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Dhammatalks, Chanting, Precepts & 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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Saturday 06 June
07.30 am - Triple Refuge & Precepts
12.15 pm - Introduction to the noble eightfold path in 8 sessions:
#1 - Right View

Sunday 07 June
12.15 pm - Introduction to the noble eightfold path in 8 sessions:
#2 - Right Intention
03.00 pm - Evening Chanting/Puja, Meditation, Dhamma-Reflection
35 Episodes
Our first question today is about Ānāpānasati (Mindfulness of Breath Meditation). It's easy to see how watching the breath can lead the heart to calm and concentration (samādhi). But how can focussing on in & outbreath develop wisdom and insight?Another question concerns neutral feeling: What is neutral feeling; how do we contempate it; can it be a cause for insecurity; and how are neutral feeling and equanimity related?You can watch a video of this talk here:
Ajahn Dhammasīha encourages us to reconnect with our physical body. We're too much in our heads, lost in mental proliferation. We have to bring awareness back into direct experience of our body.For starters, we can contemplate the 4 elements earth, water, heat & wind, while walking on grass, or walking on the beach, and anchor our awareness inside our body in the present moment.In Majjhima Nikāya (Middle Length Discourses) #119, the Buddha states that all wholesome states leading to true knowledge are included if one fully develops mindfulness of the body.Additionally, one will be able to: Conquer discontent, fear & anxietyEndure heat and cold and pain and irritation from verbal provocationsDevelop SamādhiDevelop all psychic powersAttain release from all
Ajahn Dhammasiha responds to a question how to use media, mobile devices and the internet in a wholesome way.He encourages us to observe 8 precepts regularly (one day a week, or at least one day a month), to at least occasionally completely abstain from any form of entertainment and music.But when we do use the internet and social media, we have to set up mindfulness and be aware of the following Dhamma Principes:Restraint in usage, both in terms of time spent online, and in terms of carefully choosing what we watch and engage withGuarding the doors of the sense faculties (sight & hearing), do carefully filter out any unwholesome sights and sounds that might cause unwholesome states of desire, lust, anger aversion or delusion to arise in our heart Right Communication (3rd Facter of Noble 8-Fold Path): When we actively comment, tweet, share, like, follow & post, we have to avoid lying, harsh/offensive communication, causing disharmony, and meaningless/pointless communication Ajahn warns us of the danger how quickly our mind can get drawn towards unwholesome objects. Via a mobile phone the mind can instantly go almost anywhere in this world, so we have to choose wisely where we allow it to goThis talk is also available on video here:
Ajahn Dhammasiha gives a simile that occurred to him while spending many hours trying to set up our new video livestreaming:We need a clean camera lens, good lighting, stable focus, and high resolution camera to record video in crisp 4K resolutionLikewise, we need virtue to keep or vision clean and unsmudged, we need puñña (good karma) to brighten our mind, we need samādhi (concentration) to have stable and focussed vision, and we need sharp wisdom to recognize subtle characteristics like impermanence and non-self.There's also an interesting question about the meaning of the last verse in the famous auspicious chant "Stanzas of Victory" ("Mahājayamangla-gāthā" = "Bahuṃ sahassam..."):Can one really overcome all obstacles, and even realize enlightenment and release by simply reciting 8 verses every day?Another questioner is looking for some guidance how we can distinguish wholesome desire for solitude from unwholesome aversion against other beings.This same talk is also available on video here: are now livestreaming sessions simultaneously on Castbox audio podcast and Vimeo video livestream: .
Ajahn responds to a question how we can clearly distinguish wholesome and unwholesome mindstates. In our times of increasing uncertainty about what is good or evil, with some even holding the view that any lifestyle choices should be seen as equally valid options, it's necessary to remind ourselves that the Buddha emphatically declared that good and evil, dark and bright, beneficial and unbeneficial actually do exist, and have vastly different karmic consequences, and should be distinguished with clear awareness & wisdom.In fact, the second 'Factor of Enlightenment' ('Sambojjhanga'), 'Dhammavicaya' ('Investigation of Phenomena') is often explained by the Buddha as the ability to investigate, recognize and understand exactly this distinction. (e.g. in Saṃyutta Nikāya 46.#2 / Connected Discourses of the Buddha, page 1569)
Ajahn Dhammadharo refers to a poem by Ajahn Buddhadasa, titled "Sitting Above the Clouds", and offers some Dhamma reflections on that theme.When we can see our moods and emotions as unsubstantial, impermanent clouds, that are just passing through and do not really belong to us, that are not really 'me', 'mine', or 'Self', we can rise above them and "sit above the clouds"
In the second foundation of mindfulness ('satipaṭṭhāna'), contemplation of feeling ('vedanānupassana'), the Buddha instructs us to mindfully distinguish with full awareness whether feelings we experience are of a non-wordly, spiritual nature, or whether they are connected with sensuality.Not everything that feels good is actually beneficial, and not everything that feels unpleasant is necessarily bad for us. We have to reject the worldy happiness, but we deliberately cultivate, develop and even indulge in spiritual, non-sensual
To develop samatha meditation (samādhi/calmness/concentration), the crucial ingrediance is happiness, even rapture and bliss. But it has to be spiritual happiness ('nirāmisa sukha'/'nekkhamma-sita sukha'), completely aloof from sensuality or unwholesome states.Ajahn Dhammasiha suggests to carefully feel out whichever meditation object works best for us to generate non-worldy happiness in our heart, and then to gently and gradually allow it to unfold into gladness, joy, rapture and
In the current Queensland Health Direction, any religious activity is classified as "non-essential". To make matters worse, even among the long, long list of "non-essential" activities, one has to scroll to the very bottom of the whole list to finally find religious activities. Even these start with 'Weddings'.Ajahn Dhammasiha suggests that a society that considers any practice of religion as rock-bottom non-essential should not be surprised to struggle with problems of mental disorders, depression, substance abuse, suicide and so on.We have to get our priorities right, and in terms of Dhamma, 'non-essential' applies to all sankhāras, conditioned phenomena that are impermanent, unreliable and ultimately disappointing. Truly 'essential' (Pali: 'Sāra') is only the 'Unconditioned', Nibbāna, and by extension any activity that leads us to the Unconditioned.In Dhammapada verses #11 & #12, the Buddha points out that we have to be able to distinguish the essential from the non-essential, else we'll end up in big
When we are now gradually coming out of lockdown in Australia, there is a danger that we get carried away and become too careless.Ajahn reminds us of a verse from Dhammapada, that is highly applicable right now"Restraint by body is good,it is good to restrain our speech.Restraining our mind is good,it's good to be restrained all around.A monk restrained in every wayis released from all suffering" Dhammapada Verse
Could gratitude lead to attachment?Is friendship a form of attachment, and does that mean we have to let go of all friends?How does development of gratitude relate to our practice of samādhi in formal meditation?Ajahn Dhammasiha offers reflections on these questions.
On occasion of Mother's Day, Ajahn Dhammasīha guides a meditation on the theme of Gratitide. The Buddha considered Kataññūtā-Kataveditā ('Gratitude-Thankfulness') to be entirely the domain of a good person, and ingratitude as a typical characteristic of a bad person.(Anguttara Nikāya/Numerical Discourses, Book of Twos, #33)In particular, he pointed out that there are two persons where it is extremely difficult to ever repay them for all the good they have done to us, even if we carried them around on our back for a hundted years, or even if we could make them king or queen of the whole earth. These two persons are our mother and our father.(Anguttara Nikāya/Numerical Discourses, Book of Twos, #34)However, the Buddha also pointed out that it is very rare to actually encounter a grateful person.(Anguttara Nikāya/Numerical Discourses, Book of Fives, #195)Consequently, we all have to make an effort to develop the quality of gratitude in our heart deliberately and with diligence, and to strive to use every opportunity when we can acknowledge and reciprocate the good we have received from countless
On occasion of Mother's Day, Ajahn Dhammadharo offers reflections how to develop gratitude to parents, how it relates to our meditative development, and why it is such an essential quality to cultivate, which has been praised by the Buddha and all Krooba
Ajahn Dhammasiha has been invited by Bandar Utama Buddhist Society (BUBS), KL, Malaysia, to offer some Dhamma reflections on occasion of their eVesak Celebration. they have chosen 'Cultivate the Liberation of Mind by Loving Kindness' as the motto for this year's Vesak, Ajahn explains how their communal effort to cultivate a heart of loving kindness is like a powerful live podcast, that can be 'tuned in' by countless beings. He encourages everyone not to be sad that they can't have physical proximity to each other. Never mind whether our bodies are far from each other, if we cultivate mettā, our minds are very close, in fact mentally we all live together at the 'same address': the 'Brahmavihāra' ('Divine Abode') of Loving Kindness.Ajahn also points out various examples of the Buddha's supreme loving kindness manifesting in his actions, in particular how he continues caring for others even as he is in severe pain and dying himself.He urges us to combine mettā with wisdom by reflecting what we truly mean if we wish 'happiness' to others. The highest happiness is the 'paramaṃ sukhaṃ' of Nibbāna, which the Buddha first ralized in his heart, and then shared with his father, mother, step-mother, ex-wife, son, brother, numerous Sakyan relatives, and countless beings, as an expression of his boundless loving
Devaka, the long serving President of our Management Committee, and Liz, currently serving as Secretary on the Committee, call in to share some information on administrative work for the Sangha. In our modern environment with all it's complexity, regulations and red-tape, most people underestimate how much work is required in the background to maintain even a smaller monastery like Dhammagiri.Bhikkhus are strictly prohibited by the Buddha to own, accept or handle money in any form. Consequently, all financial affairs of the Sangha need to be managed by a 'steward'/'custodian'. In our case, finances for Dhammagiri are managed by the charitable association "Brisbane Buddhist Vihāra Inc" (BBV Inc) and it's management committee.It is a great responsibility, and consequently great good karma, to act as steward for the sangha, and execute countless administrative duties on behalf of the sangha.In Anguttara Nikāya Fives #34, the Buddha explains the karmic benefits of being a "donor, supporter, manager and custodion of the sangha" ("dāyaka, kāraka, sanghupaṭṭhāka, dānapati").Those who "can get things done" are described as: "Dakkho analaso tatrupāyāya vīmaṃsāya samannāgato, alaṃ kātuṃ alaṃ saṃvidhātuṃ." ("Smart, dexterous, hard-working, endowed with the intelligence and skill to get things organized and done.")
The Buddha attained Final Nibbāna lying between the twin Sāla trees in the Sāla grove of the Mallas of Kusināra. 500 monks, all the inhabitants of nearby Kusināra town, and devas from 10 world systems had assembled to witness the event.Although dying from a severe illness with excruciatingly painful feelings, the Buddha continues teaching and consoling everyone present until his last moments. He finally enters all the different jhānas for a last time, and, just when emerging from the 4th jhāna, he attains the 'Anupādisesā Nibbānadhātu' ('Nibbāna Element without Remainder').Ven Anuruddha, the foremost disciple in divine eyesight and comprehension of other persons' minds, uses his psychic powers to directly observe the Buddha's mind at that moment. He utters the following verse:"There was no breathing in or out, Unmoving, and intend on peace, The Such-One with a steadfast mind, The One with vision is released. Detached, his heart remained unbowed; Equanimous, he did endure the pain. Just like a fire gone out from lack of fuel, His heart is totally released."Dīgha Nikāya (Long Discourses of the Buddha), #16.6Ajahn Dhammasiha offers some reflections on the
Ajahn Dhammasiha encourages us to unleash our faith faculty ('saddh'indriya') on the occasion of Vesak.We contemplate different aspects of birth, awakening & parinibbāna to develop all qualities required to lead our heart towards samādhi: Joy, calm, inspiration, urgency, brightness, mindfulness, equanimity - whichever quality is lacking, we choose a suitable occasion in the Buddha's life to reflect on, which then will nurture exactly that quality in our
The Buddha experienced 'Sammāsambodhi' ('Perfect Enlightenment') on the Visākhā Full Moon night in May, sitting all night in profound meditation under the Bodhi Tree near Nerañjarā River at Bodh Gaya.Ajahn Dhammadharo offers a guided meditation and reflections on the theme of the Buddha's Awakening and the events surrounding
Queen Mahāmāyā gave birth to the Bodhisatta in beautiful Lumbini Grove, shaded by large Sālā trees, standing and holding on to the branch of a blossoming Asoka tree. The newborn Bodhisatta walked 7 steps to the North and declared solemnly that this is his last rebirth.Ajahn Dhammasiha explains that the most authentic report on the birth, in the Buddha's own words, can be found at Majjhima Nikāya #123 'Acchariya Abbhuta Sutta' (Middle Length Discourses Sutta #123).He points out how the Buddha himself adds one more marvellous quality to the long list of miracles reported by Ven Ānanda: the Tathāgata has perfect mindfulness and full awareness of all feelings, perception and thoughts arsing and passing away in his mind.Ajahn encourages us all to become 'Mothers of the Bodhisatta' in the sense that we all should nourish and develop the potential for awakening in our mind, to ultimately 'give birth' to the experience of the deathlass, Nibbā
Lockdowns can lead to 'Cabin Fever', i.e. by being confined in limited space together 24/7, people can become very irritated at each other. They may experience strong emotions of aversion triggered by character traits and little quirks which they now have to endure without any chance to get away.Ajahn Dhammasiha quotes a Sutta from Anguttara Nikaya, Book of Twos #36 (Connected Discourses of the Buddha, page 155), where the Buddha points out a class of "Peaceful Minded Devas", who are able to share the space on the tip of a needle without encroaching or afflicting or irritating each other. The Buddha explains that they have developed this ability right here in the human world, and he recommends us to likewise develp calm sense faculties and a peaceful mind, so that our thoughts, words and actions will be calm and peaceful as well, and we can live happily and in harmony together even in long term confinement.
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