Abhayagiri Kaṭhina 2021
Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Ñāṇiko
Q&A session, Nov. 2, 2021 to Nov. 7, 2021
Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, California
2 sessions, 9 excerpts, 38:26 total duration

Abhayagiri Monastery spread the 2021 Kaṭhina festival over a period of seven days to accommodate the necessities of the pandemic. Question and answers were recorded on days two and four.

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Session 1: Questions and Answers with the Ajahns

Session 2: Practical Questions and Answers


Session 1: Questions and Answers with the Ajahns – Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Ñāṇiko – Nov. 3, 2021 Download audio (19:57)

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1. [0:05] “The reflection on kamma (Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 55) uses language related to family: 'born,' 'heir,' 'related', 'supported.' What are the implications of this?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Kamma] [Family] [Language] // [Community] [Perception]


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2. [2:21] “I have a family and family responsibilities. How do I know I'm on the path and making right effort?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Family] [Right Effort] [Doubt] // [Four Noble Truths] [Culture/West] [Mindfulness of feeling] [Direct experience]


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3. [6:30] “How do I know what is the Middle Path?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Middle Path] // [Four Noble Truths] [Direct experience]

Quote: “It's not a concept. It's like are you on your bike or are you on the ground?” — Ajahn Amaro


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4. [8:31] “You spoke about the teachings and the training. What is the training for a lay practitioner other than the Five Precepts?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro. [Dhamma] [Vinaya] [Lay life] [Five Precepts] // [Meditation] [Communal harmony] [Right Livelihood] [Family] [Work] [Politics and society] [Spiritual friendship]


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5. [11:11] “Could you speak more about how to prevent feelings from becoming aversion or desire? How does this relate to Dependent Origination?” Answered by Ajahn Amaro. [Feeling] [Aversion] [Craving] [Dependent origination] // [Arahant] [Buddha] [Pain] [Mindfulness] [Birth] [Impermanence] [Happiness] [Direct experience] [Proliferation] [Master Hsuan Hua]

Story: Ajahn Pasanno breaks his pelvis in Thailand. [Ajahn Pasanno]


Session 2: Practical Questions and Answers – Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 5, 2021 Download audio (19:14)

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1. [0:09] Comment: I listen to the talks and read the books, and everything is so logical and rational, but I'm still stuck in habitual patterns of living. [Hearing the true Dhamma] [Dhamma books] [Everyday life] [Habits]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Association with people of integrity] [Community] [Monasteries] [Lunar observance days] [Online community] [Chanting] [Spiritual friendship] [Impermanence] [Monastic life/Motivation] [Generosity]

Quote: “When you're living with a group of people, not everybody is depressed and lazy and fed up at the same time.” [Unwholesome Roots]

Sutta: SN 55.5 Sāriputta [Factors for stream entry]


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2. [8:21] “Early on in practice, I learned that practicing sīla (virtue) leads to the bliss of the blamelessness life and creates the conditions for samādhi. What is the Pāli word that translates to 'the bliss of the blameless life?'” [Virtue] [Happiness] [Concentration] [Pāli] // [Right Livelihood] [Generosity] [Right Intention]

Quote: “Sīla is the opportunity to rise up to a life of integrity.”


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3. [14:43] Comment: Sīla (virtue) is like a compass. You know if you're off. [Virtue]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Suffering] [Feeling]

Quote: “The language of Dhamma is the language of feeling.” — Ajahn Chah. Quoted by Ajahn Pasanno. [Ajahn Chah] [Dhamma]


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4. [15:44] Comment: I'm appreciative of Zoom. It's helpful on many levels, but I'm missing the actual physical presence. [Online community] [Pandemic] [Community]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Human] [Monasteries]