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Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 3 – Jan. 10, 2014

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1. Ajahn Ñāṇiko compares Ajahn Liem to Ajahn Sao. [Ajahn Liem] [Ajahn Sao] // [Technology]


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2. Reading: “Watch Your Mind and Escape Māra's Snare” from Santi – Peace Beyond Delusion by Ajahn Liem, pp. 6-23.


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 4 – Jan. 11, 2014

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[Session] Reading: “Watch Your Mind and Escape Māra's Snare” from Santi – Peace Beyond Delusion by Ajahn Liem, pp. 23-36.


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

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[Session] Reading: “Looking Within” from Me and Mine by Ajahn Buddhadāsa pp. 69-77.


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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 28 – Feb. 12, 2014

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2. “In the Pure Land tradition, there are practices that prepare one for death. Are there are specific recommendations that yourself or Ajahn Chah would give for preparation for that last moment before death?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Pure Land] [Ajahn Chah] [Death] [Recollection/Death] // [Buddho mantra]

Story: Family members try to encourage a drunkard to recollect "Arahaṃ" in his last moments. [Mantra] [Humor]

Story: Ajahn Chah's response to Paul Breiter's desire to teach meditation to dying people. Told by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Meditation] [Fierce/direct teaching]

Story: Ajahn Karuṇadhammo advises Iris Landsberg to recollect "sorrowless, spotless, secure." Told by Ajahn Kaccāna. [Recollection]

Sutta: Sn 2.4: Maṅgala Sutta (English chanting translation).

Story: A couple asks Master Hua what kind of dog they should get. [Master Hsuan Hua] [Animal] [Rebirth]


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 35 – Feb. 21, 2014

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8. Comment: Ajahn Chah's brother didn't have an inferiority complex. [Ajahn Chah] [Family] [Guilt/shame/inadequacy]


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10. Story: Ajahn Ñaniko meets Ajahn Mun's nephew. [Ajahn Mun] [Family]


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

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7. “Does Ajahn Liem attend morning and evening pūjā?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Ajahn Liem] [Pūjā] // [Culture/Thailand] [Wat Pah Pong]

Story: Ajahn Liem silently walks around and looks at the monks during morning pūjā. Told by Ajahn Ñāṇiko.

Follow-up: “Did Ajahn Chah go to morning and evening pūjā?” [Ajahn Chah]

Follow-up: “In the early years of Wat Ban Tad, was it always practice on your own?” [Wat Pah Ban Tat] [Thai sects] [Ajahn Tongrat] [Ajahn Baen]

Story: Too many monks skip pūjā to massage Ajahn Liem. Told by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Upatakh]

Recollections: Bhante Gunaratana comes to morning jūjā early. Recounted by Ajahn Jotipālo and Beth Steff. [Bhante Gunaratana]


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

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[Session] Reading: “The Dhamma-Truth of Samatha-Vipassana for the Nuclear Age” from Key to Natural Truth by Ajahn Buddhadāsa pp. 111-131.


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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]


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3. Reflection on Ajahn Buddhadāsa's use of analogies. [Ajahn Buddhadāsa] [Similes] [Suffering]


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 46 – Mar. 10, 2014

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12. Comment: There is a belief that contemplating death can call death to you. [Recollection/Death] [Death] // [Fear]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno.


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 47 – Mar. 11, 2014

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2. Story: Ajahn Somboon spends a vassa at Wat Pah Pong. Told by Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Pasanno. [Ajahn Somboon] [Wat Pah Pong] // [Abbot] [Thai Ajahn Chah monasteries] [Ardency]


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 51 – Mar. 17, 2014

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3. “If you keep chipping away at a theme of contemplation, you keep doing it, doing it, and nothing is changing in your experience, at some stage you feel this isn't working, do you just have to move on and try something else? Is it the case that you just have to try them all? No-one can tell you which is going to work for you?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Depression] [Recollection] // [Patience] [Spiritual friendship]

Story: Ajahn Wanchai has a spinal injury and is in chronic pain but doesn't refer to himself. Told by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Ajahn Wanchai] [Suffering] [Sickness] [Pain] [Conceit]


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

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5. Recollections: Deciding who went on the different alms routes at Wat Pah Pong. Recounted by Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Pasanno. [Wat Pah Pong] [Almsround] // [Rains retreat]


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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 21 – Feb. 1, 2015

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1. “Is it easy for a person with attainments to deal with the world?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Stages of awakening] [Everyday life] // [Discernment] [Conceit] [Culture/West] [Wrong concentration]

Quote: “To push away the world is also to reifying it. One gives it power when one is afraid of it.” [Craving not to become] [Proliferation] [Fear]

Laypeople with highly developed meditation practice function well in the world. Comment by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Lay life] [Meditation/Results] [Energy]


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 22 – Feb. 2, 2015

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6. Comment: There is the concern that we practice meditation to make something happen. [Meditation/General advice]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Neutral feeling] [Delusion]

Sutta: MN 44: Cūḷavedalla Sutta, The Small Discourse Giving an Elaboration. [Feeling] [Unwholesome Roots]


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 23 – Feb. 5, 2015

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[Session] [Mindfulness of breathing]

Reading: Right Mindfulness p. 93-96.

Reading: Book of the Discipline Part 1 p. 116-121, Pārājika 3 origin story.

Reading: AN 9.36: Jhāna.

Reading: SN 54.8: Simile of the lamp.


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

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Reading: Right Mindfulness p. 96-99 [Mindfulness of breathing]

Reading: SN 22.79: Being Devoured.

Reading: SN 36.11: Alone.


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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 25 – Feb. 8, 2015

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Reading: Right Mindfulness p. 99-100. [Mindfulness of breathing]

Reading: Forest Desanas p. 52.

Reading: Unpublished Luang Por Baen talks.


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

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Reading: Right Mindfulness p. 100-105. [Mindfulness of breathing]

Reading: SN 46.53: Fire.


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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 27 – Feb. 10, 2015

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[Session] Reading: Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah, pp. 225-231: "A Gift of Dhamma."


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 28 – Feb. 13, 2015

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[Session] Reading: Chapter 2, "The Method of Developing Calm" in The Natural Character of Awakening by Chao Khun Upāli, p. 30-39. [Right Mindfulness]


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1. Discussion of the reading and Tan Chao Khun Upāli as a scholar, administrator, and practitioner. Led by Ajahn Ñāṇiko, Ajahn Kaccāna and Ajahn Pasanno. [Chao Khun Upāli] [Study monks] [Types of monks] // [Ajahn Mun] [Tudong] [Geography/Thailand]


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 29 – Feb. 15, 2015

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Reading: MN 9: Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta, Right View (excerpt).

Reading: Readings on the suffering of birth and aging from Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabongka Rinpoche (commercial). [Birth] [Ageing]


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 47 – Mar. 17, 2015

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2. Discussion about kamma and the results of kamma. Led by Ajahn Karuṇadhammo, Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Kamma] [Conditionality] [Feeling] // [Abuse/violence] [Abhidhamma] [Ajahn Chah] [Vajrayāna] [Sickness] [Compassion] [Culture/India] [Equanimity] [Disasters] [Christianity]

Quote: “Too much Dhamma.” — Ajahn Buddhadāsa. Quoted by Ajahn Pasanno. [Ajahn Buddhadāsa]

Sutta: AN 4.77 Acinteyya: "Vexation or madness."

Story: Ajahn Chah to Ajahn Munindo: "If it wasn't supposed to be this way, it wouldn't have been this way." Told by Ajahn Pasanno. [Ajahn Munindo] [Self-pity]

Thai saying: "That's as far as their merit takes them." [Culture/Thailand] [Death] [Merit] [Thai]


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 50 – Mar. 23, 2015

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[Session] Reading: “The Peace Beyond,” Collectd Teachings p. 9-19.


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 51 – Mar. 24, 2015

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[Session] Reading: “Santi,” Santi – Peace Beyond Delusion by Ajahn Liem, p. 39-53. [Ajahn Liem]


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

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[Session] Reading: “Santi,” Santi – Peace Beyond Delusion by Ajahn Liem, p. 53-63. [Ajahn Liem]


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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]


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 53 – Mar. 29, 2015

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Reading: “A Matter of Life and Death,” p. 205-212 in The Mind and the Way by Ajahn Sumedho (commercial).

Reading: “Towards the Future,” p. 215-220 in The Mind and the Way by Ajahn Sumedho (commercial).


Buddhist Identity in the Modern World – Aug. 15, 2015

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19. Comment: I keep coming back to true principle–what are we doing it all for? [Dhamma] [Killing] [Right Intention] [Buddhist identity]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Attachment to rites and rituals] [Suffering] [Happiness] [Skillful qualities]


The Teaching and the Training, Session 9 – Mar. 27, 2018

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5. Story: Ajahn Ñāṇiko takes on too many adhiṭṭhānas as an anagārika. [Ajahn Ñāṇiko] [Determination] [Abhayagiri] [Monastic life] [Ascetic practices]


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

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8. Comment: But in a sense Por Am had wisdom, questioning Ajahn Chah from every possible angle. [Ajahn Chah] [Questions] [Discernment]

Reflection: Stillness Flowing by Ajahn Jayasaro, p. 647

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Thai] [Wat Pah Pong]


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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6. Story: A monk at Poo Jum Gom dislodges a viper by chanting the Khandhaparitta despite believing that it won't work. [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


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

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[Session] Reading from On Love by Ajahn Jayasaro.


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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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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 [Ajahn Baen] [Directed thought and evaluation] [Investigation of states] [Recollection/Dhamma] [Recollection] // [Chanting]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 6.


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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