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Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 42 – Mar. 4, 2014

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2. Comment about the purpose and function of the path. Contributed by Ajahn Kaccāna. [Eightfold Path] [Cessation of Suffering] [Concentration] [Discernment]

Responses by Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Pasanno. [Right View] [Relinquishment] [Self-identity view]


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 53 – Mar. 19, 2014

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8. “You'd have one village supporting more than one monastery, is that right?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Almsround] // [Forest versus city monks] [Wat Pah Nanachat]


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9. “How many villages are around Poo Jom Gom?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Poo Jum Gom] [Almsround]


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 58 – Mar. 28, 2014

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1. “There seems to be a point of difference in teachings – some teachers emphasize mindfulness of the mind and others say “go for the body.” Do you have any reflections about that?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Mindfulness of mind] [Mindfulness of body] // [Cessation of Suffering] [Science]


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

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7. “Ajahn Ñāniko and Tan Kassapo: “Why be a monk?” Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Kassapo. [Monastic life/Motivation] // [Suffering]


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 24 – Feb. 6, 2015

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1. “Why does the Buddha describe perception in terms of colors but consciousness in terms of tastes?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Perception] [Consciousness] [Sense bases] // [Bhikkhu Bodhi] [Commentaries] [Ven. Analayo] [Memory] [Feeling]

Sutta: SN 22.79: Being Devoured; footnote 114 in Bhikkhu Bodhi translation.

Follow-up: “Could you say that perception is identification whereas consciousness is more refined?” [Aggregates] [Not-self] [Self-identity view] [Rebirth] [Translation] [Similes]


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 26 – Feb. 9, 2015

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2. “Could anyone give examples of how to apply the enlightenment factor of pīti when the mind is sluggish?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Pasanno. [Rapture] [Sloth and torpor] // [Ajahn Mahā Boowa] [Gladdening the mind] [Investigation of states]


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 35 – Feb. 24, 2015

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3. “Are any of the lists in this sutta (MN 95) explained in other suttas?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Sutta] // [Bhikkhu Bodhi]

Reference: P.A. Payutto's Dictionary of Numerical Dhammas (in Thai). [P. A. Payutto] [Pāli]

Explanation of volume and page numbers in the Pāli Tipitika.

Comment by Debbie Stamp: Similar listings often refer to the gradual training. [Gradual Teaching]

Sutta: MN 107: Gaṇakamoggallāna Sutta.

Sutta: MN 47: Vīmaṃsaka Sutta.


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 39 – Mar. 2, 2015

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4. Comment: It's remarkable how much pleasure can come from seeing other people be kind and generous. [Happiness] [Empathetic joy] [Generosity] [Monasteries]

Responses by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko.


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 52 – Mar. 25, 2015

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1. “When did Luang Por Liem come to Wat Pah Pong?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Ajahn Liem] [Wat Pah Pong] // [Ajahn Chah]

Reference: No Worries by Ajahn Liem. [Tudong]


Chanting, Session 1 – Jun. 2, 2018

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

Responses by Ajahn Ñāṇiko, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo and Ajahn Kaccāna.


Chanting, Session 2 – Jun. 2, 2018

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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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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 3 – Jun. 2, 2018

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


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2. “Do you find these chants as resonant here as in Thailand?” [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?” [Translation] [Chanting] [Protective chants] // [Sutta]

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


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4. “Are there books or online resources for the study of Pāli?” [Pāli] [Dhamma books] [Dhamma online]

Reference: A New Course in Reading Pāli by James W. Gair and W. S. Karunatillake (pdf) [Learning]

Note: Bhikkhu Bodhi's Reading the Buddha's Discourses in Pāli was published in 2020.


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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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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


Love, Attachment, and Friendship, Session 2 – Oct. 12, 2019

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1. Comment to Ajahn Ñāṇiko: I really appreciate the honest of your sharing. In terms of self-criticism over the years, what brought about any shift was being authentic, but whilst I wanted not to be critical, it was still there. By watching that process and not identifying with it so much, it gradually shifted until I was able to wish myself well more genuinely. [Truth] [Judgementalism] [Long-term practice] [Direct experience] [Not-self] [Goodwill] // [Buddhist identity] [Faith]

Response by Ajahn Ñāṇiko.


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4. “I thought to be self-critical was to improve yourself, to know how and where you need to improve yourself. How is being self-critical not good for yourself?” [Judgementalism] [Right Effort] // [Guilt/shame/inadequacy] [Energy] [Goodwill] [Idealism] [Unwholesome Roots]

Story: Eight months to Enlightenment. [Ajahn Ñāṇiko] [Abhayagiri] [Liberation]


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5. Simile: Sculpting different materials requires different tools. This practice is more molding than hammering. [Similes] [Right Effort]

Response by Ajahn Ñāṇiko: Ajahn Amaro used to say, "The beatings won't stop until morale improves." At a certain point, you have to decide to stop. [Goodwill] [Ajahn Amaro] [Judgementalism] [Cessation]


Developing Skill in Reflective Meditation, Session 2 – Dec. 1, 2019

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2. “On a daily basis, coming home, my mind is too distracted to pick up any of these objects of meditation. Would you recommend doing ānāpānassati first and then switching over?” [Everyday life] [Restlessness and worry] [Mindfulness of breathing] [Recollection] // [Mantra] [Recollection/Buddha]


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3. “You mentioned the example of the monk who wanted to commit suicide and then he remembered his virtue and that uplifted him. In the Saṃyutta Nikaya there are a few instances where monks committeed suicide, but the Buddha said they attained Nibbāna (SN 22.87 Vakkali; SN 35.87 Channa). How is that possible?” [Monastic life] [Suicide] [Sutta] [Buddha/Biography] [Recollection] [Nibbāna] // [Jhāna] [Māra] [Saṃsāra] [Delusion]


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5. “Can you say more about recollection of renunciation? How can this be used skillfully or not?” [Recollection/Generosity] [Renunciation] [Recollection] // [Contentment] [Self-pity] [Sickness] [Equanimity] [Buddha/Biography] [Fasting] [Devotion to wakefulness] [Lunar observance days] [Abhayagiri]

Recollection: Going without in the early days of Abhayagiri Monastery. [Almsfood]


Living in a Changing Society – Aug. 23, 2020

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4. “How to overcome rejection by your spouse and move on and not hang on to the hope that he will come back some day?” [Relationships] [Family] // [Self-reliance] [Goodwill]


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5. “How can we recognize and know the present moment more clearly?” [Present moment awareness] // [Mae Chee Kaew] [Relinquishment] [Kamma]


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7. “Why is turning the left side of your body to the Buddha disrespectful? How does one disregard another person in a skillful way to remove resentment? (AN 5.161)” [Respect] [Ill-will] // [Goodwill] [Culture/India] [Culture/Thailand] [Theravāda]


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10. Comment: I had a stroke 3 1/2 months ago, and the health professionals say I can't do this or that. I find this frustrating. [Sickness] [Health] [Aversion]

Response by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Dhamma] [Recollection/Dhamma] [Recollection]


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11. Comment: I meditate much better kneeling than lying in bed. [Posture/Sitting] [Posture/Lying down]

Response by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Ajahn Viradhammo]


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13. “How to balance the practice of removing attachments but maintain responsibilities of caregiving to children or ageing parents?” [Clinging] [Relinquishment] [Family] [Ageing] // [Gratitude]


Abhayagiri Kaṭhina 2021, Session 1 – Nov. 3, 2021

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2. “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. “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