Open Up Your Heart

Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah

When you listen to the Dhamma you must open up your heart and compose yourself in the center. Don’t try to accumulate what you hear or make a painstaking effort to retain what you hear through memory. Just let the Dhamma flow into your heart as it reveals itself and keep yourself continuously open t…

Refuges and Precepts

Ajahn Pasanno

Ajahn Pasanno

The refuges of Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha provide the foundation for the wholesome qualities of the heart to arise. The precepts establish a strong foundation of integrity and virtue, as well as an ability to cultivate, both individually and in a group setting, a sense of trust: trust in oneself and…

Refuge of Empathy

Ajahn Sucitto

Ajahn Sucitto

…Can we invite others into that Refuge of empathy? Especially in hearing people talk, try to hear beneath the topic, the dismissed remark, the stresses, the places where the pauses occur and there’s a reaching out for response–what is needed? And what arises in your own heart when others talk? Are t…

Terms and Conditions

Jaturun Siripongs

Jaturun Siripongs

If you sincerely wish to practice, you have to let go of your terms and conditions. Profound teaching can be given only to those who really understand the value of that profoundness. In fact when you do understand the profoundness, many of your terms and conditions do not seem so important because t…

Look After Your Own Mind

Ajahn Pasanno

Ajahn Pasanno

I felt very concerned that Jay look after the quality of his own mind and not let peopled distract him due to their own traumas about his imminent death. Jay recognized the dynamic that was going on around him; he was certainly not trying to maintain social contact because of agitation or restlessne…

The Seven Factors Together

Ajahn Thiradhammo

Ajahn Thiradhammo

Now, how do we put all these Seven Factors of Awakening together? In a practical sense you’ve probably already noticed that some of them are quite active, energetic qualities, and others are more calming. There are three active ones: investigation of dhamma, energy and joy. Three others are calming:…

The Stuff We Fear

Ajahn Jitindriya

Ajahn Jitindriya

It’s the same with the stuff we find within, the stuff that we fear – the big ‘monsters’ and the ghastly things we can’t bear to face or think of. Those kind of things actually feed off our resistance and denial. Yet, if we can give them space, we can see…’Oh, just feelings; perceptions…just that mu…

Marshaling the Emotions

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

You really have to be devoted to what you’re doing here. Or as Ajaan Fuang would say, “You really have to be crazy about the meditation if you want to meditate well.” You have to get the meditation so that it really engages your imagination. What can be done with the mind as you focus it on the brea…

Recollect One's Teachers

Ajahn Sucitto

Ajahn Sucitto

I think it’s really important to recollect one’s teachers, both ordinary teachers and Dhamma teachers, as well as one’s parents, because they are all carried into and become part of our citta. This mind is like a stream that absorbs influences from other people. But it’s important to hold this proce…

Knowing Wholesome and Unwholesome States

Ajahn Pasanno

Ajahn Pasanno

The work period and the regular chores we have in the monastery are an extension of our practice. It’s important to consciously bring that point to mind. Otherwise, it’s easy to fall into the habit of being wrapped up in the excitement and enthusiasm we feel about the work project we are doing or be…