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A Rotten Smell in Your Mind

Ajahn Viradhammo explains how to develop a wise relationship to wanting. By using awareness to know wanting as an object in the mind, instead of becoming preoccupied with wanting and attaching to it in a subjective way, he shows through the Buddha’s teaching of the Four Noble Truths that we can know it’s cessation and realize true peace. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 08 September 2018. Duration 34:20)

Changing Our Personality Is Not the Goal of Practice

Ajahn Pavaro chats with some visitors about happenings in this tradition, as well as reflections on death and dying. He discusses differing teaching styles and how personalities can change or stay the same as we progress. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 10 August 2018. Duration 57:00)

The Mazarati is Already Broken

At his 72nd birthday gathering, Ajahn Viradhammo reflects on skillfully relating to the conditions of life: not getting pulled into them nor abdicating our responsibilities. By taking refuge in skillfulness, in wholesome qualities, the ups and down of life (worldly winds) lose their grip, and we can find peace independent of conditions. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 27 April 2019. Duration 34:01)

The Object of Your Own Subjectedness

On New Year’s Eve before the start of 2019, Tan Khemako encourages us to look back on the wholesome actions we performed over the past year and reflect on our good fortune. He explains how negative mind states are simply habits that can be let go, thus enabling the cultivation of happiness and continued well being. (Talk recorded at the Tisarana on 31 December 2018. Duration 41:20)

Finding Stillness in No Thought

(Note: this talk was truncated due to a recording malfunction.) On the full moon of Magha Puja, Ajahn Viradhammo invites us to ask the question, “What would this moment be like with no thought?” He shows that while wordly situations use a certain amount of thinking for successful navigation, one who is aiming for enlightenment requires the trust and patience found in the stillness of no thought. (Talk recorded at the Tisarana on 19 February 2010. Duration 26:02)

What Arahants Know

Ajahn Vajiro, abbot of the Sumedhārāma Monastery in Portugal, offers reflections on the fruits of the Buddhist path. He encourages us to know the qualities of abundant generosity, freedom from suffering, and the realization and opportunity given by this precious human life. (Talk recorded at the Tisarana on 4 April 2019. Duration 37:44)

Strategies for Uplifting the Heart

Ajahn Pavaro distinguishes identifying with an emotion versus being aware of it. He gives the contemplations of the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, the devas, contemplating virtuous qualities and acts of generosity as strategies to uplift the heart. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 27 October 2018. Duration 47:07)

Awareness of Change Is Refuge

Ajahn Viradhammo speaks with guests on being aware of feeling with compassion and to be with things as they are & not to replace or analyze. He also speaks to the importance of renunciation to witness change and its peace vs. seeking something to satisfy desire. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 19 October 2018. Duration 1:29:35)