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 - Dhamma-Discussion, Q&A
12.00 pm - Dhamma Talk & Discussion
03.00 pm - Chanting, Guided Meditation and Dhamma-Reflection
GUIDED MEDITATION: Compassion / Karuna | Ajahn Dhammasiha
Compassion ('Karuṇā') is the wish for all beings to be free from suffering. In this guided meditation, Ajahn Dhammasiha recommends to use a little Mantra either in English:"May all beings be free from Suffering!"Or else in Pali (or both, if you prefer 😊):"Sabbe Sattā Dukkhā Pamuñcantu"Additionally, we can focus on wishing to all beings to be free from the causes that are ultimately generating their suffering. If they can abandon the causes, their suffering will end as well."May all beings be free from Greed/Hatred/Delusion""Sabbe Sattā Lobhā/Dosā/Mohā Pamuñcantu" Compassion is one of the four 'Divine Abidings' ('Brahmavihāra'), but curiously appears to be much more rarely practised in a formal way than Loving Kindness ('Mettā'). But in some situations, it may be a more skilfull approach than Mettā. E.g. when we are dealing with a very difficult person or group, who are causing great harm to us and others, it can be easier to develop compassion to them than Loving Kindness. In particular if we focus on wishing them to be freed from their hatred and delusion.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.facebook.com/dhammagiri-forest-hermitagewww.youtube.com/channel/UCJINt0JJBfFm_x0FZcU9QJwwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive
Evening Chanting Pali Full Version
Usually, we only do a shortened version of the traditional Pali Evening Chanting, due to time limitations. However, here's the full thing, for a change, but without the additional English chants.
We play the freely available Amaravati recording in the background, to produce a much fuller and more sonorous sound https://amaravati.org/audio/evening-chanting-pali-page-20-26/
Inviting Admonition - Pavarana Ceremony End of Rains Retreat
On Pavāraṇā full moon in October, which traditionally ends the three months rains retreat period for the sangha, the monks conduct a beautiful ceremony of inviting each other for admonition:"Venerable Sirs, I invite the Sangha to point out to me anything [inappropriate] seen, heard or suspected. Out of compassion, may the Venerable Ones please speak and admonish me; when I see [the mistake], I will make amends."Ajahn Dhammasiha explains how this ceremony helps us to open up for advice and constructive criticism. Whether ordained or in lay life, the quality of 'suvaco' ('easy to admonish'/'amiable to training') is a fundamental quality to help us recognizing and correcting shortcomings in our virtue and behaviour, that we may not be able to see ourselves, and thus to make smooth progress in our spiritual development.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.facebook.com/dhammagiri-forest-hermitagewww.youtube.com/channel/UCJINt0JJBfFm_x0FZcU9QJwwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive.
Seclusion, Dispassion, Cessation and Letting Go
Ajahn Dhammasiha offers reflections on the theme of: "Vivekanissitaṃ, Virāganissitaṃ, Nirodhanissitaṃ, Vossaggapariṇāmiṃ" ("Founded on Solitude, Fading Away, and Ending, and culminating in Relinquishment").
Whichever Dhamma Practice we're engaged in, the Buddha urges us to base that activity on these four foundations.
Three Kinds of Seclusion | Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Dh
The Buddha distinguishes three kinds of seclusion:Physical Seclusion ('Kāyaviveka')Mental Seclusion ('Cittaviveka') = SamādhiSeclusion from all Aquisitions/Attachments ('Upadhiviveka') = Realization of NibbānaWe have to develop them gradually, deepening them step by little step, based on each other. We can start with bodily seclusion, by at least occasionally retiring into an empty room for an hour, without any gedgets, mobile, internet, social media or interaction with anyone. www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.facebook.com/dhammagiri-forest-hermitagewww.youtube.com/channel/UCJINt0JJBfFm_x0FZcU9QJwwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive
Impermanence 'Anicca' | Short Reflections by Ajahn Dhammasiha
After the meditation session, Ajahn Dhammasīha offers a few short reflections on impermanence ('anicca').We can contemplate the unreliable, inconstant nature of all conditioned phenomena both externally and internally.We can observe 'anicca' in the objects of our desires and aversions, and we can contemplate the impermanent nature of all desires and aversions themselves.However strong they may appear, if we look carefully, we notice that all defilements are conditioned phenomena as well, contineously arising, changing and passing away due to conditions.www.dhammagiri.org.auwww.facebook.com/dhammagiri-forest-hermitagewww.youtube.com/channel/UCJINt0JJBfFm_x0FZcU9QJwwww.tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive.