Meditation, Talks, and Retreats



Sign for Buddhangkura Buddhist Temple, Olympia, WA

932 Mett St. NE, Olympia, WA 98516, Phone: 360-350-0897

THE TEMPLE IS OPEN



THERAVADA IN OLYMPIA

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We are an English-speaking group which meets at Buddhangkura.  TIO relies on the Buddha’s original teachings, unmixed with cultural influences or other schools of Buddhism.



Stilling and Illuminating the Restless Mind

THURSDAY, October 21, 2021

6:00-7:30 PM

Please note our meeting time has changed

For fully vaccinated only.  Masks required.

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Venerable Nisabho’s talk will blend the Anapanasati Sutta with other teachings about mindfulness of breathing and stilling the mind. Even the most restless mind can be calmed and then illuminated.
 
nisabho1Bhikkhu Nisabho taught under a tree in Volunteer Park this past summer, inviting all who wanted to meditate and to hear the dhamma to join him. And they did.
 
He was ordained in 2013 in Thailand by Ajahn Anan, a senior disciple of Ajahn Chah, and after that he trained for years in the forest monasteries in Thailand, the United States, and Australia, learning from some of the lineage’s most respected teachers, including Ajahn Passano and Ajahn Jayasaro. Venerable Nisabho has taught at retreats, and speaks clearly, concisely, and with a concentrated mind. His viewpoint of the Buddha’s teachings aligns closely with TIOs, and we are happy he is able to give us a talk.
 
From Spokane, Venerable Nisabho grew up in a home where he learned about the Buddha’s teachings at a young age. He now resides in Port Orchard.  His website: https://www.clearmountainmonastery.org/#about
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The temple will be warm enough, and doors will remain open for ventilation.  Free books.


DSC00049Solitude is an opportunity to deepen your practice.  Pattago Bhikkhu (Monk Steve) advises meditating first thing after waking up.  Start your day with the dhamma, and it will help you throughout the day to keep your mind more restful.
 
 

Please be on time to all meditations and talks so you don’t disturb others.


IMG_4956Cushions and chairs available.  No registration is required for any meditation, talk, chanting, or retreat.

All meditations/talks/chantings/book studies etc. are free.  Books are free, too!  Donations are welcome.


Theravadan Meditation and Teachings elsewhere:

Bhante G explains the difference between mindfulness and concentration in his book, Mindfulness in Plain English.  That chapter is here:  https://www.vipassana.com/meditation/mindfulness_in_plain_english_16.html

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Bhikkhu Analayo has a series of meditations based on the satipatthana sutta.  This is the real thing, and not for the faint-hearted.  His voice takes some getting used to, but is well worth the effort if this type of meditation works for you.  https://www.windhorsepublications.com/satipatthana-meditation-audio/

Accompanying text by him: Satipatthana Meditation, a Practice Guide, available on Amazon.

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Talk and guided meditation, 30 min., Ajahn Jayasaro. How to develop interest to increase enjoyment of meditation, and therefore to strengthen commitment to it. The balance between effort and relaxation, physically and mentally.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haUs0Xbekzo

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Many Theravadan websites and monasteries offer online and/or youtube teachings.  Please see our tab “Reliable websites” for some of them.

Amavariti Monastery in England has talks available online. https://www.amaravati.org/  Ajahn Sumedho has moved back to Amavariti, and plans to reside there indefinitely.

Ajahn Brahm‘s monastery in Australia has teachings by various monks.  https://bswa.org/teachings.


Around the turn of the 19th-20th century, Ajahn Mun revived meditation in Thailand for monastics.  His students created an international monastery in Thailand where westerners could become monks, and in the 1970s they brought the practices to the west where they have been teaching laity.  Southeast Asia is at the heart of meditation.  Theravada in Olympia bases its methods on the Buddha’s instructions in the suttas.  His way lead him to an end of suffering, to enlightenment.


Barbara, organizer, craventemple@gmail.com
Pattago Bhikkhu, meditation and retreat teacher, forestmonk108@gmail.com
Phra Ratsamee, abbot, 360-350-0897