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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)

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)