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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STUDYING AND PRACTICING BUDDHISM ❖

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Things to Know Before Studying and Practicing Buddhism by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (1/2 of the series) given on 9th January 1987 to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat. 

« For today’s talk, there isn’t very much to talk about, except for a few facts which you need to know before you begin studying and practicing in the Buddhist tradition. And then after progressing in the study and practice, if you do so correctly and successfully, you will meet up with these very same facts... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ WHO IS WHO IN STUDY AND PRACTICE OF BUDDHISM ❖

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Who is Who in Study and Practice of Buddhism by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (2/2 of the series) given on 10th January 1987 to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat. 

« Today we will speak on the subject ‘who is who?’ When we ask the question: ‘who is who?’ – it’s the same as asking ‘who are we?’ or ‘we are who?’ This is something that is very important for those of us who are studying Buddhism and practicing Dhamma. This question is a most important one for us to consider. Who is who?... »  [Audio] 

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ DANGER OF SELFISHNESS ❖

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Danger of Selfishness by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (1/5 of the series) given on 2nd September 1987 to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat. 

« On the occasion of this first talk, we should use this opportunity to develop an understanding of what it is we are coming here for, what the purpose, the correct purpose of studying Dhamma is and the correct purpose of practicing meditation. Our aim here, if we express it in a few short words, is a new life or we could say a new way of life... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ THE SOURCE OF SELFISHNESS ❖

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The Source of Selfishness by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (2/5 of the series) given on 3rd September 1987 to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat. 

« In the previous talk, we discussed selfishness. That is, we talked about the old life, the old way of life of selfishness, which is dukkha (suffering). We also talked about the new life, the new life that is free of selfishness, that isn’t dukkha, that isn’t suffering. Today we will discuss the cause of selfishness, or the basis – the foundation – of selfishness, which we call ‘the five khandha’... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ DESTROYING SELFISHNESS ❖

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Destroying Selfishness by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (3/5 of the series) given on 4th September 1987 to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat. 

« We have been talking about selfishness. We’ve discussed how dangerous it is for the individual, how dangerous it is for society, and how very dangerous it is for the world as well. And then yesterday we explained the cause of selfishness, and then the foundations on which selfishness stands. Today we would like to talk about how to get rid of selfishness... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ BENEFITS OF UNSELFISHNESS ❖

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Benefits of Unselfishness by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (4/5 of the series) given on 5th September 1987 to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat. 

« In the first talk we talked about the dangers of selfishness, and then in the second talk we discussed the cause of selfishness as well as the foundations of selfishness. Yesterday’s talk we talked about the extinguishing of selfishness. Today we will discuss the benefits, the values of extinguishing selfishness... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ THE WAY OF PRACTICE FOR ENDING SELFISHNESS ❖

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The Way of Practice for Ending Selfishness by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (5/5 of the series) given on 6th September 1987 to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat. 

« We have been talking about selfishness or egocentric-ness, the dangers of selfishness, the origin of selfishness, the foundations on which selfishness is established; talked about getting rid of selfishness, and the advantages and benefits or the anisong of destroying selfishness. In today’s talk we will look at the method of practice that eliminates selfishness... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ NEW LIFE IS MOST CERTAINLY POSSIBLE ❖

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New Life is Most Certainly Possible by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (1/4 of the series) given on 2nd October 1987 to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat. 

« Today in this first talk, we will speak on the topic of ‘new life’ – a ‘new life’ is something that we can have certainly, a new life is something we can have most certainly, more certain than certain. But you all must be sufficiently interested in order to look deep enough, to look carefully and closely enough, in order to see this new life that we are talking about... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ BENEFITS OF HAVING NEW LIFE ❖

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Benefits of Having New Life by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (2/4 of the series) given on 5th October 1987 to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat. 

« Today in our second talk, we will speak about the benefits, advantages or value of having a new life. What we’ll be talking about includes also the meaning of the words ‘the flavor’ ‘the attractiveness’ or we can say ‘the charm’ of a new life as well. So please be interested in the different meanings of these different words in order to get a proper understanding of this subject... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ WAY OF OBTAINING NEW LIFE ❖

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Way of Obtaining New Life by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (3/4 of the series) given on 6th October 1987 to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat. 

« Today in this third talk we’ll be talking about the way or method of getting a new life. In the first talk we discussed how the new life is something possible for all human beings. In the second talk we discussed the benefits and advantages of a new life and in this third talk, we will talk about the technique or method of getting a new life. This is a matter of direct seeing or direct knowing... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ USING ANAPANASATI BHAVANA FOR DAILY LIFE ❖

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Using Ānāpānasati-Bhāvanā for Daily Life by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (4/4 of the series) given on 10th October 1987 to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat. 

« In today’s talk we’ll consider the topic of using ānāpānasati-bhāvanā or ‘the mindfulness of breathing’ development of the mind, using it beneficially and advantageously in daily life, in ordinary life. We should talk about this because if we’re unable to use mindfulness of breathing in our daily life, then it’s not of very much value or worth... »  [Audio]

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