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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ GENUINE FRUITS OF STUDYING BUDDHISM ❖

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Genuine Fruits of Studying Buddhism by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (1/4 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 6th January 1988. 

« I would like to take this opportunity to express my delight that you have all come here in this way. That is that you have come here in order to study Dhamma. I will do everything that I can to help you be successful in this endeavor. At this first stage I would like to tell you all, that the genuine and true fruit of the study of Dhamma is to realize a new life... »  [Audio]

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

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Benefits of New Life by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (2/4 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 7th January 1988. 

« Today we’d like to talk about the value of new life. However, the matter of the old life hasn’t been completed yet and so we’ll have to talk about the old life of it first. So we’ll be talking some more about phassa (sense contact). Yesterday we talked about the matter of phassa (contact) and vedanā (feeling). We were speaking about the thirty āyatanika-dhammas... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ NIBBANA ❖

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Nibbanā by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (3/4 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 11th January 1988. 

« Today we intend to speak to you about the thing called ‘Nibbāna’ [Pāli] or Nipphana [Thai]. Many of you have probably heard of the word ‘Nibbāna’ or ‘Nirvāṇā’ which is a Sanskrit word. In Buddhism here we don’t use Sanskrit very much, instead we use Pāli. The word ‘Nibbāna’ means the same thing as the Sanskrit word ‘Nirvāṇa’... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ ANATTA & REBIRTH ❖

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Anattā and Rebirth by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (4/4 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 13th January 1988. 

« Today we’ll be speaking about the matter of ‘anattā and rebirth.’ First, we’ll talk about anattā and then we’ll go on to discuss rebirth. If one understands anattā sufficiently, it will be quite easy to understand rebirth correctly. The feeling of ‘self’ occurs naturally and instinctually at first. Then it is taught, reinforced, conditioned, more and more.... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ THE WAY OF REACHING BUDDHISM ❖

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The Way of Reaching Buddhism by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (1/2 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 2nd May 1988. 

« Today in our first meeting together, we’ll speak about the method of getting into Buddhism. For the sake of simplicity, speed, and efficiency in coming to terms with Buddhism, we’d like you to begin by knowing three [Thai] words. The first word is rop roo. We could say ‘comprehensive knowledge’ or complete knowing. The second is [tuen non] ‘to be awake,’ to be wide awake, fully awake... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ WHAT DOES NEW LIFE HAVE TO DO WITH ANAPANASATI? ❖

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What does New Life have to Do with Ānāpānasati? by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (2/2 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 9th May 1988. 

« Today we’ll speak on the topic ‘the new life and ānāpānasati meditation.’ How are they inter-related? What do they have to do with each other? Please don’t go and get all excited about the words ‘new life’ and think that it’s something special or extraordinary. When we talk about the new life, we just mean that it’s something different than this current life which is full of problems... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ THE METHOD IS SELF-RELIANCE ❖

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The Method is Self-Reliance by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (1/1 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 2nd June 1988. 

« First of all we would like to express our joy at the fact that you have come to this place in this way; meaning that you have come here in order to study the principles of Buddhism and to train yourselves in meditation. We are pleased by two kinds of benefits which should come from this. First of all you will all personally benefit from this study and training... »  [Audio] 

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DHAMMA AND LIFE ❖

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The Relationship Between Dhamma and Life by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (1/3 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 3rd July 1988. 

« Today in our first talk we’ll speak about the association or relationship between Dhamma and our life. World peace is impossible without peace within the lives of individuals. So let’s look at the peacefulness or happiness in the lives of individuals first. Especially in our own life, before we go talking about world peace... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ SELF WHICH IS NOT-SELF ❖

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Self which is Not-Self by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (2/3 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 4th July 1988. 

« In this lecture we would like to stress the matter of the ‘self which is not a self.’ We want to talk about this self that is not a self until it is possible for you to understand what this means. This matter is the heart of Buddhism. All the teachings of Buddhism strikes stress just this one truth that there is nothing anywhere to be found that can be attached to as a ‘self’ or as a ‘soul... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ RELIGION WHICH IS A WAY OF LIFE ❖

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Religion which is a Way of Life by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (3/3 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 10th July 1988. 

« In this third lecture today we’ll consider the topic ‘May you have religion that is a way of life.’ We don’t have to emphasize the word ‘religion.’ Let’s just have what we can call ‘a way of life.’ All the different religions whether the lower ones or the higher ones; all of them can be a way of life. If it isn’t, if some religion isn’t a way of life then it isn’t really genuine religion, it’s not true religion... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ LIFE IS SOMETHING THAT CAN AND MUST BE DEVELOPED ❖

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Life is Something That Can & Must be Developed by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (1/2 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 2nd August 1988.

« At this beginning level allow us to start with the broad principle that life is something which can be developed and which we must develop. Some people don’t think that they are able to develop themselves and so they think they can depend on some God to do the developing for them. This is very mistaken according to Buddhist principles... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ DEVELOPING LIFE THROUGH DUTY ❖

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Developing Life through Duty by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (2/2 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 10th August 1988. 

« Today is the last day of this course and this is our second talk. We hope that during this course you have achieved two things. That you have understood the Dhamma more deeply. And that you have met some success in practicing mental development. We need to have both of these things together. First of all we need to have knowledge about the Dhamma... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ SOMETHING YOU DON'T LIKE NOW, BUT WILL LIKE LATER

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Something You don't Like Now, but will Like Later by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (1/2 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 2nd September 1988. 

« Today we'd like to talk about the thing that now you don't like – or you might even hate it but which later you will like and maybe even love it. Please listen carefully. The thing which you probably don't like or may not even know about it, is the life which is above and beyond positive and negative... »  [Audio] 

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro_sepia.png ❖ THE BENEFITS OF ATAMMAYATA ❖

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The Benefits of Atammayatā by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (2/2 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 9th September 1988.

« Today we will discuss the benefits of a thing called atammayatā. This thing is strange to your ears, you don't know yet what it is, so please listen carefully and pay good attention so that you will learn what this thing is about. When we know this thing, laughter and crying won't be able to affect us... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ HOW TO BE FREE OF DUKKHA ❖

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How to Be Free of Dukkha by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (1/2 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 4th October 1988. 

« Today we will begin talking about the matter of ‘What are we going to do so that we can live without suffering, without dukkha?’ If there is no suffering, no misery in your life then there is nothing for us to talk about. The Buddha taught only about dukkha (misery, suffering, pain) and the quenching of suffering... »  [Audio]

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Aj.Buddhadasa Santikaro.png ❖ USING ANAPANASATI IN THE HOUSEHOLD LIFE ❖

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Using Anāpānasati in the Household Life by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu, translated into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu. Lecture (2/2 of the series) to participants in the monthly Suan Mokkh international retreat, given on 10th October 1988.

« Today we’ll speak about using ānāpānasati beneficially in the household life. You shouldn’t think that ānāpānasati is only for those who are anāgārika – those who are homeless such as monks and nuns living in the monastery. Anāpānasati is something that can be used successfully and beneficially even for those who are following the household life... »  [Audio]

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