Dhamma Talks

Dhammic Hydrology & the Path of Pleasure | Ajahn Kovilo & Ajahn Nisabho

In this talk, Ajahn Kovilo and Ajahn Nisabho teach about the “Wellbeing Cascade” spoken about in the Upanisa Sutta, which describes how wellbeing (pāmojja) leads to rapture (pīti), tranquility (passaddhi), pleasure (sukha), concentration (samādhi), and eventually to liberation (vimutti). To practice well, we must learn to cultivate the bright states of heart that serve as the foundation for deeper knowledge and vision.

The Neuroscientist & the Afterlife | Eben Alexander, MD Q&A

In this session, Ajahn Kovilo and Ajahn Nisabho interview Dr. Eben Alexander, author of the New York Times Best Seller, “Proof of Heaven”, about the near-death experience he had while in a coma, and the new vision of reality and human spiritual evolution it granted him. You can find out more at http://ebenalexander.com/. Additional research may be found at Bigelow Institute.

Archive

How Do I Make My Theravāda a Mahā-yāna? | Ajahn Kovilo

How Do I Make My Theravāda a Mahā-yāna? | Ajahn KoviloIn this session, a continuation of his series summarizing his experience at Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Ajahn Kovilo speaks on attachment to views, specifically to Right Views as they are understood in a...

The Dhamma of Michelangelo | Ajahn Jayasāro

The Dhamma of Michelangelo | Ajahn JayasāroIn this talk, Ajahn Jayasāro speaks about how we often find our way to peace in practice not by striving for a state we have yet to experience, but by letting go of all that is not peace, just as a sculptor chips away all the...

Having Good Relations on the Path of Purification | Beth Upton Q&A

Having Good Relations on the Path of Purification | Beth Upton Q&AIn this Interview, Ajahn Kovilo and Ajahn Nisabho interview Dhamma teacher, Beth Upton about her experience as a monastic in the Pa Auk Meditation tradition, her own personal approach to practice,...

Becoming Sensitive to Goodness | Ajahn Jayasāro Q&A

Becoming Sensitive to Goodness | Ajahn Jayasāro Q&AIn this Q&A session at Clear Mountain, Ajahn Jayasaro speaks about the nature of Right Effort, how to maintain a continuity of mindfulness throughout the day, and the increasing sensitivity to goodness that...

The Worst Zen Story Ever | Ajahn Jayasāro Q&A

The Worst Zen Story Ever | Ajahn Jayasāro Q&AIn this Q&A session at Clear Mountain, Ajahn Jayasaro speaks about religion as belief vs. education system, balancing compassion and ethics, and a multitude of other topics. The talk, part of Tan Ajahn's recent...

A Theravādin Monk Odyssey Through Academia | Ajahn Kovilo

A Theravādin Monk Odyssey Through Academia | Ajahn KoviloIn this session, Ajahn Kovilo introduces a series of four upcoming talks that will address four specific spheres of insight that he has encountered over the course of having studied four years at Dharma Realm...

Diligence for Awakening | Ayya Suvijjānā

Diligence for Awakening | Ayya SuvijjānāIn this talk, Ayya Suvijjānā speaks about the quality of appamāda, or "diligence", on the path to liberation of heart. To find out more about Passaddhi Vihara, the budding project of Ayya Suvijjānā and Ayyā Niyyānika, visit...

Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide & the First Precept | Ajahn Nisabho

Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide & the First Precept | Ajahn NisabhoIn this talk, Ajahn Nisabho speaks about the Buddhist understanding of euthanizing pets and "legally-assisted dying", describing how the traditional view diverges from the current liberal consensus in...

What Lies Beyond Dhamma’s Door | Clear Mountain Community

What Lies Beyond Dhamma’s Door | Clear Mountain CommunityIn this Community Stories session, Sid, Cristina, Robert, Sameer, David, Peter, Emily, Janaky, Tommy, speak about how they came to the Dhamma, and how it's changed their lives over the years.

Bodhisattvas and Boundless Buddho | Ajahn Anan

Bodhisattvas and Boundless Buddho | Ajahn AnanIn this session, Clear Mountain's community is joined by the renowned forest master, Ajahn Anan, a close disciple of Luang Por Chah and abbot of Wat Marp Jan monastery. For more information about Ajahn Anan and Wat Marp...

The Joy of Less: 13 Dhutanga Practices | Ajahn Nisabho

The Joy of Less: 13 Dhutanga Practices | Ajahn NisabhoIn this talk, Ajahn Nisabho discusses tudong, the dhutaṅga practices, and ideas to make them (or analogues) applicable in lay life. Renunciation does not have to be a dry relinquishment of happiness, but an embrace...

Compassion in Times of War & Dietary Ethics | Bhante Sathi

Compassion in Times of War & Dietary Ethics | Bhante SathiIn this interview, Ajahn Kovilo and Ajahn Nisabho speak with Bhante Sathi of Triple Gem of the North about growing up in Sri Lanka during civil war and his work with Dharma Voices for Animals...

Beyond the Five Aggregates & the Vortex of Self | Ajahn Nisabho

Beyond the Five Aggregates & the Vortex of Self | Ajahn NisabhoIn this talk, Ajahn Nisabho speaks about the 5 Khandhas, or aggregates of clinging, described by the Buddha as the subjective constituents of our sense of self. Letting go of 1) form (rupa), 2)...

To Bow Like Ajahn Chah & Listen Like Guan Yin | Thanissara Q&A

To Bow Like Ajahn Chah & Listen Like Guan Yin | Thanissara Q&AIn this session, Ajahn Kovilo and Ajahn Nisabho interview the Dharma teacher and founder of Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat Center, Thanissara. The session touches on Thanissara's experiences...

Cultivating the Unhindered Mind | Ajahn Nisabho

Cultivating the Unhindered Mind | Ajahn NisabhoIn this talk, Ajahn Nisabho describes the Five Hindrances to calm ("Nīvarana"), and how to move past them to the luminous mind. The Suttas quoted describing the hindrances include SN 46.55, the Sangarava Sutta and MN 39,...

Lighten Up: The Playful Path to Samādhi | Ajahn Nisabho

Lighten Up: The Playful Path to Samādhi | Ajahn NisabhoIn this talk, Ajahn Nisabho speaks about how to cultivate the luminous mind through a playful approach in meditation, utilizing both a primary focused object, such as the breath, alongside a secondary object, such...

Grieving for Loved Ones | Clear Mountain Community

Grieving for Loved Ones | Clear Mountain CommunityIn this "Community Stories" session, Clear Mountain members Jessica, Sid, Mary, Axel, Jon, Sarah, Damien, Joseph, Liem, Samek, and JT speak about what the Dhamma has meant to them, and how it's helped them move through...

Zen and the Art of Buddhist Chaplaincy | Zenshin Dillon Balmaceda

Zen and the Art of Buddhist Chaplaincy | Zenshin Dillon BalmacedaIn this session, Ajahn Kovilo speaks with his friend and fellow Dharma Realm Buddhist University student, Zenshin Dillon Balmaceda about his work doing Buddhist Chaplaincy including hospice work and...

Healing Kundalini Syndrome | Tara Springett Q&A

Healing Kundalini Syndrome | Tara Springett Q&AIn this session, Ajahn Nisabho interviews Tara Springett, a meditation teacher specializing in "Kundalini Awakening", about meditation-induced spiritual crisis, side effects of expansion of consciousness, effects of...

Hells, Heavens, & the Realms of Māra | Ajahn Nisabho

Hells, Heavens, & the Realms of Māra | Ajahn NisabhoIn this talk, Ajahn Nisabho describes the Buddhist cosmos, from the hells to the heavens, ending with advice for how we can confront the Māra, master of the sensual sphere.

The Headless Way: Being Space for the World | Richard Lang

The Headless Way: Being Space for the World | Richard LangIn this interview, Ajahn Kovilo speaks with Richard Lang, teacher of "The Headless Way." To learn more about Richard and The Headless Way, visit: https://www.headless.org/