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Treasure Mountain is a podcast channel aimed at people interested in spiritual development from a Buddhist perspective. Most of the guests are practising Buddhists with many years (even many decades) of experience. Part of the aim of Treasure Mountain is to encourage Buddhists everywhere in the English-speaking world to look beyond the confines of their local Buddhist group and see that there is a renaissance in Buddhist practice and culture occurring at a global level, and that there are ma ...
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Learn Swedish with teacher Hanna and her student Mark. Each lesson is like going for a coffee (or a fika!) with your friend who happens to speak Swedish and is helping you learn in a relaxed, enjoyable way. Coffee Break Swedish is not a simple series of "listen and repeat" audio programmes: in each lesson Hanna explains how the language works, helping Mark - and you - to manipulate the language and use it in practical situations. As a learner Mark asks questions, and makes mistakes, so throu ...
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Maha Boowa and is titled “Samādhi-Bhāvanā”. It was first publish as part of the book “kammaṭṭhāna - the basis of practice” which was translated by monks at Wat Pah Ban Taad. For free distribution No part of this teaching may be reproduced in any form of by any means, electro…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Chah and is titled “Why Are We Here?” . It was first publish as part of the book “The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah” which is made available by Aruna Publications. You can find links to the original text in the description below. May you all benefit from hearing this gift o…
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This episode is a narration of the 39th Sutta of the Middle Discourses of the Buddha, The Mahāassapura Sutta, which translates as “The Longer Discourse at Assapura ”. In this discourse the Buddha encourages the monks to live up to their name, by actually practicing in a way that meets or exceeds the expectations people have for renunciants. This tr…
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In this episode of the Forest Path Podcast I’ll be completing the narration of the teaching “Only the world ends” by forest meditation master Venerable Ajahn Tate. This is part two of two episodes. Stay tuned to listen to the concluding part of this teaching by a true meditition master of the Thai Forest Tradition. This teaching was published for f…
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In this episode of the Forest Path Podcast I’ll be narrating an extended Dhamma teaching by the great forest meditation master Venerable Ajahn Tate. It is titled “Only the world ends”. It’s a very well rounded teaching and goes in to some depth about samadhi. Because it is so long, I’ll be breaking it into two episodes, with this being the first ep…
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This episode is a narration of the 38th Sutta of the Middle Discourses of the Buddha, The Mahātaṇhāsaṅkhaya Sutta, which translates as “the Longer Discourse on the Ending of Craving”. In this discourse the Buddha teaches dependent origination, showing that consciousness arises dependent on conditions. The Buddha does this to counter the wrong view …
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Maha Boowa and is titled “Kammaṭṭhāna”. It was first publish as part of the book “kammaṭṭhāna - the basis of practice” which was translated by monks at Wat Pah Ban Taad. The Pali work kammaṭṭhāna literally means “the place of work”. Inside Thailand, what we call in the…
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This episode is a narration of the 37th Sutta of the Middle Discourses of the Buddha, The Cūḷataṇhāsaṅkhaya Sutta, which translates as “the Shorter Discourse on the Ending of Craving”. In this discourse one of the Buddha’s chief disciples, Venerable Maha Moggallāna visits the heaven of Sakka, the lord of gods, to see whether he really understands w…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Chah and is titled “Making the Heart Good”. This talk was first publish as part of the book “The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah” which is made available by Aruna Publications. You can find links to the original text in the description below. May you all benefit from hearing …
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This episode is a narration of the 36th Sutta of the Middle Discourses of the Buddha, The Mahasaccaka Sutta, which translates as “the Longer Discourse with Saccaka”. In this discourse the Buddha and Saccaka discuss the difference between physical and mental development. The Buddha gives a long account of the various practices he did before awakenin…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Fuang Jotiko and is titled “Listen Well”. This talk isn’t just about listening the teachings, but also about developing our meditation so that we can develop our minds and achieve Awakening.It was first published on the website “Access to Insight” and is translated by Ajahn Tha…
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This episode is a narration of the 35th Sutta of the Middle Discourses of the Buddha, The Cūḷasaccaka Sutta, which translates as “the Shorter Discourse with Saccaka”. In this sutta the Buddha is challenged by a debater named Saccaka who challenges the Buddha to a contest. Despite Saccaka’s bragging about how superior he is at debating, the Buddha i…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Maha Boowa and is titled “The Marvel of the Dhamma”. It was first publish as part of the book “Straight from the Heart” which was translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Copyright © Venerable Ācariya Mahā Boowa Ñāṇasampanno 1987 This book is a free gift of Dhamma, and may not be offe…
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This episode is a narration of the 34th Sutta of the Middle Discourses of the Buddha, The Cūḷagopālaka Sutta, which translates as “the Shorter Discourse on the Cowherd”. In this sutta the Buddha draws parallels between a cowherd guiding his herd across a dangerous river and crossing over to Awakening. The Buddha presents the various kinds of enligh…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Chah and is titled “One Word Is Enough” . It was first publish as part of the book “The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah” which is made available by Aruna Publications. You can find links to the original text in the description below. A quick note to listeners: This talk is di…
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This episode is a narration of the 33rd Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya, The Mahāgopālaka Sutta, which translates as “the longer discourse on the cowherd”. In this sutta the Buddha enumerates eleven reasons a cowherd is not able to properly look after a herd. The Buddha then compares this to the spiritual growth of a mendicant. This translation of the…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo and is titled “Consciousness” . Less than a year before Ajaan Lee's death, some of his students began tape-recording his Dhamma talks. The following talk is one of the nine for which we have transcripts from the tapes — and one of the four for which the tapes ar…
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This episode is a narration of the 32nd Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya, The Mahāgosiṅga Sutta, which translates as “the longerer discourse at Gosinga”. In this sutta several senior monks, reveling in the beauty of the night, discuss what kind of practitioner would adorn the park. They take their answers to the Buddha, who praises their answers, but g…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Maha Boowa and is titled “The Language of the Heart”. It was first publish as part of the book “Straight from the Heart” which was translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Links The Forest Path Podcast Everyday Dhamma Network Copyright © Venerable Ācariya Mahā Boowa Ñāṇasampanno 1987 …
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This episode is the 31st Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya, The Cūḷagosiṅga Sutta, which translates as “the shorter discourse at Gosinga”. In this sutta the Buddha comes across three mendicants practicing diligently and harmoniously, and asks them how they do it. Reluctant to disclose their higher attainments, they explain how they deal with the practic…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Chah and is titled “The Dhamma Goes Westward”. Don’t be fooled by the title because it’s not so much about Buddhism in the West. Actually it has some quite profound teachings into different aspects of the mind, as well as providing a contrast between conventional reality and ul…
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This episode is the 30th Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya, The Cūḷasāropama Sutta, which translates as “the shorter simile of the Heartwood”. In this teaching, following an incident with Devadatta, the Buddha cautions the monks against becoming complacent with superficial benefits of spiritual life and points to liberation as the true heart of the teac…
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In some recent episodes of Treasure Mountain Podcast we’ve heard about the importance of samatha - or stillness, tranquillity - meditation. But what about vipassana - insight meditation? The vipassana meditation movement has had a huge impact upon meditation practice in both East and West, and has shaped modern understandings of what meditation is …
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This talk is called ‘Loyalty to your Meditation” by Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo. This talk was translated by Bhikkhu Thanissaro and was first published on Access To Insight. There are links in the show notes below. This translation has been made available for free distribution via Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial licence so that we can present…
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In Western culture over the past century, the growth of interest in psychology and Buddhism have occurred together and have often intersected. Yet they come from quite different views of the world and the nature of the mind. What is the relationship between Buddhism and psychotherapy in the modern world? Where do these two intersect, and where do t…
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This is the 29th Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya, The Mahāsāropama Sutta, which translates as “the longer simile of the Heartwood”. In this teaching, following an incident with Devadatta, the Buddha cautions the monks against becoming complacent with superficial benefits of spiritual life and points to liberation as the true heart of the teaching. Thi…
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This talk is called ‘Establishing the Fundamentals' and is by Thai Forest Meditation master Ajahn Maha Bua Nyanasampanno. This translated talk appeared in the publication Sanditthiko Dhamma which was translated by Steven Towler. Thankfully he made this translation available for free distribution for non-commercial purposes and as such we can presen…
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This is the 28th Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya, The Mahahatthipadopama Sutta, which translates as “the longer discourse on the Elephant’s Footprint”. The Buddha’s chief disciple, Venerable Sāriputta gives an elaborate demonstration of how, just as any footprint can fit inside an elephant’s, all the Buddha’s teaching can fit inside the four noble tru…
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Have you learned the basics of meditation and wanted to take things deeper? Have you heard about silent meditation retreats and wondered what they are like? If so, you’ve arrived at the right place as in this episode we are going to discuss why we should go on meditation retreats, with a focus on the commonly available nine or ten day retreat forma…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Chah and is titled “Understanding Dukkha” . It was first publish as part of the book “The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah” which is made available by Aruna Publications. You can find links to the original text in the description below. --- This teaching by Ajahn Chah was comp…
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This episode is the 27th sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya: the Culahatthipadopam Sutta which translates as “The Shorter Discourse on the Elephant’s Footprint”. In this sutta the Buddha cautions against swift conclusions about a teacher’s spiritual accomplishments, comparing it to the care a tracker would use when tracking elephants. He presents the ful…
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In this episode of Treasure Mountain we will explore the purpose and nature of samatha meditation, and it’s relation to other forms of meditation - notably vipassana meditation - and to the Buddhist path as a whole. And our guest to help us have a deeper appreciation of samatha meditation is Professor Peter Harvey. Professor Harvey did a philosophy…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Dtun Thiracitto and is titled “Not Veering off To The Left Or Right”. You can find the original translated text in the description below. Thanks go to Ajahn Dtun, Wat Boonyawad and the Katanyuta group of Malaysia, Singapore and Australia for making this teaching available for f…
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This episode is the 26th sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya: the Pāsarāsi sutta which translates as “The Noble Search”. This sutta is one of the most important biographical discourses, telling the Buddha’s experiences from leaving home to the realization of Awakening. This translation of the Pāsarāsi sutta is by Bhikkhu Sujato and was sourced from Sutta …
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Sim Buddhacaro and is titled “Source and Stream”. I’ve taken this talk from an online collection of talks by Ajahn Sim titled “Simply So”. This talk outlines the purpose of meditation and how it can lead us beyond the suffering of the human experience if we stick with a simple …
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This episode is the 25th sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya: the Nivapa sutta which is listed on Sutta Central with both the translated English titles of “Fodder” and also “Sowing”. In this sutta, The Buddha compares getting trapped by Māra with a deer getting caught in a snare, illustrating the ever more complex strategies employed by hunted to get free…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Chah and is titled “It Can Be Done” . It was first publish as part of the book “The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah” which is made available by Aruna Publications. You can find the original text in the show notes to this episode. — The full translated text and more informatio…
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In this final lesson of the Swedish Travel Diaries, we hear about how the family wrapped up their holiday on the Swedish west coast. We learn new vocabulary and new phrases, and have a look at the difference prepositions can make to the same verb. Travel Diaries is being published in one season of ten episodes weekly from Thursday 27th April. If yo…
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This episode is the 24nd sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya: the Rathavinīta sutta which is known in English the “prepared chariots”. This teaching principally involves the Venerable Sariputta and the Venerable Punna from Mantani engaging in a discussion about the purpose of living the holy life. This translation of the Rathavinīta sutta is by Bhikkhu Su…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Plien and is titled “The Abandoning of Anger”. In this talk Ajahn Plien outlines the many causes for anger and conflict to arise in human relationships, why it’s important to overcome anger and how to abandon anger. This teaching was translated and made available for free distr…
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This episode is the 23nd sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya: the Vammika Sutta which is known in English the “ant hill”. In a curious teaching full of evocative imagery, a deity lights up the Dark Forest to present Venerable Kassapa the Prince with a complex riddle. He goes on to seek an explanation of the riddle from the Buddha. This translation of the …
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In the penultimate lesson of our Travel Diaries we follow Mattias and family further south along the Swedish west coast to the city of Halmstad. As the family runs into a minor crisis situation we take the opportunity to delve into lots of new phrases and grammar. We explore the difference between varsin, varsitt and varsina, and review definite an…
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Dtun Thiracitto and is titled “Developing the Brahma Viharas”. In addition to discussing the divine emotions and how to develop them, this talk also deals with questions relating to body contemplation and contemplations on death as a means of developing the mind. […]…
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Episode 8 of our Swedish Travel Diaries is packed with lots of grammar and new vocabulary. We follow the family to the little island of Vinga where one of Sweden's most influential troubadours grew up. While we explore Vinga we also learn new phrases and expressions. Travel Diaries is being published in one season of ten episodes weekly from Thursd…
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This episode is the 22nd sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya: the Alagaddūpama sutta which is known as the “simile of the snake”. In this teaching one of the monks denies that breaking the rules of conduct is really a problem. The monks go to great lengths to persuade him to change his views. Then the Buddha compares someone who understands only the lette…
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This episode is the 21th sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya: the Kakacūpama Sutta which is known as the “simile of the saw”. This teaching has several memorable similes on the importance of patience and love even when faced with abuse and criticism. The Buddha finishes with the simile of the saw, one of the most memorable similes found in the Suttas. Thi…
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Following our visit to the amusement park, Liseberg, in the last episode, we now get to hear more about what the family does in the city of Göteborg. We focus on the past and perfect tenses, encounter some new phrasal verbs, and look at familiar vocabulary in new contexts. Travel Diaries is being published in one season of ten episodes weekly from …
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This episode is a talk given by the Thai forest meditation master Ajahn Tate and is titled “The Five Spiritual Strengths”. This is based on the five ‘bala’ in Pali, and indeed in the book “Words of the Master” translated by Steven Towler the title is “5 Bala (strengths)”, and I have translated the title […]…
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In this episode I wanted to talk about the importance of community when it comes to both finding the Path of Practice, but also in terms of having the support to stick with it and to grow with it. I’ve been practicing Buddhism for thirty years and I have a lot of contacts in Western Buddhist groups. And whilst these groups and these individuals are…
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