Monks in the Morning, Friday, Nov 22, #116 Show Notes

Episode 116 How Monks Practice Compassion


Today we’re going to tell you about a sutta we were reading the other day. As soon as I saw it, I thought that you might enjoy hearing it. See, this is the great benefit of having kalyanamitta, good spiritual friends. When they hear the supreme Buddha’s Dhamma, they think of how they can help you by sharing it with you. And this sutta today is all about how monks show this kind of compassion for the lay people.

Contents

5:05 Sermon on Sutta AN 5.235
15:32 Buddhanussati meditation. Read online, download a PDF or MP3.

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Monks in the Morning, Thursday, Nov 21, #115 Show Notes

Episode 115 See Monks, Collect Merit


Today we are going to learn how we can collect merit when we see monks. Now, most of you probably already know that you can collect merit by offering dana, or alms food, to monks. Well in the sutta we will listen to today the Supreme Buddha teaches us five different ways to collect merit when we see monks. And one of those ways we can do even if we just see a photo of a monk.

Contents

5:54 Sermon on Sutta AN 5.199
19:34 Buddhanussati verses Meditation. Read online or Download PDF

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Monks in the Morning, Wednesday, Nov 20, #114 Show Notes

Episode 114 Discussion: Monastery Life and Family Life


Today we will listen to a Dhamma discussion between one of the Bhantes and a couple of your friends from Dhamma School. We’ll learn about the ways they collect merit when they come to the monastery as well as how they collect merit at home.

Contents

5:36 Discussion
22:06 Kavi
24:30 Thergatha 145-150. Arahant Nun Sujata

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Monks in the Morning, Tuesday, Nov 19, #113 Show Notes

Episode 111 Questions on Standing, Walking, and Helping Monks


Today we are going to start learning a new sutta. Well, new to us. Of course it’s very old because it was preached by the Supreme Buddha over two-thousand five hundred years ago. It’s called the CullaKammaVibhanga Sutta, the shorter discourse on Kamma or karma. I know that as kids you are all very curious about how karma works. This is a great sutta to learn so we can understand why we see so many differences between people in the world. It’s also useful to us so we know how we can experience the best things that we see in this life in our future lives.

Contents

5:34 Sermon
16:44 Petavatthu 32. The Deer Hunter
19:19 Khanda Paritta. Read along online or download a PDF.

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Monks in the Morning, Monday, Nov 18, #112 Show Notes

Episode 112 The Bhagava is Unique


In the sermon today, we’ll learn the last quality in the itipiso gatha. Do you remember what it is? Bhagava. In English we sometime say Blessed One, or Fortunate One. We’ll also learn about some of the special marks that the Supreme Buddha had on his body. Have you heard of those before? There are 32, but today we’ll just learn a few. At the end of the sermon, the Bhante wishes that we all become Satpurisa. See if you can figure out what that word means from the way he uses it.

Contents

5:36 Sermon
15:44 Buddhanussati Meditation

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Monks in the Morning, Friday, Nov 15, #111 Show Notes

Episode 111 Questions on Standing, Walking, and Helping Monks


Today we have a special show where one of the venerable monks will answer questions you have asked. Have you ever wondered if you need to come to the uposatha programme if you come to Dhamma school every week? Or how you need to act around monks? Or how you can help monks? All these things will be discussed today.

Contents

5:36 Sermon
15:33 Metta Sutta. Download PDF or read along online.
24:03 Kavi

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Monks in the Morning, Thursday, Nov 14, #110 Show Notes

Episode 110 Kanthaka’s Great Merit


In the sermon today, we’ll learn a very important story from one of the Supreme Buddha’s previous births when he was the Bodhisatta. The Bodhisatta offered to help someone but then changed his mind when that person was mean to him.

Contents

5:20 Sermon
20:04 Maranasati meditation. Download PDF or read online.

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Monks in the Morning, Wednesday, Nov 13, #109 Show Notes

Episode 109 Four Friends


Today we are going to listen to a conversation that happened between a deva and the supreme Buddha. There were many devas who were disciples of the Buddha, just like you. And many times they would come to ask the Supreme Buddha questions. Sometimes these questions were like a riddle, where the answer is something we don’t expect. The Deva will ask the Supreme Buddha a question about Friends, and you are going to find out about a friend that maybe you never thought about.

Contents

5:22 Sermon
17:59 Metta Bhavana

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Monks in the Morning, Monday, Nov 11, #108 Show Notes

Episode 108 Respecting Those Who Help Us


In the sermon today, we’ll learn a very important story from one of the Supreme Buddha’s previous births when he was the Bodhisatta. The Bodhisatta offered to help someone but then changed his mind when that person was mean to him.

Contents

5:43 Sermon
16:24 Sadhu Sadhu Kavi
17:54 Mittanisansa Sutta. Read online or Download a PDF

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Monks in the Morning, Friday, Nov 8, #107 Show Notes

Episode 107 Questions on Poya, Bathrooms, and Vinyana


Today we will hear some answers to some Dhamma questions. You know, the Supreme Buddha taught us very clearly that we can develop our wisdom by asking questions. In fact, he explained that one of the reasons he was so wise in his last life as a Bodhisatta was that in his previous lives he would look for wise people and ask them good Dhamma questions. Some people go to monks or wise people and just try to argue with them or debate. The Buddha didn’t praise this. When we have the chance to associate with people who have learned the Supreme Buddha’s teachings, we should ask questions that help us train our minds. We should ask questions that help us to improve our virtue, concentration and wisdom. When we don’t understand something we have heard in a sermon or read in a sutta, then it’s really important to ask questions so we don’t have doubts. So today we can learn by listening to answers to questions.

Contents

5:52 Q & A
15:54 Buddhanussati verses Meditation. Read online or Download PDF

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