Gratitude is Awareness

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  Gratitude is, in fact,  very close to awareness.   It is one of these states of the heart or the mind, these very wholesome states, where we are acknowledging […]

An Open, Unforced Samādhi

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The Special Samādhi of the Buddhas   “This Samadhi is not practiced by unrighteous people.”   Now, we can concentrate the mind, make it focused in many kinds of ways, […]

Life is as such…

https://youtu.be/SbmqZhhZKvw A video made by lay devotees, from shots of Bhante Ānanda walking to his forest kuti in Sri Lanka. First published on TikTok by unknown upasakas. ජීචිතේ කියන්නෙ Jīvitē […]

The Escape

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  These 5 hindrances, whatever they are, they’re just doing the same thing in the mind––   just doing that rumination,   And at some point, what I say is, […]

Life and Practice in Harmony

And the 5th is: “I am aware while entering it, and aware when emerging from it.” So, this whole process is just very mindful. There is no place where there […]

Bhante’s Path to Upasampadā

In 2017, Bhante Ānanda chose to ‘go forth’, relinquishing lay-life for the purpose of developing the higher mind. After two years on a quest to find the right place to receive […]

Seeing Hindrances

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            And we continue letting go. And whatever arises, whatever arises, it is just a hindrance.   Even you thinking: “I can’t do it” Hindrance. […]

Radiant Calm

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To radiate this calmness all around us, we first need to find it within ourselves. [From MN 2] How does one attend to things proper for attention? One attends to […]

Smile!

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😊 Whenever there is a distraction, wherever there is anything arising in the mind, even if it is anger, or worry, or restlessness–   Notice these states always come with […]

The Practice

   Of course, you can use an object if the feeling gets weak… if it goes away.   If the mind gets distracted a lot, you can use something to […]