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Brain Surgery and Anesthesia

Ajahn Viradhammo expresses joy and approval at Tisarana’s newest community member arriving with generous offerings and commitment. He outlines a strategy for countering the negative, critical mind, a comprehensive practice that includes determined reflections of good will and three techniques for staying with the present moment. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 12 April 2019. Duration 34:05)

Spring Work Bee #2 – July 7th

Join us for our second spring Work Bee on July 7th at 8:30 am to help prepare Tisarana for Luang Por Sumedho’s upcoming visit.

We are sprucing Tisarana up for Luang Por Sumedho’s arrival to Tisarana on the 11th with his attendant Ajahn Asoko. We’ll be planting trees, gardening, landscaping and doing grounds maintenance. The shared potluck meal will begin at 11:30 am, and after the meal we’ll continue working until 4:30 pm or later. Things to bring:

  • willing hands
  • possibly a dish for the meal
  • partial shade flowers that deer don’t like to eat

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Abandoning the Unwholesome

On a snowy winter’s night at Tisarana, Venerable Khemako illustrates that even more important than performing meritorious acts is the abandoning of unwholesome ones. He shows how this practice of renunciation leads one from attachment and suffering to freedom from samsara. (Talk recorded at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery on 12 February 2019. Duration 31:58)

Have Faith in the Goodness of Your Actions

Ajahn Pavaro chats with visitors and reflects on the process of leaving one’s family to become a Buddhist monk. He answers various visitors’ questions about Ajahn Chah’s way of teaching, and bringing peace to the mind. (Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 09 November 2018. Duration 58:48)

A New Branch on an Old Tree

At this years Vesak celebration, Ajahn Chandasiri, who was one of the first women to ordain as a Siladhara at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in England, speaks on what drew her to the monastic life and how the example the monks living at Chithurst set inspired her to go forth as a Siladhara. She talks on the difficulty she and other nuns faced in the beginning. (Talk Recorded at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery on 18 May 2019. Duration 58:10)

Recollecting the Buddha

On this years Vesak celebration, which is a day where we celebrate and remember the Buddha’s birth, Enlightenment, and Parinibbana, Ajahn Viradhammo emphasizes the importance of faith and how it can help our practice. He offers suggestions on various ways we can go about recollecting the Buddha, such as simply gazing at a Buddha image and seeing what feelings naturally arise in ones heart. (Talk Recorded at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery on 18 May 2019. Duration 09:05)

When Desire Is Frustrated

On his 72nd birthday, Ajahn Viradhammo offers reflections to Tisarana’s resident community on the relationship between desire and happiness. He shows how the conditions of living in the monastery, the interactions with each other and the work projects are an opportunity to awaken to frustrated desires and to liberation. (Talk recorded at Tisarana on 27 April 2019. Duration 35:29)

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)