Teachings from Ajahns from the Thai Forest Tradition

Dear Venerables, teachers, and good-friends,

May this message find you well.

May we share hereafter a selection of Dhamma teachings by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu and by teachers who have generously been supportive of Suan Mokkh Bangkok :

1) Dhamma for a Pandemic Age,

2) Recent ‘Winter’ Dhamma Teachings at Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives 

3) Next Teaching at Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives 

Hopefully these teachings will be found to be beneficial.

1) Dhamma for Pandemic Age

  • Dhamma for Ordinary Sick People – Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, a talk apparently recorded for a student who was ill

“This Dhamma talk is for stimulating the intelligence of people who are ill. Please read carefully and consider thoroughly. Illness ought to be seen as natural occurrences for all physical saṅkhāras (bodies), whether humans or other animals, because saṅkhāras undergo change.  Whenever there is change, it can be up or down. Upward change feels comfortable and healthy. Downward change creates illness…”

(From the Dharma for Sick People series, currently being translated by Santikaro Upasaka.)

For full text please follow this link.

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  • Solitude by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, a set of six lectures given to international students

“The meaning of solitude can be used both in ordinary worldly matters, as well as for the highest spiritual purpose. There is a verse that goes something like ‘Solitude is the resting place for the suffering soul.’ And the meaning of this can be applied both on the ordinary level of home and family and work, as well as on the highest spiritual level.”

(As interpreted into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu)

AUDIO: https://soundcloud.com/buddhadasa/sets/retreat-talks-9002

  • Practicing Metta, a talk by Ajahn Pasanno, guiding elder of Abhayagiri Monastery

“They are certainly drawbacks to having a global pandemic, but is it all doom and gloom and complete misery? That’s certainly part of it, but it’s also an opportunity for stepping back and, as a society also, to be able to reflect more clearly…”

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/O1HrBUbY3qE

  • Heavenly Messages, a reflection by Ajahn Amaro, abbot of Amaravati Monastery 

“These are frightening times. The uncertainty and stress in the air on account of the coronavirus pandemic is palpable and, at least for our human family, life as we know it has been radically disrupted…”

FULL TEXT: https://www.amaravati.org/heavenly-messages/

  • Heart-Felt Wish to All People in All Countries of the World & A Few Mindfulness Exercises for the Pandemic, two notes by Ajahn Jayasaro, former abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat

His hand written message can be found here.

“Be mindful of anxiety as a phenomena affecting body and mind. Don’t fight it or indulge it. See the anxious thoughts as simply thoughts, like clouds passing through the sky of the mind. See the physical sensations as merely sensation, part of nature. Breathe deeply…”

Full text on mindful exercises can be found here

  • Sane Living … Year Round (Covid-19.1), a blog post by Aj. Santikaro Upasaka, founder of Kevala Retreat (Liberation Park)

“Avoiding Covid-19 and flattening the curve are on our minds. As many of us will catch it, surviving it is also on the table. Those of us who will experience cold or perhaps flu-like symptoms have healthy choices to make…”

FULL TEXT: https://liberationpark.org/blog/sane-living-year-round-covid-19-1/

2) Recent Winter Dhamma Teachings at BIA

  • How to Deal with Distressing Situations by Ajahn Jayasaro: one Q&A [* new video of the 2018 teaching]

“‘What advice do you have for not reacting in that split nanosecond that it takes (when there’s something distressing or upsetting)?’…”

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/cQQTpgHv-Nw

  • The Many Faces of Insight by Ajahn Amaro: talk with Q&A

AUDIO: http://www.bia.or.th/en/index.php/teachings-at-the-centre/forest-sangha/ven-ajahn-amaro-audios

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/5TZdg0VHyOs

  • Language of Dhamma by Ajahn Pasanno: talk with Q&A

AUDIO: http://www.bia.or.th/en/index.php/teachings-at-the-centre/forest-sangha/ven-ajahn-pasanno-audios

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/IS5UZNa3BCs

  • Buddhism and Environmental Concern  by Ajahn Sucitto, guiding elder of Cittaviveka Monastery: talk with Q&A

AUDIO: http://www.bia.or.th/en/index.php/teachings-at-the-centre/forest-sangha/ven-ajahn-sucitto-audios

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/j8Afw464reY

  • Modern Buddhist Practice: Between Secularism and Traditionalism by Prof. Geshe Georges Dreyfus, professor of Religion at Williams College: talk with Q&A

Aj. Georges talked about the influence of Ajahn Buddhadasa’s teachings on his thinking, how Ajahn’s ideas helped him to understand the Dhamma in ways that are appropriate for a modern scientifically educated person and yet also completely respectful of the integrity of the Buddhist tradition.

AUDIO: http://www.bia.or.th/en/index.php/teachings-at-the-centre/other-teachers

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/4SBID9aC_ik


  • Finding Truth in the Age of Deepfakes & Misinformation by Ajahn Amaro: talk with Q&A

Wednesday, 3 June 2020 from 14:00-15:30 (public holiday)

MORE INFORMATION: https://www.facebook.com/events/207939393610246/

May all beings be free from suffering and at peace.

Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives 
('Suan Mokkh Bangkok')
International Coordination
24 March 2020