Summaries of talks given in Dec 2020.
Dec 1: I read the article: Overview - Starting on the Buddha's Path which is found on the website under Teachings: A Beginner's Guide to Buddhism.
Dec 4: I read the article: Roadmap - How do we come to the end of suffering? which is found on the website under Teachings: A Beginner's Guide to Buddhism.
Dec 8: Tonight we enjoyed a guided meditation by Ajahn Brahm (starts at 52 min) followed by a Dhamma talk by Bhante Sujato. He was exploring the question of how do we respond to the fear and anger that accompany the threat of the destruction of the world by our human actions as evidenced by climate change. He called his talk, the second in a series of four, "Life Hacks for the end of the World".
Dec 11: Ayya Santacitta gave a Dhamma talk on Right Action and Right Livelihood.
Dec 15: Sanghamitta talked about our underlying tendencies and how we need to reflect on the unskillful ones in order to see the inherent suffering. When this is felt, like a hot coal, then the underlying tendency can be dropped with wisdom power, not will power. She then summarized how to let go of craving, the cause of suffering. This was a summary of information given in a workshop on Dependent Origination by Ajahn Brahmali and Ven. Sunyo, parts 9 and 12. An article will be written on this in the near future.
Dec 18 and 22: We did our tradtional singing of Buddhist Christmas carols. Ajahn Sona penned Buddhist words and concepts for well loved Christmas carols.
Dec 29: We listened to a gentle Dhamma talk by Ayya Medhanandi on death.