Category Archives: Dhamma

Message from HHPCR

Following is a message from His Holiness Phakchok Rinpoche, who was here in January: ___”___ Dear Friends, I hope you’ve all been happy and healthy. On this Guru Rinpoche Day, I would like to share with you a pithy instruction which … Continue reading

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Nibbana dilemma – is it worth it?

After discussion on the nature of Nibbana (the Goal) and Samsara in the last few posts, the next question, is whether Nibbana is worth it. Why not just enjoy the vicissitudes of birth and death in eternity … The Fight and … Continue reading

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Samsara – what it means

With the recent presence of Mahayana teachers in Bangkok – it is timely to consider some of the doctrinal differences between the lineages of Buddhism. Remember though, that it is not a competition, and we can all find much common … Continue reading

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Enlightenment

Monks are not really supposed to talk about Enlightenment. This is a custom – perhaps because monks have a serious rule about not claiming attainments they do not have. But talking about it is not to claim it for oneself. … Continue reading

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Monks and Miracles Part II

continued from Part I … One time a layman named Kevaddha went to the Buddha and entreated him to perform some miracles in the wealthy town of Nalanda in order to get support for the Sangha. Three times he was … Continue reading

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Miracles

As the inspiring Ringu Tulku mentioned the Buddha’s statement that the real miracle is the miracle of instruction, the post below from 3 years ago seems relevant…. so it is bumped up to the front …. Just to be clear the … Continue reading

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Words from Sayadaw U Jotika

Tomorrow (Tuesday 1st Feb 2011) we are honoured to host Sayadaw U Jotika, a wonderfully humble, inspiring and touching Bhikkhu from Myanmar. Details of the announcement, bio and Mp3 of his previous talks here Here is an excerpt from a book … Continue reading

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Possibly the Ego

One of the most mis-understood and mis-used words to have filtered down from psychology is the word ‘ego’. In the common understanding of the term, it means a sense of ‘self-aggrandizement’ or making yourself look a certain way to feed … Continue reading

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Qualities of a Good Man

A few days ago Ajahn Jayasaro gave a Dhamma talk in English for about 60 people in Pak Chong (Northwest of Bangkok). It was not clear to everyone but the points he was talking about are a teaching called the Sappurisa-dhamma: qualities … Continue reading

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The Recreating mind

simplicity is the ultimate sophistication said Leonardo da Vinci The trouble is the mind likes to make things complex. Layers and  layers of psychology, ego, neurosis, fears … The mind has the job of recreating things that are observed. So that … Continue reading

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Vipassana in common lexicon

Some 100+ years ago Freud, and then Yung, Skinner, George Kelly were inventing, or reinventing psychological terms. it was cutting edge at the time, but slowly the terms have seeped into common understanding and useage. Do you know what an … Continue reading

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Control your mind

In Vipassana circuits today it is taught that you should observe, and not control. But keeping the observing mind, mindfulness, is a form of control. It is maintaining a sense of presence. Yes, you are not controlling with force of will, … Continue reading

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Poem for Mankind

Thanks Lee for forwarding this translated poem by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu – seems very appropriate right now Poem for Humankind by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (Late Abbott of Wat Suan Mok)   Translated by Susan F. Kepner   We should behave toward our fellow human beings … Continue reading

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The Slayer with a Drawn Sword

The Path of Enlightenment is not for everyone. For one thing, it takes dedication, almost an obsession. The thought of enlightenment needs to always present in mind. This is what Zen monks are doing with their Koans – they are … Continue reading

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The Meditative Art of Attention

Following is an exerpt from a teaching by Australian Bhikkhu Ven. Pannyavaro – who will be visiting Bangkok in May. We have a Dhamma Talk, a meditation workshop, and a weekend retreat booked with him (details of all these will be announced … Continue reading

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Papanca – That delightful daydreaming..

Following on from yesterday’s blog ‘Default Dreaming’ …. Humans and animals like to drift off. We like to swap awareness and attention, for inattention. Like any cat’s favourite passtime is snoozing, we all like to drift off into the unconscious. Look … Continue reading

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Default Dreaming

According to a new book by Barbara Strauch called The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain as we get older, so we are more and more liable to lapse into unmindful daydreaming. From an article on the book: One of the … Continue reading

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Short and Sharp Four Noble Truths

While paradoxical Zen masters are cool, and Tibetan refugee Bodhisattva monks warm nations, there has always been a steady stream of really great Thai masters right here in the towns and forests of Thailand. One of them was Luang Phor … Continue reading

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Making others happy

The quality of your action depends on the quality of your being. Suppose you’re eager to offer happiness, to make someone happy. That’s a good thing to do. But if you’re not happy, then you can’t do that. In order … Continue reading

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Genie in a Bottle

 [Summary: Blog on the precepts and drinking alcohol – how much do you have to give up?] I work out on the road all week, and get home on a Friday evening. Why can’t I share a bottle of wine … Continue reading

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The mind that made your problems.

The following is a personal note from the respected Sayadaw U Jotika to one of his followers regarding a life that has many problems. (For other posts about/by  Sayadaw U Jotika click here) ** ** ** You are right when … Continue reading

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Dhamma as a Raft

When people first come across Dhamma they judge it the way they always judge things – against you own standards i.e. what you think is good and bad. What you find is you like some teachings and dislike others. Naturally … Continue reading

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Report: A. Wimoak on Anapanasati, Feb 2010

Last night we invited Ajahn Wimoak (also spelled Vimoak, or Vimokkha) Mettanando to give the dhamma talk at Ariyasom. At this period we are inbetween the big events – last one was Sayadaw U JOtika and then the Two Abbots Ajahns Pasanno and Amaro. Part of the intention … Continue reading

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A Dose of Dukkha; might not be a bad thing

At one time, the Buddha heard of two monks arriving at his camp in the morning. One came and took the leftover food for his meal, not having eaten since the previous day. The other skipped the food, and took … Continue reading

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Report: Two Abbots Talk

We started arranging this event in December 2008. Ajahn Pasanno, who had lived for a while in Bangkok back in the 1970’s, knew that Dhamma was kind of hard to find in the English language, and that this is a … Continue reading

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