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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Challenges, environmental, ethical, political, state of the world, Dhammapada verse one, verse two, the heart leads the way, core issues, speculating, well-being, greed, hatred, delusion, polluted awareness, distorted consciousness, 3 poisons adittapariyaya sutta, The Fire Sermon, pointing, Ajahn Chah, burning h…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Dhammacakkappavatana Sutta, Pancavaggi bhikkhus, realisation, Four Noble Truths, being ‘ready’, naïve, highest teachings, transmutation, addressing hunger first, Mahamangala Sutta, sorrow-less, grief-less, respectfulness, deva, transmutation, insight, self-respect, cultivation, humility, virtuous, arrogance, ack…
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(approx. 11 minutes) KEYWORDS: Q: "I have been keeping up the suggested '15 minutes of non-judgmental awareness practice' and am disconcerted to find an apparently endlessly critical voice in my head. I see where it comes from and how strong it is on sin and guilt, and how weak it is on forgiveness. I understand all too clearly what you mean by una…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Emphasising friendship, Kalyanamitta, Discourse on Great Auspiciousness, Mahamangala Sutta, the company we keep, developing and maintaining, Dhammapada 328, joyous company, emphasising solitude, Wat Pah Pong, unaddressed pain, side effects of affluence, distraction, social media, Dhammapada 160, be your own refu…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) "How to properly understand the Buddha's teachings on not being better, equal or worse than others? I’m especially interested in how to deal with the feelings of being superior to those who do not search anything deeper in life, who merely pursue immediate gratification of casual desires.” Ajahn Chah, Abhidhamma…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Virtues, transformation, helpful, spiritual muscle, energy management, habits, boundaries, vulnerable, nekkhamma parami, wilfulness, chocolate, forms, spirit, looking at your phone, addicted, focussing on the form, renunciation, sense of self, my way, squabbles, communities of selves, the Buddha, selflessness, s…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Anxiety, counsellor, practitioner, emotions, fear, heart contraction, desire, greed, disciplined attention, intentional composure, schools, stub your toe, open hearted awareness, aligning meditation, counterforce of compassion, outshining, tears, empathy.על ידי Luang Por Munindo
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Father’s Day, appreciation, gratitude, spiritual fathers, Ajahn Sumedho, celebration of gratitude, celebration of generosity, faith, true principles, chaos, implicit order, materialism, Ajahn Chah, faith, disciplined attention, power tools, musical instrument, selfless wisdom, selfless compassion, shifts in pers…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Enthusiasm, aspiration, progress, chronically obstructed, Ajahn Chah, obstructed, moods, bad kamma, accumulated denied dukkha, crying, itchy wound, scratch, right understanding, screeching birds, nirodha-sacca, ekayana, disliking, open the chest, welcome heart energy, smelly socks, six senses, six sense objects,…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) 90th birthday, gratitude, 50 years ago, visa, Wat Bovorn, Samanera Dhammiko, Wat Saket, commitment and ease, balance, daring spirit, against the current, ‘my way’, floating alms-bowl, gratification, overly heroically, goal, transformation, transmuting, openness and honesty, pontifications, ex cathedra, challenge…
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(keywords) Q: "How can we know for ourselves that we are firmly on the right path of practice?" Not sure, letting go, security, relationship with desire, longing, stress, subtlety, greed renunciation, afraid, look directly, ‘who wants’, complacent, Mara, Ajahn Chah, nothing to be afraid of, conscious relationship with wanting, discontented, hunger,…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Requesting bhikkhu precepts, robes, chanting, anagarika, Dhammapada 348, letting go of past future present, free from clinging, form, spirit, ochre robe, training, spiritual community, money, shelter, security, reputation, finding identity, supermarket trolley, bowing, magic ritual, selfless wisdom and compassio…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Quiet contemplation, wisdom teachings, Ajahn Chah, wrong thinking, attitude, stories, nun, practical wisdom, study, suttamayapannya, wisdom from hearing, cintamayapannya, wisdom from mental analysis, bhavanamayapannya, wisdom from cultivation, frustration, funerals, chanting, intuition, humility, unexpected brea…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Restless, unsettled, asking yourself a question, gratify, aim, listening from the heart, ears in your chest, Ajahn Chah, tape recorder, conscious relationship, dreaming, afraid to feel, contracted denial, breathing exercise, chanting, no judgement, cookies and ice-cream, kama tanha, bhava tanha, vibhava tanha, w…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Christian monk, prayer, induction and instruction, catch a cold, Ajahn Chah in US, pariyatti, Nimbin, do's and don’ts, discipline attention, walking meditation, there’s just-knowing, calm, changed the course of my life, possibilities, 1970’s, questioning, initial inspiration, identity, forms, intoxicated by oute…
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(keywords) (edited version) Q: "Are we still identifying as the activity taking place in our hearts and minds, or are we remembering our refuge in the Buddha, in just-knowing awareness?" Dhammapada Reflections, framing experience, victims of suffering, Ajahn Thate, refuge, content, context, Awakened beings, sites, sounds, liking and disliking, form…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Dhammapada verse 163, Devadatta, winter retreat, excruciatingly difficult, intensely threatening, junk food, affluence, obesity, ease of access to information, contentment, ecological stressor, wars, technology, identified with the deluded sense of self, ‘my way’, hatred, morphing, pride, self-adoration, selfies…
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(keywords) (edited version) Q: "For those of us with a Western scientific back ground, some of the more metaphysical teachings of the Buddha's teachings such as rebirth are hard to make sense of. And even from the perspective of the teaching on Anatta, rebirth is hard to make sense of! Please could you give advice on how to relate to those parts of…
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(keywords) (edited version) Q: “Can you speak about jealousy and how I can practice to combat the envy others have in my practice? Sometimes, friends can be critical and speak in a way that is judgemental and disparaging towards me. I feel misunderstood. How can I deal with this?” Self-centred, generosity, truthfulness, integrity, sila, lotus flowe…
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(keywords) (edited version) Q: "I have heard according to Theravada Buddhist teachings we are born and die at every moment, and we do this continuously, not only after our final breath. Could you please explain what this means?” Dependent Origination, kamma, rebirth, willing, daring, enquiring, 5 spiritual faculties, rainbow, burdensome, quandary, …
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(keywords) (edited version) Q: I have intensified my practice over the last year and a half. During this time my sila has gone backwards: Why is this the case? Sila, anger, attention, light, energy, dissolve, denial, restraint, 5 precepts, heedlessness, will, Ajahn Dukkha, conflation, peaceful, child, agile, guided meditation, gentle, sensitive, me…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) "I have been ghosted by two close friends. They disappeared, without explanation. I emailed each 3 times requesting an open discussion and neither replied. In meditation, I offer and ask for forgiveness. Can you recommend additional ways to help let go of these painful rejections?" Commitment, framing, learn, lo…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) "Are there any precautions of safeguards I should be taking as I sense the tenderness of my heart opening?" Becoming overly sensitive, parenting, karaniya metta sutta, normality, native sensitivity, naively vulnerable, hurt, the Buddha had pain, Vulture’s Peak, unawareness, 4 Noble Truths, falling in love, the c…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) “I know from past experiences that increased food intake never genuinely makes me feel better. Might you have any advice? Evolutionary biologists, psychologists, demonize desire, wanting, craving, wholesome desires, enemy, smoking, breaking the habit, basic skills, 5 spiritual faculties, faith, kamma, energy, in…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) "Are we lacking in empathy if we feel contentment amongst all this suffering. Or are we indeed being selfish?" Dhammapada verse 197, 198, egotistical perspective, inflated, meditation, stillness and peace, deeper dimensions, ocean, bilingual, driving a car, agility of attention, evolution, essential tool, end of…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) The Teaching of the Cobra, filtered through perceptions, uncertainty, conceptual level, intuitive level, felt level, letting go, unfortunately limited, clinging to forms, resistance, arguments, intuitive, excruciating consequences, flippant, precepts, drinking alcohol, fifth precept, poison, blood-brain barrier,…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) The Teaching of the Cobra, filtered through perceptions, uncertainty, conceptual level, intuitive level, felt level, letting go, unfortunately limited, clinging to forms, resistance, arguments, intuitive, excruciating consequences, flippant, precepts, drinking alcohol, fifth precept, poison, blood-brain barrier,…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) new year’s resolution, modesty, truthfulness, assessing truthfulness, asking our heart, centre of the chest, open window, children playing, giggling, parents caring, Handel’s Messiah, retreat, extreme sports, abseiling, free diving, novels, movies, love stories, vulnerable, joy, enthusiasm, evangelical, conflati…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) primary work, Dhammapada verse 301, cittabhavana, desire, tanha, fear, anxiety, present generated dukkha, old unmet dukkha, adopted dukkha, paranoid, complex, chaotic, satipatthana sutta, sati, recipe book, CJD, disposition, conjure up, numbness, fire, daring, contentment, a con, addiction, nekkhamma parami, rep…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Metta, mudita, feeling threatened, personal survival, medical prognosis, collective crisis, 4 Divine Abidings, ICU, ideals, preparation, run aground, humility, tried and tested, The Discourse on the Greatest Blessings, unshakeable, stages of training, reputation, health, habitual addictions, indulgence and denia…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Forest Sangha Calendar 2025, 50th anniversary, Wat Nanachat, contentment, blasé, wringing our hands, waiting, ocean, tumultuous, study and practise, 37 Bodhipakkhiya dhamma, Requisites for Awakening, knowing directly, unitive intelligence, music appreciation, compulsively comparing, one-bowl-eaters practice, asc…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Sangha gatherings, kathina, Elders’ Council Meetings, burden of suffering, reaping rewards, old pain, criticism, cynicism, unmet pain, DDB, denied dukkha backlog, solitary practice, a right pickle, lost in samsara, reconfigure views, reading Braille, raw data, ouch, intense illness, heavenly messengers, assailed…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Buddhist meditators, compulsive thinking, self-critical, fire and smoke, irrational fear, chronically disconnected, broken glasses, fully want, open-hearted awareness, vociferous lifestyle gurus, satipatthana sutta, kayanusati, Ajahn Chah, feeling investigation, habits of denial, backlog, pressure, retreat, self…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) 8 precepts, moral precepts, renunciate precepts, refining the practice, pressure, dam, leaks, Andalusia, transformation, mindfulness of breathing, energy, brahma-viharas, 5 khandas, insubstantiality, insight, liberationעל ידי Ajahn Punnyo
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(keywords) (slightly edited version)Dhammapada 418, dreich, Ajahn Chah, ‘Living With the Cobra’, upadana, clinging, Middle Way, All Blacks, thrash, porridge, lashings of chilly powder, organic sultanas, Harnham power porridge, 5 spiritual faculties, intentional inhibitions, indriyasamvara, energy extravagant, anger, balanced aliveness, rejection, f…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) 10 Qualities to develop as protection, inner stronghold, refuge, ultimate refuge in Budddha, Dhamma Sangha, intermediate training, development of qualities worthy of respect, ethical conduct, sila, intention, aspiration, knowing the teachings, being well-learned, chanting, good and profound friendship, kalyanami…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Dhammapada 297, vigilance, chaos, conditioned and unconditioned existence, false stories, protection, Awakening, aligning, orienting, three poisons, greed, hatred, delusions, indignant, aggressive, loss, grief, anger, indictment, Ajahn Chah, Reading the Natural Mind, Awakened Beings, wanting, symbols, Buddha ima…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Explosion, emotional reaction, Kosambi monks, Nalagiri, Cinca, Mahamangala Sutta, Nagampatti, imperturbable, unshakable, actuality, heedless habits of clinging, culprit, upadana, Dhammacakkappavattana sutta, pancupadanakkhandha dukkha, the agents of limited being, holding, infancy, reputation, Brahman, medical p…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Ajahn Chah, crazy monastery, giggling, International Forest Monastery, misunderstanding, translation, the disease of unawareness, Buddho, 'the one who knows', selfless, just-knowing, citta, jit, heart, mind, merely thinking, abstractions, clinging, upadana, craving, desire, diabetes, collapsing heart awareness, …
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Dhammapada verse 228, praise and blame, stories whirling around in our heads, hurt, talented, sensitive, self awareness, unique, genetically, kammically, deluded notion, exceptionality, one-upmanship, Abhidhamma, conceit, 9 different types, ditthi mana, the knot of deluded egoity, conundrum, sati-pannya, discipl…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Dhammapada verse 198, free from misery, accurate record, apocryphal, moot point, Rohini River, drought, water wars, rivers of blood, clear and calm, unwise, unhelpful, beauty, worthy, burden of remorse, upadana, clinging, obstruction of the heart, stubbed toe, pain, suffering, disembodied, concept and actuality,…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) misperception of reality, two extremes of feeling, neutral feeling as Middle Way, anapanasati, whole-body Eightfold Path, mindfulness in daily life, divine abidings, radiance, five khandas, six senses, insubstantiality, empty, peaceעל ידי Ajahn Punnyo
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Dhammapada verse 290, wisdom, going for refuge, joy, confidence, beach, picnic, confidence, initial faith, impermanence, skilful means, tranquillity, deeply relaxed, dissolving habits of denial, DDB, denied dukkha backlog, upaya, armour, anger, sadness, disappointment, addiction to alcohol, wowed, Ajahn Chah, kn…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) naive hope, succumb to feeling hopeless, cynicism, protection from chaos, buoyed up, ‘Reading The Natural Mind’, wanting and craving, hopefulness and hopelessness, sati-pañña, accuracy of awareness, lashings of cream, floods of maple syrup, repression, feeling without becoming, deconstructing the deluded sense o…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) This talk was given at a memorial service for Daw Myint Su who died 1st April, 2023, in Edinburgh. Daw Myint Su had been a trustee at Harnham Buddhist Monastery for over thirty years. Keywords: two types of blessings, common-or-garden variety, wholesomeness, understanding, meditation, derogatory comment, brainwa…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) The Disease of Denied Dukkha, True Principles, mere beliefs, aspirations, lists, 3 fires, 3 poisons, 4 Noble Truths, 4 Brahma Viharas, 5 Hindrances, 5 Ways of Removing Distracting Thoughts, 6 sense bases, 6 sense objects, 7 Factors of Enlightenment, 8-Fold Path, 8 Indicators of That Which is Dhamma, 10 Vectors o…
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(keywords) (slightly edited version) Minor and major suffering, tricks, avoidance, dukkha plus plus, dreams, grief, frozen, tears, parent, emotions, parking, blissful, Four Noble Truths, true principles, upaya, ubai, skilful means, conundrums, miserable, grumpy, backlog, denied life, medicating, spiritual faculties, idealistic, bhava-tanha, vibhava…
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