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Guided meditations and talks for a solid, well-rounded, flexible meditation practice.
Heart Virtues to cultivate for physical, emotional, spiritual, and social healing.
Using the Suttas to read the Suttas is the approach advocated by Ajahn Buddhadasa.
Mindfulness with Breathing as a way to explore and deepen the experience of free-empty mind, one that is not concocted into 'me' and 'mine.' (40 minutes and 7.1 mb)
Our detailed discussion of Anapanasati will be posted
here over the next few months.
1. Anapanasati as Path of Serene Insight Part 1 (4.8 mb) | Part 2 (4.2 mb)
2. Contemplating Body in Bodies Part 1 (4.6 mb) | Part 2 (4.6 mb)
3. Calming the Body-Conditoner (6.3 mb) and Other Body Contemplations & 2 Kinds of Thoughts (4.1 mb)
4. Samadhi & Hindrances
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We Americans are being told by our leaders that acts of violence are committed because "they hate us because we are free." What is this "freedom" that causes others to hate us? And what sort of freedom does Buddhism advocate? A series of talks explore various aspects of freedom.
19 Sept 2004: Reflections from Chicago's Eyes Wide Open exhibit regarding the human costs of the Iraqi war. We are meaning making creatures. Our meanings lead us into violence & killing just as easily as peace & freedom. When will we stop fighting over the meanings we give to life?
Part 1 (3.34 mb) | Part 2 (3.29 mb)
A talk at the University of Missouri, Columbia concerning Buddhist perspectives on freedom and how are society stacks up these days.
Part A (4.3 mb) | Part B (4.23 mb)
Reflections on the twin complaints of many Americans: "I'm too busy to meditate" and "too many worries." Yet, we got here through our choices.
Part A (32:19 mins, 4.62 mb) | Part B (32.35 mins, 4.66 mb)
From the verses on "Highest & Excellent Security," we look into Nibbana as the ultimate refuge. Nibbana as "coolness" -- the end of greed, anger, fear, & delusion, as well as suffering -- in its ethical, accidental, practical, and fully liberated aspects.
Part A (4.35 mb) | Part B (4.33 mb)
Talk on the meaning & importance of the 5 khandha (heaps, aggregates) for insightful inquiry into human life: what is it? what is happening? how do we suffer? how does liberation occur? (17 August 2003)
1: Holding Together & Falling Apart (3.1 mb)
2: Understanding the Heaps (2.9 mb)
3: Impermanence & Not-Self (3.0 mb)
Dhamma talks in MP3 are available on this site.
More will appear -- when conditions allow -- on www.suanmokkh.org site.