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Pariyatti exists to bring people into contact with the teachings of the Buddha. We provide resources in the Theravāda tradition, and support Pāli language students and Vipassana meditators, in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin as taught by S.N. Goenka.
We serve meditators, scholars, educators and the public by providing ready access to hard-to-find titles, a large collection of online resources, pilgrimages, and Pāli workshops.

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Pariyatti exists to bring people into contact with the teachings of the Buddha. We provide resources in the Theravāda tradition, and support Pāli language students and Vipassana meditators, in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin as taught by S.N. Goenka.
We serve meditators, scholars, educators and the public by providing ready access to hard-to-find titles, a large collection of online resources, pilgrimages, and Pāli workshops.

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 33 excerpt)

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 33 excerpt)

    Story 33 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie . A healthy component of the practice is to stay awake to encroaching spiritual materialism. This danger begins to raise its head after you think of yourself as an experienced practitioner. You may judge your practice as quite advanced. You pat yourself on the back. You start acquiring compliments. Thoughts that you might teach someday may flutter through your consciousness. Don’t indulge in these meanderings. Keep an eye on them as you would a spot of crabgrass on an otherwise pristine lawn. narrated by Ian McCrorie 2022 3 minutes 15 seconds Listen to Streaming Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. Download Audio (2MB) Audio copyright, 2022 Pariyatti 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' as a book and eBook can be found at https://store.pariyatti.org/a-lifetime-doing-nothing. More by Ian McCrorie. View more books and audio resources available in the Pariyatti bookstore.

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 32 excerpt)

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 32 excerpt)

    Story 32 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie . An abscessed tooth forced me out of my hut and into Bombay, as it was known then, to see a dentist. I had his name on a piece of paper and was assured he was ektampukkha, “a cheap but best” dentist. No one was in the waiting room, and he said he could take me right away, two facts that should have warned me to be careful. Once I was in the chair, he quickly concluded my tooth was... narrated by Ian McCrorie 2022 3 minutes 25 seconds Listen to Streaming Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. Download Audio (2.1MB) Audio copyright, 2022 Pariyatti 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' as a book and eBook can be found at https://store.pariyatti.org/a-lifetime-doing-nothing. More by Ian McCrorie. View more books and audio resources available in the Pariyatti bookstore.

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 31 excerpt)

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 31 excerpt)

    Story 31 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie . I had an aunt who lived on a forty-acre estate west of Toronto. The manor house was an Elizabethan structure with separate breakfast and dining rooms, a full maid's quarters, apple orchards, and a forest with deer and other wildlife. In the late afternoon we would dress for tea and retire to the screened porch off the living room. My aunt would put Mozart on the hi-fi, and we would eat cucumber sandwiches. The tea service was... narrated by Ian McCrorie 2022 3 minutes 19 seconds Listen to Streaming Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. Download Audio (2MB) Audio copyright, 2022 Pariyatti 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' as a book and eBook can be found at https://store.pariyatti.org/a-lifetime-doing-nothing. More by Ian McCrorie. View more books and audio resources available in the Pariyatti bookstore.

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 30 excerpt)

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 30 excerpt)

    Story 30 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie . When you find yourself in a hole, first stop digging. Trite but true, when we find ourselves in this predicament, we need to lay down the activities that led us to be that deep in the hole. When I found myself in an alcohol-induced hole, I let all the alcohol-related activities go. These included for a time even good friends... narrated by Ian McCrorie 2022 3 minutes 37 seconds Listen to Streaming Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. Download Audio (2.2MB) Audio copyright, 2022 Pariyatti 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' as a book and eBook can be found at https://store.pariyatti.org/a-lifetime-doing-nothing. More by Ian McCrorie. View more books and audio resources available in the Pariyatti bookstore.

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 29 excerpt)

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 29 excerpt)

    Story 29 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie . When the venerable Thai teacher, Ajahn Chah,was asked what technique of meditation he taught, he replied frankly, “I teach frustration.” Doing non-doing can be in itself frustrating, but in the hands of a meditation master it can be nuclear. narrated by Ian McCrorie 2022 4 minutes 31 seconds Listen to Streaming Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. Download Audio (2.6MB) Audio copyright, 2022 Pariyatti 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' as a book and eBook can be found at https://store.pariyatti.org/a-lifetime-doing-nothing. More by Ian McCrorie. View more books and audio resources available in the Pariyatti bookstore.

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 28 excerpt)

    A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 28 excerpt)

    Story 28 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie . In India they trap monkeys with a bamboo cage. The cage has a small opening just large enough for the monkey's hand to slip through. They slide a banana through the hole and wait. The monkey smells the banana and twists his hand through the hole and grabs the banana. Success. Or so he thinks, until... narrated by Ian McCrorie 2022 4 minutes 31 seconds Listen to Streaming Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. Download Audio (2.6MB) Audio copyright, 2022 Pariyatti 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' as a book and eBook can be found at https://store.pariyatti.org/a-lifetime-doing-nothing. More by Ian McCrorie. View more books and audio resources available in the Pariyatti bookstore.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

matreyia ,

Non Sectarian, Non Religious...

Even though this is labeled as "Buddhism", it is actually not Buddhism or any particular faith, rather it is only about truths that are common to all positive faiths in the world. Mr. Goenka only speaks about love, compassion, treating others kindly; these concepts are the pillars of Christianity as well as the other major religions in the world. Metaphysics isn't a concern in these talks. Excellent stuff.

Dan_R ,

Invaluable dhamma discourses

These dhamma (dharma) talks by S.N. Goenka are wonderfully straightforward explanations of Vipassana and the eightfold noble path as taught by Gautama the Buddha. Play these talks for friends who are interested in meditation and the teachings of the Buddha. They are not a substitute for actual practice of dhamma but they serve a valuable role as inspiration for meditators and non-meditators alike.

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