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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.

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Every Saturday
07.30 am - Triple Refuge & Precepts
12.00 pm - Dhamma-Discussion, Q&A

Every Sunday:
09.00 am - Triple Refuge & Precepts and guided Meditation
12.00 pm - Dhamma Talk & Discussion
03.00 pm - Chanting, Guided Meditation and Dhamma-Reflection
121 Episodes
Even if our physical body is confined in our house or appartment during the COVID lockdown, our mind still has the freedom to dwell in Loving Kindness ('Mettā'). The 'Divine Abode' of loving kindness is located internally in our consciousness. Thus it remains accessible, right inside our own heart, never mind where our physical body may be located.Ajahn Dhammasiha reminds us that, rather than getting upset or depressed in lockdown, we can decide to dwell in the bright, beautiful and joyful 'Divine Abode' of unconditional, universal loving kindness, easily accessible in our own
In this guided meditation, Ajahn Dhammasīha points out that the location of our physical body does not necessarily have to be where our mind is located. Even if our physical body is confined in a lockdown, our mind can dwell in the divine abode of infinite, unconditional loving kindness to all beings.We repeat:"In gladness and in safety, may all beings be at ease"continuously in our mind like a little mantra, consistently and mindfully. As we're repeating these words, we put our heart into it, we really mean it, and we mindfully notice how the intention of non-judgemental, unconditional good will naturally arises. We also notice that this intention is connected with an exquisite happiness, a buoyant emotion of calmful joy, which we fully relish and allow to unfold until it suffuses our whole body &
Ajahn Dhammasiha asks the audience: Imagine someone paid you $100 each time you bowed to the Buddha - how many times a day would you bow?They all admit that they would bow so often that their back starts hurting.But each time we bow with a genuine emotion of faith, confidence, respect and devotion, we generate good karma ('puñña') worth much more than $100! And we will not even loose that good karma when we die, but take it with us to our next life!Therefore, once we understand how much karmic benefit we receive from a simple act as bowing, we will do it a lot. Once we understand how much good karma we make by simply thinking many times: "May all beings be happy and at ease!", we will try to think such thoughts all the
Many struggle with feelings of guilt. Some even berate themselves, self-criticize, and continue to beat themselves down until they loose all self esteem and start hating themselves due to unskilfull, harmful actions they have done.But that serves no benefit to anyone: It doesnt help the person we may have harmed, it's bad for ourselves, and of no use to anyone at all.Ajahn Dhammasiha explains what the Buddha advised us to do if we have committed harm:We have to recognize if we have acted unskilfully, fully understand and honestly acknowlege it (suppression/denial doesn't work!)If possible, we try to fix any damage and ask for forgivenessWe firmly resolve to do better in futureWe completely forgive ourselves and let goWe maintain our resolution and restrain ourselves not to do the unskilful action ever againGuilt is all about the past. Instead of wallowing in guilt, we focus all our energy on doing better in the future. That's what's benefical for both ourselves and all other beings!
As part of our New Year's Eve Program at Dhammagiri, we conducted a ceremony of asking forgiveness from Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. Ajahn Dhammasiha recites the traditional verses both in Pali and English translation, and the whole community repeats line by line after him. This simple ritual is deeply meaningful and so helpful for overcoming feelings of guilt."By body, speech, or mind,For whatever wrong action I have committed towards the Buddha,May my acknowledgement of fault be acceptedThat in future there may be restraint regarding the Buddha"In the end, it's not so much about whether the Buddha forgives us (in his infinite compassion, he certainly does do so in any case). Instead, the crucial question is whether we can forgive ourselves. Even if others forgive us, it wouldn't really help as long as we continue beating ourselves down due to feelings of guilt. But when we ask forgiveness from the Triple Gem wholeheartedly again and again, it triggers something in our own mind, ond the heart opens up and we can gradually grant full forgivenss to ourselves and let go.Of course, for this to work, it's also necessary to stop doing the harmful actions that cause us to feel guilt, and to set up a firm resolution to never do it
On New Year's Eve we offered a special ceremony for those who wish to really commit themselves to observance of the 5 precepts for the following year. Quite a substantial group showed up and made that powerful commitment.The sequence of the ceremony is as follows:Buddha Puja with Evening Chanting (some Chants in Pali, some in English)Requesting the Triple Refuge & Five PreceptsTaking refuge in Buddha, Dhamma & SanghaCommitting to the 5 Precepts for all of 2021A few words of acvice by Ajahn Dhammasiha, encouraging participants in their resolution to train in the five 'Trainingsteps' to purify their virtueShort Guided Meditation, where Ajahn recommends to 'feel out' the uplifting, energizing effect such a powerful resulution has on our mind (silent period has been edited and reduced to half a minute for this podcast)Paying respect to Buddha, Dhamma and
Ajahn Dhammasiha brings up the metaphor of a 'Sneaky Santa Claus', who is not distributing all the gifts in his sack to the kids, but instead keeps some of the stuff for himself. That would be a bad Santa.Similarly, we would be sneaky meditators if we continued to hold on, cling, and identify with anything at all that we encounter in our mind during meditation. Like Santa's task is to empty his sack completely by distributing all the gifts, so our task in meditation is to empty the mind completely from all clinging to emotions, thoughts, memories, past & future...; from any identification with anything
Could it be that a Buddhist monk believes in Santa Claus?Yes, it could be, in the sense that he believes in Santa as a symbol for generosity. Santa's sole job is to bring gifts to all the kids all over the world. Giving is good karma. Good karma means happiness. Consequently, we find that Santa is always represented as smiling, jovial and happy - a perfect embodiment of the quality of generosity and kindness, and the resulting happiness!Additionally, Santa is also a symbol for karma. In order to actually get the requested gifts from Santa, we have to be good boys and girls. The baddies won't get any gifts! Likewise, only when we generate lots of good karma ('puñña') will our wishes become reality.But it's also important to generate wholesome aspirations: We have to be judicious what to put onto our wishlist. We don't want to waste all our good karma for getting only superficial things like material riches. Instead, be better aspire for spiritual qualities like kindness, virtue, mindfulness, wisdom and
This Dhamma discussion begins with someone sharing the recent story of a 7 year old kid in rural Sri Lanka, who started talking about his past life as an astronaut/pilot, and how he died in an accident. Amazingly, the little boy speaks fluent Hindi (not normally spoken in Sri Lanka) and fluent English, even with native English accent!This leads to an interesting exchange with Ajahn Dhammasiha and other members of the audience about karma, rebirth, the transition from one life to the next, and the well known "judgment-scene" described in various cultures and religions, where the departed after their death encounter a court scene, where all their good and bad actions are recorded and
Ven Sīvali was one of the 80 'Great Disciples' of the Buddha. Due to his extraordinary good karma, he would always receive almsfood and requisites in abundance, even more than the Buddha himself. Consequently, he has become a symbol of good luck and wealth in in the Theravāda tradition.His birth was truly extraordinary as well: His mother Suppavāsa was pregnant for 7 years, and then almost died in childbirth when her labour lasted 7 days. Barely recovered, she invited Buddha and Sangha for a series of 7 days almsoffering.Already the day after his birth the little baby could speak, and had a Dhamma discussion with Ven Sāriputta, the Buddha's chief disciple. Suppavāsa was exceedingly happy that her baby was a child prodigee that could speak about Dhamma right after birth. When asked by the Buddha, she even stated that she would love to have 7 kids just like him!(Completely forgetting that the day before she had reached the peak of pain and suffering because of that child!!)The Buddha then spontaneously exclaims the following verses:Pain in the disguise of pleasure,The repulsive masquerading as lovely,Suffering in the semblance of happinessOverwhelm those who are heedless.[Udāna/'Inspired Exclamations' 2.8 'Suppavāsa Sutta']
This time we're including our regular Sunday afternoon chanting/puja at the beginning, as some may be interested to hear what we're chanting.You can read the text for our chanting in the Amaravati Chanting Book Vol 1 here: 18: Dedication of Offerings (Pali Language)Page 20: Homage to the Buddha & Recollection of the Buddha (Pali)Page 24: Recollection of the Dhamma (Pali)Page 26: Recollection of the Sangha (Pali)Page 37: The Buddha's Words on Loving Kindness (English)Page 41: Reflections on Universal Well Being (English)Page 43: Suffusion with the Divine Abidings (English)Next, in the guided meditation Ajahn Dhammasiha encourages us to develop contentment in our meditation. Trying to push, and wishing and wanting to attain anything is the slowest way, which will actually only lead to frustration.Instead, we're completely content with the breath in the present moment, not trying to get anywhere. Perfect contentment here and now, just watching the breath in silence and stillness, is the 'fastest' way into samā
It's so important for our Dhamma practice that we have an example to emulate and inspire us. Therefore, the Buddha has declared a pair of disciples as the exemplars for us to model our practice on:For monks: Ven Sāriputta and Ven MahāmoggallānaFor nuns: Ven Khemā and Ven UppalavaṇṇāFor male lay disciples: Citta & HatthakaFor female lay disciples: Khujjuttarā & NandamātāIn this Dhammatalk Ajahn Dhammasiha focuses on Khujjuttarā, the top standard for female lay disciples, who was a servant in the palace of King Udena. Listening to the Buddha she became a stream-enterer and then shared the teachings with the 500 wifes of the king, ultimately leading all of them to realize the Dhamma.Most amazingly, her teachings are preserved to this day in a part of the Tipiṭaka called 'Itivuttaka' ('Thus was it said'), allowing us to study and practise according to these original
We derive numerous benefits from developing Sīla (Virtue) and keeping precepts:We protect other beings from harmWe protect ourselves from harmWe avoid making bad karma, and instead generate good karma every day we manage to keep our preceptsWe create conditions for a happy rebirthWe set a good example to othersWe train ourselves in determination, effort & mindfulnessWe beautify the mind and equip it for the experience of enlightenmentThe last one is the most exalted benefit precepts provide. With pure virtue, we experience freedom from remorse ('avippaṭisāra') and blameless happiness ('anavajja-sukha'). That happiness will lead to rapture, tranquility, bliss and samādhi, and with samādhi the mind can develop the full 8fold Path and realize awakening.We do not cling to precepts as an end in itself, but we understand this process and wisely use the precepts as a means to achieve our ultimate objective: Happiness, Samādhi & Nibbāna!
Fake or Not?

Fake or Not?


From photoshop to 'brush up your appearace' on Zoom, from fake news to fake fact checks to fake elections to fake election challenges, from fake bodyparts to botox to facelift to faking a non-existent jet-set lifestyle for instagram followers - we live in times of Peak Fake.To practise the path of Dhamma, Ajahn Dhammasiha urges us to stop faking it and instead become true, frank, honest, genuine, authentic. The danger in faking things is not only that we may deceive and ultimately disappoint others, but at some stage the dividing line between fake and real becomes blurry, and we may not be able to clearly distinguish anymore ourselves what's real and what's not real.Rather than ending up believing our own fakery, we have to aim at brutal honesty with ourselves if we ever hope to realize the only state that's really real: 'Amosa-dhammaṃ Nibbānaṃ'
We live in times of 'peak fake', where people hire a fake mock-up of a lear-jet cabin to take photos of themselves pretending to their Instagram followers that they're living the jet-set livestyle!To follow the path of Dhamma, we have to go into the opposite direction, we have to become real, true, authentic in our words, thoughts and actions. If we can't be frank, genuine and truthful even in simple external matters, we will never see through the deep-fake happening inside our minds all the time: The 5 groups of clining faking that they are permanent, that they are owned by us, and that they can give us true, lasting happiness.In reality all 5 of them are fake:The body/form is insubstantial like a lump of foamFeeling is like the bubbles popping up in a puddle in heavy rainPerception is like a mirageIntention/volition is like a banana tree - we can peel away layers after layers from the stem, but will never reach real hardwoodConsciousness is like a magic show (or nowadays, we could also compare it to a movie/video/computer virtual reality)Saṃutta Nikāya/Connected Discourses, 22 Khandhasaṃyutta, #95 'Simile of the lump of Foam'Once we see that they are fake we can let go of them and experience
Letting go is radically different from suppression, denial or displacement. In his guided meditation, Ajahn Dhammasiha encourages us to acknowledge whatever arises in out mind, even if it's negative and challanging emotions or memories. If we just deny and suppress them, they will never be resolved, but just get pushed into the unconscious part of our mind, and wil later surface again - potentially even manifesting as neurosis.We have to look at even the unpleasant, negative emotions with conscious awareness, so that we can investigate them mindfully and understand them with proper wisdom. Once they are seen wisely as impermanent and not truly me or belonging to me, only then can we let go of
When our mind is assailed by negative emotions like anxiety, anger or frustration, recollection of the Triple Gem is an amazingly effective approach to subdue the unwholesome thoughts and fill the mind with goodness instead.For instance, we simply repeat the formula of homage to the Buddha for 108 times:"Iti pi so Bhagavā Arahaṃ Sammāsambuddho, Vijjā-caraṇa-sampanno Sugato Loka-vidū, Anuttaro Purisa-damma-sarathi, Satthā Deva-manussānaṃ, Buddho Bhagavā ti""He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Pure One, the Perfectly Enlightened One; He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Accomplished One, the Knower of the Worlds; He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and humans; he is Awake and Holy."And already the world and as well as our mind look much brighter and happier!
In our formal meditation, we may experience rapture and bliss of samādhi. But at other times, we may feel no happiness at all, but struggle with an unruly mind, challenging emotions, and a lot of internal pain.However, there is nothing 'wrong' with us, or with our mediation, if defilements and suffering arise. The important point is to be aware of it, to investigate that dukkha with mindfulness and wisdom, to find it's underlying deep causes, and then to let go of the cause, which will end the dukkha as well.Therefore, pain, suffering and challenges in our meditation can ultimately be even more beneficial for our progress than bliss, if only we do not shirk away from the tough task to fully face them with awareness and thoroughly investigate them with
Every Saturday at 7.30 am we conduct the ceremony of taking refuge in Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha, and committing to the 5 or 8 training rules.This morning, after the ceremony, Ajahn Dhammasiha explains how refuge in the Triple Gem connects us to the supreme being in the universe (the Buddha), to the supreme teaching (the Dhamma), and to the community of Noble Disciples who have realized the Dhamma.Experiencing this direct connection, our heart is freed from anxiety, and we develop appreciation and respect towards ourselves. Whatever mistakes or shortcomings we may have, now we're associating ourselves with what is totally good and pure, and due to that we can overcome any negativety to ourselves, accept ourselves, and develop true loving kindness to
In current society, so many of us struggle with anxiety and issues of low self esteem, even self-hatred. We should never underestimate how powerful the simple act of going for refuge to Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha can be to relieve our anxiety and to build up wholesome self esteem.The moment we take refuge, we connect and affiliate ourselves with the supreme being in the universe, with the supreme teaching, and with the community who have realized that teaching. Even if we have not yet attained Nibbāna ourselves, we feel close and in association with Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.Why should be worry, if we're in such good company?How could we not respect ourselves, once we have become part of such a praiseworthy community?
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