Tag Archives: Dhamma Talk

Near & Far Away

If we really investigate and examine our hearts [or minds], we will at some time experience joy, rapture and peace. At other times we will experience feelings of indifference, detachment and separation. If we experience the latter we should not … Continue reading

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THICH NHAT HANH, Part 2: ‘Call Me By My True Names’

By Thich Nhat Hanh Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrowbecause even today I still arrive. Look deeply: I arrive in every secondto be a bud on a spring branch,to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,learning to sing … Continue reading

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THICH NHAT HANH, PART 3: ‘When the Buddha Lived in Hell’

Below is an excerpt from a talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village in France on August 6, 1998: A Dharma Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK A LITTLE BIT about Heaven, or … Continue reading

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Bhante G’S ZOOM Meditation and Teachings

A HEADS UP. If you have not had the chance to join the daily ZOOM Buddhist teaching and guided meditation led by Bhante Gunaratana, abbot of the Bhavana Society in West Virginia, we encourage you to do so. The ZOOM … Continue reading

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Metta For All

QUESTION: The world seems so full of hatred, violence, and pain. How is it possible to pursue joy and also have compassion for those who commit such cruelties? BHANTE GUNARATANA: “It is very difficult to imagine how cruel human beings … Continue reading

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Learn About Your Mind

By Thanissaro Bhikkhu from “No Dharma Without Karma” “There’s no Dharma without karma. I keep running into this again and again – people who want to be told that the reason they’re suffering has nothing to do with them. It’s … Continue reading

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Summer issue of “The Forest Path” now online

“The Forest Path,” The Summer 2017 newsletter of the Bhavana Society Monastery and Retreat Center in High View, W.Va., the first Theravadan Buddhist monastery in North American, is now online. The issue features the fourth and final part of a … Continue reading

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DHAMMA TALK: Ajahn Sumedho on mindfulness and meditation

If the Soundcloud player does not show, click here HERE IS A PORTION of a talk given by Ven. Ajahn Sumedho on a recent visit to Washington, D.C., his first trip ever in his long life. Ajahn Sumedho talks on … Continue reading

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DHAMMA TALK: Making meditation one’s livelihood

DhammaTalk Bhante Jayasara, a Theravadan Buddhist monk from the Bhavana Society in High View, W.Va., gives a Dhamma talk on “making meditation part of one’s livelihood.” The talk was part of a day retreat on May 27, 2017, at the … Continue reading

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PART 2 | Bhante Rahula Talk on Meditation

Here is a Dhamma talk on meditation given by Bhante Yogavacara Rahula at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Oct. 14, 2016, during his visit to Charleston and Huntington, W.Va. Bhante’s talk concerns the practice of mindfulness meditation. Below are the … Continue reading

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We can’t wait

“We can’t wait until the world gets straightened out before we straighten out our own minds, because the cause is in the mind. The world out there is the realm of effects. The realm of causes is in here: That’s … Continue reading

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Defining ‘dukkha’

Image from globalcool.org/lifestyle/top-cycling-apps Here is an excerpt from a wonderful essay, “A Holistic Mindfulness,”  by Ajahn Amaro on the Buddhist context of the word “mindfulness,” which is so much the rage these days. The whole essay is worth a read, … Continue reading

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Samatha and Vipassana Meditation

Bhante Seelanda gives a Dhamma talk on Day 1 of a retreat on Samatha and Vipassana meditation at the Bhavana Society Therevadan Buddhist Forest Monastery in West Virginia, from April 6-13, 2015. This is an illuminating talk on the relationship … Continue reading

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Healing our wounds

“The dharma can heal our wounds, our very ancient wounds that come not from original sin but from a misunderstanding so old that we can no longer see it. The instruction is to relate compassionately with where we find ourselves … Continue reading

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Aspiring to make Dhamma central to one’s life

I recently attended a retreat on Metta or loving-friendliness meditation at the Bhavana Society, led by the Buddhist monastery’s abbot, Bhante Gunaratana. You can experience that retreat for yourself, including all the great Dhamma talks and the very rich and … Continue reading

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