Ajahn Buddhadasa’s Retreat Talks 1986-1992


Due to potential bankruptcy of SoundCloud, BIA staff & volunteers have started uploading Ajahn Buddhadasa’s Retreat Talks to BIA’s English language website. More will be added as 2018 unfolds.

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Thanks to all the efforts of Tan Ajahn’s students worldwide who continue to honor and share his skillful ways of connecting us with core Buddha-Dhamma.

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Tiger Becomes Kitty

These kids of the Tathagata* are tigers!
Ferociously pouncing on the Path-Fruit** prey.

Living the wilderness of meditation as he taught,
Sorting out the branches of Satipatthana.***

Body, feeling, minds, and Dhamma —
These four are the territories in which tigers

Circle, stalk, and catch their prey,
Clutched securely in the paws of mindfulness.

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Any tiger that gets sloppy with Satipatthana
Becomes a house cat, haven’t you seen.

The kittified tiger is gossipped all over,
Once the good name of “tiger” is lost in distractions.

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* Tathagata: “One Thus Gone,” one who has realized thusness, Buddha. “Children of the Tathagata” traditionally refers to monks and nuns who have fully embarked within the Dhamma-Vinaya training.

** Magga-phala, fulfillment and fruition of the path

*** Establishments of mindfulness, the basic refuges for contemplative inquiry.

Accessed from: http://www.suanmokkh.org/poems

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Chicago meditation workshop

Chicago friends are helping to organize more Saturday meditation workshops in 2018, beginning with January 20th.

Refreshing Practice in the New Year

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2017 Newsletter

Jo Marie has just compiled our 2017 Newsletter. Please have a look and review a big year for us.


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Dharma Zephyr on Lake Tahoe

Dharma Zephyr, good friends from western Nevada, hosted a week-long retreat at Camp Galilee on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe in early November. Threatened storms brought no snow but lots of rapidly changing and fascinating weather. Views from the shore invited many Dhamma contemplations, along with sniffles. I especially dug deep into the dhatus (elements, fundamental physical properties). The inner winds were normally calmer than outer.

Inside we were snug and comfy. The food was healthy and tasty. The companionship was warm, intimate, and supportive of deeper inquiry into Under the Bodhi Tree. Consequently, I spoke about inquiry quite a lot. Here’s a summary of how I understand inquiry (dhammavicaya):


Rather than take the usual academic approach of the so-called “12 links,” we explored some of the main ways of getting into the practical relevance of paticcasamuppada (dependent co-arising). This usually took the form of closely exploring how various “linkages” play out in our minds and lives. Each linkage is a dependent co-arising). One example is the relation between clinging and craving. This clip also demonstartes a non-materialist reading of this essential teaching:


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