Audio Dhamma Talks in English

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Talks in Wat Pa Baan Taad

These Dhamma talks of Ajahn Maha Bua have been translated into English by the Thai Bhikkhu Ajahn Suchart.

Date Title Description Duration Size
22 Jul 1962 The value of the Buddhist Religion The need for mindfulness and wisdom. 44'42 18Mb Listen online to : 'The value of the Buddhist Religion' Download the talk to : 'The value of the Buddhist Religion'
18 Sep 1962 Respecting Dhamma as our teacher The middle way of practice. 73'10 30Mb Listen online to : 'Respecting  Dhamma  as our teacher' Download the talk to : 'Respecting  Dhamma  as our teacher'
5 Dec 1966 Avijja hides the true citta, the true Dhamma Tan Ajahn responds to a question asked by a senior Bhikkhu concerning the Citta and Avijja. Avijja is different from the genuine Avijja. All techniques of investigation are actually investigating Avijja. The simile of catching a gang of bandits and the simile of catching fish in a pond. The genuine Avijja is luminous, bright and splendid, but when investigating it will dissolve and only Vimutti remains. Very detailed explanation of what Vimutti and Avijja are like. Two main stumbling blocks in the practice: identification with the body and identification with Avijja. 75'51 31Mb Listen online to : 'Avijja hides the true citta, the true Dhamma' Download the talk to : 'Avijja hides the true citta, the true Dhamma'
1 Jan 1976 Freedom versus captivity Freedom versus captivity. The analogy of being imprisoned: we are born in prison and will die in it. We are complacent with it, because we do not know the world beyond. We are continually oppressed by our Kilesas. The simile of ducks in a mudhole. They enjoy their life, because they don't know the freedom of the ponds, lakes and seas. The way out of prison into the world beyond by the eightfold path. A detailed description of the Citta reaching Vimutti. 85'30 35Mb Listen online to : 'Freedom versus captivity' Download the talk to : 'Freedom versus captivity'
17 Jan 1976 The five Khandhas. The way of understanding a talk on Dhamma: the calmer the Citta, the deeper will be the understanding. The need for investigation of the five Khandhas. Without investigation there will be no understanding of their true nature, hence no freedom. The need for Samadhi: even an Arahant needs to rest his Citta. The calmer the Citta, the deeper will be the understanding in one's investigation. 58'17 24Mb Listen online to : 'The five Khandhas.' Download the talk to : 'The five Khandhas.'
20 Jan 1976 Endeavoring for Nibbana. The story of Khun P. Endeavoring for Nibbana. The Dhamma of the Lord. Investigation of the body. Release the Citta and realize Nibbana. The Citta of the Arahant. Sukha and Dukkha arise from thinking. Sanna, Sankhara and Vinnana. 83'57 34Mb Listen online to : 'Endeavoring for Nibbana. ' Download the talk to : 'Endeavoring for Nibbana. '
7 Feb 1976 'Amata - Imortal Dhamma' Amata - Imortal Dhamma 58'34 24Mb Listen online to : ''Amata - Imortal Dhamma'' Download the talk to : ''Amata - Imortal Dhamma''
12 Feb 1976 Becoming a recluse in our heart 'Developing the Samana in the heart' or developing inner peace. 67'24 28Mb Listen online to : 'Becoming a recluse in our heart' Download the talk to : 'Becoming a recluse in our heart'
1 Jun 1979 Don't give up your perseverance The Majjhima Patipada. The investigation of Dukkha Vedana. Varying the practice to suit the Kilesas. The importance of Sati. Do not blame your tendencies of character (vasana). The end of the battle. 37'43 15Mb Listen online to : 'Don't give up your perseverance' Download the talk to : 'Don't give up your perseverance'
5 Jun 1979 The method of how to practice in the beginning Being careful of contact while living in the community. Correcting Vinaya errors. Having Metta for each other. The power of the Kilesas. Sati and Panna. On fasting. Calming the Citta. The consequences of not being calm. Investigation of Dukkha Vedana and death. The four path moments. The story of Bodhirakkhita. 78'09 32Mb Listen online to : 'The method of how to practice in the beginning' Download the talk to : 'The method of how to practice in the beginning'
10 Jun 1979 Being misguided by the deception of the kilesas The false teachers of Dhamma. How the Kilesas prevent progress and calm. Determination to attain the state of freedom. Stories of some Ajahns. The value of the teacher. The 84,000 Dhammas. Commitment in the practice. Tan Ajahn talks about his own practice. Samadhi as the support for Panna. Addiction to Samadhi and Panna are different. Letting Dhammas progressively go. Resting the tired Citta. Avijja. There is no Vedana in the Arahant's Citta. The desirability of Majjhima as to counter the Kilesas. The Vihara Dhamma of the Arahant. 80'01 33Mb Listen online to : 'Being misguided by the deception of the kilesas' Download the talk to : 'Being misguided by the deception of the kilesas'
13 Jun 1979 How do the disciples of the Lord Buddha practice The world that is burning. The Four Noble Truths. Bhikkhus in the present take up the robe as a ceremony. About Sanna and Sankhara. 87'12 36Mb Listen online to : 'How do the disciples of the Lord Buddha practice' Download the talk to : 'How do the disciples of the Lord Buddha practice'
22 Jun 1979 Find a way to escape Calming the Citta with Panna. The story of the 1000 Cula Panthakas. Majjhima to counter the Kilesas. The merging of Magga and Phala. Arahatta Phala is the same as Nibbana. 4 paths, 4 fruits and 1 Nibbana. 47'22 19Mb Listen online to : 'Find a way to escape' Download the talk to : 'Find a way to escape'
27 Jun 1979 Take up the model of someone who sees the danger Warning for bhikkhus doing building work. On laziness. Tan Ajahn protects the bhikkhus from the laity. Criticism of the Sasana as the opiate of the masses. Four Satipatthanas. Sanna and Sankhara. The passing away of the Arahant, what it means. 61'17 25Mb Listen online to : 'Take up the model of someone who sees the danger' Download the talk to : 'Take up the model of someone who sees the danger'
12 Jul 1979 Cornering yourself develops wisdom The Ovada Patimokha. Investigation and the importance of Sati. The four Iddhipada. Lack of Sati likened to a madman. Contemplation of the body. The truth of bodily Dukkha. 68'3 28Mb Listen online to : 'Cornering yourself develops wisdom' Download the talk to : 'Cornering yourself develops wisdom'
18 Jul 1979 Experience dukkha in order to win The way the Citta constructs and creates and how to stop it. Talk on Sati. Developing Panna. Panna turns into Uddhacca. Mahasati and Mahapanna. Samadhi by itself is not enough. Ways of investigation. Don't mix Samadhi and Panna. Getting rid of drowsiness. Story of Ven. Sona. Alternating Samadhi and Panna. The free (vimutti) Citta is like space. Avijja. 82'45 34Mb Listen online to : 'Experience dukkha in order to win' Download the talk to : 'Experience dukkha in order to win'
23 Jul 1979 Beeing carefully and composed to protect the heart Looking always at the heart. Asubha Kammatthana. The luminous Citta is Avijja. The calming of the Citta with Samadhi or Panna. Three kinds of emptiness. 86'13 35Mb Listen online to : 'Beeing carefully and composed to protect the heart' Download the talk to : 'Beeing carefully and composed to protect the heart'
4 Aug 1979 The heart has two owners, kilessa and Dhamma Dukkha and Dukkha-Vedana. Wealthy people going forth. The Sallekha Dhamma. Seclusion and contentment with little. Viriya. The 'gnawing' of the Kilesas. Uddhacca. The merging of Arahatta Magga and Phala. 78'40 32Mb Listen online to : 'The heart has two owners, kilessa and Dhamma' Download the talk to : 'The heart has two owners, kilessa and Dhamma'
9 Aug 1979 Truth and falsity reside within us Dukkha, the five Kammatthana. Getting the Citta calm. The importance of understanding before going out teaching. Ways of listening to a Desana. Sankhara and Sanna. The arising and passing away of the Khandhas of the Arahant. The Citta of the Arahant as 'knowingness' embracing the universe. The passing away of Sariputta and Mogallana. 89'13 37Mb Listen online to : 'Truth and falsity reside within us' Download the talk to : 'Truth and falsity reside within us'
15 Aug 1979 The kind of work that comes to an end The difference between study and practice. Ineffective practice. Forcing the Citta to be calm. The ways of Samadhi and Panna. General talk on practice. About death. 75'05 31Mb Listen online to : 'The kind of work that comes to an end ' Download the talk to : 'The kind of work that comes to an end '
21 Aug 1979 Keep looking for the truth Kilesas as disturbances. Living in seclusion. Continuous rebirth is due to the Kilesas. Avijja. The Khandhas of the Arahant. The deception of skin. Asubha. The five Kammatthana. 48'26 20Mb Listen online to : 'Keep looking for the truth' Download the talk to : 'Keep looking for the truth'
28 Aug 1979 Attainment through practice The story of Ven. Anna Kondanna. The impurities that cover the Citta. Wrong perception of beauty. Patikkula Sanna. The four Iddhipada. Speculation about Nibbana. The practice of letting go. 54'24 22Mb Listen online to : 'Attainment through practice' Download the talk to : 'Attainment through practice'
5 Sep 1979 The perfect example The Lord Buddha. The purpose of going forth. The four Iddhipada. The fire of the Kilesas. Developing Samadhi. Investigation of the body. The four Nama Khandha. Dealing with Avijja. 86'12 35Mb Listen online to : 'The perfect example' Download the talk to : 'The perfect example'
10 Sep 1979 The end of conventional reality Watching the Cetasika Dhamma. The Dukkha of the body. The importance of Sati. Mahasati and Mahapanna. Kama Tanha, Bhava Tanha and Vibhava Tanha. Letting go of the body. Investigation of all types of Vedana. Letting go of the Nama Dhamma. 70'12 29Mb Listen online to : 'The end of conventional reality' Download the talk to : 'The end of conventional reality'
18 Sep 1979 Magga, phala and nibbana are always present in the citta The four requisites. Living in the forest, The Dukkha caused by Avijja. The four Satipatthana. Asubha Kammatthana. Investigation of the body. The Vihara Dhamma of the Arahant. The passing away of the Lord Buddha. The Vimutti Citta. 78'21 32Mb Listen online to : 'Magga, phala and nibbana are always present in the citta' Download the talk to : 'Magga, phala and nibbana are always present in the citta'
13 Oct 1979 Following the principles of the four Noble Truths Exposition on the Buddha. Deficiencies in practice. The Savakas. Cause and effect in practice. The Sacca Dhammas in detail. Dukkha, Samudaya, Nirodha and Magga. The eight factors of Magga in detail. Right speech as the ten-fold Sallekha Dhamma. Making Sankhara go in the way of Magga. 51'49 21Mb Listen online to : 'Following the principles of the four Noble Truths' Download the talk to : 'Following the principles of the four Noble Truths'
19 Oct 1979 When we find the truth we reach Dhamma Memory of Dhamma is not enough. The four noble truths. The difficulty of training human beings. Recollection of the triple gem in times of danger. The Kilesas as the guardians over the heart. The state of the Khandhas, that is free from Kilesas. About practice in general. The importance of avoiding conflict in the monastery. The evil of exhibiting one's virtue. 50'00 21Mb Listen online to : 'When we find the truth we reach Dhamma' Download the talk to : 'When we find the truth we reach Dhamma'
7 Nov 1979 The power of the citta is stronger than the power of the world The importance of correct behavior and getting on with each other. Enduring the Dukkha that arises from practice. The functions of Sati. Two kinds of Samadhi. Ways of Panna. Resting the tired Citta. Replacing the Kilesas with Dhamma. Dukkha. Tan Ajahn talks about his own practice. 74'13 30Mb Listen online to : 'The power of the citta is stronger than the power of the world' Download the talk to : 'The power of the citta is stronger than the power of the world'

Talks in London

These short talks on Dhamma were given to laypeople when Ajahn Maha Bua visited the Dhammapadipa Vihara in London in June 1974.  They were translated into English for the listeners by Ajahn Pannavaddho, and were subsequently transcribed as a book – The Dhamma Teaching of Ãcariya Mahã Bua in London – available from our Book section.

Date Title Duration Size
9 Jun 1974 Dhamma talk in London vihara 6'15 3Mb Listen online to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara' Download the talk to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara'
10 Jun 1974 Dhamma talk in London vihara 2'32 1Mb Listen online to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara' Download the talk to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara'
17 Jun 1974 Dhamma talk in London vihara 10'55 4Mb Listen online to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara' Download the talk to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara'
18 Jun 1974 Dhamma talk in London vihara 4'54 2Mb Listen online to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara' Download the talk to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara'
19 Jun 1974 Dhamma talk in London vihara 11'48 5Mb Listen online to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara' Download the talk to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara'
20 Jun 1974 Dhamma talk in London vihara 10'10 4Mb Listen online to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara' Download the talk to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara'
21 Jun 1974 Dhamma talk in London vihara 11'26 4Mb Listen online to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara' Download the talk to : 'Dhamma talk in London vihara'
10 Dec 1976 Conversation with A. Sumedho 8'39 3Mb Listen online to : 'Conversation with A. Sumedho' Download the talk to : 'Conversation with A. Sumedho'