Ajahn Sona

Ajahn Sona

By Ajahn Sona
Dhamma talks given by Venerable Ajahn Sona, the Abbot of Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery, Canada.
Available on 6 platforms
Jataka Stories: The Crow Birth
This is an ongoing series with Jataka stories told by Margo McLoughlin. Jatakas are native to India and belong to the first Buddhist literature concerning the previous births of the Buddha in both human and animal form. The first story in our series, The Crow Birth (Kāka-Jātaka) is Jataka no. 140 in the seven-volume series of translations, edited by E. B. Cowell. Margo translated and adapted this story. Her version is published in The Giving Heart: Folktales for Exploring Generosity, available through margostoryteller.net. Margo McLoughlin is a storyteller, writer and teacher, based in Victoria, on the west coast of Canada. While on staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, Margo began studying Pali, the language of the earliest Buddhist teachings. For the past twenty years she has been translating, adapting and performing the Jataka tales and other stories from the Buddhist tradition. For more about Margo, please visit: margostoryteller.net.
12:33
September 6, 2018
My Life, My Practice - Margo McLoughlin
My Life, My Practice is a continuing series of interviews with Ajahn Sona and longtime Buddhist practitioners, both monastics and laypeople, to discover what brought them to and keeps them on the Buddhist path. In this interview, meet Margo McLoughlin, the Jataka story teller. |*| Jataka Stories: https://youtu.be/AWtzr8Qa8wI
31:36
September 6, 2018
Metta (part 5) - Love Is Not Serious
Talk 5 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
33:11
August 29, 2018
Metta (part 4) - The Quality of Mercy
Talk 4 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
31:52
August 23, 2018
Metta (part 3) - Kissing the Leper
Talk 3 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
37:04
August 23, 2018
Metta (part 2) - Watching Ourselves Watching Others
Talk 2 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
31:05
August 23, 2018
Metta (part 1) - Basis for Insight
Talk 1 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
13:58
August 23, 2018
Cancer Wisdom (part 2) - Interview with Piyadassi
Part 2 in a continuing series of talks about cancer and the Buddhist approach to illness. Ajahn Sona in an interview with Piyadassi, whose experience with cancer was greatly supported by Ajahn Sona's coaching and her healthy attitude towards the disease.
32:32
August 23, 2018
Cancer Wisdom (part 1)
Part 1 in a continuing series of talks about cancer and the Buddhist approach to illness, by Ajahn Sona.
21:52
August 23, 2018
The Higher Mind (part 6) - Samadhi Is the Heart Unburdoned
Talk 6 on 'Development of the Higher Mind', by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
32:47
August 23, 2018
The Higher Mind (part 5) - Foot in the Door of Samadhi
Talk 5 on 'Development of the Higher Mind', by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
30:29
August 23, 2018
The Higher Mind (part 4) - Prisoner of Habit
Talk 4 on 'Development of the Higher Mind', by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
34:02
August 23, 2018
The Higher Mind (part 3) - Right Effort Redefined
Talk 3 on 'Development of the Higher Mind', by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
33:41
August 23, 2018
The Higher Mind (part 2) - Transcending the Natural
Talk 2 on 'Development of the Higher Mind', by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
33:22
August 23, 2018
The Higher Mind (part 1) - Why Be Good
Talk 1 on 'Development of the Higher Mind', by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
21:25
August 23, 2018
Equanimity (part 6) - The Seventh Factor of Awakening
Talk 6 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
25:32
August 23, 2018
Equanimity (part 5) - A Breathless Stillness
Talk 5 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
39:51
August 23, 2018
Equanimity (part 4) - Never Surprised
Talk 4 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
33:30
August 23, 2018
Equanimity (part 3) - 350 Million + 1
Talk 3 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
37:21
August 23, 2018
Equanimity (part 2) - The Ultimate Success
Talk 2 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
34:38
August 23, 2018
Equanimity (part 1) - The Gourmand
Talk 1 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
25:57
August 22, 2018
My Life, My Practice - Miguel Romero
A continuing series of interviews with Ajahn Sona and longtime Buddhist practitioners, including both monastics and laypeople, to discover what brought them to and keeps them on the Buddhist path.
48:41
August 22, 2018
My Life, My Practice - Pamutto Bhikkhu
A continuing series of interviews with Ajahn Sona and longtime Buddhist practitioners, including both monastics and laypeople, to discover what brought them to and keeps them on the Buddhist path.
44:36
August 22, 2018
My Life, My Practice - Ajahn Pavaro
The first in a series of interviews with Ajahn Sona and longtime Buddhist practitioners, including both monastics and laypeople, to discover what brought them to and keeps them on the Buddhist path.
1:00:10
August 22, 2018
Modern Psychology vs. Buddhist Psychology (part 2)
Buddhism is the world's oldest psychology. It is also the most spiritual of all psychologies and the most psychological of all spiritualities. In this continuing series, Ajahn Sona talks about differences between Buddhist and Western psychology.
31:16
August 22, 2018
Modern Psychology vs. Buddhist Psychology (part 1)
Buddhism is the world's oldest psychology. It is also the most spiritual of all psychologies and the most psychological of all spiritualities. In this continuing series, Ajahn Sona talks about differences between Buddhist and Western psychology.
30:35
August 22, 2018
Buddhist Cosmology (2) - Asura Realm
Part 2 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo
36:16
August 22, 2018
Buddhist Cosmology (1) - Space, Time & Being
Part 1 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo.
1:08:29
August 22, 2018
The Ten Perfections (10) - Equanimity
#10 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
09:52
August 22, 2018
The Ten Perfections (9) - Metta
#9 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
08:40
August 22, 2018
The Ten Perfections (8) - Determination
#8 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
07:33
August 22, 2018
The Ten Perfections (7) - Truthfulness
#7 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
05:50
August 22, 2018
The Ten Perfections (6) - Patience
#6 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
09:55
August 22, 2018
The Ten Perfections (5) - Energy
#5 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
12:21
August 22, 2018
The Ten Perfections (4) - Wisdom
#4 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
13:09
August 22, 2018
The Ten Perfections (3) - Renunciation
#3 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
14:58
August 22, 2018
The Ten Perfections (2) - Virtue
#2 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
09:55
August 22, 2018
The Ten Perfections (1) - Generosity
#1 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
20:31
August 22, 2018
The Ten Perfections (Teatime at Birken)
Dhamma talk on Ten Perfections, recorded during teatime with guests and residents at Birken Forest Monastery.
56:29
August 22, 2018
Divine Abidings (part 5) - Eleven Benefits
This series of short talks delves into the Brahmaviharas (Divine Abidings) and explores how these ingenious feelings of love and contentment can take up residence within us, transforming our everyday lives from the mundane to the extraordinary.
13:57
August 22, 2018
Divine Abidings (part 4) - Equanimity
This series of short talks delves into the Brahmaviharas (Divine Abidings) and explores how these ingenious feelings of love and contentment can take up residence within us, transforming our everyday lives from the mundane to the extraordinary.
09:44
August 22, 2018
Divine Abidings (part 3) - Open-source Heaven
This series of short talks delves into the Brahmaviharas (Divine Abidings) and explores how these ingenious feelings of love and contentment can take up residence within us, transforming our everyday lives from the mundane to the extraordinary.
09:25
August 22, 2018
Divine Abidings (part 2) - Compassion
This series of short talks delves into the Brahmaviharas (Divine Abidings) and explores how these ingenious feelings of love and contentment can take up residence within us, transforming our everyday lives from the mundane to the extraordinary.
08:42
August 22, 2018
Divine Abidings (part 1) - It's better than you think
This series of short talks delves into the Brahmaviharas (Divine Abidings) and explores how these ingenious feelings of love and contentment can take up residence within us, transforming our everyday lives from the mundane to the extraordinary.
08:39
August 22, 2018
Right Effort (part 5) - How to stay awake
Part 5 in a series of talks on Right Effort, the sixth (and often neglected) step of the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path.
09:47
August 22, 2018
Right Effort (part 4) - Seven Factors of Awakening
Part 4 in a series of talks on Right Effort, the sixth (and often neglected) step of the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path.
10:16
August 22, 2018
Right Effort (part 3) - How to stop feeling bad
Part 3 in a series of talks on Right Effort, the sixth (and often neglected) step of the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path.
14:14
August 22, 2018
Right Effort (part 2) - How to prevent troublesome emotions
Part 2 in a series of talks on Right Effort, the sixth (and often neglected) step of the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path.
09:25
August 22, 2018
Right Effort (part 1) - Introduction
Part 1 in a series of talks on Right Effort, the sixth (and often neglected) step of the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path.
09:17
August 22, 2018
Five Hindrances (part 5) - Doubt
Part 5 in a series of short talks on the Five Hindrances, the mental factors that are pervasive obstacles to peace in both meditation and our daily lives.
09:18
August 22, 2018
Five Hindrances (part 4) - Agitation
Part 4 in a series of short talks on the Five Hindrances, the mental factors that are pervasive obstacles to peace in both meditation and our daily lives.
08:28
August 22, 2018
Five Hindrances (part 3) - Stagnation
Part 3 in a series of short talks on the Five Hindrances, the mental factors that are pervasive obstacles to peace in both meditation and our daily lives.
11:05
August 22, 2018
Five Hindrances (part 2) - Anger
Part 2 in a series of short talks on the Five Hindrances, the mental factors that are pervasive obstacles to peace in both meditation and our daily lives.
10:30
August 22, 2018
Five Hindrances (part 1) - Desire
Part 1 in a series of short talks on the Five Hindrances, the mental factors that are pervasive obstacles to peace in both meditation and our daily lives.
10:44
August 22, 2018
Breath Meditation (part 5) - The Remedy to Anxiety
This series of short talks describes in detail the most favored method of meditation used by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, and brings to light the indispensable emotional benefits of this timeless practice for the contemplative person of today.
07:48
August 22, 2018
Breath Meditation (part 4) - Immersion
This series of short talks describes in detail the most favored method of meditation used by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, and brings to light the indispensable emotional benefits of this timeless practice for the contemplative person of today.
07:12
August 22, 2018
Breath Meditation (part 3) - Serenity & Clarity
This series of short talks describes in detail the most favored method of meditation used by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, and brings to light the indispensable emotional benefits of this timeless practice for the contemplative person of today.
07:34
August 22, 2018
Breath Meditation (part 2) - The Emotional Benefit
This series of short talks describes in detail the most favored method of meditation used by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, and brings to light the indispensable emotional benefits of this timeless practice for the contemplative person of today.
09:32
August 22, 2018
Breath Meditation (part 1) - Introduction
This series of short talks describes in detail the most favored method of meditation used by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, and brings to light the indispensable emotional benefits of this timeless practice for the contemplative person of today.
10:42
August 22, 2018
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