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3 months ago

When you see with discernment,
‘All fabrications are inconstant’–
you grow disenchanted with stress.
This is the path
to purity.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 20 'The Path', Verse 4. ... See more

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope this finds you well. Thought to pass along a short ovada for the internet, just in case. Wishing all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With metta,

~Bhante Joe

4 months ago

It’s for you to strive
ardently.
Tathagatas simply
point out the way.
Those who practice,
absorbed in jhana:
from Mara’s bonds
they’ll be freed.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 20 'The ... See more

4 months ago

Homage and respect to Luang Por Chah. Today marks the 30th year from his passing. A lovely tribute by Nalanda Buddhist Society. Ajahn Chah was truly a beacon for the world 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽.

4 months ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope this finds you well. Thought to pass along a short Dhamma discussion for the internet, just in case. Wishing all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With metta,

~Bhante ... See more

4 months ago

The Padanagala Kuti. This kuti is located below the Gotabya Raja Maha Vihara. It is a mid kuti with no electricity. Monks are welcome to come here to meditate. One goes pindapata to the village ... See more

4 months ago

What appears to be ancient Buddha images near the kuti.

4 months ago

An ancient sima or monastic boundary at the Temple. This may be as much as 1500 years old. It is about 9 x 6 meters. Inspiring to think of all the acts of the Sangha that would have been carried out ... See more

4 months ago

At the Padalangala Kuti with kappiya karus. The Temple above the kuti has three men living there full-time and many visitors. If one asks, one may hear inspiring stories of how the Temple has served ... See more

4 months ago

Following it,
you put an end
to suffering & stress.
I have taught you this path
having known
–for your knowing–
the extraction of arrows.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 20 'The Path', Verse 3. ... See more

4 months ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope this finds you well. Thought to pass along a short ovada for the internet, just in case. Wishing all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With metta,

~Bhante Joe

4 months ago

Homage and respect to Ven. Nyanaramita. Ven. Nyanaramita was one of the most senior Western monks living in Sri Lanka. He passed away on January 1st at Belihuloya monastery. He was a contemporary of ... See more

4 months ago

At the 'Padalangala Kuti'. This is a lovely kuti located below an ancient vihara in the village of Padanagala.

4 months ago

Heading out from the Udagoda Kuti.

4 months ago

An Inspiring Encounter:

After heading out from the Udagoda Kuti, I missed a road and ended up passing the Temple where had hoped to stay for the night. Decided to continue on and had several ... See more

4 months ago

Just this
is the path
–there is no other–
to purify vision.
Follow it,
and that will be Mara’s
bewilderment.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 20 'The Path', Verse 1. Translation by ... See more

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope this finds you well. Thought to pass along a short Dhamma discussion for the internet, just in case. Wishing all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With metta,

~Bhante ... See more

4 months ago

On almsround. The closest house to a kuti tends to take a special role in caring for resident monks.

4 months ago

Wishing a happy new year. May the year bring much peace, happiness and progress in the Dhamma.

4 months ago

Of paths, the eightfold is best.
Of truths, the four sayings.
Of qualities, dispassion.
Of two-footed beings,
the one with the eyes
to see.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 20 'The Path', Verse 1. ... See more

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope this finds you well. Thought to pass along a short ovada for the internet, just in case. Wishing all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With metta,

~Bhante Joe

4 months ago

A view around the 'Udagoda Kuti'. This kuti is on a hill near the village of Bandokyaya. It was built and is maintained by the villagers. Past the hill are farmers fields and houses. A few kilometers ... See more

4 months ago

Gathering water from the village well.

4 months ago

Sweeping the path to the 'Udagoda' Kuti.

4 months ago

Wishing a Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. May the day bring much peace and happiness.

5 months ago

Monk,
don’t
on account of
your habits & practices,
great erudition,
concentration attainments,
secluded dwelling,
or the ... See more

5 months 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 Thursday ... See more

5 months ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope this finds you well. Thought to pass along a short ovada for the internet, just in case. Wishing all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With metta,

~Bhante Joe

5 months ago

Bealavanagala Aranya has an older section within Udawalawala National Park. Monks can go to stay there, although a newer section has been built outside the park.

5 months ago

After the Panamura Pansala, arrived at the Bandokyaya solitary kuti. The villagers welcomed me and gave pindapata. Later, a gentleman and his son came to bring tea and water from the well. Seems a ... See more

5 months ago

Not by harming life
does one become noble.
One is termed
noble
for being
gentle
to all living things.

~Dhammapada, Chapter 16 'The Judge', Verse 13. Translation by ... See more

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope this message finds you well. Thought to pass along a short ovada for the internet, just in case. Wishing all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With metta,

~Bhante Joe

5 months ago

Going along the road to Bambaragala Aranya. Carika can be roughly divided into two main types. The division is rough because the types often overlap. Onw type of carika can be called 'forest carika'. ... See more

5 months ago

But whoever–wise,
as if holding the scales,
taking the excellent–
rejects evil deeds:
he is a sage,
that’s how he’s a sage.
Whoever can weigh
both sides of the world:
that’s ... See more

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Warm greetings Everyone,

Hope that this finds you well. Thought to pass along a short Dhamma Discussion for the internet, just in case. Wishing you all the blessings of Dhamma practice.

With ... See more