Dhamma Talks

Finding Freedom in Prison | Ven. Pomnyun Sunim

Finding Freedom in Prison | Ven. Pomnyun Sunim

In this Q&A, honored guest Ven. Pomnyun Sunim speaks about how to find freedom from anger, the mundane worries of our lives, or even the brutality of torture. Ven. Sunim’s answers, given in his characteristic Chan style, convey a directness of message and a compassion of heart.

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“When Your Parents Call, Immediately Respond” | Jin Chuan Shi Q&A

"When Your Parents Call, Immediately Respond" | Jin Chuan Shi Q&AIn this session, Ajahn Kovilo interviews Jin Chuan Shi of Berkeley Buddhist Monastery and the Redwood Vihara for a second time, continuing their previous discussion captured in the video "Vow Power"...

Give! – 23 Practical Tips from the Buddha | Ajahn Kovilo

Give! - 23 Practical Tips from the Buddha | Ajahn KoviloIn this session, Ajahn Kovilo will present 23 tips on how best to give as found in various Suttas taught by the Buddha in the Pāli Canon. See the video's description on our YouTube channel for a timestamped and...

Building Pāramī | Ajahn Nando

Building Pāramī | Ajahn NandoIn this session, Ajahn Nando teaches about the concept of "Pāramī", or spiritual perfection. Often spoken about as ten qualities, "pāramī" represents a strength of heart that can be developed through practice on and off the cushion.

Training in Thailand | Ajahn Nando Q&A

Training in Thailand | Ajahn Nando Q&AIn this session, Ajahn Nando speaks about his experience practicing in the forests of Thailand, and addresses subjects ranging from lessons learned from living in the jungle to factors involved in monks remaining ordained.

Relinquishing Gain, Honor, and Praise | Ajahn Nisabho Q&A

Relinquishing Gain, Honor, and Praise | Ajahn Nisabho Q&AIn this session, Ajahn Nisabho speaks about the power of gain, honor, and praise, a set of influences the Buddha warned extensively against, even dedicating an entire chapter of the Connected Discourses to...

Faith in the Buddha and the Reality of Possibility | Ayyā Ahiṃsā

Faith in the Buddha and the Reality of Possibility | Ayyā AhiṃsāIn this talk, Ayyā Ahimsa, Visiting from Canmore Buddhist Theravada Community, speaks about faith and its role on the path, our real potential for Awakening, not being discouraged by one's age, & the...

Buddhist Lectio Divina & Fire Horse Dhamma | Samaneri Jayasāra Q&A

Buddhist Lectio Divina & Fire Horse Dhamma | Samaneri Jayasāra Q&AIn this session, Ajahn Nisabho and Ajahn Kovilo interview Samaneri Jayasāra of Viveka Hermitage, New South Wales, Australia. The conversation touched on such topics as rebelliousness in...

Buddhist Psychotherapy and Awareness Itself | Ayyā Jitindriyā Q&A

Buddhist Psychotherapy and Awareness Itself | Ayyā Jitindriyā Q&AIn this session, Ajahn Nisabho and Ajahn Kovilo interview Ayyā Jitindriyā of Viveka Hermitage, New South Wales, Australia. The conversation touched on such topics as awareness itself, disrobing and...

Ancient Greek Monks & the Writing of the Pali Canon | Ajahn Sona Q&A

Ancient Greek Monks & the Writing of the Pali Canon | Ajahn Sona Q&AIn this session, Ajahn Kovilo and Ajahn Nisabho speak with Ajahn Sona of Birken Forest Monastery and learn about his recent research into early Western Buddhist Monks. The discussion touches...

Ajahn Kovilo | Dhamma Combos

Ajahn Kovilo | Dhamma CombosAjahn Kovilo talks about keeping practice as simple as possible but no simpler.

How to Create a Buddhist University | Ajahn Kaccāna

How to Create a Buddhist University | Ajahn KaccānaIn this talk, Ajahn Kaccāna, visiting from Chithurst monastery in England, speaks about his recent visit with faculty of Dharma Realm Buddhist University in California, and the curriculum they're creating in hopes of...

Tibetan Special Sauce | Ven. Thubten Chodron Q&A

Tibetan Special Sauce | Ven. Thubten Chodron Q&AIn this special event, Ven. Thubten Chodron, founder of Sravasti Abbey, joins Clear Mountain Monastery for a Q&A about the differences in Mahayana and Theravāda practice, the concept of Emptiness, skillful means...

Being Dhamma (with Tigers) | Ajahn Pasanno Q&A

Being Dhamma (with Tigers) | Ajahn Pasanno Q&AIn this Q&A session, Luang Por Pasanno speaks about his journey into robes and faith in Luang Por Chah, encounters with tigers, the path as a progression from "knowing" to "seeing" to "being" Dhamma, the Noble...

These Are a Few of My Favorite Buddhist Things | Ajahn Kovilo

These Are a Few of My Favorite Buddhist Things | Ajahn KoviloAjahn Kovilo makes a joke, and talks about a mnemonic device along the lines of "My Favorite Things" from the Sound of Music! Followed by Q&A with Ajahns Nisabho and Kovilo.

Non-Self vs. Nun-Self | Venerables Candā and Upekkhā Q&A

Non-Self vs. Nun-Self | Venerables Candā and Upekkhā Q&AIn this session, Ajahn Kovilo and Ajahn Nisabho interview Venerable Candā and Venerable Upekkhā of the Anukampā Bhikkhunī Project. For more information about the Anukampā Bhikkhunī Project visit:...

Neutral Feeling and Creativity | Ajahn Jotipālo

Neutral Feeling and Creativity | Ajahn JotipāloIn this talk, Ajahn Jotipālo, a monk of over twenty years ordained at Abhayagiri Monastery, speaks about the benefits of attending to neutral feeling, which comprises so much of our experience, and of pursuing the...

Advice for Ordination | Ajahn Nisabho

Advice for Ordination | Ajahn NisabhoIn this session, Ajahn Nisabho speaks about what one should consider when deciding if, when, and where to go forth as a monastic. Reflections can be applied to the lay life as well, and address the path as a whole.

Body Contemplation: A Core Teaching the West Forgot | Ajahn Nisabho

Body Contemplation: A Core Teaching the West Forgot | Ajahn NisabhoIn this talk, Ajahn Nisabho describes body contemplation, a practice emphasized throughout the suttas but neglected in the West. By using the calm mind to investigate the body in terms of the...

Wandering Tudong in California | Tan Jāgaro

Wandering Tudong in California | Tan JāgaroIn this session, Tan Jāgaro speaks about his wandering up the California coast on monastic "tudong", depending on the kindness of strangers for food and often the side of the road for rest. His stories inspire faith in the...

Guided Meditation: Breath as Nourishment | Ajahn Kaccāna

Guided Meditation: Breath as Nourishment | Ajahn KaccānaIn this meditation, Ajahn Kaccāna guides listeners through how to maintain awareness with breathing by finding pleasure in this simplest of activities. For more in-depth instructions, see Luang Por Sucitto's...

A Hierarchy of Blessings: The Mangala Sutta | Ajahn Kaccāna

A Hierarchy of Blessings: The Mangala Sutta | Ajahn KaccānaIn this talk, Ajahn Kaccāna speaks about the Mangala Sutta https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/khp/khp.5.nara.html which describes the various blessings or protections one may cultivate through...

Finding Faith in Nibbāna | Ajahn Kovilo & Ajahn Nisabho

Finding Faith in Nibbāna | Ajahn Kovilo & Ajahn NisabhoIn this session, Ajahn Kovilo and Ajahn Nisabho speak about finding faith in Nibbāna. See Chapter 6 of P.A. Payutto's Buddhadhamma: https://buddhadhamma.github.io/nibbana-supreme-peace.html

How to Take the Monastery Back to Your Job | Clear Mountain Community

How to Take the Monastery Back to Your Job | Clear Mountain CommunityIn this Community Stories session, Mark, Mike, and Dennis speak about their path to the monastery and back to the world (for now), and what lessons they take with them. Steve reflects on the special...

5 Fantastic Theravāda Websites | Ajahn Kovilo

5 Fantastic Theravāda Websites | Ajahn KoviloIn this video, Ajahn Kovilo will give a guided introduction to five powerful online Sutta study resources:1) Reading Faithfully - readingfaithfully.org2) Access to Insight - accesstoinsight.org3) Sutta Central -...

How to Quit Your Job & Go to a Monastery | Clear Mountain Community

How to Quit Your Job & Go to a Monastery | Clear Mountain CommunityIn this Community Stories session, three community members, Xander, Adam, and Daniel, speak about the meaningful steps they have taken towards aligning their lives with Dhamma and possibly...

Is Buddhism True (And Which Sect)? | Ajahn Nisabho

Is Buddhism True (And Which Sect)? | Ajahn NisabhoIn this talk, Ajahn Nisabho describes the Buddhist conception of truth and means for discerning the path, especially as outlined in the Kalama Sutta (https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN3_66.html) and Canki Sutta...