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Verify for Yourself

Verify for Yourself

Dhamma transcends every Buddhist movement, every tradition, every origin. Dhamma is not bound by words and concepts.

The Blind Spot

The Blind Spot

When you meditate, you yourself cannot judge where on the path you are or what you need to move forward. For that you need a meditation teacher.

What is Vipassana?

What is Vipassana?

Vipassanā means: seeing things as they really are. In vipassanā meditation the meditation object is the impermanence of all things that present themselves.

Ānāpāna Dīpanī: Manual of Meditation on Breathing

Ānāpāna Dīpanī: Manual of Meditation on Breathing

Meditate on the breath according to Ledi Sayadaw, a highly respected Buddhist monk and one of the founding fathers of the Vipassana meditation tradition.

Udayabbaya – the Experience of Arising and Decay

Udayabbaya – the Experience of Arising and Decay

In deep concentration we experience that the phenomena arise and decay so quickly that we cannot grasp them. That they completely escape our mind. That we can'

The Life of the Buddha

The Life of the Buddha

The story of the Buddha. The first intention, life as prince Siddharta, becoming a Buddha under the Bodhi tree and his first teaching.

The Pali Canon: How We Know What the Buddha Taught

The Pali Canon: How We Know What the Buddha Taught

The Buddha himself did not write anything down. So, you might wonder: how do we know what the Buddha taught? Because of the Pali Canon.

Theravāda Buddhism

Theravāda Buddhism

Theravāda can be translated as “the ancient teaching,” a reference to the unchanging and universal nature of the truths that the Buddha rediscovered.

The Arrows of Thinking: Papañca & the Path to End Conflict

The Arrows of Thinking: Papañca & the Path to End Conflict

Thanissaro Bhikkhu explains papanca - our tendency towards objectification. An important principle on the Buddhist path.

Buddha Statues: History, Use & Meaning

Buddha Statues: History, Use & Meaning

What does your Buddha statue mean? Learn all about Buddhist statues, their history and use, based on Buddhist texts.

Selected Verses from the Dhammapada

Selected Verses from the Dhammapada

The Dhammapada is a gem of the ancient Buddhist scriptures of Theravāda Buddhism. Read selected verses for inspiration on the Buddhist path.

Preface to the Manual of Abhidhamma

Preface to the Manual of Abhidhamma

The Dhammapada is one of the best known and most valued texts in the Pali Tipitaka, the sacred scriptures of Theravada Buddhism.

A True Friend

A True Friend

What characterizes a good meditation teacher? An answer from Sayadaw U Pandita about the qualities of a kalyana mitta - a spiritual friend.

The Best Meditation-App and a Free Alternative

The Best Meditation-App and a Free Alternative

Do you really need a meditation-app to meditate? What is the best meditation-app? Learn more about a free alternative.

Thank You for Your Support & Changes on the Website

Thank You for Your Support & Changes on the Website

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…

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners

What is meditation and how should you meditate? Is there a difference between beginning and advanced meditation practioners? Get free personal guidance.

Buddha’s wisdom

Buddha’s wisdom

On the timeless truth of Buddhism. What is the essence of Buddhism? Who was the Buddha and what did he teach? By Guy Dubois

Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Characteristic of Nonself

Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Characteristic of Nonself

Central to Buddhism is anatta - the experience that there is no self, no I, no mine. This is the teaching of the Buddha on anatta.

In the Eyes of the Wise: The Buddha’s Teachings on Honor & Shame

In the Eyes of the Wise: The Buddha’s Teachings on Honor & Shame

Moral behavior is very important in Buddhism. The Buddha taught that healthy shame can help. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Samma Samadhi

Samma Samadhi

Ajahn Chah’s lesson on right concentration - samma samadhi - on the Buddhist path. Deepen your meditation practice with this inspiring Dhamma talk.

Purifying your Mind with Meditation

Purifying your Mind with Meditation

With samatha meditation you develop a calm and concentrated mind, making it pure and clear, allowing you to see reality as it is. Start meditating.

Dhamma is Spontaneous

Dhamma is Spontaneous

The Dhamma, the teachings of the Buddha, can be experienced in the here and now. About spontaneous insight. A wonderful text by Guy Dubois.

Still, Flowing Water

Still, Flowing Water

A lesson from Ajahn Chah on meditation and mindfulness. See the impermanence of all things and let wisdom arise.

Adittapariyaya Sutta: The Fire Sermon

Adittapariyaya Sutta: The Fire Sermon

A powerful and confronting teaching from the Buddha about the dangers of desire. Essence of Buddhism.

On Perception and Reality

On Perception and Reality

Buddhism is about seeing reality. Here, in this moment. Meditate and lead an ethical life. A wonderful text by Guy Dubois.

Factors for Awakening Part 10: Toward Release

Factors for Awakening Part 10: Toward Release

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on the path towards release. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 9: Skills for Awakening

Factors for Awakening Part 9: Skills for Awakening

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on skills for awakening. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 8: Equanimity

Factors for Awakening Part 8: Equanimity

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on equanimity. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 7: Concentration

Factors for Awakening Part 7: Concentration

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on concentration. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 6: Calm

Factors for Awakening Part 6: Calm

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on calm. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 5: Rapture

Factors for Awakening Part 5: Rapture

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on rapture. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 4: Persistence

Factors for Awakening Part 4: Persistence

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on persistence. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 3: Analysis of Qualities

Factors for Awakening Part 3: Analysis of Qualities

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on analysis of qualities. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 2: Mindfulness

Factors for Awakening Part 2: Mindfulness

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on mindfulness. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 1: Introduction

Factors for Awakening Part 1: Introduction

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This is the introduction to these important Buddhist factors. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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…

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…

Serenity and Insight in the Nikāyas

Serenity and Insight in the Nikāyas

What do the ancient Buddhist scriptures say about vipassana meditation vs samatha meditation? A selection by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

A Short Introduction to Buddhism by Bhikkhu Bodhi

A Short Introduction to Buddhism by Bhikkhu Bodhi

A free video course on Buddhism with accompanying literature. Get to the heart of Buddhism. By Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Meditate Every Day

Meditate Every Day

How do you manage to meditate every day? What influences our discipline for daily meditation and what did the Buddha teach about it?

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.

Bhikkhu Bodhi Speaks about the Abhidhamma

Bhikkhu Bodhi Speaks about the Abhidhamma

Audio lessons from Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Abhidhamma, the Buddha’s teaching on ultimate reality. Recommended for meditation practitioners.

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.

Two Styles of Insight Meditation

Two Styles of Insight Meditation

Insight meditation - vipassana - is practiced in a variety of ways today. Broadly speaking, there are two forms of meditation. By Bhikkhu Bodhi.

The Dhajagga-paritta Chant (Iti pi so…)

The Dhajagga-paritta Chant (Iti pi so…)

One of the favorite Buddhist chants for meditation practitioners in Theravada Buddhism. Learn the chant, with audio, text and explenation.

A Look at the Kalama Sutta

A Look at the Kalama Sutta

A critical look at the kalama sutta, the Buddha’s teaching on free inquiry, and the misinterpretation that is often made. By Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Kalama Sutta: The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry

Kalama Sutta: The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry

The kalama sutta is one of the most famous teachings of the Buddha. About reling on your own research and experience and not just blind faith.

Arahants, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas

Arahants, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas

On the different goals in Theravada vs Mahayana Buddhism. The Buddha, Bodhisattva and Arahant ideal. By Bhikkhu Bodhi.

The 9 Qualities of the Buddha

The 9 Qualities of the Buddha

What are the unique qualities of the Buddha and how can you meditate on them? On the 9 qualities of the Buddha and buddhanusati meditation.

Anicca Vata Sankhāra

Anicca Vata Sankhāra

Bhikkhu Bodhi on the sankharas, those conditioned and transient phenomena of existence that are central to Buddhist philosophy.

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…

Mindfulness According to the Buddha

Mindfulness According to the Buddha

Mindfulness originates in Buddhism. What did the Buddha teach about mindfulness and what role does mindfulness play in Buddhist meditation?

Jhana Not by the Numbers

Jhana Not by the Numbers

Ajahn Lee talks about the importance of concentration in your meditation. Without concentration there is no insight. Without samatha there is no vipassana.

Short Message from Ahba on Meditation

Short Message from Ahba on 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…

Our Real Home

Our Real Home

Ajahn Chah speaks to a disciple approaching death. How does Buddhism view death? What is important in the last moments of your life?

Meditation Retreat: Deepen Your Practice

Meditation Retreat: Deepen Your Practice

Looking for a meditation retreat? Do you want to deepen your medtation practice? Read more about medtation retreats at the Buddho Foundation.

Lifestyles and Spiritual Progress

Lifestyles and Spiritual Progress

Do you have to become a Buddhist monk in order to meditate? Bhikkhu Bodhi reflects on the influence of lifestyle on the Buddhist path.

Subrahma’s Problem

Subrahma’s Problem

Bhikkhu Bodhi reflects on our fears and the impermanence of existence on the basis of a discourse of the Buddha. Let go and find freedom.

Thoughts on the Dhamma

Thoughts on the Dhamma

Mahai Sayadaw, the founder of modern Vipassana meditation, gives his view on meditation and the Dhamma. Vipassana as a first step, for everyone.

7 Qualities You Develop through Meditation

7 Qualities You Develop through Meditation

These 7 mental qualities are developed through meditation. But you have to do it. Start meditating and embark on the path of self-transformation.

Dhamma and Non-duality

Dhamma and Non-duality

How does traditional Buddhism view non-duality? A critical exposition from a Theravada Buddhist point of view. By Bhikkhu Bodhi.

What is the Abhidhamma?

What is the Abhidhamma?

A short and concise introduction to the Abhidhamma, the Buddha’s teaching from the perspective of ultimate reality. Deepen your meditation practice.

What is Buddhism?

What is Buddhism?

What is the essence of Buddhism? What are it’s main features? A succinct summary of the Buddhist teachings.

Are All Boeddhists Vegetarian?

Are All Boeddhists Vegetarian?

In Buddhism, love and compassion play a central role. Are Buddhists always vegetarian? What did the Buddha teach about food?

The 5 Precepts: Buddhism and Morality

The 5 Precepts: Buddhism and Morality

On the Buddhist path to liberation the development of morality is essential. That’s why the Buddha taught 5 moral precepts for daily practice.

The Teacher-Disciple Relationship Must Be 100% Safe

The Teacher-Disciple Relationship Must Be 100% Safe

Abuse by Buddhist teachers is common. This is unacceptable. Contact with your meditation teacher is essential and must always be 100% safe.

Ajahn Suwat on Right Concentration

Ajahn Suwat on Right Concentration

Ajahn Suwat’s teaching on right concentration - one of the factors of the eightfold path taught by the Buddha - by meditating on buddho.

Meditation Without Desire

Meditation Without Desire

Meditation is not a fast process. It is important to meditate with patience. The desire for wisdom is a obstacle on the path.

Exploring Reality with Meditation

Exploring Reality with Meditation

Meditation allows you to see things as they really are. This is due to the development of samadhi (concentration), which allows you to see the world clearly.

The 5 Hindrances During Meditation

The 5 Hindrances During Meditation

While meditating you will sooner or later encounter 5 hindrances that impede progress. What are these hindrances? And what are their antidotes?

Sexual Abuse by Buddhist Teachers

Sexual Abuse by Buddhist Teachers

An unacceptably high percentage of member organizations active in the Buddhist Union Netherlands (BUN) have experienced sexual abuse.

A Buddhist Perspective on the Problems in the World

A Buddhist Perspective on 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…

Origin and Use of Meditation Beads

Origin and Use of Meditation Beads

When meditating, you can use a beaded neklace (mala). How do you use a mala while meditating? And where does this usage come from?

Buddhist Schools: Theravada, Mahayana & Vajrayana

Buddhist Schools: Theravada, Mahayana & Vajrayana

There are three major Buddhist schools of thought: Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. Read more about their origin, the similarities and differences.

The 16 Best Books on Buddhism & Meditation

The 16 Best Books on Buddhism & Meditation

16 highly recommended books on Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. From present day to ancient times. Definitely worth your time.

Metta: The Philosophy and Practice of Universal Love

Metta: The Philosophy and Practice of Universal Love

What did the Buddha teach about metta (loving-kindness)? How do you meditate on metta? Learn more about developing love and compassion in buddhism.

7 Practical Meditation Tips

7 Practical Meditation Tips

Meditating every day can be quite a challenge. With these 7 practical meditation tips you will succeed in continuing your meditation.

Ahba Speaks About Meditation, Mindfulness and Patience

Ahba Speaks About Meditation, Mindfulness and Patience

In this Dhamma talk, Ahba answers some questions about meditation, mindfulness and patience in Buddhist practice.

Devotion in Buddhism

Devotion in Buddhism

Is Buddhism a religion? What do Buddhists worship? Nyanaponika Thera gives a clear answer about the role of devotion on the Buddhist path.

Venerable Empty-Scripture

Venerable Empty-Scripture

Ajahn Chah’s Lesson on putting Buddhist teachings into practice. Not talking or studying, but meditating, that’s what it’s about.

Questions & Answers on Meditation

Questions & Answers on Meditation

Do you have questions about meditation? Not sure how to start meditating? In the answers of Ajahn Chah everyone can find pearls of wisdom.

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…

The Cognitive Process According to the Abhidhamma

The Cognitive Process According to the Abhidhamma

How does the Abhidhamma view the cognitive process? What are citta and cetasika? And how does this help you in your daily Buddhist practice?

Meditation on Buddho: A Short Demonstration

Meditation on Buddho: A Short Demonstration

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…

Meditation on Buddho

Meditation on Buddho

Ajahn Thate’s on meditation on buddho. A wonderful teaching on how to use this meditation object to develop concentration and wisdom.

The Mayahana Shurangama Sutra Explained

The Mayahana Shurangama Sutra Explained

In the Shurangama Sutra, a gem of Mahayana Buddhism, Quanyin explains how to see reality through meditation.

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…

Pali chanting: Anumodana, Paritta and More

Pali chanting: Anumodana, Paritta and More

Listen toTheravada Buddhist (pali) chants by Thai monks and practice them yourself with the provided chanting book. For free.

Samaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Contemplative Life

Samaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Contemplative Life

A masterpiece from the Pali Canon. At its core, it is a comprehensive portrait of the Buddhist path of practice, the Buddha’s teaching.

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’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…

Ajahn Sao’s Teaching on Meditation

Ajahn Sao’s Teaching on Meditation

Ajahn Sao was a meditation teacher who taught the essence of meditation. He advised to use buddho as an object of meditation to calm the mind.

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…

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…

Reality and Ethics in the Abhidhamma

Reality and Ethics in the Abhidhamma

About the 4 ultimate realities in which the Abhidhamma divides reality, and the Buddhist ethical qualities attributed to them.

The Mindful Way – Ajahn Chah

The Mindful Way – Ajahn Chah

A BBC documentary about Ajahn and his monastery, with inspiring lessons by Ajahn Chah on living as a Buddhist monk, the Dhamma and meditation.

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Links to Recommende Websites

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