Author Archives: Robin

Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 17

An excerpt from Sathienpong Wanapok’s book ‘Life in the Saffron Forest’ on the various kinds of funeral chanting performed by the monks. Continue reading

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Bliss

A description of the five kinds of bliss encountered in meditation. Continue reading

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Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 16

A chapter from Sathienpong Wanapok’s book ‘Life in the Saffron Forest’ on the Royal Park Pali examinations for monks and novices. Continue reading

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Life in the Saffron Forest: Chapter 15

A chapter from Sathienpong Wanapok’s book ‘Life in the Saffron Forest’ on the Pali examinations at the Royal Park. Continue reading

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Nature & Society

An excerpt from Venerable Phra Payutto’s book ‘Buddhadhamma’ on the need to learn from both nature and society, and on the need to escape from an overbearing influence by society. Continue reading

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Wholesome Desire

A description by Ven. Phra Payutto of the two variations of wholesome desire: chanda & mettā, taught in Buddhism. Continue reading

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The Four Paths to Success

An excerpt from Ven. Phra Payutto’s book ‘Buddhadhamma’ on the practical application of the four paths to success (iddhipada). Continue reading

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Focused Attention & Investigation as Paths to Success

A description by Venerable Phra Payutto of the final two factors of the Paths to Success (iddhipāda), namely, focused attention (citta) and investigation (vimamsa). Continue reading

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A Buddhist Perspective on Guilt

A passage from ‘Buddhadhamma’ on the Buddhist perspective on guilt and how it is a form of suffering distinctive to virtuous people. Continue reading

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Scratching the Itch

An excerpt from Ven. Phra Payutto’s book ‘Buddhadhamma’ on the happiness of an arahant in comparison to the pleasures sought by unawakened human beings. Continue reading

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