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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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07.30 am - Triple Refuge & Precepts
12.00 pm - Q&A and Dhamma-Discussion

Every Sunday
12.00 pm - Q&A and Dhamma-Discussion
03.00 pm - Chanting, Guided Meditation and Dhamma-Reflection



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In the famous discourse on the 'Foundations of Mindfulness' (Satipaṭṭhāna) the Buddha promises us that we can attain Nibbāna or Non-Returning in just 7 days, if we practise as descibed by him. Why, then, are we still enmeshed in suffering?Ajahn Dhammasiha describes six obstructions that we have to abandon first - otherwise we're not able to practise Satipaṭṭhāna in the way the Buddha described them:Delight in WorkDelight in Chatting (including social media!)Delight in SleepDelight in Socialising (including social media!)Lack of Sense RestraintNot knowing the Right Measure when Eating[Anguttara Nikāya/Numerical Discourses, Book of Sixes, #117www.castbox.fm/ch/2744970www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks
Total Independence

Total Independence

2020-07-3045:13

Ajahn Dhammasiha quotes from Udāna 3.74: "Someone dependent has wavering. Someone independent has no wavering. If there is no wavering, there is stillness. If there is stillness, there's no inclination. If there is no inclination, there's no more coming and going. If there is no more coming and going, there's no passing away and re-arising. If there is no passing away and re-arising, there's no here nor beyond nor in-between. This, just this, is the end of suffering."This terse, profound and somewhat cryptic inspired utterance of the Buddha refers to the experience of Nibbāna. Ajahn Dhammasiha offers some reflections how we can use the statement as a pointer to guide our practice towards true independence, stability, calm and freedom from suffering. castbox.fm/ch/2744970 dhammagiri.org.au tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive
Ajahn Dhammasīha encourages us not to be afraid of 'being alone', but instead to actively search out solitude (at least occadionally ;-)We can train ourselves to actually enjoy solitude, and to use seclusion as a most valusble opportunity to become aquainted with our own mind. www.castbox.fm/ch/2744970www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks
There are striking similarities in containing a virus causing a pandemic, and containg and eliminating the defilements (kilesas) in our heart. Both are very subtle, difficult to see, and have pernicious consequences once they are allowed to spread unlimited.Like we do testing to establish how far the virus has spread in the population, so we have to check our mind regularly to identify if any mindstates of anger, aversion, desire, or delusion have arisen. If there are any, they have to be isolated and contained, before they contaminate our mind all over.However, we have to interpret the results with wisdom, in order to take the most appropriate measures to contain the virus/difilements.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalkswww.castbox.fm/ch/2744970
There is heaps of happiness for us to enjoy in our Dhamma practice. The discourses of the Buddha are full of specific terms for different flavours of happines, some of which can be experienced already in the beginning stages of our meditative cultivation.Ajahn Dhammasiha encourages us to mindfully identify the different forms of happiness as they arise in our heart, and then to deliberately cultivate them.www.castbox.fm/ch/2744970www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks
In this guided meditation, Ajahn Dhammasiha encourages us to develop the perception of beauty, joy and happiness while meditating on the breath. If we train ourselves to enjoy our meditation practice, it will be much smoother and more steady than trying to push it along with sheer will power.We do not hold our meditation object like a police squad subdueing a suspect resisting arrest, but we hold it like a mother is holding her baby in her arms, with tender loving care.www.castbox.fm/ch/2744970www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks
The four kinds of 'Right Effort' ('Sammā-Vāyāma', 6th factor of Noble 8Fold Path) provide useful guidance for dealing with a pandemic:Preventing unwholesome states from arising = We have to be proactive, even before daily new infections increase, we have to implement physical distancing, testing, contact tracing, isolation & good hygieneAbandoning unwholesome states that have arisen = Once daily infections reach a critical limit, one has to introduce even more stringent measures, till numbers come downArouse wholesome states = We not only try to fight the virus and cure the sick, but we all have to make efforts to increase our health status, and to strengthen our natural immune systemDevelop wholesome states that are already there to the highest possible extent = Even if there are only few cases, don't become complacent - why not aiming for full elimination of virus?www.castbox.fm/ch/2744970www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks
At our regular Refuge & Precepts session at Dhammagiri, Ajahn Dhammadharo encourages our meditators to experience the sense of freedom we gain if we let go of addiction to food as a means to find comfort and consolation.Similar with sleep: If we at least occasionally push through the desire to sleep to our heart's content, we ralize that we can feel free and happy, even if we do not always satisfy our perceived need to rest.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks.
Every year, the monks and nuns observe a 3 months retreat period of intensified meditative practice, the 'Vassa' (Rains Retreat).However, it's traditionally also a time for the lay community to crank up their Dhamma practice. Ajahn Dhammasiha suggests various ways how we can strengthen our bhāvanā during the vassa: Resolutions (adhiṭṭhāna). Clearing up any weakness in our 5 precepts. Observing the 8 precepts at least once a months, or still better once a week. Offering almsfood and listening to Dhamma at the monastery more regularly. Reading one of the collections of the Buddha's teaching, e.g. the 'Middle Length Discourses'. Reading the 'Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah', or else his biography 'Stillness Flowing'. (Have you tried having it read out to you with 'text to speech' function on your mobile yet?) More regular Buddha Pūjā & Chanting. Learning the Chanting by Heart. Sitting regularly for at least 20 to 30 min every day. Trying out walking meditation. Trying out reflection on generosity and virtue as a meditation object... ... ...www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks.
A short reflection (only 10 min) by Ajahn Dhammasiha, following the Sunday afternoon meditation. He points out that in Australia, every day around 440 people die in the average. In the US the number is above 7,500 per day, and worldwide some 160,000 persons pass away every day in the average. In other words, coming out of lockdown and going back to 'normal' does not mean we're now free from sickness and death. Even if no one dies from Coronavirus, we all will die from somthing else or other one day.If we reflect like that on death ('maraṇussati'), we understand what a unique opportunity the Buddha has opened up for us: Complete freedom from sickness, death and rebirth!If we reflect like that, we feel strong motivation, even enthusiasm for our Dhamma practice.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks.
On Āsāḷhā Full Moon the Buddha dlivered his first formal discourse, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta. He expounds the Four Noble Truths, and identifies craving (taṇhā) as the cause of old age, sickness, death and all suffering we experience. Once we can completely let go of all craving, the necessary condition for suffering is removed, and sickness, ageing, death and rebirth consequently come to an end as well.In other words, the cure for COVID-19 has already been found some 2,500 years ago by the Buddha, and on Āsāḷhā Full Moon he started handing our 'prescritpions' to us how to cure ourselves from all disease, and from old age, death, and any form of misery, too!All we have to do is following "The Great Physician's" (Mahābhisakko) prescritpion to the letter, follow the Noble Eightfold Path, and we can cure ourselves from everything.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks.
In this guided meditation on occasion of Āsāḷhā Full Moon / Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, Ajahn Dhammasiha is encoraging us to use breath meditation to investigate the four noble truths. We use the breath as anchor for our awareness, and then carefully observe how craving takes us away from the breath, with the result that we experience dukkha (suffering/stress/discomfort).If craving (taṇhā) leads us away from the present moment into past and future, the result is an increase in dukkha. If we let go of craving, we are able to stay in the present moment, and all dukkha connected with past and future comes to an end.Thus, we can directly observe aspects of the first, second, and third noble truth in our own experience.We can gain the same insight by observing the five hindrances (pañca nīvaraṇā) arisig, based on craving, and consequently generating dukkha in our mind. Again, the moment we let go of that craving, the hindrance will cease, and the dukkha caused by the hindrance will end as well.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks.
The Buddha delivered his first formal teaching, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, on Āsāḷhā Full Moon. When he expounded the Middle Way and the Four Noble Truths, Ven Aññā Kondañño was the first one to realize the Dhamma and to see that "Whatever is subject to origination is also subject to cessation". This full moon also marks the beginning of the yearly 3 months 'Rains Retreat' ('Vassa') for the monks.Ajahn Dhammasiha offers reflections on the 4 Noble Truths (Cattāro Ariyasaccāni). He emphasizes that the four noble truths are an eminently practical teaching, not some philosophical system of mere thoughts and ideas, but a meditative technique to apply in our heart to free us from all pain and suffering. Therefore, each of the 4 Noble Truths has a duty attached to it, advising us what we actually should do with it.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks.
On occasion of Āsāḷhā Full Moon, commemorating the Buddha's first formal discourse, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, Ajahn Dhammadharo offers reflections on the Four Noble Truths.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archivewww.vimeo.com/dhammatalks.
Āsāḷhā Full Moon marks the beginning of the annual 3 months 'Rains Retreat' period ('Vassa') for the monks. It commemorates the first formal discourse of the Buddha, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, where he expounds the four Noble Truths.During the session, Ajahn Dhammasiha wears a surgical mask. Not because he or anyone at Dhammagiri is sick, or because there is an outbreak in Brisbane. In fact, everyone is fine at the monastery, and Queensland did not have a single case of community transmission for more than a month. But he wants to make a point: Just as masks are effective, as they dramatically reduce the cause of COVID-19 disease, which is the virus; likewise, precepts are very effective in reducing the cause of suffering 9'dukkha'), which is craving ('taṇhā').We can compare the Buddha's teaching of the 4 Noble Truths with a doctor diagnosing and treating a disease:The disease we've all got is suffering ('dukkha'), with the following symptoms: Old age, sickness, death and rebirth; seperation from loved ones; encountering what we dislike; not getting what we want; in short the 5 groups of clingingThe deep cause for our sickness is the craving ('taṇhā') in our own heartIf we remove craving, the sickness which is caused by it, will be removed as wellThe prescription to cure the craving is the Noble Eightfold PathBy the way, we have put a lot of effort into improving audio quality, and it should be noticably better now :-)www.dhammagiri.orgwww.vimeo.com/dhammatalkswww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive
Eighth and final part of our series on the Noble Eightfold Path, 'Right Samādhi'. You can also veiw all eight talks of the complete series on video here:https://vimeo.com/showcase/7218983Sammāsamādhi has been defined by the Buddha as follows:1. First Jhāna 2. Second Jhāna 3. Third Jhāna 4. Fourth JhānaThere's no way around it, we can not 'leapfrog' the practice of samādhi, even if it's difficult and requires years of patiently training the mind - we have to abandon the five hindrances and experience gladness, rapture and bliss, and unify our mind in jhāna if we truly want to unfold the complete 8-fold path, and experience it's compete result: Right knowledge and right liberation.www.dhammagiri.org.au www.vimeo.com/dhammatalks tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive
Right mindfulness is defined by the Buddha much more precise and profound than just "choiceless/non-reactive awareness".Firstly, our mindfulness has to be directed to one the following four areas:The physical bodyFeeling: Pleasant or painful or neutral; wordly or spiritualThe mind: Affected by desire or free from it; affected by aversion or free fom it; and so onDhamma: Stucturing and anyalysing/contemplating our total conscious experience in terms of the categories the Buddha has taught, e.g the arising and passing away of the five hindrances or the five groups of clinging, or contemplating experience in terms of 4 Noble TruthsSecondly, mindfulness has to be accompanied by wisdom/understanding, right effort, and the develpment of all other factors of the Eightfold Path.Thirdly, one has to be mindful of arising and passing away of the phenomena one is observing, discerning their impermanent and conditioned nature.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.vimeo.com/dhammatalkswww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive .
Ajahn Dhammadharo leads the ceremony of taking refuge in Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha, and observing the 8 or 5 precepts. He also offers some general encouragement for practice.
Ajahn Dhammadharo discusses questions from the live podcast audience. He compares the Western concept of 'enlightenment' with the meaning of 'Sambodhi' ('perfect awakening') in the Dhamma taught by the Buddha.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.vimeo.com/dhammatalkswww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive.
In our meditation practice, we may put too much emphasis on occasional huge expense of effort, and underestimate the effects of small but persistent effort.Just to let go of a little grumpy thought doesn't seem much. Just to think once: “May all beings be happy and at ease” looks like nothing.But doing exactly these 'small', 'little' things consistantly, continuously over hours, days, years and decades is sufficient to dramatically change our character, attain samādhi, and carry us most of the way to Nibbāna.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.vimeo.com/dhammatalkswww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive.
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