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Last update: 2013-06-29

Reflection on the Buddha’s Aspiration

2013-06-29 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 49s

I always find it helpful to contemplate the context of the Buddha’s own search and why he did his practice.  The Buddha’s aspiration was very, very profound.  The Buddha was a very successful being, socially and yet, in him there was a kind of questioning and it had to do …

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Ajahn Dtun Dhamma Talk at Quaker House: May 17th, 2013

2013-06-28 :: Ajahn Dtun
Length: 22s

We’ve received these bodies from the material elements that we’ve taken from our parents, and so we should be careful in how we go about using this body, because we require it to go about developing goodness in our lives.  When I was the age of 16 or 17, I …

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Now is the Knowing

2013-06-22 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 5s

When Luang Por Sumedho used to start his retreats he’d say, “The past is a memory, the future’s unknown, now is the knowing.”  So, the encouragement is always the awakening to the way things are.

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Metta in Action

2013-06-22 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 7s

Sometimes people in the practice of metta are trying to manufacture some incredible, blissful, heart state, but that’s a form of greed.  But, just the natural openness of heart which have when we feel gratitude, when we feel generosity, when we feel friendship; I think we’re just touching that natural …

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Ajahn Dtun Dana Q &A: May 20th, 2013

2013-06-21 :: Ajahn Dtun
Length: 31s

Tahn Ajahn Dtun (Ajahn Tejapanyo translates) answers questions at a dana at Tisarana.  He covers topics such as… Eliminating sakaya ditthi (self-identity view) Whether or not it is selfish to end suffering for oneself when there are so many other beings that will be left behind How to have the …

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Establish Mindfulness

2013-06-15 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 2s

I’ve been suggesting during this retreat to establish mindfulness, so those of you who have just come might just try that.  So, be receptive, let the sounds come to you, let go of thought, listen.

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Lying Meditation

2013-06-15 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 32s

People sometimes chuckle, “Yeah, yeah lying meditation. Just go to sleep.”  But actually, it’s one of the postures that we live in and if we can develop lying meditation it’s very valuable.

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Ajahn Dtun Evening Talk: May 20th, 2013

2013-06-14 :: Ajahn Dtun
Length: 26s

In the beginning, developing concentration may be very difficult because the mind may be agitated and restless.  This will make the practice of developing concentration somewhat difficult for us.  Yet, if we are patient and put forth a lot of effort–really work at the practice–then the periods where our mind …

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Dealing With Frustration

2013-06-08 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 31s

One of the hallmarks of Luang Por Chah’s training is the idea of frustration.  He felt that sense restraint was very important, but also frustration, when it’s applied judiciously, has an interesting effect.  This is because when when get something we don’t want or we want something we don’t have, …

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Ajahn Dtun Evening Q & A, May 20th, 2013

2013-06-07 :: Ajahn Dtun
Length: 50s

Tahn Ajahn Dtun answers questions on topics such as… Dealing with anxiety, fear, and anger Meditation practice Tahn Ajahn Dtun’s own practice before becoming a monk

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Tools for Crafting Our Hearts

2013-06-01 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 6s

Techniques– there’s so many you can use.  Techniques are like tools–you have to try them out to see how they’re useful.  The idea is that meditation is a craft, it’s not an achievement.  It’s more a craft within which you can get results.  But, a craft is a more hands …

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Restlessness

2013-06-01 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 15s

I try to watch the interior relationship between restlessness and discomfort.  Because when there’s discomfort, there’s the desire to get rid of discomfort, and that’s restlessness.

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Ajahn Dtun Vesāk Talk

2013-06-01 :: Ajahn Dtun
Length: 23s

Today the bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, and all the laypeople have gathered here due to our faith in the dispensation of the Lord Buddha.  We are very close now to the celebration of Vesākha Puja, which is an important day in Buddhism.  The day of Vesākha is the full moon day in …

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Forest Four Noble Truths

2013-05-25 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 45s

There’s an oral tradition from teacher to disciple, from practitioner to practitioner where we share questions and insights and the teacher acts like a mirror.  I’ve been very fortunate because my teachers–Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho– and my peers have been very helpful in helping me to understand Buddhism in …

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Drowsiness

2013-05-18 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 22s

A typical problem in meditation is to literally try to look for the breath with our eyes.  One of the things that’s very good as we’re meditating is to be aware of our eyes.  What I would recommend then is to include the eyes in awareness of the body.

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Attention

2013-05-11 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 34s

Perhaps we could just consider how we pay attention. This wooden carving has a deliberate flaw.  Now, if you’re looking for the flaw, what do you do?  You’re looking for something in order to try and find something.  That’s one way that we pay attention.  We look for something.  There’s …

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Walking Meditation 1

2013-05-04 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 8s

So, in walking meditation we try and sustain that same awake consciousness. For those of you who are unfamiliar with walking meditation, try to find a path that is 15-20 paces.  Mark both ends of the path, start at one end and ground yourself in the sense of the body.

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A Basic Instruction for Listening

2013-05-04 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 10s

A good way to begin meditation is by just listening.  Just listen–listen to the sounds and try to move away from thought.  

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Basis for a Good Meditation

2013-04-27 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 53s

Good meditation is built on generosity and morality.  If we live a generous life and an ethically impeccable life then there’s a foundation for liberation and for happiness.

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Dhamma as a Mirror, Not as a Dogma

2013-04-20 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 42s

Perhaps I’ll just talk about the difference between contemplation and belief.  The Buddhist teaching is very well laid out in an intellectual format.  But, ovbiously if you keep the teaching as an intellectual structure, then it just becomes an artifact that everyone agrees upon that doesn’t really liberate the heart.  …

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The Way We Look

2013-04-14 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 39s

One way that we look is to look at things in order to get something from them – information or whatever. But then, your mind is agitated because you want something. In meditation, we’re really trying to cultivate a way of attention which is not bound by wanting anything out …

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The Shrine Room

2013-04-06 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 51s

We can make suggestions to ourselves. So, what suggestions come up into consciousness? Are they skillful or unskillful. So, learning to listen, see thought as an object and observe the movements of the mind are very important. We’re trying to witness streams of consciousness right now, we’re not trying to …

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Being Witness to Streams of Consciousness

2013-03-30 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 36s

We can make suggestions to ourselves. So, what suggestions come up into consciousness? Are they skillful or unskillful. So, learning to listen, see thought as an object and observe the movements of the mind are very important. We’re trying to witness streams of consciousness right now, we’re not trying to …

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Defilements and Our Thoughts

2013-03-23 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 29s

Once aspect of consciousness that we usually don’t choose to notice is the aspect of consciousness which isn’t engaged with the objective world.

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A Good Life

2013-03-16 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 32s

A good life is important for good meditation. A good life, of course, doesn’t mean a life where everything goes your way, but a life of good intention, good will.

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A Letter From Luang Por Sumedho

2013-03-09 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 26s

The Sangha receives a letter from Luang Por Sumedho. Luang Por Viradhammo reflects that Luang Por Sumedho took the teaching and didn’t just keep it at an intellectual level – just accumulating information. He took the challenge of his extremely responsible life and used it for practice.

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Retreat Conclusion

2013-03-02 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 29s

The worldly way of looking at this retreat would be like, ‘what’s the quality of the food?’ But obviously what important in a retreat is whether or not you were able to be mindful. That seems to me what’s important.

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The Buddhist Project

2013-02-23 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 34s

It’s good to understand the project of Buddhism because there are all kinds of suggestions. If you don’t understand what the project is then the pieces won’t fit. The Buddha teaches suffering and it’s end. We do have a possibility of realizing peace. It’s good to keep that in mind.

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Mindfulness Meditation

2013-02-16 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 16s

Mindfulness meditation tries to simplify our experience of being human.

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Attention vs. Awareness

2013-02-16 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 3s

So, what’s the difference between attention and awareness? Say that I’m practicing and there’s prescense- that’s awareness. Then, maybe I notice that there’s a headache, I pay attention to the headache.

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Surrendering in Monastic Life

2013-02-09 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 28s

Monastic life is one where we’re really asked to challenge our comforts-to go out of our comfort zone. To not always take the easiest way out. Monastic life has this challenge of surrending our personal desires into a form or structure which educates us about suffering.

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Unconditioned Mind

2013-02-02 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 42s

The practice of the Buddhist meditation helps realize the nature of the mind. This nature is conditioned: by culture, by emotions, by experiences, by history. The way to realize this, is through the practice of awareness and wisdom.

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The Enlightenment of the Buddha

2013-01-26 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 37s

The Buddha wasn’t just coming from the need to deal with a stressed-out mind. He wasn’t maladjusted because he had a bad childhood. He was coming from a very deep place of questioning. That kind of model is very different from the kind of searching for ease that you often …

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General Q & A

2013-01-19 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 3s

Ajahn Viradhammo answers questions from the retreat participants in this general Q & A questions.

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Guided Meditation: A Clear Sense of Presence

2013-01-19 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 5s

Simple awakening. The language I like to use is like, ‘non-becoming’. Then, I like to choose something in the present moment that reminds me of this clear sense of presence.

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The Memory of the Heart

2013-01-12 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 11s

The central theme is the awakened mind.  If you trust in that and see that as important then the issue is what helps to sustain the awakened mind?  It’s very simple that way, but our habits are complicated.

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Committee Members

2013-01-05 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 16s

Sometimes you get committee members calling from your adolescence. One of the errors people make in Buddhism is to think “I am working through my Karma”, as if you have got a certain amount of punishment you have to go through. This is wrong view.

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Form Follows Function: New Year’s Eve 2012 Dhamma Talk

2012-12-31 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 44s

We say that form follows function. Buddhism is really a very elegant form.  When I think of it, it’s a very beatifully designed teaching.  But, it has a function.  It’s not just an artifact that you believe.

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Meditation Instruction

2012-12-29 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 9s

In mindfulness meditation we stress the awareness, the witnessing, no matter what the object is.

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Walking Meditation Instruction

2012-12-29 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 2s

Instructions for walking meditation given by Luang Por Viradhammo at a retreat held in February, 2010.

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Guided Meditation Instruction

2012-12-29 :: Ajahn Viradhammo
Length: 9s

A guided meditation given by Luang Por Viradhammo at a retreat held in February, 2010.

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Ajahn Viradhammo at Tisarana

Ajahn Viradhammo is one of the most senior western disciples of the Thai forest master Ajahn Chah. He is the abbot of Tisarana Buddhist Monastery in Perth, Ontario, Canada. His talks primarily focus on using the timeless teachings of Theravada Buddhism in daily life.

Ajahn Viradhammo at Tisarana


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