A Big Part of Training

Ajahn Pasanno

Ajahn Pasanno

There are questions to which we still don’t know the answers, like how confident and comfortable we are at the thought of our own death. That question is about as primal as it gets in terms of things that are most conducive to insecurity and fear. We can work up a great deal of concern about not get…

Habits of Becoming

Ajahn Amaro

Ajahn Amaro

There is a contrast between the mind caught in the habits of becoming, and the quality of right practice, in which we learn how to work towards realization without creating more confusion. The English word ‘becoming’ is a translation of the Pali word ‘bhava’, which is sometimes translated as ‘being’…

The Lived Experience

Ajahn Pasanno

Ajahn Pasanno

I think it’s easy to hold out hope that if I just get these teachings, the intellectual structure, or the techniques down pat, then I’ll be able to free myself from suffering. Maybe it’s not articulated as baldly as that, but it’s easy to internalize this and forget that there’s another really cruci…

Conviction

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

The five faculties are listed in the order in which they ordinarily develop. You begin with conviction because conviction deals with your views about what’s possible in terms of your self and of your world. In terms of the world, you’re convinced about what is possible and desirable to strive for. I…

A Blessing in the Air

Ajahn Kevali

Ajahn Kevali

Chanting the Buddhist texts is not a technical or mental exercise or something that is practised merely as a tradition or cultural ritual. Rather it is devotion and recollection with mindfulness and awareness that we are developing. It offers a tangible sense of uplift for those who are chanting and…

Nowhere to Go and Nothing to Do

Ajahn Sumedho

Ajahn Sumedho

Sometimes, of course, one doesn’t want to give up yet. One still wants rebirth and happiness and worldly things. Fair enough! But I don’t want you to go round lying to yourselves. If you want to have your own way and have rebirths and worldly happiness, then that’s your decision – but don’t delude y…

Breath, the Most Important Thing

Ajahn Lee

Ajahn Lee

When we take the body — composed of elements, aggregates, sense media, and its 32 parts — and the mind — or awareness itself — and simplify them to their most basic terms, we’re left with name and form (nama, rupa). Form is another term for the body made up of the four elements. Name is a term for t…

The Impact of Right Speech

Ajahn Karuṇadhammo

Ajahn Karuṇadhammo

There are three ways we act on the inclinations, impulses, and intentions that come through the mind, and these are through body, speech, or mind. In a monastery, where there are many restraints on our activities, we can particularly notice the action of speech. Because actions and ideas are often e…

Working with Self-Consciousness

Ajahn Sucitto

Ajahn Sucitto

The last major learning for me was working with aspects of self-consciousness. I don’t actually like being on show; I’d much sooner go my own way quietly and be invisible. Yet, walking with shaven head and wearing robes is bound to attract some attention. And of course for that vital almsround, it h…

It's Good to Enlarge Your Mind

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

When you’ve thought of how large the universe is, think about all the beings in the universe – and wish them goodwill. This helps in several ways. When you think about all the beings in the universe, then when you’re sitting here meditating and the meditation is not going well, you can remind yourse…