What is Theravada Buddhism?
The Theravāda tradition stems from the Buddha’s discourses compiled in the Pali Canon. Theravada means “Doctrine of the Elders” and adheres to the original teachings of the Buddha. The monastic tradition follows the Vinaya, a code of conduct laid out by the Buddha to support the best fruits of the renunciant life.
The Lay follower endeavors to draw near the monastics to observe their example as one living the Buddha’s training and to receive teachings.
Article: Theravada Buddhism – The Thai Forest Tradition by Ajahn Amaro
Introduction to Meditation
Lessons on Breath Meditation:
- Finding the Missing Peace by Ajahn Amaro – Book and Audio
- Meditation: A Way of Awakening by Ajahn Sucitto
- Keeping the Breath in Mind translated by Ajahn Thanissaro (Geoff)
Resources for Newcomers
- Listen to a talk
- Attend one of our programs
- Take home a book from our free distribution library
The Lineage: Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah
From the Forest sangha website: “The Thai Forest tradition is one branch of the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Theravada Buddhism, also known as the Southern School of Buddhism, is present throughout Thailand, Burma, and Sri Lanka. The Theravada tradition is grounded in the discourses recorded in the Pali Canon, the oldest Buddhist scriptures. Theravada literally means the Way of the Elders, and is named so because of its strict adherence to the original teachings and rules of monastic discipline expounded by the Buddha.” ~ For the complete history of this lineage refer to An Introduction to the Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah by Ajahn Amaro.
Attend one of our events
Get to know our community by attending one of our events.
The buudha speaks in priase of kalyanamitta or wise friendship being a large part of the spiritual life. It’s helpful to connect with others who are on the same path to support our development.
We host several monastics throughout the year. We also have three resident lay teachers and a Chaplain offering regularly scheduled programs.
Please visit our teachers’ page for more details.
What is Dana?
This is how an institution can intersect with the Buddha’s teachings and its responsibility for financial stability…by adhering to the practice of Dana and functioning inline with the virtue of generosity. We at PFoD, nurture virtue by providing a fertile environment where spontaneous acts of generosity have the opportunity to arise, gladden the heart and open space for wisdom to function.
Luang Por Pasanno explains the meaning and practice of dana in the book A Dhamma Compass:
“There are many different translations of the word dana. It is the quality of generosity that gives physically and from the heart. Hearts with dana are generous, open-handed, and liberal in terms of willingness to give, share, to be present, and to help…”
“…When dana is the center of life, instead of me and my needs, there is no need to be depressed…There is relief and release rather than anxiety and obsession. Dana is a dramatically different focal point. The perspective changes to “What can I give?”