Combining art, writing, and meditation, Ajahn Dhammadharo uses calligraphy to bring words from the Suttas and his teachers to new life.
Illuminated Wisdom: Buddhist Calligraphy & Verse by Ajahn Dhammadharo | Feb. 1, 2023This excerpt from the Dhammacakka Sutta (in particular, the sequence of verbs highlighted in red) struck me as the essence of Dhamma practice and thus worthy of calligraphing. The...
Relying on the early texts, Ven. Dhammika describes the Buddha’s daily life twenty-five hundred years ago. From detailing how he ate to whom he taught, the picture that emerges helps ground and deepen faith.
Luang Por Baen, a leading figure in the Thai Forest Tradition, was known for his stirring and direct teachings. These two talks allow readers a glimpse into profound wisdom based on a life of practice.
Ranging from the fantastic to the natural, twenty-five years of Ajahn Thitadhammo’s drawings reveal the hidden abundance of a life of renunciation.
The founding of Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage in the challenging landscape of Brisbane Australia, reveals the miraculous nature of faith and the Buddha’s teaching.
Gus Hales’ battles in the Falklands and elsewhere left him with severe PTSD. After finding peace with the Sangha at Amaravati monastery, he helped spread the Dhamma as a prison chaplain and participating in reconciliation efforts with the IRA.
After escaping the violence-ridden neighborhood where he grew up by joining the British Army, Billy’s experience of war left him in the throws of PTSD and addiction. His healing at Amaravati monastery speaks to the power of the Buddhist path and Sangha that helps carry it forward.
From ideas of cosmic cycles of expansion and contraction to descriptions of the solar system, the model of the universe put forward in the suttas corresponds to a surprising degree with modern understandings. In his essay, Ajahn Brahmali investigates the implications of these unlikely parallels.
Ven. Thubten Chodron, abbess of Sravasti Abbey, reflects on the blessings she’s seen in her over forty years as a monastic, both for herself and the world.
Styled after medieval illuminated manuscripts, Ajahn Sucitto’s illustrations frame the Buddha’s foundational teaching with the sensitivity and wisdom of one who has given their life to the path it expounds.
Ajahn Jayasaro, a senior monk of the Thai Forest Tradition, offers advice of special relevance during a year of crisis, from speaking skillfully with family while quarantined to dealing the death of loved ones.
Ajahn Ṭhānissaro describes how tradition’s substitution of the three perceptions of anicca, dukkha, and anatta for the Four Noble Truths as the Buddha’s primary teaching has affected the practice of Buddhists ever since.
Khenmo Drolma reflects on how the teachings of her lineage’s founder, Jigten Sumgön (1143– 1217), allowed her to move past the death of her brother and feel compassion even for his killer. Her instructions provide a detailed guide to loving-kindness meditation for all practitioners.
Few have told the story of the Buddha’s life as well as Grevel Lindop in his poem, “Touching the Earth”. Ajahn Jayasāro’s reading of an excerpt from the epic infuses the story of the Bodhisatta’s birth with faith come from a life of practice.
In elaborating on three basic themes the Buddha exhorted his monastics to regularly recollect, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi describes a path towards humility and grace accessible to all practitioners.