• Who can untangle this tangle?

    Through many a year in this life, we have been making a larger and larger tangle. In the Jaṭā Sutta SN 7.6, the brahman Jata Bharadvaja asked the Blessed One a pertinent question .. ‘A tangle within, a tangle without, people are entangled in a tangle. Gotama, I ask you …

  • Majjhima Nikāya

    The Middle-length Discourses The Majjhima Nikāya, or “Middle-length Discourses” of the Buddha, is the second of the five nikāyas (collections) of the Sutta Pitaka. This nikāya consists of 152 discourses by the Buddha and his chief disciples, which together constitute a comprehensive body of teaching concerning all aspects of the …

  • Sutta Piṭaka

    The Basket of Suttas The Sutta Piṭaka, the second division of the Tipiṭaka, consists of more than 10,000 suttas (discourses) delivered by the Buddha and his close disciples during and shortly after the Buddha’s forty-five year teaching career, as well as many additional verses by other members of the Sangha. …

  • Vinaya Piṭaka

    The Basket of the Discipline The Vinaya Pitaka, the first division of the Tipitaka, is the textual framework upon which the monastic community (Sangha) is built. It includes not only the rules governing the life of every Theravada bhikkhu (monk) and bhikkhuni (nun), but also a host of procedures and …

  • Santuṭṭhi : Contentment

    ‘When one is content with what is blameless, trifling and easily gained; when one’s mind is not distressed because of a lodging, robe, drink, and food, one is not hindered anywhere. These qualities, rightly said to conform to the ascetic life, are acquired by a bhikkhu who is content and …

  • Letting Go …..

    ‘It’s not good, the doing of the deed that, once it’s done, you regret, whose result you reap crying, your face in tears. It’s good, the doing of the deed that, once it’s done, you don’t regret, whose result you reap gratified, happy at heart.’ – Dhammapada Verse 67 & …

  • Abhidhamma

    What is Abhidhamma? by Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera from ‘What Buddhists Believe’ Abhidhamma is the analytical doctrine of mental faculties and elements. The Abhidhamma Pitaka contains the profound moral psychology and philosophy of the Buddha’s teaching, in contrast to the simpler discourses in the Sutta Pitaka. The knowledge …

  • Volunteerism & Being of Service to others

    The Joy of Volunteerism & Being of Service to others (Veyyāvacca) “He who has understanding and great wisdom does not think of harming himself or another, nor of harming both alike. He rather thinks of his own welfare, of that of others, of that of both, and of the welfare …