Meditation (bhāvanā)
Subtopics: Meditation/General advice, Right Effort, Right Concentration, Meditation/Techniques, Calming meditation, Insight meditation, Recollection, Postures, Meditation retreats, Meditation/Results, Meditation/Unusual experiences, Long-term practice
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Metta Retreat, Session 4Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 12, 2008

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17. “What is the difference between 'meditating on' versus 'contemplating' or just thinking about something. Can you give some examples how one may skillfully meditate on something versus unskillfully? What does saṅkhāra mean?” [Meditation] [Recollection] [Directed thought and evaluation] [Skillful qualities] [Volitional formations] [Pāli] // [Concentration] [Progress of insight] [Self-identity view] [Aggregates]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 11: A passage to arouse urgency.


Abhayagiri Monastic Retreat 2013, Session 4Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 26, 2013

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14. “How does one reconcile the apparent complete lack of control that is experienced in meditation...with the apparent need to control one's circumstances off the cushion. Is it possible to live with complete non-contention and still have an organized life?” [Everyday life] [Meditation] [Volition] [Non-contention]


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

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2. “Over the last couple of years, I've been noticing that memory retention isn't quite what it used to be...In your experience, has meditation practice helped sharpen the memory?” [Memory] [Ageing] [Meditation]


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

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13. “Also, What are the 4 aspects of bhavana that you mentioned?” [Meditation]


New Year, New Life, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Dec. 16, 2013

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1. “I see what you're saying about the hindrances, but it seems like that's everything I called my life....So you're saying keep on working at it and it [the mind] gets used to focusing?” [Hindrances] [Proliferation] [Meditation] // [Mindfulness] [Goodwill] [Recollection/Virtue] [Recollection/Generosity] [Gladdening the mind]


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2. “What do you think about the idea of secular Buddhism? Earlier you spoke about bhāvanā versus meditation, that meditation is not a useful translation [of bhāvanā]. Do you think secular Buddhism is useful or not?” [Secular Buddhism] [Meditation] // [Human] [Suffering] [Cultural context] [Buddhist identity] [Culture/West] [Learning]

Quote: “Anything is useful if it's picking up the actual teachings of the Buddha and applying [them] in a skillful way.” [Eightfold Path] [Skillful qualities]


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 24Ajahn Pasanno – Feb. 6, 2014

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8. “I was reading that Reverend Heng Sure found that his meditation object was particularly bright and clear when he was around his teacher Master Hua. I wondered if you experienced anything like that when you paid respects to various Ajahns?” [Rev. Heng Sure] [Master Hsuan Hua] [Ajahn Pasanno] [Meditation] // [Conscience and prudence] [Respect for elders]


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 27Ajahn Pasanno – Feb. 11, 2014

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1. “With your meditation object, when you turn to contemplate it in terms of the three characteristics: anicca, dukkha and anatta, and that doesn't come up, does that mean you need to stabilize the mind more to see the object more clearly?” [Meditation] [Disenchantment] [Characteristics of existence] [Concentration] // [Self-identity view] [Knowledge and vision] [Relinquishment] [Dhamma]


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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11. “Is there a meditation practice to use with someone who is dying?” [Meditation] [Death] // [Faith] [Simplicity] [Happiness] [Recollection/Death] [Ageing] [Sickness]

Story about Ram Dass's dying mother: "Richard, shut up!" [Ram Dass] [Fear] [Restlessness and worry]


Thai Forest Tradition, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 14, 2014

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14. “I can't imagine not having meditation as part of this practice. How does Buddhism exist without it?” [Meditation] [History] [Thai Forest Tradition] // [Ceremony/ritual] [Generosity] [Faith] [Devotional practice]


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15. “A list of ten misconceptions about Buddhim in Tricycle magazine included 'All Buddhists meditate.' It said that historically this wasn't true. Is this accurate?” [Meditation] [History] [Culture/West] [Thai Forest Tradition] // [Monastic life] [Lay life] [Devotional practice] [History/Thai Buddhism]


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16. Comment about Asian and Western Buddhist perspectives regarding meditation and other aspects of practice encountered at Abhayagiri Monastery. [Cultural context] [Culture/West] [Meditation] [Devotional practice] [Thai Forest Tradition] [Ajahn Chah] [Abhayagiri]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Learning]


Thai Forest Tradition, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo – Jun. 14, 2014

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4. “Does the current interest in meditation in Thailand extend to the villages around forest monasteries as well as urban areas?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Culture/Thailand] [Meditation] [Thai Forest Tradition] // [Ajahn Pasanno] [Wat Pah Pong] [Wat Pah Nanachat] [Lunar observance days] [Festival days]


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5. “So the whole country [Thailand] meditates?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Culture/Thailand] [Meditation] [Thai Forest Tradition]


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 32Ajahn Pasanno – Feb. 21, 2015

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2. “Why did the Buddha ask the monk to develop meditation in many ways [in AN 8.63]?” [Meditation] [Meditation/General advice] [Buddha/Biography] // [Directed thought and evaluation] [Rapture] [Happiness] [Equanimity] [Jhāna] [Calming meditation] [Cessation of Suffering]

Recollection: Ajahn Chah would rarely label meditation states. [Ajahn Chah]


The Middle Way of Not-Self, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – May. 27, 2015

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13. “Is bhavadiṭṭhi the same word as cultivation (bhāvanā)?” [Becoming] [Views] [Meditation] [Pāli] [Not-self] // [Etymology]


Buddhist Identity in the Modern WorldAjahn Pasanno – Aug. 15, 2015

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13. “Should someone who follows the five precepts and meditates but has their own faith and belief call themselves a Buddhist?” [Five Precepts] [Meditation] [Faith] [Spiritual traditions] [Buddhist identity] // [Dhamma] [Truth] [Eightfold Path] [Happiness]


Jhāna: A Practical Approach, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Oct. 10, 2015

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5. “Is jhāna only in meditation?” [Meditation] [Jhāna] // [Right Concentration]

Quote: “Only farangs [Westerners] go into meditation rock climbing! Does he contemplate the Four Noble Trurths?” — Ajahn Chah [Ajahn Chah] [Culture/West] [Recreation/leisure/sport] [Meditation] [Four Noble Truths] [Directed thought and evaluation] [Relinquishment]


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6. “If there isn't an intention, [meditation] isn't useful for the goal?” [Meditation] [Volition] [Jhāna] // [Volitional formations] [Kamma]


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10. “I meditate. Pleasure arises, and I enjoy that. Does that mean it's Dhamma practice?” [Meditation] [Happiness] [Practicing in accordance with Dhamma] [Jhāna] // [Investigation of states] [Feeling] [Mindfulness of mind]


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23. “When we drop directed thought and evaluation, do we drop the object of our concentration and just abide in mindfulness?” [Directed thought and evaluation] [Concentration] [Mindfulness] [Meditation] [Jhāna] // [Knowing itself]


Jhāna: A Practical Approach, Session 4Ajahn Pasanno – Oct. 10, 2015

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5. “Is the purpose of jhāna aand meditation to build up the strength of the mind so we will be able to contemplate the Four Noble Truths?” [Meditation] [Heart/mind] [Four Noble Truths] [Jhāna] // [Calming meditation] [Insight meditation]

Sutta: AN 4.170: In Conjunction


Suttas You've Never Heard Of, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 25, 2016

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6. “With development (bhavana), is one able to shape the course of sickness or heal oneself to a degree?” [Meditation] [Sickness] [Health] // [Happiness] [Medicinal requisites]

Comment: I've been reflecting on how AN 5.48 applies to environmental and collective well-being–engaging without the expectation that actions will have a certain result. [Environment] [Politics and society]

Response [History/Thai Buddhism]


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8. Comment: Michael Olds translates sutta as 'magical spell.' The format, repetition, and structure of the suttas has a certain potency. When I read the suttas after meditating, it's completely different. [Sutta] [Psychic powers] [Meditation]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Buddha] [Teaching Dhamma]


The New Ajahn Chah Biography, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Apr. 21, 2018

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3. Comment: I'm trying to move away from the concept of formal and informal practice. It's just how I'm practicing in practice this moment. [Continuity of mindfulness] [Meditation] [Present moment awareness] [Everyday life]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Ardency] [Tranquility] [Middle Path] [Eightfold Path]


The Path of Practice, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 16, 2019

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10. “I find a lot of meditation time is taken up with psychoanalyzing aand thinking, 'Oh, this is a discovery!' What is the line between realizing that you're caught again?” [Meditation] [Western psychology] [Directed thought and evaluation] // [Mindfulness of feeling] [Proliferation] [Clear comprehension]


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

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6. “Bhāvanā means 'bring into being.' How do I balance this with making the mind clear or peaceful?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Meditation] [Tranquility] [Calming meditation] [Recollection] // [Noble Truth of Suffering] [Contentment] [Insight meditation] [Sloth and torpor] [Patience]