Short Dhamma talks by Ajahn Kalyano
This book is a manual that offers meditation guidance. Presenting practices that enhance awareness and calm, it is suitable for anyone interested in developing their inner life.
“This book contains a miscellany of my writings, rather than transcribed talks, from throughout my life as an ajahn in the Western Thai Forest sangha. The first part, ‘Roots’, is mainly historical; its chapters introduce Ajahn Chah, our founder and inspiration, and Ajahn Sumedho who led us to the UK and beyond, and then describes various events in our Western history.
The second part, ‘Currents’, contains both teachings and personal reminiscences, accounts of some of my recent travels. Of course, in both parts of the book teachings mingle with history, and history with teachings”
THIS BOOK IS BASED UPON the talks and meditation instructions offered during a thirteen-day retreat at Amaravati, in the summer of 2012. It is intended to be something of a follow up to Finding the Missing Peace, which was published in 2011 and presented as ‘a primer of Buddhist meditation’. The Breakthrough is intended to be a somewhat more specialized toolkit, describing the path of Buddhist meditation in an in-depth way, specifically highlighting the role of wisdom and reflective investigation in the development of insight and thereby psychological freedom.
Within the pages of this book, we’re invited to read some reflections from Ajahn Viradhammo on the practice of Dhamma. For myself, and I hope for you, there will also be the experience of hearing his voice, and even being in his presence. It’s a warm voice, and a presence that supports the Way out of suffering, or dukkha. Perhaps when these teachings are carefully considered and put into practice, that Way becomes clear and the heart can be guided into openness and peace.
I think there’s a good chance of that, mostly because what is presented here are some of the cardinal teachings of the awakened Buddha, a person who is widely acknowledged for his deep wisdom and compassion. But also it’s because this particular presentation comes from Ajahn Viradhammo, a man of this age who has given himself fully to the Buddha’s Path for over forty years. More than reading or lecturing on it, he has lived in the Buddha’s Way—the Dhamma-Vinaya. And his voice is of this age, easily understandable, down-to-earth, and rich with humor and anecdotes.
Edited transcriptions of talks given by Ajahn Sundara between 2003 and 2011 mostly at the Insight Meditation Center in California.
This book is compiled from talks given mostly in 2001 by Ajahn Sumedho. They convey an intuitive understanding of the Buddha’s teaching which has arisen from years of practice as a Buddhist monk. The first edition was originally published in 2004, but has long since been out of print. This new edition has been reviewed for typographical errors and redesigned, and some re-editing has been done. However, the Dhamma content has not been changed.
Ajahn Amaro reflects on the teachings of The Natural Great Perfection from the Dzogchen teachings and compares it with those familiar in the Pāli Canon and in the Thai Forest Tradition. (Chinese translation)
This MP3 CD contains the talks and readings from the Abhayagiri’s 2016 Winter Retreat, featuring readings from western disciples of the Thai Forest Tradition, including Luang Por Sumedho and Ajahn Geoff.
This CD is also available online for listening and/or downloading.
Each fall, Abhayagiri Monastery creates a photo album of the year’s events for Ajahn Pasanno to take on his December visit to Thailand. This year’s album features Abhayagiri’s 20th anniversary celebration and the ongoing construction of the Reception Hall, including the installation of the Buddha image.