Essays & Interviews
Lotuses under Eucalyptus: Faith, Giving, & the Founding of Dhammagiri in Australia
The founding of Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage in the challenging landscape of Brisbane Australia, reveals the miraculous nature of faith and the Buddha’s teaching.
War & Peace II: Gus Hales’ Journey from Soldier to Buddhist Prison Chaplain
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 I: Billy Fitzgerald’s Journey from Gang to Military to 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.
Buddhist Cosmology: The Unlikely Parallels between the Buddha’s Vision & Modern Understandings
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.
Eye in the Storm: Why Monastics Matter in the Modern World
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.
First Things First: The Three Perceptions and the Four Noble Truths
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.
Right Temperament: Living with Luangta Maha Boowa
Ajahn Dick Sīlaratano reflects on his training under Luangta Maha Boowa, one of the most respected teachers of twentieth-century Thailand.