Parent topic: Devotional practice
Subtopic: Protective chants
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Metta Retreat, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 9, 2008

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3. “Could you please explain about the death process…how quickly does rebirth occur?” [Death] [Rebirth] // [Recollection/Death] [Delusion] [Self-identity view] [Recollection] [Impermanence] [Not-self] [Theravāda] [History/Early Buddhism] [Sutta] [Vajrayāna] [Clinging] [Culture/Thailand] [Chanting] [Goodwill] [Relinquishment] [Ceremony/ritual] [Kamma]

References: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 55: Five Recollections; Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 12: The body is impermanent... [Similes] [Craving]

Simile: Fire blown by the wind (MN 72: Aggivacchagotta Sutta)

Story: A former monk asks Ajahn Chah about working with dying people to give them the opportunity for wholesome rebirth. [Ajahn Chah] [Teachers] [Fierce/direct teaching]

Quote: “I practice dying.” — The Dalai Lama [Dalai Lama]

Metta Retreat, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 10, 2008

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4. “If one were to become a monastic at Abhayagiri, how would one go about it? What are the day-to-day activities of a monk? What do I need to know and consider before making such a commitment?” [Monastic life] [Abhayagiri] // [Sequence of training] [Saṅgha decision making] [Mentoring] [Chanting] [Meditation] [Work] [Seclusion] [Shelter] [Cleanliness] [Building projects] [Robes]

Metta Retreat, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 11, 2008

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3. “The lovingkindness chant includes 'May I abide in freedom from affliction.' Why is affliction not included in the wish for all beings?” [Goodwill] [Chanting] // [Divine Abidings] [Compassion]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 41.

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12. “What does it mean – the four pairs, the eight kinds of noble beings – in the recollection of the Sangha?” [Recollection/Saṅgha] [Chanting] [Stages of awakening] // [Commentaries]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 27: Recollection of the Saṅgha

Metta Retreat, Session 4Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 12, 2008

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8. “Please explain in English the Pali chant you give as a blessing at the meal and at other occasions.” [Chanting] [Pāli] // [Translation] [Merit] [Similes] [Three Refuges]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 50

Metta Retreat, Session 5Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 13, 2008

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7. “Just to clarify – when doing loving-kindness practice, is any phrase OK to repeat? They can be said as a chant, right? At any speed? Is any chant best for achieving concentration?” [Goodwill] [Meditation/Techniques] [Chanting] [Concentration] // [Nature of mind]

Quote: “What is really important is not so much the phrases or the methodology but the feeling that is established within the heart of lovingkindness.” [Emotion]

Simile: A tradesman with only one tool. [Similes]

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14. “What are the primary distinctions between Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana?” [Theravāda] [Mahāyāna] [Vajrayāna] // [Dalai Lama] [Chanting] [Pāli] [History/Mahāyāna Buddhism] [Bodhisattva] [Ceremony/ritual] [History/Thai Buddhism]

Recollections of Ajahn Chah, Session 6Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 19, 2010

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1. Explanation of the meal blessing chant. [Chanting] [Almsfood] // [Pāli] [Gratitude] [Merit]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 50

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2. Anumodana chanting: "Yathā vāri-vahāpūrā..." and "Bhavatu sabba-maṅgalaṃ..." (Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 50) offered by the Abhayagiri Saṅgha. [Chanting] [Almsfood] [Pāli] // [Gratitude] [Merit]

The Whole of the Path: The Fruits of Spiritual Friendship, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 22, 2013

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1. “What do we do at the monastery? What happens on a daily basis?” [Monastic life] [Abhayagiri] // [Chanting] [Meditation] [Work] [Food] [Questions]

Calming the Busy Mind, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Aug. 11, 2013

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2. “You said that starting with chanting can help focus the mind. But I find myself daydreaming while chanting.” [Chanting] [Tranquility] [Proliferation] // [Pāṭimokkha] [Energy]

Story: An elderly woman chants the Dhammacakka Sutta every day. [Chanting] [Ageing]

Abhayagiri Monastic Retreat 2013, Session 5Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 27, 2013

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4. “I saw one of your new publications 'Don't Hold Back.' Why did you choose this title? The chapter on chanting answered many questions I had.” [Dhamma books] [Ajahn Pasanno] [Chanting]

Abhayagiri Monastic Retreat 2013, Session 6Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 28, 2013

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16. “Why does the chanting book begin with the evening chanting first?” [Chanting]

Abhayagiri Monastic Retreat 2013, Session 8Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 30, 2013

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10. “In the 'Supreme Praise of the Dhamma [and] the Sangha' why are the Dhamma and Sangha referred to as 'My Lord and guide?'” [Three Refuges] [Chanting]

Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 23Ajahn Pasanno – Feb. 5, 2014

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2. Ajahn Ñaniko speaks about the time Luang Por Liem spent at Suan Mokh. [Wat Suan Mokkh] [Ajahn Liem]

Recollection: The Thai translations in the Wat Pah Pong chanting book come from Ajahn Buddhadāsa. [Chanting] [Wat Pah Pong] [Thai] [Translation] [Ajahn Buddhadāsa]

Recollection: Ajahn Liem reads and comments on the monthly poem in the Ajahn Buddhadāsa calendar. [Artistic expression]

Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 38Ajahn Pasanno – Feb. 26, 2014

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3. “Was there a time in Thai history when meditation was a routine part of childhood education?” [History/Thai Buddhism] [Children] [Learning] [Meditation] // [Three Refuges] [Chanting] [Right View]

Reflection: Ajahn Liem's mother and sister were nuns with similar demeanor. [Ajahn Liem] [Family] [Mae Chee] [Wat Pah Pong] [Personality]

Death and Dying, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – May. 9, 2014

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6. Recollection: Traditions around dying in Thailand. [Culture/Thailand] [Death] // [Tranquility] [Chanting] [Teaching Dhamma] [Clear comprehension] [Rebirth]

Questions and Answers with Dharma Realm Buddhist UniversityAjahn Pasanno – Nov. 18, 2014

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1. “What is Abhayagiri's daily schedule?” [Abhayagiri] // [Chanting] [Meditation] [Work] [Almsround]

2014 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 23, 2014

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2. “In the chant on “The Buddha's Words on Loving Kindness,” what does the line that says “unburdened with duties” mean? Does it mean that we are to not have duties, or that we do not feel burdened by them, or does it mean something else? Thank you!” [Work] [Chanting]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 37 [Chanting]

2014 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 4Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 25, 2014

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8. “Do the monks at Wat Pah Pong chant “Chinnabunchon?” Would you show how to chant it?” [Wat Pah Pong] [Chanting]

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10. Comment: Thank you so much Luang Por for reminding us that chanting is also listening, paying attention, and being mindful. I noticed that when we were chanting at a fast pace, several people wouldn't be able to follow. Many of us are not familiar with Pali or Pali translated into English (combined with low light and small print). Some of us might just need a little more time. So thank you. [Chanting] [Gratitude]

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12. “What is the English translation of the meal time blessing? Thank you.” [Gratitude] [Chanting]

2014 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 6Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 27, 2014

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6. “I’m wondering why the chanting says, “for me there is no other refuge, the Buddha is my excellent refuge,” and the same for the Dhamma and the Sangha when all three are refuges. Also, why are the Dhamma and the Sangha referred to as “Lord?” Thank you.” [Chanting] [Three Refuges]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 23

2014 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 7Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 28, 2014

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14. “Please tell us what the chant is referring to when it mentions the “3-fold bliss.” Thank you!” [Chanting] [Happiness]

2015 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 7Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 27, 2015

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7. “Why is the Buddha referred to in the present tense in the chants? Is it because we are referring to the present potential within us?” [Buddha] [Chanting]

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13. “How important is chanting for one's practice? Do you have any tips for how to recite/remember the Pali chants?” [Chanting] [Memory]

2015 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 8Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 28, 2015

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8. “What chants would you recommend as suitable to use for patients who may be in hospice or close to death? Can Buddhist monks give last rites?” [Death] [Chanting]

Thanksgiving Retreat 2016, Session 5Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 23, 2016

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2. “Can you please talk about some of the changes in the new version of the morning chant and which ones, if any, (and why) resonate with you?” [Chanting]

Thanksgiving Retreat 2016, Session 6Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 24, 2016

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8. “What does the threefold bliss mean in the Verses of Sharing and Aspiration?” [Happiness] [Chanting]

Thanksgiving Retreat 2016, Session 7Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 25, 2016

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8. “Does all the chanting we are doing go back to Buddha’s time or has some of it evolved later?” [Chanting] [History/Early Buddhism]

Thanksgiving Retreat 2016, Session 8Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 26, 2016

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9. “Is the blessing chant after receiving food only reserved to monks or are there appropriate occasions when lay people can chant it? Which Pali verses are your favorite to enjoy sound and poetic beauty of the language?” [Chanting] [Pāli]

The Teaching and the Training, Session 7Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 23, 2018

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2. “In Thailand, dāna (generosity) usually means giving food to a monk. But is dāna more of a mindset?” [Generosity] [Culture/Thailand] [Monastic life] // [Chanting] [Upatakh] [Wat Pah Pong] [Ajahn Chah] [Cleanliness]

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3. “Can you talk about Ajahn Chah's use of bowing, communal pūjās, and chores?” [Ajahn Chah] [Chanting] [Saṅgha] [Work] [Monastic life] [Bowing] // [Becoming] [Mutual lay/Saṅgha support] [Respect for elders]

Story: A Westerner asks Ajahn Chah, "Why do we bow?"

The Teaching and the Training, Session 8Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 26, 2018

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2. “What does morning pūjā contribute?” [Chanting] [Monastic life] [Saṅgha] // [Devotion to wakefulness]

The Teaching and the Training, Session 10Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 28, 2018

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7. “Have you done much memorization practice?” [Ajahn Pasanno] [Learning] // [Eightfold Path] [Pāli] [Right Mindfulness] [Chanting] [Energy]

The New Ajahn Chah Biography, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Apr. 21, 2018

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10. “Did you mention what the trancendent truth of the Saṅgha was?” [Saṅgha] [Truth] [Three Refuges] // [Eightfold Path] [Stages of awakening] [Conventions] [Chanting] [Recollection/Saṅgha]

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12. “What can you offer dying people who didn't have the opportunity to engage in Buddhist practice?” [Death] [Compassion] // [Listening] [Patience] [Tranquility] [Equanimity] [Fear] [Right Speech] [Chanting]

Chanting, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 2, 2018

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1. Recollection: Ajahn Mun chants for an hour before meditating. [Ajahn Mun] [Meditation] [Devotional practice] [Chanting]

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2. Story: The Buddha asks a monk to recite the Aṭṭhakavagga (Snp Chapter 4) (Ud 5.6). [Buddha/Biography] [Monastic life] [Sutta] [Chanting]

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3. Story of an Indian Brahman novice at Tisarana Monastery who is adept at chanting. [Culture/India] [Tisarana] [Chanting]

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4. Story: Learning the Paṭimokkha. [Pāṭimokkha] [Ajahn Pasanno] [Chanting] // [Ajahn Chah] [Culture/India]

Responses by Ajahn Ñāṇiko, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo and Ajahn Kaccāna. [Chanting]

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5. Story: Ajahn Pasanno's mother notices that he chants in tune. [Ajahn Pasanno] [Family] [Chanting] // [Almsfood] [Mindfulness]

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6. Story: An elderly Sri Lankan monk chants to calm a wild elephant. [History/Sri Lankan Buddhism] [Animal] [Three Refuges] [Chanting]

Story: Chanting 'Itipi so' 108 times. [Chanting] [Abhayagiri] [Anandagiri]

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7. Story: Chanting sustains a long-time disciple of Ajahn Chah living as a businessman in Bangkok. [Ajahn Chah] [Lay life] [Culture/Thailand] [Chanting] // [Suffering]

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8. “Can we approach chanting as praying for someone in a difficult situation?” [Christianity] [Devotional practice] [Family] [Health] [Chanting] // [Skillful qualities] [Compassion] [Right Intention] [Merit] [Abhayagiri] [Nature of the cosmos]

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9. “How can you use chanting to work with long-term physical pain and other people's healing?” [Pain] [Health] [Chanting] // [Tranquility] [Concentration] [Fear] [Release]

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10. “Are there any chants that are inappropriate for laypeople to chant?” [Lay life] [Chanting]

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11. “How can you chant to generate energy?” [Energy] [Chanting] // [Postures] [Mindfulness of breathing]

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12. “Is there any danger to chanting?” [Chanting]

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13. “The fourth precept used to be translated as false and harmful speech. In the new chanting book, it's just lying. Is there a reason for this?” [False speech] [Pāli] [Chanting] // [Right Speech]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 130

Sutta: MN 41: Saleyyaka Sutta

Chanting, Session 2Ajahn Karuṇadhammo and Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 2, 2018

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1. “Sometimes there's no pause between the words we're chanting. Why?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [History/Early Buddhism] [Chanting] [Pāli]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 129: Five Precepts.

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2. “Are the dots under m and n [ṃ, ṇ] that inscrutable non-English sound that was mentioned earlier?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Chanting] [Pāli]

Follow-up: “And that has nothing to do with the pitch going down? That's the carat mark?” [History/Western Buddhist monasticism]

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3. Comment: It seems like we stretch out 'saha' in the request for the Five Precepts (Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 126). [Chanting] [Pāli]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno.

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4. “Can you explain the rythym and scanning of the seventh of the Eight Precepts (Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 135)?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Eight Precepts] [Entertainment and adornment] [Chanting] [Pāli]

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5. Comment: I also get tripped up chanting the fifth precept (Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 130). [Five Precepts] [Intoxicants] [Chanting] [Pāli]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Thai]

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6. Story: Ajahn Pasanno spends Vassa on the Burmese border, but can't chant smoothly with two monks of different nationalities. Told by Ajahn Karuṇadhammo and Ajahn Pasanno. [Ajahn Pasanno] [Rains retreat] [Chanting] [Pāli]

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7. Comment: We usually chant like that [a simple style] in primary school. It changes when we get to high school. [Culture/Thailand] [Chanting] [Pāli]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno.

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8. “Do you have any suggestions for audio support for chanting?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Dhamma online] [Chanting] [Pāli]

Reference: Abhayagiri Chanting Karaoke [Chanting]

Note: The recordings on this website come from the older 2010 Abhayagiri Chanting Book.

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9. “Are there any standards for the high and low tone marks?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Chanting] [Pāli] // [Thai]

Chanting, Session 3Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 2, 2018

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1. “Are the paritta chants not as effective in English?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Translation] [Language] [Pāli] [Chanting] [Protective chants] // [Devotional practice]

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2. “Do you find these chants as resonant here as in Thailand?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Culture/Thailand] [Culture/West] [Chanting] [Protective chants] // [Faith]

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3. “I notice that most of the paritta chants don't have English translations. Is there a place we can find these?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Translation] [Chanting] [Protective chants] // [Sutta]

Suttas: DN 32: Āṭānāṭiya Sutta; SN 46.14-16: Sick [Chanting] [Sickness] [Factors of Awakening]

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5. Comment: There are a couple books that have some parittas in English. [Translation] [Dhamma books] [Chanting] [Protective chants]

Reference: The Book of Protection by Piyadasi Thera

Response by Ajahn Ñāṇiko: Suggestion to read the Suttanipāta commentaries available in Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of this text. [Sutta] [Commentaries] [Bhikkhu Bodhi]

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6. Story: A monk at Poo Jum Gom dislodges a viper by chanting the Khandhaparitta despite believing that it won't work. Told by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Animal] [Poo Jum Gom] [Ajahn Ñāṇiko] [Faith] [Chanting] [Protective chants]

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7. “Is there a rule of thumb for the pitches for the paritta chanting?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Chanting] [Protective chants] // [Thai]

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8. “The Verses of Sharing and Aspiration translates paccekabuddha as 'The Solitary Buddha is my noble guide.' What's going on here?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Pasanno. [Chanting] [Translation] [Buddha] // [Merit] [Teaching Dhamma]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 33

Developing Skill in Reflective Meditation, Session 2Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Pasanno – Dec. 1, 2019

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1. Quote: “If you want to succeed in your practice, you have to think a lot.... You have to think all the time about Dhamma.” — Ajahn Baen. Quoted by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Ajahn Baen] [Directed thought and evaluation] [Investigation of states] [Recollection/Dhamma] [Recollection] // [Chanting]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 6.

Living in a Changing SocietyAjahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko – Aug. 23, 2020

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6. “Is there something called fierce compassion in the Theravāda tradition? If so, how is that different from resentment or anger?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Fierce/direct teaching] [Compassion] [Theravāda] [Ill-will] [Aversion] // [Ajahn Mahā Boowa] [Suffering] [Teaching Dhamma] [Admonishment/feedback] [Spiritual bypass] [Ajahn Chah]

Story: Ajahn Chah calls newly-arrived Tan Pasanno lazy. [Ajahn Pasanno] [Chanting]

Abhayagiri Kaṭhina 2021, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 5, 2021

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1. 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]