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Dhammatalks, Chanting, Precepts and Meditation with Ajahn Dhammasiha and other Experienced Senior Buddhist Monks in the Theravada Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah. Recorded at Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage, Brisbane, Australia.

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Every Saturday
07.30 am - Triple Refuge & Precepts
12.00 pm - Dhamma-Discussion, Q&A

Every Sunday:
12.00 pm - Dhamma Talk & Discussion
03.00 pm - Chanting, Guided Meditation and Dhamma-Reflection
216 Episodes
With a bunch of kids of various ages joining the session, Ajahn Dhammasiha talks about the 'Metta Sutta', one of the Buddha's best known teachings on Loving Kindness.Whether cute like koalas or ugly like canetoads and cockroaches, whether harmless like wallabies or potentially dangerous like snakes, whether tall or short or small or big, far or near, born or to-be-born, we do not despise any creature, but strive to radiate unconditional, non-judgemental loving kindness to all beings without
Ajahn Dhammasiha offers some reflections how the quality of unconditional, non-discriminating Loving Kindness can be developed and benefit us in daily life
Ajahn Dhammasiha is guiding a meditation on Loving Kindness. We're using the Mantra:In Gladness and in Safety, May All Beings be at EaseWe try to extend this attitude to all beings without exception, and into all directions without any spatial limitation, spreading throughout the universe.However, at the same time we're not neglecting to include ourselves as well. Each one of us ourself is worthy of and deserves total loving kindness, What we may have done or not done or whatever mistakes or shortcomings we may have is completely irrelevant. We fully qualify for unreserved loving kindness simply as a Living Being, nothing more required.We gradually go beyond merely repeating the words of the mantra, and instead give more and more attention to the emotion these words are building up in our heart: The beautiful, utterly wholesome, uplifting, joyful feeling of wishing well to everyone without exception.There's also a few suggestions after the bell how to continue mettā while walking meditation, and in daily
Ajahn Dhammasiha offers reflection on the Buddha's acvice to his own son, seven year old novice Ven Rāhula.(Majjima Nikāya/Middle Length Discourses #61 "Advice to Rāhula at Ambalaṭṭhikā")The Buddha uses powerful similies to impress on Rāhula the importance of developing a strong sense of shame and conscience about deliberate lying.He explains that someone who has no shame and conscience about lying is like a tusker war elephant in a berserk rage, there is no restraint at all, and they may commit the most heineous evil.The same teaching is expressed in Dhammapada Verse #176:"Who has transgressed just one principle,A person deliberately lying,Without concern about the future karmic consequences,There is no evil they are incapable of doing."We can draw two important lessens from this teaching:We have to develop a keen sense of shame and conscience against lying, to protect us from turning evil ourselvesIf we recognize that someone is lying without shame or regard for future karmic effects, we know that this person is not trustworthy at all, but extremely
Ajahn Dhammasiha responds to questions and comments by a young mother and her 10 year old daughter, who are visiting Dhammagiri for the first
Ajahn Dhammasiha reflects on teachings of the Buddha in 'Cankī Sutta' (MN #95): What spiritual teachings are appealing to us, or what kind of opinions, views, theories we're attracted to, is not normally determined by the factual truthfulness of that teaching or view. Instead, it's usually one of the following five reasons: We simply have faithWe like it, it feels good, it's emotionally agreeable to usWe accept it on the basis of tradition/authorityWe accept it as it's reasonable, intellectually appealing, logicalWe accept it based on reflective contemplation and intuition Unfortunately, either of the five can turn out right or wrong:Although we have faith, the teaching/view could still be false and unwholesome.Even if we have no faith, it could be true and beneficial.Same with the other four reasons. In order to figure out which teaching, or data, or scientific paper, or view, or information to trust, the Buddha recommends a different approach: We investigate the qualities of the person or institution who is the source of that teaching or data.If the person expounding the teaching manifests the defilements of greed, hatred and delusion, whatever theories, data and 'fact' coming from that person or institution is not reliable or trustworthy. On the other hand, the teachings or data coming from someone free from desire, aversion and delusion is highly trustworthy.Therefore, if we want to know what information, teaching or data to trust, we investigate the quality of the person or institution where it's coming from:If the person or institution is corrupt, even if famous, powerful, or with big titles and degrees, the teaching or data is likely corrupt as well.If the person or instituion is free from corruption, the teaching or data is likely trustworthy as
Research has shown that the feeling of romantic love can be sustained only for a maximum of about 4 years (although it may well last much, much shorter!). On the other hand, marriage is meant to be a commitment for life. Children and their education, mortgages and so on are decades long investments. Consequently, romantic love is not a sufficient basis to sustain a marriage, and a more substantial foundation is required. Ajahn Dhammasiha offers reflections how to maintain a long lasting commitment in marriage. He also quotes the five duties mentioned by the Buddha for both husband and wife in their mutual relationship (Sigālovādasutta, Dīgha Nikāya/Long Discourses #31).Naturally, as these instructions were given by the Buddha for a very different culture some 2,500 years ago, one has to interpret them in light of modern conditions. Nevertheless, the spirit of the Buddha's advice remains timeless and independent from social conditions, like for example the crucial importance of mutual respect, and to avoid feelings of disregard or
As a parent who wishes for the welfare and happiness of their child, the most valuable thing we can do for them is teaching them the Dhamma, encouraging them to practise generosity, virtue and meditation.We can not start that process too early: Even before birth the unborn child will be strongly influenced by all the emotions the mother experiences. If the mother feels a lot of anger or depression, the unborn child will become used to these emotions. If on the other hand she experiences faith in the Triple Gem, loving kindness and calm, the child will subconsciously learn to see these emotions as default position.An expecting mother will be more determined in her mental cultivation than ever before, as she's aware that she's now meditating for two persons, so to speak. Similarly, the father will be aware that whatever external events affect the mother, will indirectly also affect the child. He will provide comfort and protection to the mother, and an environment where she feels completely at ease and safe. If the mother doesn't have to worry about a thing as she knows the father always has her back, the child will experience this sense of calm, peace and safety as
Ajahn Dhammasiha offers some short reflections on Buddhānussati ('Recollection of the Buddha').Remembering the Buddha is one of the most common and easiest meditation objects. However, to deepen our meditation, we have to emotionally engage. Repeating a mantra like "Bhagavā Arahaṃ Buddho, Buddho Arahaṃ Bhagavā" is a means to arouse the joyous emotions of faith, devotion, conviction and affection towards the
The traditional ceremony of offering robes after the end of the Rains Retreat is considered one of the most auspicious time in the year for generating 'puñña' (good karma).Welcome and introductory remarks by senior monkRequesting the Triple Refuge & Five PreceptsCeremony of taking refuge in Buddha, Dhamma & SanghaCeremony of formally committing to the five preceptsDedication of OfferingsPresentation of Offerings to monksMonks silently contemplate Forest ClothAnumodanā (rejoicing in good karma being made) and BlessingDhamma Reflections on boundless qualities of Mettā (loving kindness), Karuṇā (compassion), Muditā (sympathetic joy) and Upekkhā (equanimity)Invitation to recite Paritta (protective chant in Pali language)Invitation to Devas (angels/spirits) to listen to ParittaParitta ChantingAs the event proceeds, Ajahn Dhammasiha explains how we can maximize the good karma we're generating at every step:We strengthen our faith and confidence in the Triple Gem and the efficacy of future karmic results by taking refuge in the Triple GemWe elevate the quality of virtue and purity in our heart by committing to the five preceptsWe form a strong intention to provide our offering to the sangha of the four quarters and past, present and futureWe rejoice in the good actions done by everyone else on the day, not only our own onesWe cherish the good friendship with our fellow Dhamma practitioners, and the harmony and concord created by the unifying wholesome intentions of everyone
Ajahn Dhammasiha shares some short reflections on skilfull means of finding time for formal meditation in our busy lifes:Get up one hour earlier than normal, and ,voilà, you've got one hour time to meditate :-)In order to manage to get out of bed one hour earlier, go to sleep one hour earlier!Switch on a bright light immediately on waking, and perhaps also switch on some loud and energizing audio with chantingWe have to train ourselves with effort and commitment to overcome the defilement of 'Thīna-middha' (sloth, laziness, tiredness, indolence), and instead develop a mind that is bright, clear, awake and
Almost 2 years into the pandemic, with disputes, conflict and discrimination increasing worldwide re lockdowns, masks and vaccinations, it's so important for us to remember the Buddha's instruction to develop Mettā ('Loving Kindness'):Unconditional, non-judgemental good will to all beings without distinction or discrimination.Whether others like us or don't like us, whether they agree with our views or totally reject them, whether they are 'vaccinated' or 'unvaccinated' or 'triple-boosted', we develop mettā to all of them, abundant, exalted, limitless, infinite, boundless. The Buddha was unambiguous in his teaching that anger is never 'justified'. Even if we disagree with others, we can disagree without the emotion of anger, and still cultivate loving kindness to those with opposing views and convictions.Mettā is an 'Appamañña-Vihāra', a limitless abode for the mind. It does not know any distinctions, there are no conditions anyone has to fulfill to receive our Mettā. We do not exclude or discriminate
We have all heard of Mettā ('Loving Kindness'), the teaching of the Buddha to feel unconditional, non-judgemental goodwill to all beings without distinction. But how to develop this quality?Ajahn Dhammasiha shares advice on skilfull means to cultivate the quality of Loving Kindness in our heart, and to make so strong so that it can be maintained even in challenging
Compassion ('Karuṇā') is the wish for all beings to be free from suffering. In this guided meditation, Ajahn Dhammasiha recommends to use a little Mantra either in English:"May all beings be free from Suffering!"Or else in Pali (or both, if you prefer 😊):"Sabbe Sattā Dukkhā Pamuñcantu"Additionally, we can focus on wishing to all beings to be free from the causes that are ultimately generating their suffering. If they can abandon the causes, their suffering will end as well."May all beings be free from Greed/Hatred/Delusion""Sabbe Sattā Lobhā/Dosā/Mohā Pamuñcantu" Compassion is one of the four 'Divine Abidings' ('Brahmavihāra'), but curiously appears to be much more rarely practised in a formal way than Loving Kindness ('Mettā'). But in some situations, it may be a more skilfull approach than Mettā. E.g. when we are dealing with a very difficult person or group, who are causing great harm to us and others, it can be easier to develop compassion to them than Loving Kindness. In particular if we focus on wishing them to be freed from their hatred and
Usually, we only do a shortened version of the traditional Pali Evening Chanting, due to time limitations. However, here's the full thing, for a change, but without the additional English chants. We play the freely available Amaravati recording in the background, to produce a much fuller and more sonorous sound
On Pavāraṇā full moon in October, which traditionally ends the three months rains retreat period for the sangha, the monks conduct a beautiful ceremony of inviting each other for admonition:"Venerable Sirs, I invite the Sangha to point out to me anything [inappropriate] seen, heard or suspected. Out of compassion, may the Venerable Ones please speak and admonish me; when I see [the mistake], I will make amends."Ajahn Dhammasiha explains how this ceremony helps us to open up for advice and constructive criticism. Whether ordained or in lay life, the quality of 'suvaco' ('easy to admonish'/'amiable to training') is a fundamental quality to help us recognizing and correcting shortcomings in our virtue and behaviour, that we may not be able to see ourselves, and thus to make smooth progress in our spiritual
Ajahn Dhammasiha offers reflections on the theme of: "Vivekanissitaṃ, Virāganissitaṃ, Nirodhanissitaṃ, Vossaggapariṇāmiṃ" ("Founded on Solitude, Fading Away, and Ending, and culminating in Relinquishment"). Whichever Dhamma Practice we're engaged in, the Buddha urges us to base that activity on these four foundations.
The Buddha distinguishes three kinds of seclusion:Physical Seclusion ('Kāyaviveka')Mental Seclusion ('Cittaviveka') = SamādhiSeclusion from all Aquisitions/Attachments ('Upadhiviveka') = Realization of NibbānaWe have to develop them gradually, deepening them step by little step, based on each other. We can start with bodily seclusion, by at least occasionally retiring into an empty room for an hour, without any gedgets, mobile, internet, social media or interaction with anyone.
After the meditation session, Ajahn Dhammasīha offers a few short reflections on impermanence ('anicca').We can contemplate the unreliable, inconstant nature of all conditioned phenomena both externally and internally.We can observe 'anicca' in the objects of our desires and aversions, and we can contemplate the impermanent nature of all desires and aversions themselves.However strong they may appear, if we look carefully, we notice that all defilements are conditioned phenomena as well, contineously arising, changing and passing away due to
Ajahn Dhammasiha describes how we can deepen our 'Recollection of the Buddha' ('Buddhānussati'), using the mantra:"Bhagavā-Arahaṃ-Buddho-Buddho-Arahaṃ-Bhagavā".A bell will sound louder, longer and more sonorous, the bigger and heavier it is built, due to it's larger resonance-body. Similarly, our mind will have a stronger response to the mantra, if we have built up a large mental 'resonance body', by knowing a lot about the Buddha and it's unique qualities, and by developing the quality of confidence 'saddhā' through devotional
Comments (12)

Dileep Katiyar

Dear Harley, I am so glad I came across this podcast, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you and offer my deepest gratitude for the cubby kuti where I meditated for a week in May 2021 for the first time and everyday I shared merits with everyone who made it possible especially the person who designed and built it. later Ajan told me your parents laboured as well. Anumodana to them too. That was the best week in 52 years of my life and the best birthday I had. Anumodana.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Aug 27th

Dileep Katiyar


Aug 8th

Dileep Katiyar

The story of the monk chanting and seeing devas himself has made me believe in devas and the power of chanting.

Jul 9th

Dileep Katiyar

Birds of a feather flock together, i heard before but now I understand. thank you

Jul 8th


Ajahn, it's an interesting sutta on Contemplation of Duality & stress.It is good to listen to it as a chant, while going through the sutta in English.🙏 Mallika

Jul 3rd


very helpful and interesting guided meditation. Thank you.

Jul 1st

dv Th

do buddhist podcasting have in the thai or myanmar?

Dec 27th

Janette McDonald

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james oh

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Apr 23rd


Thank you for finding a new podcast option for us to be able to keep accessing our community and talks 🙏🏼

Apr 12th


Welcome to the ne w platform and best wishes 🥳

Apr 9th
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