Teachings, Books and Sutta Translations from Bhante Ānanda 

at the HeartDhamma Buddhist Hermitage in Nelson, BC.

“There are four kinds of lights, monks. 


The light of the moon,

The light of the sun,

The light of fire,

and the light of wisdom.

View from alms round on the Hermitage's location in the center, between the powerlines and the river.

View from alms round on the Hermitage’s location in the center, between the powerlines and the river.

Open Heart Book - A Beginning Guide to Boundless Love Meditation by Bhante Ānanda

Open Heart

A Beginning Guide for Boundless Love Meditation.

Bhāvanā - The Buddha's Path to Awakening and Wholesome Mental Development by Bhante Ānanda


The Buddha's Path to Awakening & Wholesome Mental Development

Pūjā chanting Recital of Dhamma Book by Bhante Ānanda


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Wise Intention

Pleasant Progress with Quick Comprehension

Reading: “This is the unsurpassed teaching in regards to the modes of progress.” Why am I saying this? Well, it is your choice. You can take the highway or the

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Letting Go

The Four Qualities of Release

Reading: “Here monks,  (1) One develops the awakening support of awareness,  filled with Love; Supported by letting go, Calming down,  Release, Culminating in surrender.” SN V 46.54 Filled with Love

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Boundless Love

Samādhi – The Pooling of Awareness

“As the mind and the body gain some ease, some steadiness, some calm, you might start experiencing what the Buddha called Samādhi: Awareness that is starting to become unified, to

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Nirodha as ‘Unobstructed’

And Nirodha. Nirodha is… Sometimes I have translated it as release… But that does not always carry the whole of the meaning. This is a place where you can find

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Defilements vs. Samādhi

There are [many] things that we can do to get our minds to gravitates more and more towards uplifted states, which is… the Buddha’s Teaching… on meditation. That’s what the

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Blameless Behavior

“And this is why we practice the Virtues. Because it is uplifting. It uplifts the mind in peace.” Reading: ‘When one repeatedly calls to mind blameless behavior, the mind becomes