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Peace, Peace

Ajahn Chandako

I remember before I was a monk, before I had considered making the big step into monastic life, I was considering, “What am I going to do with my life in a way which is actually going to be beneficial for the world?” The idea of making the…

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A Difficulty with the Word Nibbana

Ajahn Sumedho

A difficulty with the word Nibbana is that its meaning is beyond the power of words to describe. It is, essentially, undefinable. Another difficulty is that many Buddhists see Nibbana as something unobtainable—as so high and so remote that…

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A Cozy Spot

Ajahn Amaro

When the weather turns wet and grey like this, the world is a bit less inviting outside, and it’s easy to follow the natural instinct to seek shelter and find a cozy spot. You might find yourself hanging around in the kitchen, the library,…

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One-Pointed Mindfulness

Ajahn Pasanno

Remember the importance of one-pointedness of mind. Find skillful means to sustain one-pointedness. Mindfulness of the body is an important anchor to help that focus and sustain attention. Mindfulness of the body and one-pointedness don’t m…

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Breathing Into Busy Activity

Ajahn Pasanno

There has been a lot of busyness these days. There are things that need to be done and we’re doing them, but it’s really important to be careful and attentive to how much one gets swept up into the busyness. Those are two different things—a…

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To What Do We Give Ourselves?

Debbie Stamp

I don’t ever preach about what I’m doing but I can’t hide the fact that this is my life because I do live in a monastery. That was a big step to take, actually. I’m sure in the early days my family didn’t completely understand what I was do…

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A Sense of Centering

Ajahn Pasanno

Something that is helpful, whether we’re doing chores or sitting in meditation, is a sense of centering. It’s essential that we have this recollection of centering, of bringing things to a central place so that we’re working from a still po…

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A Mirror On Desire

Ajahn Pasanno

It is important that we consider and reflect on the theme of the four requisites (clothing, food, shelter and medicine) —trying to both be clear in terms of what is that we actually need and what is it that we want or desire. It usually get…

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The Heart of Buddhism is One-Pointedness of Mind

Ajahn Pasanno

Yesterday evening at the reading, Ajahn Munindo recounted a meeting with Lung Por Tate. Luang Por Tate was about ninety-four years old at the time. When asked “What is the essence of Buddhism?” Luang Por Tate very simply answered saying, “T…

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Have a Wonderful Day

Paul Breiter

Every morning at Wat Nanachat Bung Wai, large numbers of laypeople show up for the meal offering. Some are villagers who come daily, some come from nearby towns and cities, some from other provinces and regions of Thailand. Within this matr…

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