A Nice Pasture (Q & A)

Ajahn Pasanno

Ajahn Pasanno

Question: I’ve heard that, in the beginning, Luang Por Chah used to lock the doors of the sala (Dhamma Hall) during the all-night sits. Luang Por: I wasn’t there for that. But he did make us sit right after the meal in all three of our robes in the hot season! But over time, he came to rely more on…

Desire Creeps In

Ajahn Pasanno

Ajahn Pasanno

It’s worthwhile to watch the habits of desire and craving which continue to creep into the mind, and on a certain level, to see how insidious these habits are. Really pay attention to desire and notice it, because it is insidious. This isn’t a commentary on one’s inability to deal with it or to unde…

Generosity of Heart

Ajahn Pasanno

Ajahn Pasanno

I spoke about respect last night, and I’d like to continue with this theme today. When we are working together and interacting with each other, it’s so important for a community to have mutual respect for each other and recognize that everybody is here because they have the intention to do something…

A Skill of Balance

Ajahn Yatiko

Ajahn Yatiko

We have a direction and a goal in this lifestyle. There’s something that we’re aiming for, and we should think about that. What’s the direction of our life? What’s the goal of our life? Where is that goal located? The goal is located in the present moment, it’s right now, and it’s always going to be…

It’s Not Just Samādhi

Ajahn Saññamo

Ajahn Saññamo

When living in a monastery, there tends not to be such an intense focus on Samādhi (concentration) as much as one might find on a ten day or seven day meditation retreat. However, life in a monastery offers different kinds of lessons, different qualities that can be developed. Things tend to be less…