Awakened Consciousness

Ajahn Sumedho

Awakened Consciousness

A Dhamma talk given by Ajahn Sumedho at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery on the Lunar Observance Night, June 18, 2008 This is the Uposatha Night and the full moon, the month of June, and you’ve gathered to listen to the Dhamma—for practicing. This evening you took refuge in Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha. This can be a Theravadin ceremony, or it can be a reminder of what a refuge is, and why we would repeat…

Attending to the Here and Now

Ajahn Sumedho

Attending to the Here and Now

(Editor’s Note: In honor of Luang Por Sumedho’s 80th birthday on July 27th and his recent visit to Abhayagiri, we will be posting a series of Luang Por Sumedho reflections.) Bring your attention to this moment, here and now. Whatever you’re feeling physically or emotionally, whatever its quality, this is the way it is. And this knowing of the way it is is consciousness; it’s how we experience the…

The Island That You Cannot Go Beyond

Ajahn Sumedho

The Island That You Cannot Go Beyond

(Editor’s Note: In honor of Luang Por Sumedho’s 80th birthday on July 27th and his recent visit to Abhayagiri, we will be posting a series of Luang Por Sumedho reflections.) 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 r…

Early Years in Thailand

Ajahn Sumedho

Early Years in Thailand

I’m not usually here for this special event—the remembering Tan Ajahn Chah’s birthday. We have another celebration on January 16 for his death. Usually I go to Thailand for that and also for many big meetings and a meditation retreat event at Wat Pah Pong, Ajahn Chah’s monastery. So, this is his birthday. He always thought celebrating birthdays was a bit of a joke. I think they have a different at…

A Visiting Elder Talks About His Time as a Novice with Luang Por Chah

Ajahn Preecha

A Visiting Elder Talks About His Time as a Novice with Luang Por Chah

A transcibed and translated Dhamma talk by Ajahn Preecha of Wat Santacittarama, Italy from the book “Ging Gahn Haeng Bodhinyana’ (Twigs and Branches of Bodhinyana)” Ajahn Preecha will be visiting Abhayagiri from June 11th to July 6th. An elder of our broader international community of Ajahn Chah monasteries, he has been resident at Wat Santacittarama, Italy for two decades. Luang Por Pasanno has k…

Working with the Five Hindrances

Ajahn Karuṇadhammo

Working with the Five Hindrances

In our Dhamma practice, many of us may choose to work with the five hindrances throughout our day. And we should pay attention to these hindrances and work with them because, not only are they an obstruction when we sit down to practice meditation, but they’re also very concrete manifestations of the underlying tendencies of greed, hatred and delusion, tendencies that keep us moving through Samsar…

Abhayagiri is Complete

Ajahn Amaro

Abhayagiri is Complete

I’m experiencing a very worldly delight in non-involvement, non-responsibility. It’s very lovely to be visiting and not having to feel responsible for making all the threads come together. But, it’s also important, and the thing I like to reflect on a lot, that the complications that are difficult are not the external ones, like the logistical nightmares of the work monk. It’s more the logistical…

Work is Giving

Ajahn Pasanno

Work is Giving

Since today is a community work day, there is an opportunity to work together for the benefit of the community and to recognize how we can look at opportunities for work. Sometimes we may feel that the word work already has the connotation of drudgery, a burden in some way. But that’s just how we perceive it and, therefore, create a certain feeling around it. Instead, we can change our perceptions…

Taking It Back to the Mistake

Ajahn Viradhammo

Taking It Back to the Mistake

In your own Citta, I think it’s very important to notice attitudes towards work and how you respond to it. Quite often we’re asked to do things we’re not competent in or used to doing. There’s a learning curve we all go through in the Sangha. If you’ve never had to do welding and you end up doing welding or you’ve never been an abbot and you end up being an abbot, it becomes a real training in how…

Helping Others

Ajahn Jotipālo

Helping Others

With all the Ajahns away there’s a certain sense of it being a little quieter here right now. A third of the community is gone; so, it does free up a little bit of space and room. Without so many interactions with people, it can create a sense of spaciousness. And the weather has been conducive to being indoors and getting back to the cabin to practice. It’s been quite nice in those ways. Otherwis…