Enhancing Our Dhamma Practice in the Rains Retreat - Ajahn Dhammasiha
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...
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