Monks in the Morning Show Archive

  • 4 Why Are We Competing Against Each Other? (10/20/2020) - Always trying to be the best of the best? Being competitive is ingrained in us because we live in a society that rewards it. The real question is what truly drives this competition?  Competition is commonly derived from jealousy, we always focus on external targets like what the other person has. It is important to […]
  • 214 Giving with Two Intentions, Part 1 (10/8/2020) - Today we are going to talk about intention. An intention is like a wish that our mind is thinking about when we do some action. For example, when we give someone some medicine, we have the intention to help that person. That’s a good action that we do with a good intention. Sometimes it’s not […]
  • 3 Has Social Media Taken Over Our Lives? (9/23/2020) - Stop!  Are you mindlessly scrolling through this webpage or other social media? It’s easy to fall into these unhealthy patterns because we have an innate desire to fulfil cravings and please our senses. As a result we can find ourselves in dangerous situations.  However we should be mindful of our habits and utilise social media […]
  • 213 Giving to the Maha Sangha (9/22/2020) - Sometimes people wonder about who we should give gifts to. Once King Pasenadi asked the Supreme Buddha who he should give gifts to. The Buddha told him to give wherever made him happy. Then King Pasenadi asked him where gifts should be given so they produce the greatest results. In the sermon today, we are […]
  • 212 Dhamma Discussion: Disciples in Lockdown (9/16/2020) - Today we are going to listen in on a discussion that some of our good Dhamma friends had with one of the venerable monks about their time in lockdown. Now some of you may be listening to this episode long after the corona virus happened and you may not remember what it was like. So […]
  • 211 The Story of Kali Yakshini, Part 3 (9/15/2020) - Today we will listen to the last part of the story of Kālī Yakshini. Although lots of terrible things happen in this story, something very wonderful happens, doesn’t it. The mother and the yakkha, who had been terrible enimies for a long time in saṁsara had the chance to give up this hatred that caused […]
  • 2 The Importance of Good Friends (9/13/2020) - We all know it’s important to have good friends, but what does that really mean? In Buddhism we’re able to separate friends into 3 categories. So we can classify our friends and the type of friend we are to other people. It is critical to recognise the bad friends in our life and how we […]
  • 1 Rare Opportunity (9/2/2020) - Welcome to the first episode of Sound of Supreme Bliss! Want to know a secret? We have a rare opportunity in our grasp; not only do we have access to the Buddha’s teachings, but we also have the ability to practice it. Listening to and practising these teachings helps us accumulate good merits. Our first […]
  • 210 The Story of Kali Yakshini, Part 2 (9/2/2020) - Find out what happens in the second part of the Kali Yakshini story.
  • 209 The Story of Kali Yakshini, Part 1 (7/12/2020) - Have you ever had something strange happen to you that you couldn’t explain? We’ll start to learn the story of a family that had something really strange, and really scary, happen to them. They couldn’t understand why it was happening. In the end, and in a panic, the went to the wisest person in the […]
  • 208 Dhamma Discussion: Novice Ordination Ceremony (7/7/2020) - Dhamma discussion on a novice ordination ceremony
  • 207 Hope and Train to Be Free from Anger (7/6/2020) - Metta in everyday life.
  • 206 The Story of Arahant Jambuka (7/2/2020) - Dhammapada Verse 70
  • 205 Don’t Get Tricked! (7/1/2020) - The four vipallāsa, perversions of perception.
  • 204 Where Should We Keep Our Savings? (6/29/2020) - Sermon on Khp 8 Nidhikaṇḍa Sutta: The Discourse on Savings
  • 203 Five Benefits of Giving (6/28/2020) - Sermon on The Benefits of Giving: Dānānisaṃsa Sutta AN 5.35
  • 202 Dhamma Discussion: Kids Dana (6/24/2020) - A Dhamma discussion between a monk and two kids about the way they offer dana and help at the monastery.
  • 201 Overflowing Goodness (6/23/2020) - Puññābhisandha Sutta Part 3
  • 200 Complete Confidence in the Blessed One (6/22/2020) - Part 2 of the Puññābhisanda Sutta Sutta AN 4.52
  • 199 A River of Merit (6/21/2020) - Puññābhisanda Sutta Sutta AN 4.52 part 1
  • 198 Happy Here, Happy There, Happy Everywhere (6/17/2020) - One of the things that’s so great about being a follower of the Supreme Buddha is that if we follow his advice, it brings us happiness right now as we practice his teachings, and it’s also guarenteed to bring us happiness in the future, either in a good rebirth or in attaining Nibbana. In some […]
  • 197 Can Our Relatives in Heaven Help Us? (6/16/2020) - When we collect good karma by practicing the Buddha’s instructions, we will often share merit with heavenly beings. And we may even have the wish that all heavenly beings protect the Dhamma and those who practice the Dhamma. Well one of you was curious if when our relatives are born in the heavenly worlds they […]
  • 196 Sadness from the Ones We Love (6/15/2020) - Do you remember that word, kalyanamitta? It means a special kind of friend who likes to help us practice the Supreme Buddha’s teachings. That’s what we’re going to do together today, practice the Supreme Buddha’s teachings. It’s hard to find people in the world to help us practice the Dhamma, so we can be happy […]
  • 195 Offering a Milk Rice Puja (6/14/2020) - Have you ever heard of offering milk rice to the Supreme Buddha? Today two of the monks are going to talk about the practice of offering milk rice to the Supreme Buddha. In Sinhala this special kind of milk rice offering is called kiripindu Buddha Puja. Together we’ll learn about the ancient history of offering […]
  • 194 Benefits of Loving Kindness Meditation (6/11/2020) - Today we are going to hear the eleven benefits that we get when we practice loving kindness meditation. Some of the benefits of practicing meditation we can see in this life, and some don’t come until a future life. But when we know the good things we can expect from meditating, then it’s easier to […]
  • 193 Good Friendship to Improve Our Lives (6/9/2020) - Today we are going to learn a teaching from the Supreme Buddha about the importance of friendship. We can find it in the collection called the Itivuttaka, so if you would like to read it again after the show, just click on the show notes link below and you can read it for yourself. This […]
  • 192 Noble People Let Go of Desire for Everything, Araham Quality pt. 4 (6/7/2020) - Can you remember the three knowledges we learned in the last episode? The three things that the Supreme Buddha was able to see and understand on the night of his enlightenment? The first one was the ability to remember his past lives. Not just one or two, many thousands and thousands of lives. And not […]
  • 191 The Buddha Knows Three Important Things (6/4/2020) - Have you heard about the night of the Supreme Buddha’s enlightenment? You probably remember that it happened on a Vesak full moon. And that he sat next to the river Neranjara. You may even remember that Māra tried to stop him from attaining enlightenment. But can you remember the three special things that he gained […]
  • 190 Drunk on Food. Araham Quality pt. 3 (6/3/2020) - Today we will learn more about the Arahaṁ quality of the Supreme Buddha. Do you remember the story we learned about the monks being happy with the food given to horses? Well, there’s more to the story and we will learn that today. If you haven’t listened to that episode, you may want to go […]
  • 189 Beauty Disappears (6/2/2020) - Today we will learn another example of why our Supreme Buddha was the best teacher in the world. You know that sometimes the Supreme Buddha would even use his psychic powers to teach if he thought they were necessary to tame someone’s mind. Well, that’s exactly what he did in the example we’ll learn about […]
  • 188 Don’t Do Bad Things in Public or in Secret (5/31/2020) - In the sermon today we are going to learn a wonderful verse taught by the Supreme Buddha. One day he was walking on alms round, collecting his meal for the day, and he saw some boys catching fish. Because he had compassion for these boys, he went up and asked them if they disliked liked […]
  • 187 Happy without the Defilements. Araham Quality pt. 2 (5/27/2020) - Today we’ll learn more about the arahaṁ quality of the Supreme Buddha. I should also mention that usually when we see the word arahaṁ written, it will end with the letter “m” with a dot over it. You may have also seen it in the phrase “Buddhaṁ saranaṁ gacchāmi. In languages like Pāli, this was […]
  • 186 Life Is Short, Be Heedful (5/26/2020) - Today one of the monks is going to teach us a beautiful passage spoken by the Supreme Buddha. It’s a great reminder of how short our human life is, and how important it is that we work hard to practice the Buddha’s teachings. We may think that we are going to live a long time, […]
  • 185 The Buddha’s Mind Is Undefiled (5/25/2020) - Today we are going to learn about the meaning of the word arahaṁ. I know you’ve said this word maybe even 100 times before. It’s one of the qualities of the Supreme Buddha we recite in the Itipiso gatha. And to understand the meaning of arahaṁ, we are going to learn how the Supreme Buddha […]
  • 184 What Should We Plan For? (5/24/2020) - Have you ever made plans to do something and your plans didn’t work out like you hoped? Maybe we planned on taking a trip and then the trip had to get canceled. Or maybe we planned to call one of our friends and talk, but we couldn’t get a hold of them? Or how about […]
  • 183 The Blessing of Giving Up Evil, Mangala Sutta part 9 (5/6/2020) - Today we are going to learn an important Pāli word. The word is pāpa. In English, this word mean evil. Now, when the Supreme Buddha uses this word, he means all the different kinds of bad things we can do, not just the really really bad actions like killing someone. He taught us that giving […]
  • 182 Half a Day of Merit, a Very Big Result (5/3/2020) - Do any of you remember the simile the Supreme Buddha gave for doing very small good things? He said that just like a water pot will eventually get filled even if only a few drops of water fall into the pot at a time. He said we should remember that even when we do a […]
  • 181 Victory through Blameless Actions, Mangala Sutta part 8 (4/30/2020) - So, tell me. Should we care what other people think of us? Should we care about being blamed by other people? This isn’t a simple question, is it? But the Buddha knew how to answer it. He said that we should care about what wise people think about us. We should care if wise people […]
  • 180 Growing a Garden of Good Qualities with Right Effort (4/28/2020) - Today we are going to learn one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold path that’s all about practicing the teachings. It’s called Sammā Vāyāmo. In English we can say Right Effort. We’ve all heard about making effort to do things, but Right Effort is something very special and very specific. You’re going to have […]
  • 179 True Help for Relatives, Mangala Sutta part 7 (4/27/2020) - Have you ever helped your family before? I’m sure you have. Maybe you’ve given them gifts, or you took care of them when they were sick. Or maybe you have helped them with things around the house. All of these are great ways to help our relatives. But do these things help them in their […]
  • 178 Don’t Decrease in Good Qualities (4/26/2020) - Have you ever known someone who was a really good person, but then slowly they started doing bad things? This can happen to any of us. Even though now we may be trying to follow the Supreme Buddha’s teachings very carefully, it could happen that our good behaviour starts to decrease. Our teacher, the Supreme […]
  • 177 Sharing Merits with the Gods (4/22/2020) - Recently we learned about sharing merits with ghosts. But I think you know that we often also share merit with gods as well. Today we’ll hear a story about two brothers, one good and one bad. The good brother practice dana and then dedicated the merit to gods. When the bad brother tried to cheat […]
  • 176 Like Dirt Under a Fingernail, Mangala Sutta part 6 (4/21/2020) - Today we are going to learn about a very important word. In Pali, the word is dhammacariyā. Can you recognize any part of that word? Dhamma-cariyā You probably know the first part: Dhamma. The second part means action or conduct. So dhammacariyā means action that matches the Dhamma. In English we can say “righteous conduct.” […]
  • 175 Old Medicine for Corona Virus (4/20/2020) - I think many of you may be hearing about this virus that is spreading around the world. Today, the Bhante is going to help us think about this in a wise way according to the Supreme Buddha’s teachings. That way instead of feeling worried or scared, we can know how to protect not just our […]
  • 174 Helping Ourselves and Helping Ghosts (4/19/2020) - Have you ever offered dāna to monks and shared merits with your departed relatives? Have you ever wondered about how that works? Well today we’re going to hear about an incident that happened in the time of our Supreme Buddha where a ghost came back and asked his former brother for help. I know that […]
  • 173 A Simple Method to See Suffering (4/16/2020) - When the Supreme Buddha was still alive, people would go and ask him all kinds of questions. Some people asked questions to try and trick the Buddha, but some wise people asked very important questions, and so they got very important answers. We’ll meet one of these wise people today. His name is Bhadraka. Actually […]
  • 172 Shocked by Impermanance (4/15/2020) - How have you been doing with your job of being an investigator? Remember I asked you to start looking around you to see if you could find anything that lasted forever, using your powers of investigation. Well, today we’ll learn about a man who was shocked when he realized that things were impermanent. If we […]
  • 171 Super Giving with Five Factors (4/14/2020) - What do you think? Does a gift need to be very big and expensive to collect merit? No, it doesn’t. Our teacher, the Supreme Buddha taught us that how we are thinking and the way we give the gift are more important. This is really good news, since sometimes we don’t have big things to […]
  • 170 Questions on Precepts, Jealousy, and the Next Buddha (4/13/2020) - Today we have some of your questions and the Bhantes will answer them. We’ll also practice loving-kindness meditation in a new way. You’ll want to know which direction is north, so if you’re not sure, now’s the time to ask someone. There’s a PDF with the compass points in the shownotes you can download to […]
  • 169 Does It Last Forever? (4/12/2020) - Today we are going to become investigators. An investigator is someone who likes to look very carefully at things and discover the truth. Because we have minds that are very strong, we can use our other senses to look at things and see them exactly as they are. Today we are going to use our […]
  • 168 Share Things, Share Happiness (4/9/2020) - Yesterday we learned three things that help us to get along with people. Do you remember what they are? Showing people loving-kindness to people with our bodies, showing people loving-kindness with our speech, and showing loving-kindness with our minds. Well, today we will learn three more things to help us live in harmony, and these […]
  • 167 Harmony Happiness (4/8/2020) - Today we are going to learn advice from the Supreme Buddha on how to live in harmony with people. Do you know the word harmony? When we live in harmony, we get along with the people around us. We don’t fight. We don’t argue, and we don’t get upset with them. That’s a happy way […]
  • 166 Happiness in a Dungeon (4/7/2020) - Have you ever been stuck somewhere you didn’t want to be? If we can’t be content where we are, then it’s hard to be happy. Today we are going to hear the story of one of the great disciples of the Supreme Buddha named King Bimbisara. This king understood the Dhamma very well, so much […]
  • 165 Happiness from Contentment (4/5/2020) - Today we are going to talk about a very special word, a word that if we can remember and practice it, it will be really easy to be happy. That word is “contentment”. When we are content, then we are happy with whatever we have. We don’t keep thinking about all the things we don’t […]
  • 164 Our Minds Have Power (4/2/2020) - Today we are going to think about how powerful our minds are. Just by thinking, we can collect good or bad karma. Today the Bhante is going to give us some tips for training our minds. He’ll also tell us a little bit about the great Arahant Monk Upāli. He was the monk who was […]
  • 163 Poisonous Jewelry (4/1/2020) - Have you ever been blamed for something you didn’t do? Most people have. It doesn’t feel good, does it? We may even get angry at the person who is accusing us. And afterwards most people don’t learn anything from the situation. Maybe they just complain about the person who accused them. But do they attain […]
  • 162 It’s Time to Read Suttas! (3/31/2020) - Have you heard the word sutta before? A sutta is a specific teaching or sermon given by the Supreme Buddha or one of his enlightened disciples. It’s amazing, isn’t it, that over 2500 years later, we still know what the Buddha taught? Today we are going to start to talk about ways that we can […]
  • 161 The Secret to Being Generous (3/30/2020) - Have you ever had to make a difficult decision? Maybe there was a time that you had to decide not to tell a lie, even though you might get in trouble. Or maybe you had to decide to help someone else, even though it might mean that you loose something for yourself. Well, today we’ll […]
  • 160 Is a City of Grandchildren Happiness? (3/29/2020) - Have you ever heard about the lay disciple Visākhā? She was an amazing person. For one thing, she was the woman who was the biggest supporter of the Supreme Buddha and the Sangha. No one gave more than she did. But what’s really amazing is that she was a stream enterer. Not just that—she attained […]
  • 159 May the Triple Gem Protect You! (3/26/2020) - One of the best things we can do to start the day is to go for refuge to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. Then when we have difficulties or problems today, we can remember to think about what our teacher the supreme Buddha has told us and try and find a solution that matches with […]
  • 158 Discussion on Loving-Kindness and Attachment (3/25/2020) - Today we have a special chance to listen to a discussion between a young student who visited the monastery and one of the monks. This student understood the value of going to see people who know the Supreme Buddha’s teachings. And because they let us record it, we get to learn too. We’ll learn about […]
  • 157 What Exactly Is Right and Wrong View? (3/24/2020) - Do you know what a view is? You may hear people use that word when they look out a window of a very tall building and say, “Wow, that’s a great view! You can see so many things from up here!” Well, that’s one kind of view. Another kind of view is a view about […]
  • 156 What Could Be Better Than Money? (3/23/2020) - Do you know what a stream enterer is? In the Buddha’s teachings we say that someone has entered the stream when they have a deep understanding of the Dhamma and the Four Noble Truths in a way that cleans the mind in a special way. The thought that our body is really who we are […]
  • 155 Dhamma Protection from Danger (3/22/2020) - Sometimes we may hear about things happening in the world that seem a little scary. Usually we try not to think about these things, don’t we. But sometimes we keep hearing about them again and again so it’s hard to ignore. It’s important to talk to someone we trust and ask questions and tell them […]
  • 154 Does Wishing Work? (3/18/2020) - Have you ever wished for something? Maybe wished for a special toy or game? Maybe you wished that you could go to a friend’s house to play. Maybe you wished that you could be good in sports. Maybe you wished that you would get good marks in school. We wish for things all the time. […]
  • 153 Giving without Stopping: Visayha Jataka part 2 (3/12/2020) - In the last episode we started to learn about a previous life of the Supreme Buddha when he was named Visahya. If you haven’t listened to that episode, you should go back and listen to it now. But just to refresh our memory, the Bodhisatta was practicing giving so much that god Sakka noticed. God […]
  • 152 Giving without Limits: Visayha Jataka part 1 (3/11/2020) - Have you ever heard the word Jātaka before? The Jātaka stories are good information about the previous lives of the Supreme Buddha before he became enlightened. When we are talking about the supreme Buddha in those times we call him the Bodhisatta. You know, most people in this samsara waste their time either doing bad […]
  • 151 Getting the Message Right Away (3/10/2020) - When it’s time to wake up in the morning, and you parents come in to get you, do you wake up right away? Or do they have to tell you a few times? Or maybe they even have to come in and shake you? Well, the Supreme Buddha understood that some people are very quick […]
  • 150 How Can We Protect Ourselves? (3/10/2020) - Tell me, children, how can we protect ourselves? How do people ususally think about protecting themselves from the dangers in this world? Sometimes people try to build up strong bodies so they can protect themselves by fighting other people. Sometimes people even buy weapons thinking that if they have a gun or a knife, they […]
  • 149 Learning from a Greedy Crow (3/4/2020) - Have you ever made a mistake before? I think we all make mistakes sometimes. But did you learn anything from your mistake? This is what wise people do. They learn from their mistakes. Today we’ll hear the story of a monk who learned from something bad he did in one of his previous lives. If […]
  • 148 Who Are Parents? (3/2/2020) - In the last episode we talked about the bad karma we collect when we scold our parents. Today we are going to learn more about the special relationship we have with parents. We’ll also hear several verses from enlightened nuns. Contents 5:27 Sermon 10:23 Metta Bhavana: Loving Kindness Meditation Download PDF or MP3.20:27 Verses of […]
  • 147 Question on Scolding Parents (2/27/2020) - We know that most of you don’t get the chance to go to a monastery every day and collect merit by worship the supreme Buddha and helping and worshiping the monks. But I think most of you live with your parents. Did you know that you can also collect powerful good karma by treating your […]
  • 146 A God Has Gratitude (2/25/2020) - [Alternate Download Link] In today’s programme we are going learn about a lay disciple of the Supreme Buddha named Uttarā. We will hear about all of the good actions she did in the human world that helped her to be reborn as a beautiful devata. As you listen to her story, I want you to […]
  • 145 Vows That Lead to Heaven (2/20/2020) - Have you ever made a promise before? Today we’ll learn about seven promises, or vows, that the God Sakka made when he was in the human world. By keeping these promises to do good things, he was able to be reborn as the lord of gods in two heavenly realms. Have your notebook ready so […]
  • 144 A Mother Harasses Her Arahant Son (2/18/2020) - Do your parents ever scold you? Do they ever accuse you of things you haven’t done. I hope not. But if they do, how do you react? Did you know it’s possible to not get angry at people who scold us and wrongly accuse us of things? Today we’ll learn from the example of the […]
  • 143 Learning from a Deva’s Merit (2/14/2020) - Do you know what a deva is? A deva, or devata, lives in one of the heavenly worlds. In those worlds they get to live in beautiful palaces and have all the most wonderful things. Today we’ll get to meet a deva who collected a special kind of merit when they lived in the human […]
  • 142 When is Giving Useful? (2/11/2020) - Today we are going to meet a very wise disciple of the Supreme Budha named princess Sumana. I know that she is wise because she went to the Supreme Buddha and asked a very good question. She already understood the importance of saddha, sila, and pañña. Do you know the meaning of those three words? […]
  • 141 Happy Merit on Pilgrimage (2/9/2020) - Today we are going to listen to a Dhamma Discussion where one of the Bhantes interviews a couple of kids from the Dhamma School about the many trips they have taken to Anuradhapura. They call these trips pilgrimages. A pilgrimage is a special kind of trip because we are going to a special place to […]
  • 140 Listening to Dhamma Needs All Our Attention (2/2/2020) - Today we’re going to talk about listening to the Dhamma. You may spend time listening to the radio, or TV programmes, or movies. And those things can be easy to listen to, can’t they. But listening to the Supreme Buddha’s Dhamma is much more difficult. We have to give all of our attention to what […]
  • 139 The Blessing of Giving in a Proper Way: Mangala Sutta part 5 (1/29/2020) - Today we are going to learn about the blessing of being generous and the things we need to do to practice generosity in the best way. We’ll learn about five things we need to remember when we are giving things to others that will help us bring the most blessings and happiness into our lives. […]
  • 138 The Demon Alavaka is Tamed (1/28/2020) - Today we have a special show. There’s a sutta that I’ve been wanting to chant with you, but it’s a little long. So today we’re dedicating the entire show to reciting the Alavaka Sutta. I think maybe you are familiar with that name, Alavaka. He is a yakkha. Yakkha’s are a type of non-human being […]
  • 137 Seven Years of Merit (1/27/2020) - Have you ever practiced loving kindness meditation? Well, today we are going to learn a sutta that talks about the benefits that the Supreme Buddha gained by practicing loving kindness in one of his previous lives when he was a hermit. Do you know what a hermit is? That’s an English word for someone who […]
  • 136 To Support Mother and Father: Mangala Sutta part 4 (1/26/2020) - You know, the Supreme Buddha taught us that we can consider him to be the best kalyanamitta of all, because he is the one who discovered and taught us the Four Noble Truths. Another kalyanamitta who is very important to us is our parents. Because they are our very first teachers and they teach us […]
  • 135 Words We Like to Hear: Mangala Sutta Part 3 (1/23/2020) - Today we’ll learn three more blessings from the Mangala sutta. We’ll also create blessings by practicing loving-kindness meditation. Contents 6:41 Sermon on Mahamangala sutta.15:12 Metta Bhavana: Loving Kindness Meditation Download PDF or MP3. Related Books Mahamevnawa Pali-English Paritta Chanting Book. Print Book. We’d love to hear from you! You can write to us at info@serenecolombo.org […]
  • 134 Watch for These Signs (1/22/2020) - Have you ever seen a baby before? I think you have, haven’t you. Do you remember when you were a baby? Probably not. But you know for sure that you were a baby at one point. And if you think about it you will probably know that when you are reborn, you have to be […]
  • 133 Does It Matter Where We Live? Mangala Sutta Part 2 (1/21/2020) - Today we’ll learn more details about the Maha Mangala sutta. Do you remember what Mangala means? It means blessings. That’s really just a fancy word for things that are good for us. Today we’ll learn four more things that are good for us. Contents 5:07 Sermon on Mahamangala sutta.13:19 Chanting Maha Mangala Sutta. Read online […]
  • 132 Tribute to an Arahant (1/20/2020) - In the last show we learned about the value of associating with wise people. Today we are going to hear about a very famous situation where someone was doing terible things, but then they had the chance to associate with the most wise person in the world, the Supreme Buddha. Contents 6:03 Kavi: Sadu! Sadu! […]
  • 131 Associate with the Wise: Mangala Sutta Part 1 (1/19/2020) - We should always remember that even just by coming together for this programme, we are following the Supreme Buddha’s instructions. Have you thought about that? When we listen to these teachings together we are associating with wise people. Who are the wise people? Well the most important wise person is of course the Supreme Buddha […]
  • 130 Getting Power, Wealth, and Wisdom: Culakammavibhanga Sutta Part 5 (1/16/2020) - Today we are going to learn the last part of the CullaKammaVibhanga Sutta. Now, you may remember that Culla means litter, or shorter. Well, don’t think that means it is somehow less important. You may be small, but your still important, aren’t you? In the same way, eventhough this discourse is called shorter, it has […]
  • 129 Being Undefiled (1/15/2020) - Today we are going to learn about the defilements. Another word for defilements could be impurities. So when we eat food, we don’t like it to have any impurities in it do we? Things like chemicals, or dirt, or stones. So we could say that those things are defilements of the food. They are things […]
  • 128 What’s Going on With Christmas? (1/14/2020) - Today we’ll we’ll learn what Christmas is all about. Unless one of your parents or relatives are Christians, you may not know what the significance of Christmas is and why it is important to people. As Buddhists, we should at least know a little bit about these things, especially because people who are Christians may […]
  • Episode 127 Speech Like Dung (1/13/2020) - Today we’ll learn a new simile taught by the Supreme Buddha about the different kids of speech people use. The first kind is speech like dung? Do you know that English word, dung? It’s a polite word for poo or poop, or excrement. Now, which end of the body does dung come out of? The […]
  • Episode 126 Mind Like a Diamond (1/12/2020) - Today we’ll learn a new simile taught by the Supreme Buddha about the difference in people’s minds. Normally we look at people and see that their bodies are different. Some may be tall, some may be short. Some may have dark skin and some may have light skin. But the Buddha didn’t care about those […]
  • Episode 125 Questions on Metta and Giving Dana to One Monk (1/9/2020) - Today we’ll hear answers to a couple of questions your friends from Dhamma School have asked. We’ll also hear a new segment where we can learn about the 32 marks that all supreme Buddhas have. I think you may have heard about these before. There is the very famous story of when the Bodhisatta baby […]
  • Episode 124 Problems with Wealth, Solutions with Wealth (1/8/2020) - Today I want to tell you about a sutta taught by the Supreme Buddha to help us understand wealth, or money. Do you like to have money? Most people do. Have you thought about the disadvantages of money? Have you thought about the best ways to use money? Well, we’ll learn about that today. Contents […]
  • Episode 123 Beauty Tips from the Buddha, CullaKammaVibhanga Sutta 4 (1/7/2020) - Do you remember the karma or action we learned about in the last show? One was harming living beings, like humans or animals. The other was not harming living beings. What was the result of harming? One result is being born in a bad destination like hell or the animal world. The other result of […]
  • 122 True Path to Good Health: CullaKammaVibhanga Sutta 3 (12/15/2019) - Today we are going to learn the next part of the Cula Kamma Vibhanga sutta. Previously we learned about the type of action, or karma, that leads to someone having a short life or a long life. Do you remember what that is? The Supreme Buddha saw directly with his own mind that when we […]
  • 121 Questions on Feeling Lonely and Not Wanting to Meditate (12/12/2019) - Today we’ll hear answers to a couple of questions your friends from Dhamma School have asked. Have you ever felt sad or lonely when you couldn’t be with your friends? I bet that happens a lot. And what should we do when we don’t feel like meditation? That probabaly happens a lot to you too. […]
  • 120 What is Samsara? (12/11/2019) - I’m sure you’ve heard the word saṁsara before. Today we’ll learn more about it. Contents 5:54 Kavi: Sadu! Sadu! Mama Gautama Munindu Sarana Yanne. Read online.8:29 Sermon17:01 Buddhanussati meditation. Read online, download a PDF or MP3.. We’d love to hear from you! You can write to us at info@serenecolombo.org or contact us through Facebook at facebook.com/ColomboDhammaFriends […]
  • 119 Terrorizing an Innocent (12/8/2019) - Today we are going to learn about a man who’s mind was filled with hatred and thoughts of revenge. Someone said something to him that he didn’t like and all he could think about was how to get even with that person. Has someone ever said something to you to criticize you or blame you? […]
  • 118 Benefits of Listening to Dhamma (12/5/2019) - So, I think all day long you have to sit in class and listen to your teachers, don’t you. What’s the benefit you get from doing that? You’re probably able to answer the questions they ask you. And you can get good marks on your tests. But have you ever thought about the benefits you […]
  • 117 Who was Subha? CullaKammaVibhanga Sutta pt 2 (12/4/2019) - A few episodes ago we started to learn a new sutta taught by the Supreme Buddha, the Cula Kamma Vibhanga sutta. In that Sutta, Subha asked the Supreme Buddha why there are different kinds of people in the world. So why was it that this young man Subha, had the idea to ask the Supreme […]
  • 116 How Monks Practice Compassion (12/3/2019) - 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 […]
  • 115 See Monks, Collect Merit (12/2/2019) - 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 […]
  • 114 Discussion: Monastery Life and Family Life (12/1/2019) - 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 Discussion22:06 Kavi24:30 Therigatha 145-150. Arahant Nun Sujata Related […]
  • 113 How to Get Long Life: CulaKammaVibhangaSutta Part 1 (11/28/2019) - 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 […]
  • 112 The Bhagava is Unique (11/27/2019) - 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 […]
  • 111 Questions on Standing, Walking, and Helping Monks (11/26/2019) - 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 […]
  • 110 Kanthaka’s Great Merit (11/25/2019) - 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 Sermon20:04 Maranasati meditation. Download PDF or read online. Related Books Mahamevnawa Pali-English […]
  • 109 Four Friends (11/24/2019) - 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 […]
  • 108 Respecting Those Who Help Us (11/21/2019) - 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 Sermon16:24 Sadhu Sadhu Kavi17:54 Mittanisansa Sutta. Read online or Download a PDF […]
  • 107 Questions on Poya, Bathrooms, and Vinyana (11/20/2019) - 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 […]
  • 106 Are Your Good Qualities Ripe? (11/19/2019) - Have you ever eaten a mango before? I’m sure you have. Have you ever thought about how some people are like a mango? Probably not. Well, today we’ll learn a really great simile to help us understand different kinds of people in the world, just like there are different kinds of mangoes. Contents 5:28 Sermon18:07 […]
  • 105 Sakka Praises the Buddha in Verse (11/18/2019) - Recently we learned how the supreme Buddha taught not only other humans, but also taught gods. In particular, the god Sakka was a very, very loving disciple of the supreme Buddha. Even though he was a god he was very humble to serve the Buddha and sing his praises. And that’s exactly what we are […]
  • 104 Discussion on Missing School to Collect Merit (11/17/2019) - We have a special show today. Two of your friends from Dhamma school are going to be talking to one of the monks about missing school to come to the monastery and practice dana. We’ll also listen to a conversation from the Vimanavatthu, stories of heavenly mansions, between Arahant Mahamoggallana and a deva who offered […]
  • 103 Questions on Samaneras, Animals and Nibbana (11/14/2019) - Today we have a special show where one of the monks will answer questions you have asked. Recently we’ve been learning about the deep wisdom and understanding that the Supreme Buddha had about all the different worlds where we can be reborn. Since we can usually only see the human and animal world, it’s natural […]
  • 102 The Supreme Buddha is Buddho (11/13/2019) - Today we will learn the eighth quality of the supreme Buddha from the itipiso gatha, his Buddho quality. This quality means that the Supreme Buddha taught everything that he realized about putting an end to samsara without holding anything back. Those days in India some teachers held back parts of their doctrine and only gave […]
  • 101 Teacher of Gods and Humans (11/12/2019) - Today we’ll learn about the Supreme Buddha’s Satta devamanussanam quality. It’s kind of related to the Anuttaro Purisadhamma Sarathi quality, Supreme teacher of people to be tamed. But today’s quality focuses his teaching ability on who he taught. Satta means teacher. Deva, I think you know. That’s devas, or gods in general. And manusssa is […]
  • 100 Gratitude (11/11/2019) - Today we are celebrating show number 100 with a talk on gratitude. The supreme Buddha told us that it is very rare in the world to find people who are grateful, so today we are going to practice this quality of being grateful by thinking about how this show has come to be. It’s a […]
  • 99 The Weak Are Eaten by the Strong (11/10/2019) - Today we’ll talk about one of the worlds the Buddha understood perfectly, the animal world. We can see some animals have extremely beautiful bodies. We might even be jealous of them sometimes. But the supreme Buddha had a knowledge of what the whole animal world is like, not just these amazing part. He saw that […]
  • 98 Questions on Metta, Giving, and More (11/7/2019) - Today we answer questions that kids like you have asked the monks. Questions about offering a monastery and Buddha statues, questions on loving kindness meditation and more. If you have questions, send them to us using the links below. Contents: 5:26 Questions and answers19:17 Khanda Paritta. Read online or Download a PDF. Related Books: Mahamevnawa […]
  • 97 Witnessing Karma in the Sky (11/6/2019) - Because of the Arahant Maha Moggallana’s abilities with psychic power, and the Supreme Buddha’s Lokavidu knowledge, today we get to learn about how karma works. Contents 6:20 Sermon on SN 19:1 Aṭṭhi Sutta, A Skeleton17:46 Metta Bhavana ~ Loving Kindness Meditation We’d love to hear from you! You can write to us at info@serenecolombo.org or […]
  • 96 The Three Ways He Taught (11/5/2019) - Today we will learn about the anuttaro purisadamma sarati quality and the three ways he could teach: iddhipāṭihāriya: demonstration of psychic powers ādesanāpāṭihāriya: demonstration of mind reading anusāsanīpāṭihāriya: demonstration of instructing Contents 5:36 Sermon17:20 Vimana Vatthu 1.15 Uttara’s Mansion26:10 Mora Paritta. Download PDF or read on-line. Related Books: Stories of Heavenly Mansions from the Vimana […]
  • 95 Who Can’t Deny the Buddha? (11/4/2019) - Today we are going to hear about an amazing thing that happened in the time of our supreme Buddha. There was a very poor man with a horrible skin disease. Even though he had to suffer a lot, he would never give up his faith in the supreme Buddha. Dhammapada Verse: Caranti bālā dummedhā,amitteneva attanā;Karontā […]
  • 94 Similes of the Worlds (11/3/2019) - In today’s program we’ll learn some beautiful similes that help us understand the Lokavidu knowledge of the Supreme Buddha. This is one more quality that we chant in the Itipiso gatha. Contents 5:30 Lokavabodha Sutta. Download a PDF or read online.15:49 Sermon on the similes of the worlds from the MahaSihaNada Sutta. Read the similes […]
  • 93 He Followed the Path he Discovered (10/31/2019) - Do you know the meaning of Sugato? Surely you have chanted it hundreds of times in the Itipiso verses. It has a very specific meaning and we’ll learn it together today. Contents 5:40 Metta Bhavana, Loving Kindness Meditation17:15 Sermon on Sugato quality of the Buddha We’d love to hear from you! You can write to […]
  • 92 With Knowledge of the Past (10/30/2019) - The world can be a confusing place sometimes, can’t it? Things seem to happen for no reason. But the Supreme Buddha didn’t see the world like this. He knew exactly why things happen the way they do. In this episode we’ll learn about this special ability he had. Contents 5:33 Ratana Sutta. Read along online […]
  • 91 What the Buddha Could See (10/29/2019) - Today we are going to learn a new quality of the supreme Buddha called Vijja carana sampanno. You know for us, we can only know the things we can see with our eyes or see with our ears. But the Supreme Buddha had amazing abilities, so that when he looked around at the world he […]
  • 90 Discussion on Jealousy (10/28/2019) - We have a special show today. One of our kalyanamitta from the Dhamma school is going to be doing a special interview with one of the Bhantes on the topic of jealousy. This is a danger for all of us, isn’t it? We should listen carefully to this Dhamma discussion and see how we can […]
  • 89 Path to Remove Suffering (10/27/2019) - In this episode we will learn about the second and third Noble Truths in detail, even learning in Pali. Contents 5:57 Mahamangala Sutta ~ Discourse on Blessings. Read online now or download a PDF16:11 Sermon Related Books: Mahamevnawa Pali-English Paritta Chanting Book. Print Book. We’d love to hear from you! You can write to us […]
  • 88 Do You Have a Gatekeeper? (10/24/2019) - Do you have a a gatekeeper at your house? A gatekeeper is a common way that people protect themselves, because a gatekeeper only lets in those people who are friendly and helpful. Well, there’s an even more important gatekeeper that the Supreme Buddha taught us about. Today we’ll learn all about that kind of gatekeeper. […]
  • 87 More Dangerous than a Cliff (10/23/2019) - When we look around at the world for dangerous things, what do we see? Fast cars? Venomous snakes? Wild dogs? A steep cliff? Well, the Supreme Buddha saw something far more dangerous than all of those things. Let’s learn about that today. Contents 5:58 Lokavabodha Sutta. Read online or Download PDF16:16 Vimana Vatthu 2.3 Rice […]
  • 86 Three Hundred Spears (10/22/2019) - In today’s sermon, we’ll learn about the Supreme Buddha’s Sammasambuddho quality and hear the simile of the 300 spears. Contents 5:38 Metta Bhavana ~ Loving Kindness Meditation15:00 Sermon on the simile of 300 spears (SN 56:35) We’d love to hear from you! You can write to us at info@serenecolombo.org or contact us through Facebook at […]
  • 85 Followed by Kamma (10/21/2019) - Today we’ll learn the story of a god who had some wrong ideas because he didn’t have good friends around him to teach him right from wrong. He ended up doing something really stupid and hurt the reputation of a monk. Because of that he had to suffer embarrassment when he himself became a monk. […]
  • 84 The Buddha Is Sammasambuddho (10/20/2019) - On today’s program, we’ll learn the next quality of the Supreme Buddha: SammaSamBuddho. We’ll also learn the simile of the simsapa forest, one of the most famous similes that the Supreme Buddha taught Contents:5:40 Metta Sutta. Download PDF or read along online.15:00 Sermon on the simsapa leaves. Read the sutta online. We’d love to hear […]
  • 83 The Buddha Lived Happily (10/16/2019) - On today’s program, we’ll learn a little more about the Supreme Buddha’s Araham quality. The mind of an ordinary person goes up and down when things in life go good and bad. Not so for someone with the quality of araham, or an arahant. Contents:5:19 Buddhanussati Meditation, meditation on the qualities of the Buddha14:13 Sermon […]
  • 82 Blame from Akkosaka (10/15/2019) - How do we act when someone treats us badly? Let’s learn from the amazing example of the Supreme Buddha. Download a PDF of the Mittanisansa sutta or read it now online. 5:26 Mittanisansa Sutta Chanting13:57 Sermon
  • 81 Praise and Blame (10/12/2019) - Everybody likes to be praised and hates to be blamed. Don’t they? Or are there people in the world who are immune from the control these things can have over our minds. In this show we’ll learn who is free from these ups and downs. 5:28 Petavatthu Story of Ghosts, 33 Second Deer Hunter8:15 Metta […]
  • 80 Wasted Wealth (10/10/2019) - Are you taking advantage of your good lay life? Are you wasting the opportunities you have? In this show we’ll learn about some innocent kids whose parents didn’t prepare them to lead a beneficial life. Let’s learn a lesson from their troubles. Download a PDF of the Khanda Paritta so you can chant along. 5:35 […]
  • 79 Arahant Sariputta’s Amazing Powers (10/7/2019) - How strong is your meditation? Would you notice if someone hit you while you were meditating? In this show you’ll learn about the amazing meditation power of Arahant Sariputta. Download a PDF of the MahaKassapa Thera Bojjhanga Paritta. 5:26 Maha Kassapa Thera Bojjhanga Chanting14:08 Sermon
  • 78 Fame and Disrepute (10/5/2019) - Are you happy when you are famous and surrounded by people? Are you sad when no one knows who you are? Learn what the Supreme Buddha had to say about this so your mind can be calm and happy no matter what. 5:41 Buddhanussati Meditation16:18 Sermon
  • 77 Dhamma Day and Night (10/5/2019) - How do monks spend their time? What can lay people understand about the monk life? Learn this and more from the monks of Mahamevnawa. Download a PDF of the Karaniya Metta Sutta or view it on-line.