The Editors

The Editors

The Editors

Since 2017 our Editors have been working hard to give everyone the opportunity to get acquainted with samatha meditation on buddho, a meditation system that has brought so much good to our lives.

In addition to propagating this meditation system, we hope to make a valuable contribution to the knowledge of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation, emphasizing clarity, quality and depth in our publications.

7 Practical Meditation Tips
10-05-18

7 Practical Meditation Tips

The Editors

If you start with samatha meditation on buddho, or any other meditation object, it may well be that after a short time you notice that it is quite difficult to…

A Buddhist Perspective on the Problems in the World
20-07-18

A Buddhist Perspective on the Problems in the World

The Editors

In the West, we live in a time of unparalleled material prosperity, rellative world peace (never before has there been as little war as today), security…

A Short Demonstration of Samatha Meditation on Buddho
22-10-17
6 mins

A Short Demonstration of Samatha Meditation on Buddho

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A short demonstration of the samatha meditation on the word buddho, as taught by Ahba (Luang por Opart). The volume and pitch used here are just an example…

Ahba Speaks About Meditation, Mindfulness and Patience
27-04-18
50 mins

Ahba Speaks About Meditation, Mindfulness and Patience

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In this Dhamma talk Ahba answers some questions asked by two Dutch disciples during their visit to his monastery. We realize that Ahba can be difficult to…

Ahba’s Chant and Dhamma talk in Australia
09-04-17
80 mins

Ahba’s Chant and Dhamma talk in Australia

The Editors

Ajahn Kalyano, himself a pupil of the famous meditation teacher Ajahn Anan, in the tradition of Ajahn Chah, invited Ahba to oversee the opening of the…

Ahba’s Paritta Chant in Wat Ratanawan
28-02-17
54 mins

Ahba’s Paritta Chant in Wat Ratanawan

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At the invitation of Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Nyanadhammo (also pictured) Ahba gave his blessing by means of an extensive paritta chant (in Burmese style) during…

Anicca, Dukkha, Anattā: The Three Characteristics of Existence
10-10-22

Anicca, Dukkha, Anattā: The Three Characteristics of Existence

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The Buddha taught three characteristics (ti-lakkhaṇa) that apply to all existence in Samsāra, namely impermanence (anicca), unsatisfactoriness (dukkha) and non…

Are All Boeddhists Vegetarian?
14-02-19

Are All Boeddhists Vegetarian?

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The Buddha advised five moral precepts (pañca-sīla) for the development of morality (sīla). The first of these precepts is 'abstaining from killing'.

Blessing of the Ground for the Bodhgaya Temple
12-03-17
8 mins

Blessing of the Ground for the Bodhgaya Temple

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In 2012 the ground in Ahba's monastery was blessed for the construction of the Maha Bodhi Chedi (also called Bodhgaya Temple), a 1:1 replica of the temple in…

Buddha Statues: History, Use & Meaning
16-12-21

Buddha Statues: History, Use & Meaning

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When did the use of statues in Buddhism begin? What did the Buddha himself advise on their use? And wat do the various Buddha statues mean? In this text we…

Buddhist Schools: Theravada, Mahayana & Vajrayana
30-06-18

Buddhist Schools: Theravada, Mahayana & Vajrayana

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Since the death of the Buddha in present day India in the 5th B.C., Buddhism has spread around the world. It is not surprising that it has changed over time by…

Daily Meditation: How to Keep It Up
28-05-20

Daily Meditation: How to Keep It Up

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One of the hardest things for meditation practitioners, whether you're a beginner or quite experienced, is to have the discipline to meditate every day.

Dukkha: The Unsatisfactoriness of Existence
10-08-22

Dukkha: The Unsatisfactoriness of Existence

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One of the keywords in Buddhism is dukkha, often translated as suffering. In everyday life, dukkha is most easily perceived as suffering, and that is why that…

Expansion of the Digital Theravāda Library and Authors Page
19-05-22

Expansion of the Digital Theravāda Library and Authors Page

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Over the past few months, we have been working hard to expand our digital Theravāda Buddhist library. It contains a handpicked selection of books by renowned…

Exploring Reality with Samādhi
15-10-18

Exploring Reality with Samādhi

The Editors

When the Buddha talks about meditation in the suttas (sutras), he almost always talks about samādhi. The word samādhi has many nuances. The essence of samādhi…

Frequently Asked Questions
05-01-17

Frequently Asked Questions

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By now you can find a lot of information on our website. That in itself is very nice, but if you came to our website with a specific question it can be quite…

From Stream-enterer to Arahant: The Four Stages of Liberation
10-12-22

From Stream-enterer to Arahant: The Four Stages of Liberation

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Achieving the ultimate complete liberation from unsatisfactoriness (dukkha) is a gradual process consisting of four stages. In the time of the Buddha there were…

Images of the Bodhgaya Temple Opening Ceremony
21-06-17

Images of the Bodhgaya Temple Opening Ceremony

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The Maha Bodh Chedi (also called Bodhgaya temple) is a 1:1 replica of the temple with the same name in Bodhgaya India, erected on the spot where the Buddha…

Initiation of the Relics in Wat Ratanawan
07-05-20
8 mins

Initiation of the Relics in Wat Ratanawan

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At the invitation of Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Nyanadhammo (also in this video) Ahba has blessed the relics of the new hall in Wat Ratanawan in 2012.

Meditation Retreat: Deepen Your Practice
29-08-19

Meditation Retreat: Deepen Your Practice

The Editors

The word "retreat" means as much as "withdrawing yourself" and, in a narrower sense in this context, withdrawing yourself from everyday life for spiritual or…

Meditation Without Desire
20-10-18

Meditation Without Desire

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Meditation is not a fast process. It is important to continue to make patient efforts without desiring anything. The Buddha once gave the example (in SN 22.101)…

Mindfulness According to the Buddha
07-11-19

Mindfulness According to the Buddha

The Editors

At home through an app, at your yoga class or at work, mindfulness 'without Buddhism' can be found everywhere these days. Usually it is taught as a form of…

New Years Resolutions
29-12-17

New Years Resolutions

The Editors

The new year is coming and many people are thinking about what they will do differently the coming year. This often results in intentions to refrain from…

Opening Ceremony of the Dhammacakka-hall in Australia
07-05-17

Opening Ceremony of the Dhammacakka-hall in Australia

The Editors

Here are images of the opening ceremony of the Dhammacakka-hall in Australia, in Ajahn Kalyano's monastery. Ajahn Kalyano invited Ahba to oversee this ceremony.

Origin and Use of the Mālā (Meditation Beads)
06-07-18

Origin and Use of the Mālā (Meditation Beads)

The Editors

Mālā is the Sanskrit word for chain or necklace. Specifically, it refers to the beaded necklace that is often used during meditation. The moment man began to…

Pali chanting: Anumodana, Paritta and More
20-05-17
50 mins

Pali chanting: Anumodana, Paritta and More

The Editors

Ahba has indicated that chanting Pali is beneficial. The chanting of Pali texts that one does not know by heart can even promote concentration because one has…

Paticcasamuppāda: Dependent rigination
10-01-23

Paticcasamuppāda: Dependent rigination

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If we look at the cause of unsatisfactoriness, the second Noble Truth the Buddha taught, we see that the Buddha mentions desire as the big problem.

Pictures of Ahba in Myanmar Around 1978
09-07-20

Pictures of Ahba in Myanmar Around 1978

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These are some pictures of Ahba from old. They are slides made in Myanmar around 1978, taken by Jaap and Maria Guijt. You can see pictures of Ahba in his…

Reality and Ethics in the Abhidhamma
14-02-17

Reality and Ethics in the Abhidhamma

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The second paragraph in the first chapter of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha by Acariya Anuruddha reads: "In the ultimate sense, the Abhidhamma speaks of four…

Saddhā, Viriya, Sati, Samādhi, Paññā, Khanti and Mettā
25-04-19

Saddhā, Viriya, Sati, Samādhi, Paññā, Khanti and Mettā

The Editors

When it comes to practicing samatha meditation on buddho, Ahba regularly speaks about the series saddhā, viriya, sati, samādhi, paññā and overarching khanti and…

Samsāra & Nirvana
01-11-22

Samsāra & Nirvana

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You could argue that Buddhism is about freeing yourself from samsāra and reaching nirvana (nibbāna). But what do samsāra and nibbāna really mean?

Selected Verses from the Dhammapada
28-10-21

Selected Verses from the Dhammapada

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The Dhammpada is a true gem of the ancient Buddhist scriptures (the Pali Canon) of Theravada Buddhism and probably one of the oldest Buddhist texts…

Sexual Abuse by Buddhist Teachers
07-09-18

Sexual Abuse by Buddhist Teachers

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Sexual abuse plays a role in an unacceptably high percentage of the member organizations of the Buddhist Union of the Netherlands (BUN).

Short Message from Ahba About Meditation
04-10-19
4 mins

Short Message from Ahba About Meditation

The Editors

In this video Ahba talks briefly about meditation. He emphasizes the importance of daily practice, limiting yourself to one meditation system and keeping the…

Taking Care of the Mind with Sati and Samadhi
16-04-20
6 mins

Taking Care of the Mind with Sati and Samadhi

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A short dhamma-talk from Ahba about the importance of sati (mindfulness) and samadhi (concentration) to protect the mind and develop wisdom.

Thank You for Your Support & Changes on the Website
29-07-21

Thank You for Your Support & Changes on the Website

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About 8,000 people now visit our websites (buddho.nl and buddho.org) every month and new people subscribe to our newsletter almost every day…

Thanks for Your Support & New Features
02-07-20

Thanks for Your Support & New Features

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Every month more than two thousand people visit our website, including many returning visitors. We are touched by the donations and positive reactions we have…

The 16 Best Books on Buddhism & Meditation
07-06-18

The 16 Best Books on Buddhism & Meditation

The Editors

You started meditating, for whatever reason. Maybe it's a way to relax a bit more, to let go of stress, or to make suffering that you have experienced more…

The 5 Hindrances that Hinder Progress in Meditation
20-09-18

The 5 Hindrances that Hinder Progress in Meditation

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The Buddha taught with great regularity that concentration (samādhi) is a cornerstone of the path to liberation from suffering. On this path, sooner or later…

The 5 Precepts: Buddhism and Morality
30-01-19

The 5 Precepts: Buddhism and Morality

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In essence Buddhism is all about liberating the mind. To accomplish this, the Buddha taught his path of morality (sīla), concentration (samādhi) and wisdom…

The 9 Qualities of the Buddha
19-12-19

The 9 Qualities of the Buddha

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Samatha meditation on buddho is a form of buddhānussati, meditation focused on the qualities of the Buddha. In this method, the meditation object (the object…

The Best Meditation-App and a Free Alternative
12-08-21

The Best Meditation-App and a Free Alternative

The Editors

If you want to start meditating, you will soon come across meditation apps. But do you really need an app to meditate? And which one is best?

The Blind Spot
07-04-22

The Blind Spot

The Editors

Talking about how to live a good life is easy, actually living it is difficult. Anyone can use terms like "enlightened," "awakened," or "liberated…

The Buddhist Path: Sila, Samādhi, Paññā
29-04-21

The Buddhist Path: Sila, Samādhi, Paññā

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I am sitting in front of my meditation teacher Ahba, a Burmese Buddhist monk who fled Myanmar in the 1980s. After walking hundreds of kilometers through the…

The Cognitive Process According to the Abhidhamma
13-12-17

The Cognitive Process According to the Abhidhamma

The Editors

Words like citta (consciousness) or cetasika (mental factor) can be quite abstract (see also Ultimate Reality and Ethical Quality in the Abhidhamma).

The Dhajagga-paritta Chant (Iti pi so…)
12-03-20
2 mins

The Dhajagga-paritta Chant (Iti pi so…)

The Editors

Prior to the group meditation, and for those who wish to do so prior to the daily meditation at home, we chant 'iti pi so'. In this chant you reflect on the…

The Life of the Buddha
20-01-22

The Life of the Buddha

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For more than 2,500 years, people have followed the path to liberation as taught by the Buddha. For just as long, the Buddha's life story has had a powerful…

The Mayahana Shurangama Sutra Explained
15-08-17

The Mayahana Shurangama Sutra Explained

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According to the Mahāyāna-tradition, the Buddha has told the Shūraṅgama Sutta especially for Ananda, who at that time already was a Sotāpanna (a person who…

The Mindful Way – Ajahn Chah
18-01-17
19 mins

The Mindful Way – Ajahn Chah

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This short documentary, made in 1977, shows the daily life in the main monastery of Ajahn Chah, Wat Pah Pong in Ubon Rachathani, Thailand. The highlights of the…

The Pali Canon: How We Know What the Buddha Taught
20-01-22

The Pali Canon: How We Know What the Buddha Taught

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When we talk about Buddhism, we are talking about the teachings of the Buddha, but the Buddha himself did not write anything down. So, you might wonder: how do…

The Teacher-Disciple Relationship Must Be 100% Safe
12-12-18

The Teacher-Disciple Relationship Must Be 100% Safe

The Editors

Anyone who meditates daily, year after year, anyone who regularly does long retreats, knows that a meditation teacher is indispensable.

Theravāda Buddhism
20-01-22

Theravāda Buddhism

The Editors

Theravāda Buddhism is a Buddhist school that came to prominence during the reign of king Asoka the Great around 250 BC, after the purification of the Sangha…

Videos of Ahba’s New Uposatha Hall
14-11-19
9 mins

Videos of Ahba’s New Uposatha Hall

The Editors

A year ago, Ahba announced the construction of a new Uposatha Hall. This hall would be entirely built in Burmese style, with a central Buddha statue in the…

What is Meditation?
08-07-21

What is Meditation?

The Editors

In essence, meditation is focusing your attention on a specific object. Your mind then gradually becomes clean and clear. A clean and clear mind forms the…

What is the Abhidhamma?
13-03-19

What is the Abhidhamma?

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Those who like it can study the Abhidhamma as an addition to the meditation. The prefix 'abhi' means 'transcending' or 'higher'; in this case the word 'dhamma'