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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.

You can learn more about our monastery,
Ajahn Dhammasiha and our Sangha
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including regular live podcasts on the weekend
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Dhammagiri Buddhist Podcasts Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage

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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.

You can learn more about our monastery,
Ajahn Dhammasiha and our Sangha
at our website:
https://www.dhammagiri.net

We've also got a Youtube Channel,
including regular live podcasts on the weekend
"Dhammatalks at Dhammagiri":
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJINt0JJBfFm_x0FZcU9QJw

Our email Newsletter:
https://tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive


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    Renunciation or Non-Attachment? | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhamma Talk at Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage

    Renunciation or Non-Attachment? | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhamma Talk at Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage

    Ajahn Dhammasiha responds to a question:

    "Is renunciation or non-attachment the better practice?"

    Ajahn explains that both terms are often used largely synonymous, and that therefore it's not so much a question of 'either-or'. Both practices are concerned with 'letting go'.

    But it's also possible to understand these two terms with different nuances of meaning.

    On the one hand, one can 'renounce' something, even if one still has attachment to it. For example, someone may observe 8 precepts and not eat in the evening. He is 'renouncing' the evening meal for that day. However, he may still be attached to eating in the evening. It takes deliberate effort and determination to 'renounce' the evening meal, even though one would enjoy it, even though one is still attached to it.

    The term 'non-attachment', on the other hand, usually implies that desire, craving and clinging to the evening meal are really gone. It doesn't require any effort anymore to 'renounce' it, as the attachment is no longer there.

    Usually it's easier to develop real non-attachment by first renouncing. E.g. monks and nuns give up all their money before they ordain. But there may still be attachment, which even after giving it all up physically, takes a much longer time to truly overcome.


    It's more difficult to cultivate non-attachment to things we can't fully 'renounce'. Like for example food, or our physical bodies. Without food we couldn't live, we have to take food while we practice, we can't 'renounce' all food. Instead, we have to cultivate non-attachment while we're still taking food every day. This is much more difficult, and there's a danger that we may delude ourselves into thinking we're not attached, even though we're actually are.

    How deeply we're attached, we often only notice once we can't get the object of our attachment any more. Whenever possible, it's best to practice both, renunciation and non-attachment, together at the same time. First giving it away, or not indulging in it any more, and at the same time using wisdom to gradually abandon any remaining attachments.





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    Letting Go | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhammagiri | Why's the Mind Jumping away from the Meditation Object?

    Letting Go | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhammagiri | Why's the Mind Jumping away from the Meditation Object?

    It's good to remind ourselves regularly of the final purpose of all our Dhamma practice. Whether it's offering dana, or keeping precepts, developing sense restraint, or watching the breath in formal meditation - in the end all of this should lead to letting go.

    It's outright impossible to fix all problems in the external world, all issues with our own bodies, and all our relationships and interactions with other beings perfectly. Even if we do our best to make this world a better place, there will still be wars and conflict and sickness and death, as it has always been. The only real 'fix' is simply letting go of it all. Once the heart lets go completely of all conditioned phenomena, it will experience final release and permanent freedom from dukkha, independent from any external conditions. 

    Ajahn Dhammasiha also anwers a related question: Why is the mind jumping away from the meditation object, and how can we overcome this tendency.



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    • 29 min
    Mudita - Wholesome Joy to Cultivate Awakening | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhammagiri | Buddha Grants 8 Favours to Lady Visakha

    Mudita - Wholesome Joy to Cultivate Awakening | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhammagiri | Buddha Grants 8 Favours to Lady Visakha

    Ajahn Dhammasiha encourages us to give more importance to developing forms of wholesome joy. Like muditā, rejoicing in other beings good actions and accomplishments.

    However dark the world sometimes may appear to us, if we look carefully, we can still find countless acts of goodness, kindness and beauty occurring all around us. Rather than focussing on problems, and indulging in the faultfinding mind, we can discover so many admirable deeds in this world.

    When we focus on rejoicing in all the good that is done around us, we have a never ending source of happiness available to us.

    Ajahn also relates the story how Lady Visākhā requested 8 favours from the Buddha. The Buddha granted her request, as he recognized her deep understanding of the mental process to cultivate Bhāvanā:

    She was using her amazing generosity not just to generate good karma and attain a fortunate rebirth. Instead, she deliberately used the joy she experienced when reflecting on her good acts as a support to develop rapture and samādhi. Next, she would then use samādhi to develop the factors of enlightenment (satta bojjhangā) to attain Nibbāna.



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    • 42 min
    Robe Offering Ceremony, Refuge, Precepts, Blessing | Ajahn Kalyano Visits Dhammagiri in Kathina Season

    Robe Offering Ceremony, Refuge, Precepts, Blessing | Ajahn Kalyano Visits Dhammagiri in Kathina Season

    🔸️Intro (Ajahn Dhammasiha, MC)

    🔸️Requesting Triple Refuge & 5 Precepts (Dr Mallik & Vijitha)

    🔸️Taking Refuge in Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha  (Conducted by Ajahn Dta Candavaṃso)

    🔸️Committing to the 5 Precepts (Conducted by Ajahn Dta Candavaṃso)

    🔸️Recitation of Paṃsukūla Sangha-dāna (Dr Mallik & Vijitha)

    🔸️Offering of Robes & Forest Cloth to Sangha (All Sangha & Laity)

    🔸️Sangha silently contemplates Paṃsukūla Robes (Sangha)

    🔸️Recitation of "Kāle dadanti sappaññā..." - Offerings at Auspicious Occasion (Sangha)

    🔸️Apalokana Sangha Kamma - Formal Decision of the Sangha to share Sangha Offerings for individual use (Ajahn Khantiko)

    🔸️Anumodanā (Rejoicing) & Blessing (Sangha led by Luang Por Kalyano)





    This year Ven Ajahn Kalyano and four other senior monks have kindly  accepted our invitation to join us for the ceremony, giving us a Sangha  of eight Bhikkhus: 

    🔶 Luang Por Kalyano & Ajahn Dta Candavaṃso from Buddha  Bodhivana Monastery, Warburton near Melbourne. 

    🔶 Ajahn Saeang and Ajahn Varadhammo from Bodhisaddha Monastery,  Wilton near Sydney 

    🔶 Ajahn Khantiko from Wat Doi Mongkonsathan Hermitage in Chiang Mai  province

    🔶️ Our own resident monks Ajahn Dhammasiha, Ajahn Moneyyo & Tan Niddaro 





    On the day of the ceremony we had a severe wether event, with torrential  rains, storms, flooding, and the government issuing a warning to do  only 'essential' travel. One of the two main roads to Dhammagiri was  already flooded and impassable.  Amazingly, some 150 people still came out to join, and they all  thoroughly enjoyed it. With their hearts focussed on making good karma  through generostiy, observing precepts, and listening to Dhamma, they  didn't mind some physical discomfort from inclement weather. Even though  the sky was grey 🌧 and raining, our hearts where sunny 🌞, bright, and  joyful throughout the event 😊



    We all received a beautiful teaching that out true happiness does not  depend on external conditions, but on the quality of our heart. A heart  filled with goodness and good karma is happy inside, even in adverse  external conditions.



    Please note ceremony above is not a formal Kathina, but an offering of 'Forest Cloth' (Pali: Pamsukūla) (Thai: Pah Bah), as conducted if less than 5 monks have spent the rains retreat at the monastery.





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    • 23 min
    AJAHN KALYANO: Using Dhamma to Deal with Problems | Talk at Robe Offering Ceremony Dhammagiri

    AJAHN KALYANO: Using Dhamma to Deal with Problems | Talk at Robe Offering Ceremony Dhammagiri

    Our Robe Offering Ceremony took place amidst torrential downpours, severe weather warnings and major flooding. Defying floods and storms, some 150 Dhamma practitioners still came out to Dhammagiri, determined not to miss this special opportunity for making merit, and to listen to teachings from our visiting senior monk Luang Por Kalyano.

    Listening to the rain pouring down, and the frogs croaking, Luang Por takes up the theme of dealing with difficulties and problems. He encourages us to apply Dhamma to the challenges we continuously face in daily life.

    He shares some fascinating stories of even worse flooding he had to cope with as a youg monk, when he stayed with Ajahn Piak at Wat Fa Kram, Lamlukka near Bangkok. The monks had to wade through deep water on their daily almsround, and occasionally would be completely submerged in water when stepping into the wrong spot. One day even a cobra was floating by close to where they washed their bowls. However, the monks could manage, as they used the difficult external conditions as a training to apply the principles of Dhamma in dealing with them.

    When we take up and maintain the precepts, develop faith in the Tirple Gem, and purify our heart through generating puñña (good karma), we will find that Dhamma starts to permeate our life. The more Dhamma becomes part of our daily life, the more resilience our mind develops to face any difficulties. We apply wisdom (paññā) in dealing with every challenging situation, and reflect on the impermanence of all conditioned phenomena. Through seeing with wisdom we can let go of anger, irritation & frustation, and dwell with a calm and peaceful mind even amidst adversity.




    The formal 'Invitation to Teach Dhamma' ("Brahmā ca Lokādhipatī Sahampatī...) that you hear in the beginning, right before Luang Por's talk, has been recited very beautifully by Aoy. 




    You can watch the whole event, including Luang Por Kalyano's Dhamma Talk, Paritta chanting by our sangha of eight monks, observance of Triple Refuge and 5 Precepts, and the formal offering of forest cloth, on our Youtube Channel here:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJINt0JJBfFm_x0FZcU9QJw




    Photos of Luang Por Kalyano and our Robe Offering Ceremony are available here:
    https://www.dhammagiri.net/copy-of-images-of-dhammagiri





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    • 41 min
    Paritta - Auspicious Protective Chants | Buddhist Pali Chanting | Dhammagiri | Ajahn Kalyano, Ajahn Saeng, Ajahn Dhammasiha & Sangha

    Paritta - Auspicious Protective Chants | Buddhist Pali Chanting | Dhammagiri | Ajahn Kalyano, Ajahn Saeng, Ajahn Dhammasiha & Sangha

    At our Robe Offering Ceremony at Dhammagiri, Ajahn Saeng leads our Sangha of eight monks in the recitation of Paritta.

    Paritta are teachings of the Buddha with particular auspicious or protective content, which are chanted by the Buddhist monks at special occasions.


    The 8 monks chanting are, in order of seniority:



    Luang Por Kalyano, abbot of Buddha Bodhivana Monastery, Warburton near Melbourne

    Ajahn Saeng, Bodhisaddha Monastery, Wilton near Sydney

    Ajahn Dhammasiha, abbot of Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage, Brisbane

    Ajahn Dta Candavaṃso, Wat Nong Pah Pong, Ubon, Thailand / Buddha Bodhivana Monastery

    Ajahn Varadhammo, abbot of Bodhisaddha Monastery, Wilton near Sydney

    Ajahn Khantiko, Wat Doi Mongkonsathan Hermitage, Chiang Mai

    Ajahn Moneyyo, Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage

    Tan Niddaro, Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage / Amaravati Buddhist Monastery 





    Sequence of Chants

    Minutes:Seconds of recording, and page numbers of Amaravati Chanting Book, Volume 2:



    00:01 Requesting Paritta Chanting (Dr Mallik) p125 (this is the only one in Volume 1)

    00:31 Invitation to Devas, Spirits, Angels, Ajahn Varadhammo, p32

    00:55 'Namo tassa...' (Homage to the Buddha) p33

    02:39 Going for Refuge p33

    03:37 'Yo cakkhumā...' p34

    06:16 'Namo arahato...' p35

    07:32 Mangala Sutta (Highest Blessings) p38

    10:49 Mora Paritta (Protetion of the Peacock) p45

    12:50 Ratana Sutta  (The Jewels - Shortened Version) p36

    15:58 Mettā Sutta (Discourse on Loving Kindness - End Only)  p41

    16:58 Khandha Paritta (Snake Protection - 2nd Half Only) p43

    17:43 Āṭānāṭiya Paritta, 'Vipassissa nam'atthu...' (Demon Protection - Introductory Verses Only) p47

    19:26 Abhaya Paritta 'Yan-dunnimittaṃ...' (Fear/Anxiety Protection) p46

    20:32 Qualities of Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha 'Iti pi so Bhagavā...' p44

    22:19 Jaya Mangala, 'Bahuṃ sahassam...' (Verses of Victory) p50

    26:11 Devatā Uyyojana, 'Dukkhappattā...' (Sharing with Devas/Angels)p51

    27:17 Jaya Paritta, 'Mahā Kāruṇiko...' (Victory Protection) p52

    28:55 'Bhavatu sabba-mangalaṃ...', Concluding Blessing p53




    You can view or download the Amaravati Chanting Books Volume 2 and Volume 1 for free here:



    Volume 2: https://cdn.amaravati.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/30/Chanting-Book-Vol-2-Web.pdf

    Volume 1: https://cdn.amaravati.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/30/Chanting-Book-Vol-1-Web.pdf




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