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.
War & Peace II: Gus Hales' Journey from Soldier to Buddhist Prison Chaplain by Tan Nisabho | Jan. 15, 2022After escaping the mining town where he was born by joining the British Army, Gus Hales was left with severe PTSD and addiction. Amaravati Buddhist Monastery...
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.
By the time of his passing in 2020, Ven. Ñāṇadīpa was widely known for having spent over forty years wandering Sri Lanka. The second installment of his teachings provides insight into the higher levels of meditation and represents one of his final gifts.
By the time of his passing in 2020, Ven. Ñāṇadīpa was widely known for having spent over forty years wandering Sri Lanka. These teachings, on everything from dealing with elephants to interpreting the Buddhist scriptures, represent one of his final gifts.
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.