Dhammagiri Visiting Teachers

  1. Ajahn Kalyano explains the meaning of the ceremony to offer "Cast-off Forest Cloth" to the Sangha. He points out how bhikkhus practise simplicity and contentment regarding robes and other requisites.

    Later (18.40 min) he relates the fascinating story how the late Thai King Bhumiphol Adulyadej first came into contact with the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Mun. Not knowing for sure if there are still any monks living who have realized the Dhamma, the king made a solemn determination: "If a there are still any Arahants, may one come to the palace in the next tree days!" He then arranged to have almsfood ready for offering in front of the palace. And indeed, on the third day Luang Por Fun appeared on almsround at the palace, and received some of the food offered. The king enquired about LP Fun and his reputation, found out about his monastery in a remote part of Thailand, and visited him personally.

    Over time, he gained great faith in LP Fun, and subsequently received teachings from him and many of the other outstanding disciples of Ajahn Mun. This was the beginning of the late king's lifelong association with the Forest Tradition, which ultimately made the great Krooba Ajahns widely known in Central Thailand and Bangkok.

    More about Ajahn Kalyano & Buddha Bodhivana Monastery: m.facebook.com/BuddhaBodhivanaMonastery/

    Photos from the Robe Offering Ceremony at Dhammagiri: dhammagiri.org.au/robe-offering-2017-with-ajahn-kalyano.html

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  2. On the last day of his visit to Dhammagiri, Ajahn Chandako, abbot of Vimutti Forest Monastery near Auckland, addresses a wide variety of questions from the audience. Ajahn talks about the deep attachment we have developed over lifetimes to our physical body, and how to overcome this clinging through body contemplation. If we can see byond the surface, and recognize the true nature of the body in insight meditation ('Vipassanā'), attachment and craving towards the body will fade away.
    Ajahn also addresses the problem of sleepiness in meditation, and how to overcome it; and he explains the difference between coarse and subtle defilements ('Kileasa'), and the different methods to deal with both of them in our meditation.
    Ajahn's visit was much appreciated by our community. Even the precepts ceremony at 7.00 am on Saturday morning was attended by some 20 people. Ajahn Chandako was impressed by the development of Dhammagiri in only 10 years, and repeatedly stated how much he likes the simple, solitary setup of the monastery, which he considers highly suitable to develop bhāvanā (meditation).
    More about Ajahn Chandako and Vimutti Buddhist Monastery at vimutti.org.nz
    Photos of his visit at Dhammagiri at dhammagiri.org.au/ajahn-chandako.html

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  3. Tan Ajahn Anan is the abbot of Wat Marp Jan in Rayong province, Thailand, and one of the best known & highly respected disciples of Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Kalyano of Buddha Bodhivana Monastery near Melbourne, and Aj Varadhammo of Bodhisaddha Monastery near Sydney, are both close disciples of Ajahn Anan, and have trained with him for many years before starting the Australian monastaries. Ajahn Varadhammo has kindly provided excellent translations of all teachings during Tan Ajahn's visit.

    As Ajahn Anan brought 6 other monks with him, we were fortunate to have 10 bhikkhus staying at Dhammagiri for our 10th Anniversary, the highest number so far.

    Apologies for limited visual quality of this video - we had to really squeeze up in the Dhammahall, to fit everyone in, and the camera filmed from an imperfect angle, with heads of the first line of audience showing.

    High qulity photos of Tan Ajahn Anan's visit to Dhammagiri can be seen here:
    dhammagiri.org.au/tan-ajahn-anan-photos.html

    watmarpjan.org/en
    dhammagiri.org.au
    tinyletter.com/dhammagiri

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  4. Tan Ajahn Anan is the abbot of Wat Marp Jan in Rayong province, Thailand, and one of the best known & highly respected disciples of Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Kalyano of Buddha Bodhivana Monastery near Melbourne, and Aj Varadhammo of Bodhisaddha Monastery near Sydney, are both close disciples of Ajahn Anan, and have trained with him for many years before starting the Australian monastaries. Ajahn Varadhammo has kindly provided excellent translations of all teachings during Tan Ajahn's visit.

    As Ajahn Anan brought 6 other monks with him, we were fortunate to have 10 bhikkhus staying at Dhammagiri for our 10th Anniversary, the highest number so far.
    Apologies for limited visual quality of this video - we had to really squeeze up in the Dhammahall, to fit everyone in, and the camera filmed from an imperfect angle, with heads of the first line of audience showing.

    watmarpjan.org/en
    dhammagiri.org.au
    tinyletter.com/dhammagiri

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  5. Ajahn Kalyano, abbot of Buddha Bodhivana Monastery near Melbourne, had kindly accepted our invitation to Dhammagiri's robe offering ceremony at the end of the rains retreat.
    In the afternoon session, Ajahn is asked how to develop mindfulness. He explains how we can establish and maintain mindfulness ('sati') during our activities in daily life, and how mindfulness leads us on to develop wisdom. With sati, we recognize that we can not fully control what kind of feelings and thoughts arise in our mind, they tend to come and go according to their own conditioning factors. We begin to understand that what we can't even control, is not suitable to be regarded as our self, it is not truly our ego.
    But as we insist to identify with what truly is not ego, we continue to create suffering for ourselves & others:
    "Me, mine, myself - we add it onto everything, and then all the trouble starts".

    So Ajahn encourages us to mindfully investigate the process of identification with what is not truly self, until we can abandon the delusion of self and ownership, and extricate ourselves from suffering.

    More about Ajahn Kalyano and Buddha Bodhivana Monastery:
    facebook.com/BuddhaBodhivanaMonastery

    More about Dhammagiri:
    dhammagiri.org.au/-news1.html
    tinyletter.com/dhammagiri
    facebook.com/DhammagiriForestHermitage

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