For more audio recordings of readings from Buddhist works, see my Ancient Buddhist Texts Audio page, which now has over 50 hours of recordings listed. A new page for unedited transcripts and over 100 hours of recordings of Acarya Godwin Samararatne. Mike Cross’ readings of his translations of Buddhacarita and Saundarananda now published. A new set of public and retreat talks by Acarya Godwin Samararatne from the Netherlands in 1996. A story from the Dhammapada Commentary retelling the Life of the Buddha and his Two Chief Disciples, and also past life aspirations of other disciples. New material featuring talks by Acarya Godwin Samararatne at the evening meetings, and also discussions and chanting; the poems were written by meditators at Nilambe expressing their thoughts and feelings. Publication on Ancient Buddhist Texts of a reading in Pali of the important Mahasatipatthanasuttam. A recording of the chanting we make at the International Buddhist College together with a chanting book.
Website featuring recordings in English and Pali of various texts drawn mainly from the Pali Canon by various people. Traditional music from Lanna played by the Lanna Orchid Ensemble of Chiang Mai University which I have been using as background music to slideshows of the photographs I made in Chiang Mai.
A Dhamma talk about the original intentions behind the organisation of the Buddhist community, how that has changed over time, and the benefits there would be in returning to the Buddha’s original intentions. A short introduction to the life and works of the model Buddhist King Asoka, who reigned over most of the Indian sub-continent a couple of hundred years after the Buddha’s parinibbana, and was instrumental in making the religion an international one.
I gave this talk to the devotees who attended the Candlelight Procession at Vivekavana Monastery on Vesakha Eve. This talk is meant for those who find formal meditation too difficult in their home and would like to find some other way to stay in touch with the Dhamma. In the talk Bhikkhu Moneyya talks about the qualities that make for good parenting, and how the example a parent sets can and will influence their children for better or for worse.
This is a short talk I gave about how to make everyday an auspicious day by developing four great qualities of mind, and I illustrated it with stories from the life of the Buddha and modern forest monks in Sri Lanka. To give a taste of what my new book Buddhist Wisdom Verses is like I include one of the 251 sections today. This talk begins by reflecting on the past year and encouraging people to remember their good deeds, and then also to make a strong determination for the coming year to keep precepts and develop further their spiritual life. Here is a short discourse that is well worth time considering as it deals with right and wrong sorts of talk.
The author was a well-known Thai monk, who trained monks and also laymen in the way towards the liberation of the mind.
The Buddhist concept of mindfulness (sati) is an extremely difficult idea to define in words – not because it is complex, but because it is too simple and open.
The book starts with an introductory note that is slightly more extensive than the normal entry into a book of this size.
Pali, is very much the language of Buddhism and it is in Pali that the oldest Buddhist texts were composed. Of the three baskets of Buddhism, the third is the Abhidhamma Pitaka – The basket of higher teaching.

This definitive, encyclopedic work on the general concepts of the Buddhist system was compiled by Arahant Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa, 1589 year ago.
According to the learned author of this book, this work is intended to serve one as a preliminary introduction, highlighting the richness of both the philosophical content and the literary and artistic creations of Buddhism.
This publication is, in effect, a discussion about achieving the silence of the mind at a Buddhist monastery in England. Since it was first published in 1963, this version of “The Dhammapada” has remained a firm favourite with readers everywhere. It recounts the young man Sumedha’s aspiration to become a Buddha and the perfections that had to be fulfilled. He is the leader of a centre there which is coming out of the Tibetan tradition, and uses his music as an integral part of his practice and Dharma activities. You can use it as a kind of measure of your own concerns and ask yourself: are they in line with Dhamma or with adhamma? To introduce the book at this kind of length was thought necessary because the three refuges of Buddhism usually do not get discussed at length- together.
But, it is very rarely indeed that a person intending to practise meditation receives proper and authoritative guidance. Anyone, who is keen to study Buddhism profoundly, must possess an awareness of the Pali language. The central urge of this book is to discuss the importance of each full moon season, from the viewpoint of the Buddhist.
The series of lectures was collected into one volume and after appropriate revision, it was published in the present form.
That helps scholar and student alike, to comprehend the profound teaching of the Buddha about the mind, matter and life. For nearly half-a-century this work has remained a great contribution to English literature on Buddhism. Arahant Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa, resided at Maha Vihara, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka and wrote several works including this work – Visuddhimagga. All the stanzas that are recited in performing the rites are given here in Pali (Roman characters) English and Chinese. The learned Prelate discusses issues relating to Buddhism and problems of the work-a-day world, imparting practical wisdom.
In the introductory section of the book, the history of he establishment of the monastery is vividly described. In a series of simple discussions the author directs the reader to the path leading to the discarding of the “I” notion. In the first segment, the background of religious practices in the Buddha’s day, is vividly but briefly discussed. These make for very good meditative reflections of the teaching, and you can see how they apply to yourself.
He would address groups of devotees and teach them concepts of Buddhism at an intimate personal level. Those who study this work can enter into meditation, with a total awareness of the background necessary for proper meditation. With the increasing academic interest in the study of Pali and Buddhism, this work will have a burgeoning demand.

If the author merely gave a list of reasons why a given fullmoon is significant, the work would have been rather a routine work. An additional section is given at the end, to enable the devotee to become aware of some stanzas and suttas,  that guide the devotee towards meditation. Getting rid of fear and worry and the pursuit of happiness are goals of all human beings irrespective of caste, creed or race. This is his statement: “to introduce the original teaching clearly and without recourse to exaggeration, cultural implication or disparaging of particular schools of Buddhism, so that the reader can understand the Buddha Dhamma in its modern context.
What is important in this work, is that all ethical and moral issues that arise in human society been taken up and fully discussed. The main thrust is the process of the cultivation of the mind, leading to its tranquility – citta viveka.
This work consists of a series of such talks given by him from time to time at his monastery at Wat Ba Pong.
The most outstand quality of this work is that Prince Siddhatha and other personalities are vibrantly made alive.
Everything said here is a result of a fresh vision, even of not well-known matters relating to Buddhism. Authoritative information about Buddha and his teaching are included in the work as a kind of additional gift to the readers. No study of the doctrine of the Buddha is complete without an awareness, at least, of Abhidhamma. This monumental work contains the essence of Buddhism, making it i… reading for anyone interested in Buddhism. In the subsequent areas of the book, all aspects of the Buddhist traditions are taken up for discussion. The skill to pronounce Pali, is provided by the Chinese version which communicates the exact pronunciation of Pali words in Chinese.
The instructions are given in a series of intimate discussions, presided over by the teacher. His Enlightenment and the delivery of his first sermon “Dhammacakkapavattana Sutta” to the five fold ascetics is described briefly.
In such a context, this work is essential reading for anyone interested in the doctrine of Buddha, in a deeper than casual manner.
His present work, is eminently suitable as a means of introducing the story of the Buddha to children.
Those who have been familiar only with the familiar aspects of the life of the Buddha, will find this refreshing aspect.
An area of special interest to everyone is the chapter “Buddhism for Modern Man – Buddhism in the space age”.

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