Luang Por Pasanno address Sunday Sila on Zoom. He reflects on sila, trust, the five precepts, volitions, kamma, and refining our relationship to our actions, speech and mind. He discusses how dana and sila lay the foundation for creating a good relationship with ourselves and others, confidence and well-being, and working toward the end of suffering. He also answers questions covering faith followers, dhamma followers, stream entry, precepts, letting go of the need to achieve and be successful, dealing with harsh speech in others,
Guest lay teacher Cittasubha addresses Sunday Sila, reflecting on the presence of the Buddha’s teachings everywhere. We grow by receiving teachings and then reflecting on them. She shares how to listen to Dhamma with the help of Ajahn Munindo.
For Sunday Sila, Jessica reflects on the path, suffering, grief, and love after the death of her family cat.
Ayya Medhanandi begins by asking those assembled what is the most pressing issue now. She leads us to seeing the wisdom of being present in the moment as a refuge from the worldly winds and suffering. While she recognized that there has been great suffering this past year, she pointed out that suffering, in fact, allows us to learn the Dhamma. Our true home is the place within us unperturbed by the conditioned.
Once we disengage from defilements, trust and discerning can follow more easily. Trust can bring relief. In the space of this relief we can discern an opportunity for good karma. So how do we disengage? Sakula reflects on the process of finding the constriction in the body and ceasing to feed it.
Ajahn Thanissaro gives a Dhamma reflection to open a weekend of study on Proactive Practice in November 2016 at Portland Friends of the Dhamma.