it's been a nice time for me.  It's lovely to re-connect here and practice with all of you.  We need to somehow wrap up as they say.  Returning to the world--I wish you well.  I hope your practice does deepen.  The most important, I wish you the realization of Nibbana. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Synonyms for the Practice of Awakening (12-01-2013)

This morning I was thinking about the synonyms for this practice of awakening.  You find it in the literature and different teachers talk about it in different ways.  So, we've been using, 'The mind knowing the mind is the path.  The result of the mind knowing the mind is the cessation of suffering.' >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Before Returning to the Busy World (11-24-2013)

In urban societies, it's very hard for people to stop.  Everyone seems to have so much to do.  That kind of sustaining of a practice--that's a challenge.  If one really loves this whole way of developing one's life, then if you don't really honour it, you tend to lose self-respect. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Create a Beautiful Craft (11-17-2013)

You're always working with skillful/unskillful, wholesome/unwholesome, and obviously trying to develop the skill, training, and craft of the wholesome factors. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Advice on Fear and Jealousy (11-10-2013)

I spoke earlier about the four Brahmaviharas.  I think when we have a certain level of freedom, we're available to whatever life brings us, and I think that availability is a kind of empathy.  So, if I'm caught up in my own fears and desires, I certainly have to work on them.  As you begin to let go of fear and process fear and purify fear, then the heart is obviously much more in touch. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Note on Study (11-03-2013)

Study is not the same as gathering information.  So, when you study a text or some piece of the Dhamma, you usually have to go over it a lot.  If you memorize Dhamma teachings, then they can be like an echo that comes up in consciousness.  Then, that echo comes up as you live your life and it becomes a kind of Dharmic lens through which you look at life. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Dhamma & Vinaya as Your Teacher (10-27-2013)

When the Buddha was asked who his Dhamma heir was, he didn't appoint one.  Instead, he left the Dhamma-Vinaya.  The Dhamma is something that the laypeople hear a lot about.  The Vinaya seems to be something that is the domain of the monastics because it's the rule that we live by.  As bhikkhus, we all adhere to, surrender to, and venerate that.  No seniour bhikkhu can override the Vinaya. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Craft of the Heart (10-20-2013)

One of the images that I've always liked is this idea of craft of the heart as opposed to say just some kind of experience that you get.  In the writings about craft, there's this common number that keeps coming up.  If you want to develop a craft, it takes 10,000 hours.  So, if you want to develop the craft of the heart, it can't be a kind of weekend affair.  It obviously has to be a lifetime affair. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Awaken to the Way Things Are (10-13-2013)

As always, we're awakening to the way things are.  So, what's the mood of the mind if you didn't sleep well?  If it's negative, then right from the moment you wake up, don't believe in those negative thoughts. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Stimulation and Stillness (10-13-2013)

If you consider how you develop interest--you're stimulated by life in some way.  So, if you like to read a novel and you find a really riveting storyline, the novel grabs your attention and you can't put it down.  Your attention is stimulated by something.  Normally in life, we're stimulated by events and suchlike.  But here (on the retreat), we're not stimulated in the same way.  We don't have objects of interest.  We don't have things that we're absorbing into.  So, we have to bring up energy from our own resources, not because things are exciting. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Openness of the Heart (10-06-2013)

When I talk about listening, I'm not just thinking about audio.  I'm using listening also as a synonym for awareness, beyond the hearing part through sound.  So, when I suggest listen, then go to sound first, but just let go of sound as well, so there's just pure awareness.  So, we go to the heart and we listen from the heart. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

How Much Concentration Do We Need? (09-29-2013)

One of the questions that comes up oftentimes is how much concentration do you need to do this work?  So, you get various debates in Theravada Buddhism about how much you need to get to various levels and so on.  Sometimes you'll hear opinions about that, which are grounded in meditators' own insights, or assumptions, or readings, or whatever.  Obviously you do need some concentration.  Concentration is a very important part of developing the mind. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Wake Up (09-15-2013)

Right from the moment you wake up, know the mood of the mind.  Rather than trying to analyze your dreams, which can also be useful, you can just try to look at the tone or the mood.  So if you wake up in a kind of an anxious state or a joyous state, just know the mood of the mind rather than the particular narrative. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Sense of Self (09-08-2013)

Before we do the walking (meditation), just a note on these interviews.  One of the things that happens in these retreat situations when we have interviews is that you start to rehearse.  You start to think about what you're going to say.  So, what you might do then with this idea of dependent origination is to see that with interview as condition, this idea of a sense of self arises. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Recollection of Silence (09-01-2013)

When we talk about mindfulness, one of the inherent things in the definition of mindfulness is recollection.  You recollect the Dhamma.  So, it's not just being careful not to spill the soup when you carry it up the stairs; it's more than just being careful.  It has this idea of recollection--recollection of the Dharma. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Craving for Dukkha (08-25-2013)

When you have perceptions of people, judgements about a place, critical disparagements about yourself, that gets more complicated because there's a strong sense of self-identity with that.  You get born into the world of criticism or judgement or annoyance or fantasy or whatever it is. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Body Scan (08-18-2013)

I'd like to just do a guided meditation on the body.  So, we'll see how that works.  I'll basically just basically name parts of your anatomy and ask you to bring attention to those areas. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

About Bhikkhu Training Rules (08-11-2013)

Today is the observance day and we have a ritual that we bhikkhus do every fortnight.  The ritual is that the bhikkhus come together and we do a ritual of mutual recognition of our commitment to this particular way we live our live.  Also, a recognition of the structures, what we call the Vinaya and the Kor Wat--the ways of being a bhikkhu and the ways of the monastery. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Be Fully Conscious (08-10-2013)

To just be fully conscious of this moment, without comment, you have to stop.  You have to stop and see what it's really like.  That's not a commentary.  So, if I say to you, 'What's it like?' and you make a judgment about it, that's not being fully conscious.  That's making a comment on the way things are. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Relax (08-04-2013)

These are just ideas and things to experiment with.  But, if you choose the nostrils and really want to focus on the breath, you really have to be careful not to get too tight.  So, where you might notice tightness is in the eyes, in the hands, and in the end of the outbreath.  So, if you can keep the end of the outbreath really relaxed and just stay with it, the hands might have an enlarged feeling and the eyes will be relaxed.  That can work well. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Non Becoming (08-04-2013)

So, if you just contemplate the words I used at the beginning of the meditation, 'non-becoming'.  If there's any sense of becoming, that acts as a mirror to that. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Vesak 2013 (08-03-2013)

Vesak, obviously in Asia, is one of the big celebrations in our monasteries. When we celebrate Vesak, we think of the Buddha and the three events in his life--his birth, enlightenment, and parinibbana (death).  As Ajahn Sumedho teaches, everyone's going to experience birth and death.  The purpose of human life is to realize that in between bit--enlightenment. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Narrative World vs. Phenomenal World (07-28-2013)

When I talk about Ottawa, that's the world, isn't it?  It's a place that some of you have been to, but most of you haven't.  As you're listening, each of you hear the words of that story in a different way.  This personal interpretation of what I said is another way of thinking about the world.  This is the world in a different way.  It's not the world out there; it's the world that i'm experiencing moment-by-moment.  I like to think of that as stream of consciousness. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Noticing Habit (07-27-2013)

To discover anything new, to have any kind of insight, for vipassana to take place, you need to be available to the way things are rather than just conditioned by past perceptions and future possibilities.  That's not to deny memory.  Memory is important to understand, but that kind of habit--the habit of always mulling over or planning or analyzing that we get caught up into needs to be noticed. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Choiceless Awareness (07-21-2013)

One of the practices that one sees a lot in Buddhism is called choiceless awareness, or shikantaza in Japanese.  This is the case where you basically just sit in awareness and watch the show go by. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Momentum of Our Stories (07-20-2013)

To some extent we remember our stories, but what we feel is the momentum of our stories. Even though I might not remember what I did when I was five years old or six years old or seven years old, I am still a part of that momentum. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Availability (07-14-2013)

Availability is an interesting word to use in meditation.  So, when I say listen, you're available; you're with the moment.  But, if you're trying to get somewhere, get rid of something, or if you're just off into thoughts of past or future, you're not available. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Using Ritual to Collect the Mind (07-13-2013)

When you live in a monastery, there's all these orthodox ways of coming together--with ritual and with chanting.  The purpose of them is to compose the mind and collect the mind.  That's obviously one of the most difficult things to do.  Our minds are just easily scattered off into worry, or annoyance, or whatever it may be.  Just having to collect your mind on a ritualized choreography is actually very, very helpful.  If you get into it, it also has this devotional quality--a quality of the heart--that actually helps to prepare your mind for meditation. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Walking Meditation 2 (07-07-2013)

So, we'll do some walking meditation.  One of the things I've been trying to emphasize is to notice the state of no thought.  So, in the walking meditation, use the end of the path.  When you start, bring the mind to clarity--this is the way it is now--and try to get to that sense of quiet. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Anticipation (07-07-2013)

So, notice something like anticipation.  Notice thoughts that are looking for something like 'How long will the sitting last?'.  Just to know them and to witness their comings and goings brings you to peace. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Ajahn Dtun Q & A at Quaker House Toronto: May 17th, 2013 (07-06-2013)

Tahn Ajahn Dtun answers questions on topics including...
  • How to develop concentration and jhana
  • Whether or not householders can attain the level of sotapanna and how it can be done
  • The alteration of the bones of arahants into crystal-like relics
>> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Reflection on the Buddha's Aspiration (06-30-2013)

I always find it helpful to contemplate the context of the Buddha's own search and why he did his practice.  The Buddha's aspiration was very, very profound.  The Buddha was a very successful being, socially and yet, in him there was a kind of questioning and it had to do with birth and death.  He came from the consideration that old age, sickness, and death was his lot as well as everyone else's lot and yet, in Indian culture there was this idea of 'moksha' or liberation from the round of birth and death as the context of his search.  So, what's the context of your search? >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Ajahn Dtun Dhamma Talk at Quaker House: May 17th, 2013 (06-29-2013)

We've received these bodies from the material elements that we've taken from our parents, and so we should be careful in how we go about using this body, because we require it to go about developing goodness in our lives.  When I was the age of 16 or 17, I can remember having a fever and just thinking to myself, "Why is it that I can not tell this body to feel better, to feel normal?" and it became clear to me that the body and mind are separate--that I had no control over my own body. *Translated by Ajahn Tejapanyo >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Now is the Knowing (06-23-2013)

When Luang Por Sumedho used to start his retreats he'd say, "The past is a memory, the future's unknown, now is the knowing."  So, the encouragement is always the awakening to the way things are. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Metta in Action (06-23-2013)

Sometimes people in the practice of metta are trying to manufacture some incredible, blissful, heart state, but that's a form of greed.  But, just the natural openness of heart which have when we feel gratitude, when we feel generosity, when we feel friendship; I think we're just touching that natural way of being in life when the heart is very open. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Ajahn Dtun Dana Q &A: May 20th, 2013 (06-22-2013)

Tahn Ajahn Dtun (Ajahn Tejapanyo translates) answers questions at a dana at Tisarana.  He covers topics such as...
  • Eliminating sakaya ditthi (self-identity view)
  • Whether or not it is selfish to end suffering for oneself when there are so many other beings that will be left behind
  • How to have the determination to be reborn in a situation where we can practice.
>> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Establish Mindfulness (06-16-2013)

I've been suggesting during this retreat to establish mindfulness, so those of you who have just come might just try that.  So, be receptive, let the sounds come to you, let go of thought, listen. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Lying Meditation (06-16-2013)

People sometimes chuckle, "Yeah, yeah lying meditation. Just go to sleep."  But actually, it's one of the postures that we live in and if we can develop lying meditation it's very valuable. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Ajahn Dtun Evening Talk: May 20th, 2013 (06-15-2013)

In the beginning, developing concentration may be very difficult because the mind may be agitated and restless.  This will make the practice of developing concentration somewhat difficult for us.  Yet, if we are patient and put forth a lot of effort--really work at the practice--then the periods where our mind is agitated will lessen and the periods where our mind is peaceful will increase. *Translated by Ajahn Tejapanyo >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Dealing With Frustration (06-09-2013)

One of the hallmarks of Luang Por Chah's training is the idea of frustration.  He felt that sense restraint was very important, but also frustration, when it's applied judiciously, has an interesting effect.  This is because when when get something we don't want or we want something we don't have, that wanting really challenges us. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Ajahn Dtun Evening Q & A, May 20th, 2013 (06-08-2013)

Tahn Ajahn Dtun answers questions on topics such as...
  • Dealing with anxiety, fear, and anger
  • Meditation practice
  • Tahn Ajahn Dtun's own practice before becoming a monk
>> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Tools for Crafting Our Hearts (06-02-2013)

Techniques-- there's so many you can use.  Techniques are like tools--you have to try them out to see how they're useful.  The idea is that meditation is a craft, it's not an achievement.  It's more a craft within which you can get results.  But, a craft is a more hands on affair.  You have to pick up the material you're working with--which is your mind and body--and you have to try stuff out. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Restlessness (06-02-2013)

I try to watch the interior relationship between restlessness and discomfort.  Because when there's discomfort, there's the desire to get rid of discomfort, and that's restlessness. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Ajahn Dtun Vesāk Talk (06-01-2013)

Today the bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, and all the laypeople have gathered here due to our faith in the dispensation of the Lord Buddha.  We are very close now to the celebration of Vesākha Puja, which is an important day in Buddhism.  The day of Vesākha is the full moon day in May.  It is the day that the Buddha himself was born and also he died on that day and his enlightenment also took place on the full moon day in May. *Translated by Ajahn Tejapanyo >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Forest Four Noble Truths (05-26-2013)

There's an oral tradition from teacher to disciple, from practitioner to practitioner where we share questions and insights and the teacher acts like a mirror.  I've been very fortunate because my teachers--Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho-- and my peers have been very helpful in helping me to understand Buddhism in that kind of reflective way. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Drowsiness (05-19-2013)

A typical problem in meditation is to literally try to look for the breath with our eyes.  One of the things that's very good as we're meditating is to be aware of our eyes.  What I would recommend then is to include the eyes in awareness of the body. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Attention (05-12-2013)

Perhaps we could just consider how we pay attention. This wooden carving has a deliberate flaw.  Now, if you're looking for the flaw, what do you do?  You're looking for something in order to try and find something.  That's one way that we pay attention.  We look for something.  There's another way we can pay attention.  We can pay attention by being receptive. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

A Basic Instruction for Listening (05-05-2013)

A good way to begin meditation is by just listening.  Just listen--listen to the sounds and try to move away from thought.   >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Walking Meditation 1 (05-05-2013)

So, in walking meditation we try and sustain that same awake consciousness. For those of you who are unfamiliar with walking meditation, try to find a path that is 15-20 paces.  Mark both ends of the path, start at one end and ground yourself in the sense of the body. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Basis for a Good Meditation (04-28-2013)

Good meditation is built on generosity and morality.  If we live a generous life and an ethically impeccable life then there's a foundation for liberation and for happiness. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Dhamma as a Mirror, Not as a Dogma (04-21-2013)

Perhaps I'll just talk about the difference between contemplation and belief.  The Buddhist teaching is very well laid out in an intellectual format.  But, ovbiously if you keep the teaching as an intellectual structure, then it just becomes an artifact that everyone agrees upon that doesn't really liberate the heart.  It's only when you take a teaching and internalize it--you make it alive within your own situation-- that that teaching becomes a means of liberation. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Way We Look (04-14-2013)

One way that we look is to look at things in order to get something from them - information or whatever. But then, your mind is agitated because you want something. In meditation, we're really trying to cultivate a way of attention which is not bound by wanting anything out of this particular experience and not trying to get rid of it. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Shrine Room (04-07-2013)

We can make suggestions to ourselves. So, what suggestions come up into consciousness? Are they skillful or unskillful. So, learning to listen, see thought as an object and observe the movements of the mind are very important. We're trying to witness streams of consciousness right now, we're not trying to solve the problems of the world. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Being Witness to Streams of Consciousness (03-31-2013)

We can make suggestions to ourselves. So, what suggestions come up into consciousness? Are they skillful or unskillful. So, learning to listen, see thought as an object and observe the movements of the mind are very important. We're trying to witness streams of consciousness right now, we're not trying to solve the problems of the world. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Defilements and Our Thoughts (03-24-2013)

Once aspect of consciousness that we usually don't choose to notice is the aspect of consciousness which isn't engaged with the objective world. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

A Good Life (03-17-2013)

A good life is important for good meditation. A good life, of course, doesn't mean a life where everything goes your way, but a life of good intention, good will. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

A Letter From Luang Por Sumedho (03-10-2013)

The Sangha receives a letter from Luang Por Sumedho. Luang Por Viradhammo reflects that Luang Por Sumedho took the teaching and didn't just keep it at an intellectual level - just accumulating information. He took the challenge of his extremely responsible life and used it for practice. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Retreat Conclusion (03-03-2013)

The worldly way of looking at this retreat would be like, 'what's the quality of the food?' But obviously what important in a retreat is whether or not you were able to be mindful. That seems to me what's important. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Buddhist Project (02-24-2013)

It's good to understand the project of Buddhism because there are all kinds of suggestions. If you don't understand what the project is then the pieces won't fit. The Buddha teaches suffering and it's end. We do have a possibility of realizing peace. It's good to keep that in mind. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Mindfulness Meditation (02-17-2013)

Mindfulness meditation tries to simplify our experience of being human. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Attention vs. Awareness (02-17-2013)

So, what's the difference between attention and awareness? Say that I'm practicing and there's prescense- that's awareness. Then, maybe I notice that there's a headache, I pay attention to the headache. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Surrendering in Monastic Life (02-10-2013)

Monastic life is one where we're really asked to challenge our comforts-to go out of our comfort zone. To not always take the easiest way out. Monastic life has this challenge of surrending our personal desires into a form or structure which educates us about suffering. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Unconditioned Mind (02-03-2013)

The practice of the Buddhist meditation helps realize the nature of the mind. This nature is conditioned: by culture, by emotions, by experiences, by history. The way to realize this, is through the practice of awareness and wisdom. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Enlightenment of the Buddha (01-27-2013)

The Buddha wasn't just coming from the need to deal with a stressed-out mind. He wasn't maladjusted because he had a bad childhood. He was coming from a very deep place of questioning. That kind of model is very different from the kind of searching for ease that you often find in Western Buddhism. His questioning came from a very deep place. When the Buddha attained enlightenment, he remembered eons of his past lives. When you think of things in that way, you get a sense of the hopelessness of this endless chain of rebirths. You can see the profundity of the Buddha's questioning. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

General Q & A (01-20-2013)

Ajahn Viradhammo answers questions from the retreat participants in this general Q & A questions. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Guided Meditation: A Clear Sense of Presence (01-20-2013)

Simple awakening. The language I like to use is like, 'non-becoming'. Then, I like to choose something in the present moment that reminds me of this clear sense of presence. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Memory of the Heart (01-13-2013)

The central theme is the awakened mind.  If you trust in that and see that as important then the issue is what helps to sustain the awakened mind?  It's very simple that way, but our habits are complicated.

>> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Committee Members (01-06-2013)

Sometimes you get committee members calling from your adolescence. One of the errors people make in Buddhism is to think "I am working through my Karma", as if you have got a certain amount of punishment you have to go through. This is wrong view. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Form Follows Function: New Year's Eve 2012 Dhamma Talk (01-01-2013)

We say that form follows function. Buddhism is really a very elegant form.  When I think of it, it's a very beatifully designed teaching.  But, it has a function.  It's not just an artifact that you believe. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Meditation Instruction (12-30-2012)

In mindfulness meditation we stress the awareness, the witnessing, no matter what the object is. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Walking Meditation Instruction (12-30-2012)

Instructions for walking meditation given by Luang Por Viradhammo at a retreat held in February, 2010. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Guided Meditation Instruction (12-30-2012)

A guided meditation given by Luang Por Viradhammo at a retreat held in February, 2010. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Effort (12-23-2012)

Effort is something that you learn as you do.  One of the ways that you learn about effort is by making mistakes.  Right effort very much depends on what's going on in your mind.  If you remember the principle that it's being awake to the way things are, it helps a lot. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Rewards of Skill (12-23-2012)

Anything that requires skill is not easy, but the rewards of skill are considerable. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Meditation Instruction (12-16-2012)

Meditation instruction given by Luang Por Viradhammo at a retreat held in February, 2010. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Just Do It (12-16-2012)

There are so many ideas around meditation.  If you had to describe to someone how hard to tap an egg in order to break it, how would you do it?  You can't it's just impossible.  In the same way, the most important thing in meditation is just to do it. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

We Hear But We Don't Listen (12-09-2012)

We know sounds. Sound is going on all the time.  We're functionally aware.  But, all of a sudden a new sound comes into consciousness and arrests us.  That's when we really listen.  So, this capacity to be fully conscious is always there, but it often requires some special condition, some novelty to activate it. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Exploring Different Traditions (12-02-2012)

I find reading about the insights, of what I think are attained beings, from other traditions very interesting.  It's quite a nice challenge to be able to ask, 'Is this the same insight that I had?  Is this the path?' >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

2010 Retreat: Question and Answer (11-25-2012)

A question and answer session that occurred towards the end of a retreat given in February, 2010. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Three Dukkhas (11-25-2012)

A talk based around the three types of dukkha—dukkha vedana (the feeling of dukkha), dukkha sacca (the truth of dukkha), and dukkha lakkhana (the characteristic of dukkha). >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Four Brahma-vihara's (11-18-2012)

Memory can be like that, we can plug into goodness.  Memory is important to understand, and how it works, like in the practices of metta meditation.  [We use it] to bring up associations that are wholesome and skillful. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Metta Meditation (11-11-2012)

Bring up the image of someone whom it's easy to feel affection for.  On the in-breath bring the image of them into your heart.  On the out-breath wish, "May you be well." >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Body Meditation (11-11-2012)

Quite often we carry a lot of tension in our eyes and our face.  So, to become conscious of that can be an interesting exercise.  Get in touch with this awareness which isn't looking for anything special. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Practice As a Craft (11-04-2012)

In the texts the Buddha would often give analogies which related to craft.  So you have the musician tuning his instrument, the fletcher straightening his arrow, a carpenter working with a piece of wood- these are the images of craft.  So, if there's that attitude, then we do try things out.  That's the way we learn. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Attachment to Idealism (10-28-2012)

Quite often we don't reflect on the reality of our hearts and minds.  We tend to overlay it with our idealism. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

February 2011 Retreat- Discomfort (10-14-2012)

Physical discomfort is what you have to be aware of.  Discomfort makes you restless, so the resistance to discomfort is what you have to get in touch with. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

February 2011 Retreat- Guided Meditation (10-07-2012)

A guided meditation given during a retreat in February, 2011. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

February 2011 Retreat- Back to Basics (10-07-2012)

There's something about not being too complex and just coming back to the basic principles. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Q & A: Anger and Weightlessness (09-23-2012)

Ajahn conducts a question and answer session. There is one question about anger and one question about weightlessness. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Intellectual Idolatry (09-16-2012)

We can have very erudite ideas about Buddhism, but remain at an intellectual level and think that we know it. That's a kind of idolizing of thought. That's a kind of intellectual idolatry. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Observing the Moods of the Mind (09-09-2012)

Imagine that you can sustain this kind of awake awareness - for one in-breath, two in-breaths, a whole hour - the power that begins to generate in consciousness is quite significant. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Guided Meditation: Sitting With the Sound of a Lawnmower (09-09-2012)

A Guided Meditation. There is a lawnmower in the background. Ajahn gives some reflection around awareness of sound.A guided meditation. There is a lawnmower in the background. Ajahn gives some reflections around awareness of sound. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

February 2011 Retreat- Introduction (09-09-2012)

The introductory talk given during a retreat in February, 2011. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Analysis and Doubt (08-26-2012)

Memory, when it's not known in a subjective way, keeps taking us off into negativity if we're not mindful. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Pursuing the Perfect Personality (08-19-2012)

The capacity to step back and know change and know dependent origination is not becoming. It's not that I'm inadequate and I've got all these faults, which will take at least 6000 millenia to solve. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Life's Ebb and Flow (08-12-2012)

To have the capacity to be mindful through a whole variety of experiences gives a lot of strength. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Life's Pause Button (02-09-2012)

There's a huge importance in being able to stop. Our culture isn't very good at that; it doesn't have a pause button. To have a pause button in life is a tremendously important practice. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

With This as Condition, That Comes to Be (01-08-2012)

Causality and change are paramount in the Buddha?s teachings in understanding our own minds >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho: Morning Reflection 17 June 2010 (12-11-2010)

Luang Por Sumedho at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. Morning Reflection on 17 June 2010 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Knowledge, Insight and Practice (12-04-2010)

Using our powers of investigation to see how things really are, leading to freedom >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho: Morning Reflection 9 June 2010 (10-29-2010)

Luang Por Sumedho at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. Morning Reflection on 9 June 2010 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho: Morning Reflection 7 June 2010 (10-22-2010)

Luang Por Sumedho at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. Morning Reflection on 7 June 2010 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho: Morning Reflection 4 June 2010 (10-15-2010)

Luang Por Sumedho at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. Morning Reflection on 4 June 2010 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho: Day of Mindfulness (10-09-2010)

L P Sumedho at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. Day of Mindfulness Dhamma Talk June 2010. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho: Morning Reflection 31 May 2010 (09-24-2010)

Luang Por Sumedho at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. Morning Reflection on 31 May 2010 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho: Morning Reflection 30 May 2010 (09-17-2010)

Luang Por Sumedho at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. Morning Reflection on 30 May 2010 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho Vesak Talk 2010 (08-27-2010)

Luang Por Sumedho Dhamma Talk on Vesak 2010 at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho: Morning Reflection 2 June 2010 (08-10-2010)

Luang Por Sumedho at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. Morning Reflection on 2 June 2010 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Studying the Mind (08-03-2010)

Cultivating the curiosity and patience of a field naturalist >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho: Morning Reflection 15 June 2010 (05-11-2010)

Luang Por Sumedho at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. Morning Reflection on 15 June 2010 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Bookbinding compared to practice (04-26-2010)

Making things conscious as a necessary first step in practice >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Is Buddhism a religion (04-01-2010)

Buddhism as a practice >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Memorial dana for mother of a supporter (03-22-2010)

Generosity and compassion as practice as in caring for aging parent >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho at Perth and District Collegiate (03-09-2010)

Luang Por Sumedho visit to Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. Dhamma Talk at Perth and District Collegiate >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Reflections on Dharma Day (02-22-2010)

Is there anything that is not born, does not suffer, does not die? The Buddha >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

iPods iPhones and I thoughts, another compelling gadget (01-18-2010)

Abandoning of I thinking brings peace >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

L P Sumedho: Morning Reflection 1 June 2010 (01-10-2010)

Luang Por Sumedho at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery. Morning Reflection on 1 June 2010 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Wisdom, service, devotion, three types of tradition (01-02-2010)

Theravada Buddhism is wisdom tradition, including both knowledge and behavior >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Grief and Loss (12-10-2009)

Reflections on a loved one's death >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Non attachment (11-23-2009)

Practicing with all conditions >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Stress (11-05-2009)

Having something you don't want and not having something you want are the foundations of stress. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Inspiration and encouragement (10-26-2009)

Gratitude and contemplating the heroic >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Dissolving Delusion (09-28-2009)

Skillful thinking; effort not to get rid of anything or to become anything but to become aware >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Making skillful choices (09-14-2009)

The heart qualities >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Limitations of sense experience (08-31-2009)

Acting from wisdom rather than craving. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Right understanding (08-17-2009)

Suffering and the end of suffering. The golden rule. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Bahiya sutta (08-06-2009)

In the seen there shall be just the seen. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

DUI Living (07-20-2009)

Becoming aware of what drives our minds and knowing it as 'not me, not mine' leads to liberation. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Ajahn Mosquito (07-12-2009)

Learning to be at peace with how things are. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Monastic conventions Mirrors of awakening (06-22-2009)

Based on spiritual friendship, monastic life establishes conventions that help us see ourselves more clearly. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Alternatives to the pleasure and pain principal (06-07-2009)

Some thoughts on the meaning of Refuge in Dhamma. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Friendship with all conditions (05-25-2009)

The effects of memory can distort our perceptions. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Availability (05-01-2009)

Being available and present to the way things are, rather than struggling to become, is the path of peace. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Deeper than intellect (04-27-2009)

Connecting to the way things are liberates us from the alienation of craving. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Renunciation (04-13-2009)

Less is more. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Right intellect (03-30-2009)

How can we use our intellect as a pragmatic tool for liberation. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Strength through adversity (03-16-2009)

Using the difficulties that arise in meditation to strengthen the capacity to maintain awareness. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Skillful versus unskillful wanting (03-08-2009)

The difference between skillful wanting and craving and learning to abide in non-desire with what is not pleasant. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Passion and Dispassion (02-16-2009)

Dispassion is a concept that is not much used in western culture and yet insight into dispassion leads to peace. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Some ideas on thought and no-thought (02-03-2009)

Learning to notice thought as objects leads to the open heart. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Body awareness leads to liberation (02-02-2009)

Connecting to our bodies, moods and feelings leads to freedom. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The craft of non-grasping (01-19-2009)

Discernment, patience and compassion are on the side of non-grasping and the cultivation of these is the craft of the heart. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Desirelessness (12-22-2008)

A description of the various ways that a sense of self arises with wrong effort. Effort that is free of the desire to become or get rid of. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Empathy and Discernment (12-01-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Cultivating Loving Kindness (11-01-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Connection and Alienation (10-14-2008)

Using the heart awareness of compassion and joy connects us to life. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Connection and alienation (10-14-2008)

Using the heart awareness of compassion and joy connects us to life. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Conventional and Ultimate Truth (10-01-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Contemplation of Anicca (09-01-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Three doorways (08-12-2008)

Contemplation of anicca/dukkha/anatta leads to realization of signlessness, desirelessness, emptiness: three doorways to liberation. >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Buddhist Principles (08-01-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Balancing Will and Devotion (07-01-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Gradual and Sudden Enlightenment (06-01-2008)

Given at Tisarana in 2007 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

What Fun is Craving (05-01-2008)

Given at Tisarana in 2007 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Profound Effect of Daily Practice (04-01-2008)

Given at Tisarana in 2007 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Memory (03-01-2008)

Given at Tisarana in 2007 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Working with Moods of the Mind (02-11-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

What is Religion (02-10-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Ways of Meditation (02-09-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Trust and Contentment (02-08-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Train and Purify the Mind (02-07-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Paramis (02-06-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Four Noble Truths (02-04-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Four Brahmaviharas (02-03-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

The Buddhist Project (02-02-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Body Awareness (02-01-2008)

Given at Tisarana in 2007 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Ritual in Religion (01-29-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Removal of Distracting Thought (01-28-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Remembering the Buddha (01-27-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Reflecting on Empathy (01-26-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Purification and Attainment (01-25-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Movement of Love to Worry (01-24-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Mindfulness, Inquiry, Vitality (01-23-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Meditation and Contemplation (01-22-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Living a Buddhist Lifestyle (01-21-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Language and Emotion (01-20-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Karma and Forgiveness (01-19-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Judgment and Discernment (01-18-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Investigation of Desire (01-17-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Guided Meditation (01-16-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Foundations of a Good Life (01-15-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Faith as a Heart Attitude (01-14-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Faith and Spiritual Aspiration (01-13-2008)

Given in Ottawa >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST

Practicing Here and Now (01-01-2008)

Given at Tisarana in 2007 >> LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST