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.

Pictures of Ahba in Myanmar Around 1978

Pictures of Ahba in Myanmar Around 1978

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 monastery in Yangon, an inauguration of land in the monastery, a dhamma-talk by Ahba and some general pictures with Buddhist content of Myanmar from that […]

Thanks for Your Support & New Features

Thanks for Your Support & New Features

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 received from lay people in the Netherlands and abroad, but to our surprise also from monks and nuns from Germany to Sri Lanka and Myanmar. It is also always special […]

Developing the Discipline To Meditate Every Day

Developing the Discipline To Meditate Every Day

One of the hardest things for meditation practitioners, whether just starting out or quite experienced, is to have the discipline to meditate every day. Yet it is precisely meditating every day that is crucial. By meditating every day you keep the fire burning and slowly but surely develop your mind. Every time you skip one […]

Cetasika – Nina van Gorkum

Cetasika – Nina van Gorkum

In this book Nina van Gorkum gives an extensive explanation of the cetasika, mental factors, as they are described in the Abhidhamma. As always, Nina van Gorkum writes in a clear style, and her overview of the Abhidhamma comes to the fore.

Initiation of the Relics in Wat Ratanawan

Initiation of the Relics in Wat Ratanawan

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. Earlier we posted a video of Ahba’s paritta chant during this occasion. In this video ‘iti pi so‘ is chanted 38x and you can see how the relics […]

What The Buddha Taught – Bhante Walpola Rahula

What The Buddha Taught – Bhante Walpola Rahula

This is one of the most famous books about Buddhism. In this work the reverend Walpola Rahula gives an overview of Buddhism by using quotes from the Buddhist canon. It is an extremely sober, clear and authentic exposition, clearly written by someone with a great overview and insight into the matter.

Fundamentals of Buddhism – Peter Santina

Fundamentals of Buddhism – Peter Santina

At the request of the Srilankaramaya Buddhist Temple Dr. Santina gave a series of lectures in which the foundation of Buddhism was given. These lectures have been made into a book with the hope that they can contribute to an understanding of the actual teaching of the Buddha.

Taking Care of the Mind with Sati and Samadhi

Taking Care of the Mind with Sati and Samadhi

A short dhamma-talk from Ahba about the importance of sati (mindfulness) and samadhi (concentration) to protect the mind and develop wisdom. After Abha has given his dhamma-talk it is translated into English by Tan Ajahn Moshe. LP Opart – How to Look after our Mind (Thai & English)Watch this video on YouTube

The Dhajagga-paritta Chant (Iti pi so…)

The Dhajagga-paritta Chant (Iti pi so…)

Prior to the group meditation, and for those who wish to do so prior to the meditation at home, we chant ‘iti pi so’. In this chant you reflect on the qualities of the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha. For everyone who likes to make this chant a part of their […]

The Nine Qualities of the Buddha

The Nine Qualities of the Buddha

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 you focus on) is initially the sound of the mantra buddho, pronounced as ‘bodaw’. Later, when the concentration is high, you can switch to the mental recitation of buddho and then, for […]

Images of Ahba’s New Uposatha Hall

Images of Ahba’s New Uposatha Hall

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 style of the famous Mahamuni Buddha from Mandalay. What made this announcement very special is that Ahba indicated that the temple would be finished in just one […]

Mindfulness According to the Buddha

Mindfulness According to the Buddha

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 meditation by people who have followed an appropriate teachers course. Sometimes there remains a vague notion where mindfulness originally comes from, sometimes the source is simply […]

Short Message from Ahba about Meditation

Short Message from Ahba about Meditation

In this video Ahba talks briefly about meditation. He emphasizes the importance of daily practice, limiting yourself to one meditation system and keeping the intention focused on the Buddha, in order to slowly develop concentration. The message is of clean simplicity and is intended to give everyone in the Netherlands the opportunity to see Ahba […]

What Does a Buddho Meditation Retreat Look Like?

What Does a Buddho Meditation Retreat Look Like?

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 religious self-examination. Nowadays you can do all kinds of retreats, at home and abroad. Yoga retreats, Christian retreats, Zen retreats, vipassanā retreats and so on. They are retreats because in […]

Developing the Mind Through Samatha Meditation

Developing the Mind Through Samatha Meditation

When it comes to practicing samatha meditation on buddho, Ahba regularly speaks about the series saddhā , viriya , sati , samādhi , paññā and overarching khanti and mettā . If you don’t immediately know what these terms mean than don’t worry, just keep on reading. Saddhā Saddhā means as much as confidence, faith or […]

A Short Introduction to Abhidhamma

A Short Introduction to Abhidhamma

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‘ has the meaning of ‘truth or teaching’. So together the approximate meaning is ‘higher teaching’. Bhikkhu Bodhi writes in his translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (a summary of […]

A Short Introduction to Buddhism

A Short Introduction to Buddhism

Two thousand five hundred years ago, Siddharta Gautama penetrated reality under the Bodhi tree in present day northern India and became a Buddha, an ‘awakend’ or ‘enlightend’ one. Through his deep insight into reality he destroyed his desire, hatred and ignorance, the chains that bound him to the round of rebirth (samsāra), and thus freed […]

The Practice Which Leads to Nibbana – Pa Auk Sayadaw

The Practice Which Leads to Nibbana – Pa Auk Sayadaw

As you can read in the introduction, this book is not intended for the beginning meditation practitioner. It is based on the meditation methods found in the Commentary on the Visuddhimagga. This includes a detailed analysis of mental processes and matter according to the categories of the Abhidhamma. It is therefore advised to first learn […]

Buddhism and Vegetarianism

Buddhism and Vegetarianism

The Buddha advised five moral precepts (pañca-sīla) for the development of morality (sīla). The first of these precepts is ‘abstaining from killing’. How does Buddhism then look at eating meat? And was the Buddha vegetarian? In Theravāda Buddhism the Sangha (the monastic order) lives on alms. It is considered very beneficial to provide the Sangha […]

Buddhism and Morality: the Five Precepts

Buddhism and Morality: the Five Precepts

Buddhism is about liberating the mind. To accomplish this, the Buddha taught his path of morality (sīla), concentration (samādhi) and wisdom (paññā). These three trainings support and strengthen each other. It is through paññā that the practitioner eventually realizes from his or her own experience that everything in this world is changeable, unsatisfactory and without […]

On Meditation – Ajahn Chah

On Meditation – Ajahn Chah

In this short work there are some Dhamma talks by Ajahn Chah about meditation. Ajahn Chah talks about buddho, samādhi (concentration) and wisdom. It’s a good start to get a feeling for his way of teaching, which is close to Ahba’s teachings. The book should not be confused with the more extensive work Meditation published […]

The Teacher-Disciple Relationship Must Be 100% Safe

The Teacher-Disciple Relationship Must Be 100% Safe

Anyone who meditates daily, year after year, anyone who regularly does long retreats, knows that a meditation teacher is indispensable. Intensive meditation reveals the deepest caves of your mind. Sometimes slowly and surely, sometimes like a hatch that suddenly opens and simply overwhelms you. All sorts of things surface and often those things are also […]

Putting Forth Patient Effort Without Desire

Putting Forth Patient Effort Without Desire

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) of a carpenter who does not know, cannot perceive that the handle of his ax is wearing out day after day. He only knows that his ax is […]

Abhidhamma in Daily Life – Nina van Gorkum

Abhidhamma in Daily Life – Nina van Gorkum

This book is a beautiful study book for anyone who wants to delve further into the Abhidhamma. It really is a study book, complete with questions at the end of each chapter to check if you have understood its contents. Still, it is not a dry textbook, but a beautifully written work that tries to […]

Exploring Reality with Samādhi

Exploring Reality with Samādhi

When the Buddha talks about meditation in the suttas (sutras), he almost always talks about samādhi. Even minfdulness (sati) is often taught by the Buddha as being part of samādhi. The word samādhi has many nuances. The essence of samādhi is to bring together all aspects of the mind and focus them one-pointedly on the […]

The Five Hindrances to Concentration

The Five Hindrances to Concentration

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, you will encounter the five hindrances (pañca nīvaraṇāni) that prevent the development of concentration: Sensory desire (kāmacchanda) Aversion (vyāpāda) Sloth and torpor (thīna-middha) Restlessness and Remorse (uddhacca-kukkucca) Doubt (vicikicchā) These […]

Sexual Abuse by Buddhist Teachers

Sexual Abuse by Buddhist Teachers

Sexual abuse plays a role in an unacceptably high percentage of the member organizations of the Buddhist Union of the Netherlands (BUN). This concerns abuse committed by teachers in the Netherlands or highly placed teachers who belong to organizations active in the Netherlands. We emphatically distance ourselves from these Buddhist teachers and our compassion goes […]

A Buddhist Look at the Problems in the World

A Buddhist Look at the Problems in the World

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, freedom of speech, freedom of choice with regard to religion, spirituality, sexuality, and access to education and health care, to name but a few things. And yet… Look into […]

Origin and Use of Meditation Beads

Origin and Use of Meditation Beads

Mālā is the Sanskritword for chain or necklace. Specifically, it refers to the beaded necklace that is often used during meditation. The moment man began to use the beaded necklace for meditation is not certain. The oldest image of a beaded necklace in a religious context comes from ancient Greece (around 1700 BC). However, its […]

Buddhism: History and Schools

Buddhism: History and Schools

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 coming into contact with all kinds of peoples and cultures. As the Buddha teaches, everything is subject to change. As a philosophy, religion, spiritualpath […]

16 Recommended Books on Buddhism and Meditation

16 Recommended Books on Buddhism and Meditation

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 bearable. Maybe the meditation is driven by the feeling that there is more we can access, or it is part of an investigation of reality. It […]

Clarity of Insight – Ajahn Chah

Clarity of Insight – Ajahn Chah

Two lessons on meditation given by Ajahn Chah. The first lesson is about meditating on buddho, the meditation method that Ajahn Chah frequently taught. Ajah Chah teaches how to make the mind pure and clear through meditation on buddho and the development of  samādhi (concentration). By training the mind with samatha meditation, clear insight (vipassanā) […]

Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah

A biography about Ajahn Chah, one of the greatest meditation teachers within Theravāda Buddhism of the last century. Ajahn Chah steadily practiced the path of morality, concentration and wisdom to the highest point, the complete liberation, Nibbāna (Nirvana). His teachings on meditation and Buddhist philosophy are simple, full of humour but at the same time […]

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization – Bhikkhu Analayo

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization – Bhikkhu Analayo

This book is perhaps the best starting point for anyone wishing to learn more about the practice of sati, often translated as mindfulness. Bhikkhu Analayo combines his own doctoral research and experience with mindfulness meditation and places it in the context of Theravāda Buddhism. It is a very detailed account of a difficult subject. The […]

Mind Overcoming its Cankers – Acharya Buddharakkhita

Mind Overcoming its Cankers – Acharya Buddharakkhita

Mind Overcoming its Cankers by Acharya Buddharakkhita is one of our most recommended books. It is a profound exposition of the āsavas, the mental pollutions that maintain samsāra, the endless wandering around, and thus the endless unsatisfactoriness. Acharya Buddharakkhita does this by means of the Sabbasava Sutta, the second sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya (the […]

Venerable Acariya Mun Buridatta Thera

Venerable Acariya Mun Buridatta Thera

Tan Ajahn Mun is one of the most respected and well-known meditation masters of the Thai forest tradition of the last century. This biography, written by the also highly esteemed Ajahn Maha Boowa, gives a valuable glimpse into his life and practice. It is a fierce work that shows how much effort is needed to […]

Walking Meditation – Ajahn Nyanadhammo

Walking Meditation – Ajahn Nyanadhammo

Walking meditation is often used in vipassanā meditation, especially during retreats. In this book Ajahn Nyanadhammo explains various techniques of walking meditation. If you practice samatha meditation on buddho, walking meditation is not directly part of the meditationsystem itself. Ahba teaches that it is extremely difficult to achieve very high concentration while walking and having […]

The Vision of Dhamma – Nyanaponika Thera

The Vision of Dhamma – Nyanaponika Thera

This book is a collection of long and short essays by Nyanaponika Thera. Nyanaponika Thera has been president of the Buddhist Publishing Society in Sri Lanka for many years and has practiced meditation intensively himself. His best-known work is ‘The Heart of Buddhist Meditation‘ in which he combines his experience with his extensive knowledge of […]

The Life of the Buddha – Bhikkhu Nanamoli

The Life of the Buddha – Bhikkhu Nanamoli

This book on the life of the Buddha, written by Bhikkhu Nanamoli, is perhaps the best ‘biography’ within Theravāda Buddhism. Bhikkhu Nanamoli relies almost exclusively on the Pali Canon (the ancient Buddhist scriptures). The result is refreshing and undistorted. Here you will not find the legend you hear so often, or sweet and sappy stories […]

7 Practical Meditation Tips

7 Practical Meditation Tips

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 keep up the practice. There are so many other things that demand attention, it’s so tempting to do something else. Here are seven practical tips […]

Ahba Speaks About Meditation, Mindfulness and Patience

Ahba Speaks About Meditation, Mindfulness and Patience

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 understand for people who do not know him, and that the greatest power of his words is in the energy he conveys while he speaks. Nevertheless, we want […]

The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Read a story out of this book every now and then and think about it. It will benefit your well-being and happiness! Ajahn Chah knows how to convey the Dhamma from personal experience with simple but direct examples, be it on moral behavior, meditation or wisdom. The way Ajahn Chah speaks always reminds us of […]

New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

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 certain things or to reduce them, for example losing weight, drinking less, not getting angry so often, etc. In good spirits they get going, quickly find out that […]

The Cognitive Process According to the Abhidhamma

The Cognitive Process According to the Abhidhamma

Words like citta (consciousness) or cetasika (mental factor) can be quite abstract (see also Ultimate Reality and Ethical Quality in the Abhidhamma). Your own experience is (I suppose) not a bunch of independent citta’s but the dynamic character of the cognitive process. Citta and cetasika come more to life when you look at the process […]

The Noble Eightfold Path – Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Noble Eightfold Path – Bhikkhu Bodhi

Bhikkhu Bodhi is one of our favorite Theravāda buddhist writers. His work is always reliable, his knowledge and overview of the Pali Canon (the ancient Buddhist scriptures) admirable. This work on the eightfold path, the path leading to liberation from suffering, is no exception. Bhikkhu Bodhi discusses each of the eight path factors extensively, with […]

A Short Demonstration of Buddho Meditation

A Short Demonstration of Buddho Meditation

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, during your own meditation you can experiment with pitch, speed, volume and cadence. We strongly advise against practising this meditation technique without the guidance of an experienced […]

The Mayahana Shurangama Sutra Explained

The Mayahana Shurangama Sutra Explained

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 achieved steam entry). The Shūraṅgama Sutta is based on the Perfection of Wisdom Sutta in Eight Thousand Lines (Ashtasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sutta) en de Perfection of Wisdom Sutta in Twentyfive Thousand […]

Abhidhamma studies – Nyanaponika Thera

Abhidhamma studies – Nyanaponika Thera

Abhidhamma Studies is one of those books that you can reread every few years to find new depth. In this work Nyanaponika Thera displays great insight into the many layers  of knowledge that can be found within the first beneficial citta mentioned in the Abhidhamma Piṭaka. And if you don’t want to read the whole […]

Images of the Bodhgaya Temple Opening Ceremony

Images of the Bodhgaya Temple Opening Ceremony

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 attained enlightenment. The opening ceremony was a big event in Thailand, many famous meditation masters and abbots visited the ceremony and paid homage to Ahba and […]

Pali chanting: Anumodana, Paritta and More

Pali chanting: Anumodana, Paritta and More

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 to be very alert and can have nothing but the texts in one’s mind. Here are some short and extensive Pali recitations by the monks and novices of […]

Samaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Contemplative Life

Samaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Contemplative Life

This discourse is one of the masterpieces of the Pali canon. At heart, it is a comprehensive portrait of the Buddhist path of training, illustrating each stage of the training with vivid similes. This portrait is placed in juxtaposition to the Buddhist view of the teachings of rival philosophical teachers of the time, showing how […]

Opening Ceremony of the Dhammacakka-hall in Australia

Opening Ceremony of the Dhammacakka-hall in Australia

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. Ahba gave a paritta chant and Dhamma talk about generosity, the benefits of meditation and the importance of living harmoniously and attentively.

The Requisits of Enlightenment – Ledi Sayadaw

The Requisits of Enlightenment – Ledi Sayadaw

Ledi Sayadaw is one of the great Theravāda-buddhist monks of the last century, praised for his knowledge of the Abhidhamma but also for his emphasis on the practice of meditation. He got his name from the intensive meditation he practiced in the Ledi forest where he later also taught meditation. Ledi Sayadaw is seen as […]

Ahba’s Chant and Dhamma talk in Australia

Ahba’s Chant and Dhamma talk in Australia

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 Dhammacakka hall of his monastery in Australia. In these audio fragments we first hear an introduction by Ajahn Kalyano himself, followed by Ahba’s paritta chant, a blessing in Pali, […]

Blessing of the Ground for the Bodhgaya Temple

Blessing of the Ground for the Bodhgaya Temple

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 Bodhgaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment. In this short video the western monk Ajahn Kalyano is speaking, himself a pupil of the well-known meditation teacher Ajahn Anan. […]

Ahba’s Paritta Chant in Wat Ratanawan

Ahba’s Paritta Chant in Wat Ratanawan

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 a ceremony in Wat Ratanawan in 2012. Ahba sings Pali, the language in which the ancient scriptures are written, and in the meantime sends mettā to the listeners present. […]

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma – Bhikkhu Bodhi

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma – Bhikkhu Bodhi

The venerable Anuruddha’s Abdhidhammattha Sangaha is a masterpiece. It is one of the most important and influential works within Theravāda Buddhism and together with the Visuddhimagga, written by the venerable Buddhagosa, it is one of the standard works for anyone who wants to delve into the ancient Buddhist teachings. In nine short chapters the complete […]

Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification)

Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification)

The Visuddhimagga – translated as Path to Purity – is one of the crown jewels of Theravāda Buddhism. It is a summary of the entire Buddhist teaching, a detailed exposition of the path to liberation in three parts: morality (sīla), concentration (samādhi) and wisdom (paññā), written in the fifth century by the venerable Buddhagosa. In […]

Ultimate Reality and Ethical Quality in the Abhidhamma

Ultimate Reality and Ethical Quality in the Abhidhamma

The second paragraph in the first chapter of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha by Acariya Anuruddha reads: “In the ultimate sense, the Abhidhamma speaks of four categories: mind (citta’s), mental factors (cetasikas), matter (rūpa) and Nirvana (Nibbāna).” The Four Ultimate Realities in the Abhidhamma Let’s take a closer look at these four categories. We begin with the […]

BBC Documentary – The Mindful Way, with Ajahn Chah

BBC Documentary – The Mindful Way, with Ajahn Chah

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 film are inspirational short fragments of Ajahn Chah himself, in which he talks about life as a monk, Dhamma and meditation. We also get a glimpse of […]

Links to Recommende Websites

Links to Recommende Websites

Whether it’s about finding new (Buddhist) books, audiofiles of Dhamma-talks, translations of sutta’s, or discussions and questions on a forum, we highly recommend the following websites. For ordering Buddhist Books: Buddhist Publishing Society (BPS) – The BPS is a Sri Lanka based publishing house founded by Nyanaponika Mahathera. After his resignation Bhikkhu Bodhi was at […]

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