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6 days ago

There’s no trail in space,
no outside contemplative.
People are smitten
with objectification,
but devoid of objectification are
the Tathagatas.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 15 'Impurities', Verse 15. ... See more

6 days ago

Thank you for this teaching, Phra Ajahn 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

6 days ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope that you're having a great day. Thought to pass along a short Dhamma discussion for the internet, just in case. Wishing you all the blessings of Dhamma ... See more

6 days ago

A view along the hike.

6 days ago

Headed out on a hike to the nearby Kuragala ancient monastery. One can follow the cliff to the monastery. An inspiring and quiet hike.

6 days ago

Preparing some hot water for tea at the Dahatuna Kuti. As it turns out, black tea seems to be a good medicine for the stomach. This seems to best especially the case when mixed with some sugar. It ... See more

1 week ago

If you focus on the errors of others,
constantly finding fault,
your effluents flourish.
You’re far from their ending.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 15 'Impurities', Verse 14. Translation by Ṭhānissaro ... See more

1 week ago

Thank you for this teaching, Luangta 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

1 week ago

Hello Everyone,

Hope that you're having a great day. Just thought to pass along a short ovada for the internet, just in case. Wishing you all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With metta,

~Bhante ... See more

1 week ago

To de-scent the cave, we prepared a large fire. Monks are not allowed to burn the ground, so it was raised on a metal platform, supported with sticks. A 'teepee' of smaller sticks was used in the ... See more

1 week ago

Asanka and two if his friends generously brought up ten bags of sand and a bag of concrete. The plan is to re-concrete some of the floor. The bags were quite heavy. Impressive to see their stamina.

2 weeks ago

It’s easy to see
the errors of others,
but hard to see
your own.
You winnow like chaff
the errors of others,
but conceal your own–
like a cheat, an unlucky throw.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 15 ... See more

2 weeks ago

Thank you for this teaching, Luang Por 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

2 weeks ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope that you're having a great day. Just thought to pass along a short Dhamma discussion for the internet, just in case. Wishing all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With ... See more

3 weeks ago

http://www.dailynews.lk/2021/08/27/tc/257661/tradition-matters

A TRADITION THAT MATTERS Daily News Aug 27th 2021
The history of the Sri Lankan Forest Tradition and its future

Friday, August 27, ... See more

3 weeks ago

There’s no fire like passion,
no seizure like anger,
no snare like delusion,
no river like craving.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 15 'Impurities', Verse 12 & 13. Translation by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu.
~A ... See more

3 weeks ago

Homage and respect to the Vinaya
🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

On the full and new moon days, Theravada monks traditionally gather together for a recitation of the monastic rules. Yesterday was the 2nd ... See more

3 weeks ago

Thank you for this teaching, Phra Ajahn 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

3 weeks ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope that you're having a great day. Thought to pass along a short ovada for the internet, just in case. Wishing you all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With ... See more

3 weeks ago

Sunning the bowl outside the kuti. The Buddha recommended that monks sun their bowls after eating. A good way to freshen the smell and to disinfect somewhat as well.

3 weeks ago

A view inside the front room of the cave.

1 month ago

People give
in line with their faith,
in line with conviction.
Whoever gets flustered
at food & drink given to others,
attains no concentration
by day or by night.

But one in whom this is
cut ... See more

1 month ago

Thank you for this teaching, Phra Ajahn 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

1 month ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope that you're having a great day. Thought to pass along a short Dhamma discussion for the internet, just in case. Wishing all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With ... See more

1 month ago

Robes dry in the sun after an afternoon of cave cleaning. Hopefully we might be able to burn the cave and finish painting by next week.

1 month ago

Firewood is stacked in preparation for the cave burn.

1 month ago

There is a lovely cave near not far from the kuti. A hill below leads to another village. Caves were a traditional dwelling place for monks on Sri Lanka. This cave may be a nice place to stay ... See more

1 month ago

So know, my good man,
that bad deeds are reckless.
Don’t let greed & unrighteousness
oppress you with long-term pain.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 15 'Impurities', Verse 11. Translation by Ṭhānissaro ... See more

1 month ago

Thank you for this teaching, Luang Pu 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

1 month ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope that you're having a great day. Just thought to pass along a short ovada for the internet, just in case. Wishing you all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With ... See more

1 month ago

There is a cave kuti above the kuti where I'm staying. Myself and another monk have a plan to clean the kuti and make it inhabitable. It has been the residence of bats for many years. Nyanadipa ... See more

1 month ago

Headed out to a rock near the kuti to try some studying. A beautiful location, but ended up heading back to the kuti, where it was less windy. Some monks (not myself) only study during the day while ... See more

1 month ago

Heading back from pindapata. About a week ago decided to try to make a rock bridge across the stream. As I was piling rocks, a young boy came and stood at the side of the bank. Without saying much, ... See more

1 month ago

Whoever kills, lies, steals,
goes to someone else’s wife,
& is addicted to intoxicants,
digs himself up
by the root
right here in this world.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 15 'Impurities', Verse ... See more

1 month ago

Thank you for this teaching, Luang Por 🙏🏽

1 month ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope that you're having a great day. Thought to pass along a short Dhamma discussion for the internet, just in case. Wishing all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With ... See more

1 month ago

Giving a rinse and wipe-down to a new glot. Hope to head out with it after vassa.

1 month ago

A view from the rock near the kuti. Wonderful to have these places of nature.

1 month ago

Life’s easy to live
for someone unscrupulous,
cunning as a crow,
corrupt, back-biting,
forward, & brash;
but for someone who’s constantly
scrupulous, cautious,
observant, ... See more

1 month ago

Homage and respect to the Vinaya
🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

On the full and new moon days, Theravada monks traditionally gather together for a recitation of the monastic rules. This past Saturday ... See more