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Buddhadasa_bhikkhu-Nibbana-from-every-angle-Cover-web.jpg ❖ NIBBANA FROM EVERY ANGLE ❖ [New]


Nibbāna from Every Angle by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Dhamma lecture given on 21 August 2525 (1982) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma. Translated from the Thai by Dhammavidu Bhikkhu. New electronic edition, November 2018. 

« Today, we’ll take a comprehensive look at nibbāna and try to build some understanding of this commonly misunderstood concept. To keep it brief we can limit ourselves to just two main points: the nibbāna that the ordinary individual knows, and that which they don’t. ‘Ordinary individual’ refers to everyday people, those with an everyday level of learning. Putting it bluntly, there’s the nibbāna the ignorant know, and there’s the nibbāna that they don’t know... »

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Buddhadasa-bhikkhu_Buddha-dhamma-for-inquiring-minds_Page_001.jpg ❖ BUDDHA-DHAMMA FOR INQUIRING MINDS ❖ [New]


Buddha-dhamma for inquiring minds by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu [ex. Buddha-Dhamma for Students]. Two talks given in January 1966 to students at Thammasat University, Bangkok. Translated from the Thai by Ariyananda Bhikkhu (Rod Bucknell), revised by Santikaro Upasaka. First electronic edition, October 2018. 

« Fellow truth-seekers: Today’s talk is entitled, ‘Dhamma Principles for Students.’ I wish to make it clear to you that today’s talk will deal only with fundamentals and basic principles, and so is especially intended for students, that is to say, for intelligent people, as well as intellectuals in general. I shall discuss these broad principles of Dhamma (natural truth) using the question-and-answer format, first putting a question to you, and then supplying an answer... »

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The liberating teachings of Buddhadāsa on suchness as recorded by Santidhammo Bhikkhu aka Jack Kornfield. Handwritten notes of the Dhamma offered orally and in writing by Ajahn Buddhadāsa in 1971. Recorded by Jack Kornfield (then Santidhammo Bhikkhu) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma. First electronic edition, 2017.

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May we leave this legacy with you_Section I_Cover.png ❖ MAY WE LEAVE THIS LEGACY WITH YOU – SECTION I ❖


May we leave this legacy with you  Section I: Legacies in the context of material and ceremonial matters by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Summary of his teachings prepared by Tan Ajahn for a souvenir book on the occasion of his 80th 'Age Teasing Day' on 27th May 2529 (1986). Translated from the Thai by Santikaro. New edition (text & photos), 2017. 

« I have no inheritance to leave behind for Buddhist friends, my comrades in birth, aging, illness, and death, except for what is spelled out in the following statements. My hope is that for however long these legacies are passed along the activity of Suan Mokkhabalārāma will continue and ‘Buddhadāsa’ will remain in that place for that long. Please receive these legacies in your contemplation from this very moment which will create ease in passing them further along... »

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A single bowl of sauce_cover png.png ❖ A SINGLE BOWL OF SAUCE : TEACHINGS BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL ❖


A single bowl of sauce: Teachings beyond good and evil by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. A collection of 12 teachings published on the occasion of Tan Ajahn's 111th anniversary: "Help, Kālāma Sutta, help!," "The Three Wishes," "Exchanging Dhamma while fighting," "The basic nature of human life," "Disadhamma: The meaning of the Six Disas," "Agridhamma: The duty of professional agriculturists," "Buddhadāsa on economics" (interview), "A single bowl of sauce solves all the world's problems," "The world and the Dhamma," "Beyond good and evil" (interview), "Let's All be buddhadāsas," "The Third Wish: To lead the world out of materialism." Translated from the Thai by various translators. First edition, May 2017. 

« Many thanks to the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives for organizing the ‘Dhamma and Society’ seminar and conference, along with Mahachulalongkorn University and Suratthani Rajabhat Universities, and for publishing this commemorative volume. Choosing Ajahn Buddhadāsa’s 111th anniversary is both witty and reflects the reality that causes and conditions are now ripe for doing so. While he has never been forgotten in the twenty-four years since his death, a new generation of Buddhists, in Siam, around Asia... » (Foreword)

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Natural cure for spiritual disease: A guide into Buddhist science by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. 3 Dhamma lectures presented to foreign meditators on 3rd, 6th, and 11th February 2529 (1986) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma. Translated from the Thai by Santikaro. Includes a glossary of terms used by Buddhadāsa. New edition, 2017. 

« To begin, I would like to express my joy that you have come here to study Dhamma (natural truth). Second, I would like to thank each of you for helping to make Suan Mokkh a useful and worthwhile place. Today, I would like to talk with you concerning the question: What benefits will we receive from studying Dhamma? If you get any benefits from Buddhism, you will become a Buddhist automatically, whether or not you go through a conversion ceremony. To convert or not to convert is a meaningless issue... »

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Single bowl of sauce solves all the worlds problems 2017 Small.jpg ❖ A SINGLE BOWL OF SAUCE SOLVES ALL THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS ❖


A Single Bowl of Sauce Solves All the World’s Problems by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Messages from Suan Mokkh series #3. A Dhamma article written on 6th April 2531 (1988) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma, Chaiya. Translated from the Thai by Santikaro Bhikkhu. New edition, 2017. 

« Our world is ridden with problems and will be doomed unless it changes its course. For many decades, we have lived with the massive danger of the dozens of thousands of nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles stockpiled by the different sides. While nobody really knows how many warheads have been accumulated by the various nuclear states, who cannot be trusted to be honest about such things, a few thousand of them are more than enough to destroy the world many times over... »

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Kamma in Buddhism y Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Messages from Suan Mokkh series #4. A Dhamma article written on 7th April 2531 (1988) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma, Chaiya. Translated from the Thai by Santikaro Bhikkhu. New edition, 2017.  

« As Buddhists, we must understand kamma (action and the result of action) as it is explained in Buddhism. We should not follow blindly the kamma teachings of other religions; if we do, we will spin around pitifully according to kamma without being able to get beyond its power or realize its end. Why do we need to know the essence of kamma? Because our lives are inseparable from it and happen according to it. To be more precise, we can say that life is actually a stream of kamma... »

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Understanding Dhamma Better in the New Year by Buddhādasa Bhikkhu. A Dhamma lecture presented to foreign meditators on 31st December 2532 (1989) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma. Interpreted live from the Thai by Ajahn Ranjuan. Edited by Sibporn Sihsobhon & other volunteers in 2016. 

« Western friends who come to join the retreat here at Suan Mokkh, it is a rather appropriate occasion that you all come to join the retreat on this day. As you all know, it is going to be a new year in the next few hours, and so this should be a good opportunity to observe how Thais celebrate our New Year. The celebration of the coming of the New Year concerns people from all walks of life. When we talk about ‘New Year,’ it should mean a better year than last year... »

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Nibbāna for Everyone by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Messages from Suan Mokkh series #2. A Dhamma article written on 3rd April 2531 (1988) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma, Chaiya. Translated from the Thai by Santikaro Bhikkhu. New edition, 2016. 

« When you hear the words “Nibbāna for everyone,” many of you will shake your heads. You’ll think that I’m trying to dye cats for sale and you probably won’t have any interest in the subject. This can only happen because you understand the meaning of this phrase too narrowly and out of line with the truth. In the schools, children are taught that Nibbāna is the death of an arahant. The ordinary man in the street has been taught that it’s a special city, empty of pain and chock full of the happiness of fulfilled wishes... »

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Dhammic Socialism by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. 4 essays written in 2517-2519 (1974-1976): "Democratic Socialism," "A Dictatorial Dhammic Socialism," "A Socialism Capable of Benefitting the World" & "The Value of Morality." Translated from the Thai by Donald K. Swearer (chief translator and editor). Thai Inter-Religious Commission for Development, Bangkok, 1993. 2nd edition. [Pdf file made available with the kind permission of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists]

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Concerning birth by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Dhamma lecture presented on 7th August 2525 (1982) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma. Translated from the Thai by Dhammavidu Bhikkhu. 'Commonly Misunderstood Buddhist Principles' series #4. Revised by Santikaro Up., 2016. 

« Now we come to the subject of ‘birth’ and will take a comprehensive look at this matter. If we split up the main question, there will be just two points to consider: one concerning whether a person dies and then is or isn’t born, the other concerning the sort of birth that is suffering (dukkha) – something that should be studied and ended. The first question – ‘When someone dies, are they born again or not?’ – has been around since the Buddha’s time and was comprehensively dealt with then... »

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Living in the present without past, without future by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Commonly Misunderstood Buddhist Principles series #3. Dhamma lecture presented on 31st July 2525 (1982) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma. Translated from the Thai by Dhammavidu Bhikkhu. Revised edition, 2016. 

« Today’s subject is about staying with the present moment and not letting the past or future come to disturb us. This goes against the grain with ordinary people because it’s understood that we learn from past experience and need the future as the repository of our hopes and dreams. Currently, we live with a certain longing for past times while entertaining expectations about the future, and this, they say, is the way it must be... »

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Where Is Suan MokkhSmall.jpg ❖ WHERE IS SUAN MOKKH? ❖


Where is Suan Mokkh? by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. A Dhamma talk to monks ordained for the Rains Retreat given on 4th October 2526 (1983). Translated from the Thai by Tanya Brockelman. 

« Today I will speak on a special subject, a different topic than usual. I am hoping that this talk will help you gain some special knowledge about both Dhamma and skillful ways of speaking. Please listen carefully. I believe that the subject will be especially beneficial because I will discuss two things at the same time. One is Dhamma, and the other is ways of speaking about Dhamma. I will explain these by speaking on the topic “Where is Suan Mokkh?”... »

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20150421_Getting Started_final_Page_01.jpg ❖ GETTING STARTED IN MINDFULNESS WITH BREATHING ❖


Getting started in mindfulness with breathing: Accessible, beginning steps for ordinary people by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Adapted and translated by Santikaro from an article in Thai written on 28th August 2491 (1948).

« Sit up straight with all the vertebrae of the spine fitting together snugly. Keep the head upright, with the eyes gazing toward the tip of the nose. Whether you see it or not doesn’t really matter, just gaze in the direction of the nose or past it. Once you get used to this, the results will be better than closing the eyes, and you won’t be inclined to fall asleep so easily. In particular, people who are sleepy will benefit from keeping the eyes open at first rather than closing them... »

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20150402_Quenching Without Remainder_ final_Page_01.jpg ❖ QUENCHING WITHOUT REMAINDER & THE FRUIT OF MEDITATION ❖


"Quenching without remainder" by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated from the Thai by Prieb Bunnag. "The fruit of meditation" by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, from Towards Buddha-Dhamma, translated from the Thai by Nāgasena Bhikkhu. First published together as Bodhi Leaves, No. 33 by Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, 1967. 

« Quenching without remainder is approached in two ways. In the first, one habitually maintains the quenching without remainder of the attachment expressed as ‘this is I’ and ‘this is mine.’ In the second, when the body is about to break up one lets go of everything, including body, life, and mind, letting them be quenched for the last time and by not allowing any fuel or desire whatsoever for another birth to be left... »

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20150421_Void Mind ebook FINAL_Page_01.jpg ❖ VOID MIND ❖


Void mind by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Commonly Misunderstood Buddhist Principles series #2. Two Dhamma lectures presented on 10th & 17th July 2525 (1982) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma. Translated from the Thai by Dhammavidu Bhikkhu. 

« Now we will take a look at the ‘void’ or ‘free’ mind, something much misunderstood even though it’s an important matter, the heart of the Buddhist religion. There are those who misunderstand the ‘void’ mind concept: those in opposition to it, those who make a joke of it, those who criticize it, those who slander and say unpleasant things, those who pretend that it’s something bad, and so on. There are some who say that the mind can’t be void, that there must be some thinking... »

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20150214_Idappaccayata_Page_01.jpg ❖ IDAPPACCAYATA : THE BUDDHIST LAW OF NATURE ❖


Idappaccayatā: The Buddhist law of nature by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Commonly Misunderstood Buddhist Principles series #1A Dhamma lecture presented on 3rd July 2525 (1982) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma. Translated from the Thai by Dhammavidu Bhikkhu. 

« In this first talk we’ll concern ourselves with idappaccayatā, the highest, the most important aspect of the Buddhist religion, and attempt to explain just why we think it is so. It’s observable that, although it’s the heart of the religion, we’ve never yet shown much interest in it, and, what’s more, in its ‘dependent origination’ mode it’s talked about in such a way that results in misunderstanding and argument. It’s as if there’s not enough disagreement around already that we have to argue about this too... »

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20150203_Happiness  Hunger_Page_01.jpg ❖ HAPPINESS & HUNGER ❖


Happiness & hunger by Buddhādasa Bhikkhu. A Dhamma lecture presented to foreign meditators on 7th May 2529 (1986) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma. Translated from the Thai by Santikaro & first published in 1988 in Keys to Natural Truth

« Today I’d like to talk about something which most of you probably misunderstand. Although you’ve all come here with an interest in Buddhism, you may have some wrong understanding. For this reason, please gather your mental energies and set your mind to the task of listening. Pay special attention to what will be said today. The thing we’ll be talking about is happiness (sukha). This is a word that is quite ambiguous both in Thai, kwamsukh, in the Pāli language, sukha, and even in English, happiness... »

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20141024_Prison of life_Page_01.jpg ❖ THE PRISON OF LIFE ❖


The prison of life by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu.  A Dhamma lecture presented to foreign meditators on 10th February 2531 (1988) at Suan Mokkhabalārāma. Translated from the Thai by Santikaro & first published in 1990 in Evolution/Liberation # 4

« Today we’ll talk about the thing called ‘prison.’ This should help us to understand the thing called ‘life’ better. Then we’ll know Dhamma better, which will help us to live life without dukkha (dissatisfaction, distress, suffering). So today we’ll talk about the thing called ‘prison.’ Please prepare your minds to listen carefully. Wherever the conditions and signs of prison exist, right there is dukkha. You should observe that all the forms and types of dukkha have a quality of prison about them... »

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