Theravada

  • Generosity Paid Member

    Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Tricycle Retreat, "The Ten Perfections," is now in its third week. The topic is generosity and letting go. Visit the retreat here. (There's a free 2-minute preview of the teaching if you're not a Supporting or Sustaining Member of the Tricycle Community.) One of the best things about Tricycle Retreats is that you get to discuss your retreat experience directly with the teacher. Here's a great comment from this week at the retreat: More »
  • The 5 Rewards of Listening to the Dhamma Paid Member

    “There are these five rewards in listening to the Dhamma. Which five? “[1] One hears what one has not heard before.[2] One clarifies what one has heard before. [3] One gets rid of doubt. [4] One’s views are made straight. [5] One’s mind grows serene. “These are the five rewards in listening to the Dhamma.” — Anguttara Nikaya 5:202 - quoted in Skill in Questions by Thanissaro Bhikkhu In January, to accompany Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Tricycle Retreat The Ten Perfections, now in its third week, we'll be offering Skill in Questions for download. We are offering this special e-book edition for free. More »
  • Answering The Questioner's Needs Paid Member

    In his book Skill in Questions, Thai forest monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu describes the Buddha's skill in answering the needs of each questioner: More »
  • If you could ask the Buddha one question, what would it be? Paid Member

    Thanissaro Bhikkhu's new book Skill in Questions deals with the difficult business of being discriminating with our questions.  It may be true that there are no stupid questions, but there are questions which it is pointless to answer. Thanissaro Bhikkhu has pointed out the importance of questioning in the Buddhist canon for some time. Since the dialogue form dominates the better known parts of the Pali canon, we shouldn't be shocked to find questions are so important. And the role of the dialogue is of course foundational to western thought as well, with the Socratic method or elenchus. From the introduction to Skill in Questions: More »
  • The Ten Perfections Week 2 Preview: Truth Paid Member

    Week 2 of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Tricycle Retreat on the Ten Perfections (or paramis in Pali, and paramitas in Sanskrit) begins today! Last week's teaching on Discernment led to one of the most dynamic discussions we've had, and this week's teaching on Truth will be no different. Watch a preview of the video below. To watch the full teaching, become a Supporting or Sustaining Member of the Tricycle Community. More »
  • Download Skill in Questions by Thanissaro Bhikkhu Paid Member

    Shortly after his awakening, the Buddha despaired of his ability to teach others what he had learned: “The thought occurred to me, ‘This Dhamma I have attained is deep, hard to see, hard to realize, peaceful, refined, beyond the scope of conjecture, subtle, to-be-experienced by the wise. But this generation delights in attachment [alaya], is excited by attachment, enjoys attachment. For a generation delighting in attachment, excited by attachment, enjoying attachment, this/that conditionality [idappaccayata] & dependent co-arising [paticca samuppada] are hard to see. This state too is hard to see: the resolution of all fabrications, the relinquishment of all acquisitions, the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; unbinding (nibbana). And if I were to teach the Dhamma and others would not understand me, that would be tiresome for me, troublesome for me.‘" (Majjhima Nikaya 26)More »