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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:
09.00 am - Triple Refuge & Precepts and guided Meditation
12.00 pm - Dhamma Talk & Discussion
03.00 pm - Chanting, Guided Meditation and Dhamma-Reflection
105 Episodes
When our mind is assailed by negative emotions like anxiety, anger or frustration, recollection of the Triple Gem is an amazingly effective approach to subdue the unwholesome thoughts and fill the mind with goodness instead.For instance, we simply repeat the formula of homage to the Buddha for 108 times:"Iti pi so Bhagavā Arahaṃ Sammāsambuddho, Vijjā-caraṇa-sampanno Sugato Loka-vidū, Anuttaro Purisa-damma-sarathi, Satthā Deva-manussānaṃ, Buddho Bhagavā ti""He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Pure One, the Perfectly Enlightened One; He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Accomplished One, the Knower of the Worlds; He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and humans; he is Awake and Holy."And already the world and as well as our mind look much brighter and happier!
In our formal meditation, we may experience rapture and bliss of samādhi. But at other times, we may feel no happiness at all, but struggle with an unruly mind, challenging emotions, and a lot of internal pain.However, there is nothing 'wrong' with us, or with our mediation, if defilements and suffering arise. The important point is to be aware of it, to investigate that dukkha with mindfulness and wisdom, to find it's underlying deep causes, and then to let go of the cause, which will end the dukkha as well.Therefore, pain, suffering and challenges in our meditation can ultimately be even more beneficial for our progress than bliss, if only we do not shirk away from the tough task to fully face them with awareness and thoroughly investigate them with
Every Saturday at 7.30 am we conduct the ceremony of taking refuge in Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha, and committing to the 5 or 8 training rules.This morning, after the ceremony, Ajahn Dhammasiha explains how refuge in the Triple Gem connects us to the supreme being in the universe (the Buddha), to the supreme teaching (the Dhamma), and to the community of Noble Disciples who have realized the Dhamma.Experiencing this direct connection, our heart is freed from anxiety, and we develop appreciation and respect towards ourselves. Whatever mistakes or shortcomings we may have, now we're associating ourselves with what is totally good and pure, and due to that we can overcome any negativety to ourselves, accept ourselves, and develop true loving kindness to
In current society, so many of us struggle with anxiety and issues of low self esteem, even self-hatred. We should never underestimate how powerful the simple act of going for refuge to Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha can be to relieve our anxiety and to build up wholesome self esteem.The moment we take refuge, we connect and affiliate ourselves with the supreme being in the universe, with the supreme teaching, and with the community who have realized that teaching. Even if we have not yet attained Nibbāna ourselves, we feel close and in association with Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.Why should be worry, if we're in such good company?How could we not respect ourselves, once we have become part of such a praiseworthy community?
Mindfulness of the breath (Ānāpāṇasati) is reglularly used by many meditators to develop samādhi (concentration), and it is indeed an excellent meditation object for that purpose. But it can also be used to develop vipassana (insight), and it would be a regrettable limitation to our bhāvanā if we neglected that aspect.In this short Dhammatalk, Ajahn Dhammasiha expounds on instructions given by the Buddha himself. In Majjhima Nikāya/Middle Length Discourses #118 'Ānāpāṇasati Sutta' we find precise guidance how to use the breath to depelop all 4 Satipaṭṭhānā (Foundations of Mindfulness), in order to cultivate both calmness (samatha) and insight (vipassana)
Ānāpāṇasati (mindfulness of the breath) is an excellent meditation object that can carry us all the way to Nibbāna. It was the Buddha's personal favorite meditation.However, meditators may not receive the full benefits if they limit themselves to the samatha (samādhi/'concentration') aspect of breath meditation. But ānāpāṇasati can be used to develop both samtha (calm/concentration) and vipassana (insight)!In this meditation, Ajahn Dhammasiha guides us to use the instructions of the Buddha himself to unfold the insight aspect of breath meditation (Majjhima Nikāya/Middle Length Discourses #118, 'Ānāpāṇasatisutta')
The Kaṭhina season is traditionally the time when both lay community and monastic sangha cooperate in a grand ceremony meant to mark the end of the yearly retreat period. Everyone joins the preperations in a spirit of mutual support and harmony.It is considered as one of the most auspicious times in the year to make merit ('puñña' = good karma), when the laity present robes and other requisites to the Sangha in a joyful spirit, full of appreciation for the monks resolute striving in their meditation during the rains retreat.In his reflections shared at the occasion, Ajahn Dhammasiha points out that everyone is joining a true win-win situation. Different from elections and other competitive endeavours, no one is loosing or getting defeated, but everyone gains from participating, and experiences the happiness of generosity."The wise will give at the right time,and free from envy, bountiful;Due to their joyful confidence,in Such-Ones who are straight and true,their gifts bestowed at the right time, become exalted offerings.Those who rejoice in such good deeds, and those who join and work to help,will not reduce the donors' gifts,but share their karmic great reward.Therefore, with unobstructed mind,give where your gifts yield lavish fruit:When going to the afterlifegood karma is your sole support."[Anguttara Nikāya Fives #36, known as 'Kāla-dāna-sutta-gāthā' and regularly chanted in the robe offering season]
This year's Robe Offering Ceremony at Dhammagiri included a recitation of auspicious protective chants ('Paritta') in Pali language. These teachings have been preserved directly from the Buddha's lips by the monks and nuns, and faithfully learned by heart, recited and transmitted virtually unchanged in the same language for 2,500 years!Paritta Recitation, if listened to mindfully and with a pure heart filled with faith, is believed to provide protection from all kinds of misfortune, and to bring good fortune to the listeners. Even if one can't understand the language, many listeners experience a great sense of calm, ease and inspiration during the chanting.The paritta is chanted by our sangha of 4 bhikkhus:Ajahn DhammasihaAjahn Dhammadharo (who also does the invitation to all devas [angels] at the beginning)Ven Moneyyo (who is leading the chanting)Ven DantacittoYou can find the Paritta chants in the Amaravati Chating Book Vol 2 here: to Devas (page 32)Namo tassa (page 33)Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi... (p33)Yo cakkhuma... (p34Namo arahato... (p35)Ratana Sutta [shortened version] (p36)Mangala Sutta (p38)Mettā Sutta (p40)Iti pi so...Svākkhāto...Supaṭipanno (p44)N'atthi me saraṇaṃ aññaṃ... (p48)Bojjh'ango... (p49)Bāhuṃ sahassam... (p50)Yaṃ dunnimittāṃ... (missing in Amaravati Chanting Book)Dukkhappattā... (p51Mahā-kāruṇiko... (p52)Bhavatu sabba-mangalaṃ... (p53)A video recording of our Robe Offering Ceremony is available here:
Tomorrow, Sunday 08 November, this year's Robe Offering Ceremony is coming up at Dhammagiri. Considered one of the most auspicious occasions in the year to make puñña (good karma), Buddhists offer robes and other requisites to the Sangha in a joyful, exalted celebration of generosity. Ajahn Dhammasiha reminds everyone that we will maximize the benefits and good karma we're making, if we practise generosity based on purity of virtue. If our precepts are pure, the quality of our mind is enhanced, and we experience a profound and sublime happiness each time we engage in acts of making good karma. Just as the world looks brighter and more joyful after a good cup of coffee, so our mind will experience everything with enhanced mindfulness and happiness whenever it is suffused with the virtues dear to the Noble Ones. The ceremony 12.00 noon 08/11 will be live on our 'Castbox' podcast; and also live on video here:
This Sunday 08 November we will conduct our yearly Robe Offering Ceremony at Dhammagiri (also on live 'Castbox' podcast 12.00 noon Brissie time).While preparing our audio setup, we did numerous trial runs to finetune mics and amplifier settings. One turned out nice enough that we've uploaded it now, for you to get a little taste (only 6 min) of what's to come at our ceremony on Sunday.You hear the following:Namo tassa... (Homage to the Buddha, 3 times)Dedication of Offerings to the Sangha by laity (Pali)Dedication of Offerings to the Sangha by laity (English Translation)Apalokana (announcement) by one monk how the Sangha will distribute the offeringsSangha Chanting: Sharing good karma with past relatives; Blessings for long life, health and strength; Anumodanā (rejoicing) in the all the good actions done by everyone; Chant for offerings done at particular auspicious occasion; Blessings of Triple Gem and Devas (Angels)The full ceremony Sunday 08 November will be live on 'Castbox' podcasting app, and also live on video here:
To counter the misleading idea that Nibbāna is simply nothing, Ajahn Dhammasiha quotes the well known passage in Udāna 8.3: "There is, monks, an unborn, unbecome, uncreated, unconditioned...".He reminds us not to forget about this final goal of all our practice, to overcome our anxiety about sickness and death by remembering the garantee of the Buddha that the deathless exists, and can be realized by us.We do not contemplate impermanence, death and suffering in order to induce a mindstate of resignation. Instead, we contemplate to free ourselves from death, pain and decay, by attaining the deathless, unconditioned element.
On occasion of a working bee at Dhammagiri, Ajahn Dhammasiha talks about the happiness we can gain from selfless service for a worthy cause.Generosity ('Dāna') can be practised not only by offering food or material requisites, but also by volunteering one's skills, time, energy, labout, talents and abilities. In fact, a monastery could not be build or maintained without the countless acts fo selfless service of numerous individuals, all working together in harmony, and each one offering their unique skills and
We just had a concrete pour at Dhammagiri for the new patio in front of our Dhammahall. Ajahn Dhammasiha uses the process of propery preparing and executing a concrete pour as a simile for our development of meditation:We need a foundation = Good KarmaWe need steel reinforcements = Virtue/PreceptsDrawings/plans = Right View & Dhamma KnowledgeWe need cement - SamathaAggregate = VipassanaWater = FaithHard work = Viriya/EnergyFence off till cured = SolitudePour water on conrete to cool and prevent cracks = Equanimity, not trying to rush our
Ajahn Dhammasiha guides a meditation on Mettā: unconditional, non-judgemental good will to all beings.We aim to include absolutely everyone in our loving kindness, whether they respond or not; whether they like us back or not; whether they are Buddhist or Christian or Muslim or Atheist or whatsoever; whether human or animal or spirit; whether Australian or Thai or Sri Lankan or any nationality; whether from planet earth or from a different galaxy...Mettā is not given like a business deal, we do not expect anything in return.Mettā imposes no conditions, we extend it to everyone without any demands.
Ajahn Dhammasiha offers some reflections on the 8 wordly phenomena ('Aṭṭha-loka-dhammā'):Gain and LossFame and ObscurityPraise and BlamePleasure and PainUsually we like, approve and hanker after gain, fame, praise and pleasure; and we dislike, resist and detest loss, obscurity, blame and pain. Thus these 8 worldly conditions overwhelm our mind and cause us lots of distress.On the other hand, if we reflect on their impermanence, they will not overwhelm our mind. We no longer run after them or reject them, and extricate ourselves from any suffering caused by them.This recording also includes the chant on sharing of merits, which we do at the end of our Sunday afternoon sessions 😊
This time we have included the full morning chanting we're doing for our regular Saturday Triple Refuge and Precepts Ceremony. Audio is improved (though still far from perfect ;-) and we think it will be interesting for our podcast listeners to hear the full ceremony that gets our committed group out of bed early on each weekend to arrive at Dhammagiri at 7.30 am every Saturday!We've also made a video available with subtitles of the Pali chanting included in the ceremony here: can find the text and English translation of the ceremony in the Amaravati Chanting Book Volume 1:Pages 11 ff (Dedication of Offerings & Homage to Triple Gem)Pages 126 ff (5 precepts)Pages 134 ff (8 precepts)Free download of Chanting Book available here:
Ānāpāṇasati, mindfulness of the in and out breath, is the Buddha's own favourite meditation object, and the one he has given particular detailed instructions about. One peculiar advantage is that breath meditation can be used to develop both samatha (calm/samādhi/concentration) and vipassana (insight/wisdom).To cultivate and deepen samādhi, we develop gladness, joy, rapture and bliss with every breath.To develop insight, we contemplate impermanence, dispassion, fading away, ending, cessation and letting go with every breath.In this guided meditation, Ajahn Dhammasiha directs us not to apply the contemplation of impermanence and letting go directly to the breath itself. The breath is our anchor, and when we let go of the breath, we loose our meditation object. Instead, we contemplate the fading away of distracting thoughts, the cessation of anxieties about the future, the letting go of unwholesome or sensual feelings and
The Buddha compared 8 amazing attributes of the ocean with similar 8 marvellous qualites of his teaching:Like the ocean gets deeper incrementally; so our training and progress in Dhamma is gradualAs the ocean is bound by the shoreline; so the Buddha's disciples are restraint by the precepts, which they will not transgress even for the sake of their lifesAs the ocean will not keep a corpse, but wash it onto the shore; similarly the sangha will not tolerate an evil monk or nun, but expell them from their communityLike all the great rivers like Ganges, Yang Tse, Mekong, Nile, Kongo, Amazon, Mississippi, Murray and Wolga loose all distinctions once they merge into the ocean; similarly once a person ordains they loose all previous distinctions by class, caste, race, nationality or ethnicityAlthough all the rivers constanly flow into the ocean, the ocean does not become fuller from that; likewise, although many attain Nibbāna, the Nibbāna element does not manifest any increase or growthAs the whole ocean is permeated by only one unique taste, the taste of salt; so the Dhamma is suffused with only one flavour, the flavour of releaseAs there are numerous valuable resources in the ocean like pearls, conches, gold, oil and gas; similarly there are manifold valuables in the dhamma like the 4 foundations of mindfulness, 4 right efforts, 4 iddhipādā, 5 faculties, 5 powers, 7 bojjhangas and Noble 8fold PathAs there are giant being in the ocean like whales, giant squids, dragons and nāgas; so there are giant beings in the Dhamma, like stream enterers, once returners, non returners and arahants(Udāna 5.5)
What happens after someone who has attained Nibbāna dies:Do they still exist after death?Or do they not exist?Or both?Or neither?The Buddha rejected all four options above. Instead, he explains that the mind freed from defilements and clinging is immeasurable like the great ocean. It can no longer be described or defined by language, thoughts, form, feeling, perception, intention or consciousness.Another well known simile describes the enlightened mind like a flame gone out. However, 'extinguished' can easily be misunderstood as meaning ''Does not exist", which would not be correct. All four options of the Tetralemma above have to be rejected. Therefore, Ajahn Dhammasiha draws our attention to the Ocean-Simile, which has no annihilationist
The Mahāsamaya Sutta (Dīgha Nikāya/Long Discourses #20) is a very famous chant. It is considered supremely auspicious, and particularly liked by all 'Devas' (Angels/Deities/Benevolent Spirits).In every Buddha's livetime, there occurs an event where the Devas of our world system, and even from several adjacent worlds, assemble to meet the Buddha and his Sangha of disciples. In the case of our Buddha Gotama, this event happened in the Great Forest near Kapilavatthu, the hometown of Buddha, where he grew up as a prince.As not all of the 500 monks present are able to see spirits, the Buddha explains which devas have arrived, and gives the names of their leaders, which class of devas they belong to, and the numbers of their retinue.It is widely believed that whenever this sutta is recited, devas feel attracted to come to listen with great joy and in large numbers.An english translation of the Mahāsamaya Sutta is available here:
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