Thai Forest Dhamma

in the tradition of Lungphu Mun Bhuridatto

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Talks from Ajahn Martin

This website now contains all of Ajahn Martin's recorded talks in English and German (a few in Thai and in French).

Most of the talks were given to laypeople at Baan Taad Forest Monastery who wished to receive instruction on Dhamma and meditation.
Most of the newer talks (from 2013 onwards) were given to newly ordained western monks. The talks are preserved exactly as they were originally given – they have not been cut or corrected. For that reason, they should not be transcribed or translated into another form without Ajahn Martin's written consent.

If you have any questions about the content of the talks, please send an email to th.forest.dhamma@gmail.com.

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Date Title Description Album Duration
31-10-18 Thinking doesn't solve the problem
A question you should never ask... ; What prevents us from undertaking long hours of meditation?
Q&A 30:27
26-10-18 See the workings of the kilesas
The only way to get to samadhi ; Learning to make 'Buddho' interesting ; Whatever comes up – simply go back to the 'Buddho'
Q&A 25:02
24-10-18 Follow the signs to Nibbana
How can we describe Nibbana? ; Forest Dhamma – Not for scholars! ; The mystery of 'self'
Dhamma Talk 40:55
21-10-18 Don't try to find answers – just observe!
Investigating feelings – don't look for an answer ; What is the cause of our anger? ; What is intention?
Q&A 19:48
19-10-18 Living for the mess called “The body”
Looking inside our body ; Why do we call the body our “Self”? ; Seeing the reality of the body ; The heavy burden of the body
Dhamma Talk 36:00
14-10-18 Why do we hold onto the fire of feelings?
Cooling the fire of feelings ; Anicca – the law of this universe
Dhamma Talk 28:51
12-10-18 Kamma – So simple that we can't accept it
Don't look at others – Look at yourself!; Don't blame others – Look at yourself! ; Kamma – Eating the soup that we cooked ; Sati – See exactly what is happening
Dhamma Talk 41:00
9-10-18 Understanding is not wisdom
Only wisdom can destroy the kilesas ; Hiding in another universe – a universe of thoughts ; Seeing objectively by 'diving' into the nature of body
Dhamma Talk 29:23
5-10-18 Developing patience – We didn't learn to walk in a day
How do we investigate pain? ; Meditation – If others can do it, then so can I! ; Un-conditioning through investigation
Q&A 43:00
3-10-18 Deep samadhi – The first wonder of meditation
The importance of sati, samadhi and reflection ; Caught up in the video game called 'Life' ; Life – caught up in the game we created
Dhamma Talk 52:40
30-09-18 Wake up the sleeping CEO!
Overcoming difficulties in meditation ; The suggestive power of the kilesas ; Weapons for fighting the kilesas
Dhamma Talk 17:06
28-09-18 Kamma – the law of the boomerang
The tough truth about kamma ; Kamma – A fundamental principle of Buddhism ; The law of kamma – So difficult to accept ; Kamma – Accepting the good and the bad
Dhamma Talk 52:48
24-09-18 Learning by facing difficulties
A day of reflection... ; Real meditation means facing dukkha ; Facing dukkha to overcome dukkha ; Taking the opportunity to develop wisdom ; Getting to the root of the problem
Dhamma Talk 20:56
21-09-18 Meditation is about observing not controlling
What causes tensions in the body? ; Where do greed and hate come from?
Q&A 36:23
19-09-18 Destroying the illusion about the body
Investigating the 5 khandhas ; Investigation to destroy greed and hate ; Fighting the soldiers of avijja ; Ask yourself - Is the body really worthwhile?
Dhamma Talk 51:02
14-09-18 Where does “I, me and mine” come from?
What is the ego, what is the citta? ; Training samadhi to find “The One who knows”
Dhamma Talk 56:59
12-09-18 Meditation is our anchor in the ocean of life
Shutting down the mind-computer ; Learning how to deal with pain
Q&A 39:56
9-09-18 What keeps us in the world of birth and death?
The only escape from the cycle of birth and death ; The way out of the hamster wheel of rebirth ; Kamma - Whatever we want we first have to give
Dhamma Talk 31:25
3-09-18 What is this thing we call “Self”?
Seeing through the card house of “Self”; The five groups which we call “Self”
Dhamma Talk 49:23
31-08-18 Q&A: In the ring with the champion – how to fight the kilesas
How to deal with strong feelings, Finding the stone that caused the avalanche, Using wisdom to ask the right questions, Don't believe the fake news from the kilesas
Q&A 48:00
26-08-18 Meditation practice – like running a marathon
'Fighting' means not giving in to the kilesas
Dhamma Talk 10:26
24-08-18 Try something new to wake yourself up
Do you really want to go through this life again?, Understand one thing - We are not the body!, It's your life - It's your responsibility, Take back control of your Citta
Dhamma Talk 01:05:55
22-08-18 Q&A: Using questions to activate the knowingness
Whatever you do – don't forget your 'Buddho'!, Using techniques to gather your energy, Special tricks to combat the kilesas
Q&A 45:52
19-08-18 The only cause of death is birth!
What does Buddhism teach us? , Finding the way out of Dukkha , We can't stop running away from Dukkha
Dhamma Talk 52:54
17-08-18 Q&A: There's nothing to 'achieve' in meditation
There's nothing to expect – there's only to observe, Our heart is the computer that runs our life, How to deal with anger?
Q&A 07:45
15-08-18 The brighter our awareness is - the more we see
What is the teaching of the Lord Buddha?, Not too many people suffer, but everyone has Dukkha
Dhamma Talk 51:48
12-08-18 Daily reflection – see what the kilesas are hiding
Using wisdom to evaluate your actions
Dhamma Talk 15:49
10-08-18 Q&A: Learning to let go of control
Developing wisdom on your own , Insight is the first step to betterment
Q&A 23:16
8-08-18 Just do one thing at a time
Dhamma Talk 09:05
3-08-18 Worrying is the way of the kilesas
What is important in our life? , Learn to live in the present moment
Dhamma Talk 41:18
1-08-18 Kick the kilesas from the throne
Sati is the most important thing, Getting strict with the kilesas
Dhamma Talk 36:32
29-07-18 A recipe for people living the lay life
What is important when we leave the monastery? , Reflection is what makes us human beings , A recipe for people living the lay life , You can't change other people – you can only change yourself
Dhamma Talk 53:38
28-07-18 Entering the rains - Sati is the seeing eye
Entering the rains - Sati is the seeing eye
Dhamma Talk 03:21
27-07-18 The purpose of the rains retreat
The purpose of the rains retreat
Dhamma Talk 46:41
25-07-18 What is pain – is it magic or just our imagination?
What is the first Noble Truth? , What is pain – is it magic or just our imagination?
Dhamma Talk 01:02:02
22-07-18 How does this clock we call 'Our self' tick?
Our problems are in the citta, not the body! , How does this clock we call 'Our self' tick?
Dhamma Talk 51:11
16-07-18 It is very difficult to obtain a human life – don't waste it! (evening)
We've played enough - let's start to open our eyes, Where will we go after death?, What are the Four Kinds of People?, Training this body – do you want to go through it again?
Singapore 01:46:18
15-07-18 We spend most of our life on 'autopilot' (evening)
We do like to make ourselves unhappy, Why do we associate with things which are anicca and anatta?, Don't say 'I am afraid' – say 'There is fear', How much compassion do we really feel for sick people?, We are centred on ourselves – we are selfish, One can be happy with very little
Singapore 02:02:36
15-07-18 Mindfulness and sati – are they the same? (midday)
Awareness is the key, Dealing with unresolved issues arising in meditation, Meditating only when it is pleasant is hardly meditation, Metta is there in the heart, We DO have a choice!,
Singapore 01:29:37
15-07-18 Don't be the slaves of your desires – get free! (morning)
Why do we need to beautify this body?, Buddhism is a religion which points inwards, The more possessions we have – the 'bigger' we think we are, Samatha meditation is like digging a hole
Singapore 38:23
14-07-18 It is our right to be happy – so why aren't we? (evening)
We run and run and run... How can we stop?, Once you've been out of this body – you never want to come back, Where is dukkha coming from – desire!
Singapore 01:50:48
14-07-18 Using asubha to deal with sexual desire (midday)
Learning to walk wasn't easy – why should learning to meditate be otherwise?, Learn to do walking meditation, Our object of meditation – be interested in it, We are running after pleasant things and trying to avoid unpleasant things, Sexual misconduct – number one sin
Singapore 41:59
14-07-18 How to meditate – finding your heart (morning)
Getting the mind calm takes months of relentless effort, Meditation is nothing else than learning to walk, All we are doing is waiting for death, All the work we put into the body – in the end in vain
Singapore 48:16
13-07-18 The cycle of birth and death – like one video game after another
Get to know yourself, Open your heart to all possibilities
Singapore 01:57:37
11-07-18 It's never too late to look for the Dhamma/Truth
It's never too late to look for the Dhamma/Truth , Buddhism is the only true religion
Dhamma Talk 01:00:35
8-07-18 Finding the connection to our true self
What are we doing here in this world? , What is our purpose in life? , Understanding the first Noble Truth , Take a closer look at the first Noble Truth , Finding the connection to our true self
Dhamma Talk 57:05
4-07-18 Changing our habits – getting unconditioned
The question is – what is important in our life? , We should be driven by only one desire... , Changing our habits – getting unconditioned , Alertness is the key , Get alert - know what you are doing
Dhamma Talk 42:48
28-06-18 How can we get free if we resist the truth?
If you really want peace, drive out the kilesas!; Freedom is just being happy with the way things are; If there is anything we should resist – it's the kilesas; The abilities of citta have no limit
Dhamma Talk 17:11
19-06-18 Get to understand how the kilesas fool you
Remember what is important in your life ; Meditation is a full-time job ; Sati – A new approach to life ; Sati – understand what is really going on
Dhamma Talk 47:53
13-06-18 The truth is constantly changing – don't cling to concepts
The path to freedom ; Without sati, we won't make it
Dhamma Talk 24:35
9-06-18 Develop the warrior spirit!
Learning to accept the body ; If you don't do the work - you won't get the results ; Meditation practise – like learning to wal
Dhamma Talk 49:39
2-06-18 The kilesas have us completely in their hands
Meditation/Sati: knowing what is going on every moment; Tell the kilesas to get out!; Counteracting restlessness
Dhamma Talk 52:23
29-05-18 Ever wonder why you ended up in this body?
Get in touch with the knowingness of the heart
Dhamma Talk 27:16
23-05-18 Where is your motivation – don't you want to be free?
The first Noble Truth is right before our eyes Sati is the number 1 topic Hey, wake up!
Dhamma Talk 30:39
17-05-18 Overcoming the obstacles to freedom
The path to stream entry The biggest problem in meditation – the body!
Dhamma Talk 52:38
14-05-18 See things clearly with the power of sati
Finding motivation to strive in your meditation Don't give in to the desires of the kilesas
Dhamma Talk 28:28
10-05-18 What is the meaning of your life? Don't just follow the herd!
Finding the true essence of the citta Finding motivation – don't waste your time!
Dhamma Talk 50:47
6-05-18 Ask yourself – 'Why was I born?' No meaning to life?
Ask yourself – 'Why was I born?' No meaning to life? So easy to go to hell, so difficult to go to heaven How we waste our time Kilesas: the rulers of ourselves
Malaysia 1:33:32
6-05-18 Who is the real CEO of our citta?
Who is the real CEO of our citta? How useful is this body? Are you ready to come out of the hamster wheel? Words are just pointers to reality
Malaysia 40:52
6-05-18 Metta - Guided meditation
Guided meditation on Metta given at the end of the 6 days retreat in Kuala Lampur.
Malaysia 17:44
5-05-18 So, are we ready to die!?
Silence is the most profound Dhamma So, are we ready to die!? Why are we so afraid of death? Overcoming the fear of death
Malaysia 1:17:25
5-05-18 Constantly planning – but forgetting to live
It's up to you to make your life better! Comfort prevents us from hearing the heart Constantly planning – but forgetting to live
Malaysia 1:15:07
4-05-18 Meditation practice – there's no puzzle to solve!
Meditation practice – there's no puzzle to solve! Thinking doesn't solve any problems Stop thinking! (Calm meditation) Striving for deliverance from dukkha
Malaysia 1:07:54
4-05-18 Controlled demolition - dealing with anger
“Controlled demolition” - dealing with anger Learning to deal with fear Fear: an affair of the kilesas Learn to do investigation like the little children do Pain: a trick of a magician Avijja Become human again – become aware!
Malaysia 1:01:48
3-05-18 Following our desires makes us look like zombies
Opening the gate to the deathless Meditation practice is the way to overcome good and evil We have to learn to become responsible Know what you are doing, why, and the effect it has Following our desires makes us look like zombies
Malaysia 1:46:15
3-05-18 Why aren't we getting results from our meditation practice?
Why aren't we getting results from our meditation practice? Why don't we do something to get out of the 'Hamster wheel'? Without desire there is no dukkha The world becomes perfect when you make yourself a better person
Malaysia 1:10:56
2-05-18 Cutting down the tree of greed and hate
The purpose of chanting Cutting down the tree of greed and hate How talking can ruin our practice Reaching the stage where thoughts and memories stop
Malaysia 1:14:35
2-05-18 Training the mind is not an easy task
Training the mind is not an easy task Finding happiness requires effort 40 hours a week to maintain the body – what about the mind?
Malaysia 1:07:21
1-05-18 Life is not in the past or future – it's in the present moment
Where should we look for happiness? Life is not in the past or future – it's in the present moment Constantly finding fault with others – why not with ourselves? The fault line is within us – and it constantly erupts/quakes Trust in your kamma and you don't have to worry
Malaysia 14:20
1-05-18 So much entertainment that we forget our purpose in life
Take a few steps back and look at your life So much entertainment that we forget our purpose in life How do we distinguish ourselves from robots? Reflecting on our actions makes us human Does talking to a box make us human beings?
Malaysia 42:31
30-04-18 Time is something precious – why do we need to kill it?
The Dhamma doesn't come from books – it comes from the heart! There's no one to complain about but ourselves Time is something precious – why do we need to kill it?
Malaysia 1:21:01
29-04-18 The law of kamma – your life is in your hands
Can the Dhamma really be captured with a smartphone? Silence is the most profound Dhamma teaching The law of kamma – your life is in your hands Your life is in your hands – no one else is responsible
Malaysia 1:16:42
25-04-18 The power of sati
Q&A
Q&A 22:48
22-04-18 Don't put the effort in your sitting position, put it in your meditation object!
Q&A with monks
Q&A 13:04
20-04-18 The jhanas and samadhi - what's the difference?
Q&A - The jhanas and samadhi - what's the difference? Sati is the awareness that is just aware
Dhamma Talk 56:28
15-04-18 Sati-pañña: a way to the end of dukkha
Finding the strength to fight the kilesas The beauty of sati We tend to forget why we came here If we don't have sati we constantly fall into the traps of the kilesas Everyday we have to gather the strength to fight the kilesas Sati-pañña: a way to the end of dukkha The training of sati The danger of getting comfortable in our life
Dhamma Talk 27:47
12-04-18 Investigation of basic hindrances: how should it be done?
Who are the kilesas and what are their tricks? The practice of concentration: a method which reveals the kilesas Methods for revealing the kilesas Ways to bring up the kilesas The advantages of being lead by an experienced teacher The journey of pain investigation Investigation of basic hindrances: how should it be done?
Dhamma Talk 50:46
8-04-18 There's nothing to complain about but ourselves
The main objective is to get calm! There's nothing to complain about but ourselves When the heart is perfect – the world is perfect
Dhamma Talk 36:40
4-04-18 The power of sati: seeing things we've never seen before
Developing awareness through concentration What makes the mind want to go out? Recollection: a necessary skill to be developed Body investigation: the core of our practice When the mind is not calm – investigation will not be effective Restless mind is not well equipped to investigate the body What is consciousness? The power of sati: seeing things we've never seen before
Dhamma Talk 41:39
28-03-18 The heart holds all the answers
Keeping the mind at one point The body is just a tool for us No 1 sin in the world: sexual misconduct We have to set priorities in our life The heart holds all the answers
Dhamma Talk 44:06
17-03-18 Words are only pointers to the truth and references to experiences
Is constantly giving into the kilesas really the way to overcome dukkha? Dhamma is beyond words Words are just symbols Words are only pointers to the truth Words are just references to experiences
Dhamma Talk 42:53
16-03-18 What do we want to accomplish in our life?
What do we want to accomplish in our life? The prerequisite for being able to go the path Recharge your batteries in samadhi A little bit of sati would be really nice!
Dhamma Talk 27:45
14-03-18 There is no wiser person than the Lord Buddha
Is it ok for monks to smoke? How do food and cigarettes affect our practice Why do arahants still do things? Does a soldier break the first precept? There is no wiser person than the Lord Buddha
Dhamma Talk 29:32
10-03-18 What is it like when the 'I' dies?
A video game called life, The mind needs to rest, A safehouse called samadhi, A reminder of what is important in our life, What is the first thing you should do when you wake up?
Dhamma Talk 54:11
4-03-18 Why monks take up the restraining rules and dhutangas
Can you get rid of an enemy whom you don't know? You are bored with life because you don't have a goal Meditation should be number one priority Why monks take up the restraining rules and dhutangas A practitioner should stay close to a teacher who observes him When you die – what do you want to take with you?
Dhamma Talk 58:27
2-03-18 There is nothing that we cannot do
Pain – a sharpening stone for our wisdom How can we make sure that we are in the middle? Being tense means we want results Exactly how tricky are kilesas? Middle way is not the way on the cushion You yourself are setting the limits That is nothing that we cannot do
Dhamma Talk 39:26
1-03-18 Good questions, good answers
Good questions, good answers Canadian Q&A The practice of concentration What is Sati?
Teatime Q&A 19:31
28-02-18 A virus called worry eats up all our energy
The more you practice – the better you get, We have to be careful about what kind of thoughts we have
Q&A 01:07:47
25-02-18 One interest only: getting the mind still
Q&A 35:37
25-02-18 One interest only: getting the mind still (English - Chinese)
Chinese 26:27
23-02-18 Relationship between Morality, Concentration and Wisdom
We all have to die, What leads to the end of dukkha?, Don't worry – be happy, Does brainwork lead to wisdom?, The Truth is in this one moment, Greed and hate are rooted in the body
Dhamma Talk 41:24
20-02-18 Interest - the key to progress (English - Chinese)
Questions and answers in Chinese, how to do Metta, Just do the work, How to develop interest
Chinese 01:04:20
20-02-18 Interest - the key to progress
Questions and answers in Chinese, how to do Metta, Just do the work, How to develop interest
Q&A 45:59
17-02-18 Do you want to go through this life again?
Dealing with external phenomena arising in meditation, Overcoming the hindrances, We want to understand: what is pain, Fight, don't retreat!, Avijja – he is a real enemy, Have I experienced appana-samadhi?
Q&A 37:36
17-02-18 Do you want to go through this life again? (English - Chinese)
Dealing with external phenomena arising in meditation, Overcoming the hindrances, We want to understand: what is pain, Fight, don't retreat!, Avijja – he is a real enemy, Have I experienced appana-samadhi?
Chinese 28:05
7-02-18 What is going on in our heads?
We like to live in our daydreams
Dhamma Talk 39:19
5-02-18 How to find new motivations?
How to deal with hindrances?
Q&A 42:43
2-02-18 Calm meditation: we tie our mind to the Buddho
Engaging in conversation: how does it affect our practice?, going back to the same point: what happens?
Dhamma Talk 41:34
31-01-18 Dealing with tiredness
Dealing with tiredness
Q&A 46:23
28-01-18 Where it all begun ...
Where it all begun ... The story of Ajahn Martin's spiritual path
Dhamma Talk 50:30
26-01-18 How to deal with fear and pain (Q&A)
How to deal with fear and pain
Q&A 26:45
24-01-18 Get out of the treadmill of daily life
Get out of the treadmill of daily life Where is the fun in all of this?
Dhamma Talk 36:11
21-01-18 The truth is beyond good and evil
The way to practice Vipassana – observing & understanding the way things really are The truth is beyond good and evil
Dhamma Talk 01:02:11
19-01-18 Figuring-out doesn't lead to wisdom (Q&A)
Avijja – the creator of the universe Figuring-out doesn't lead to wisdom
Q&A 01:02:55
16-01-18 The freedom of being
The path to spiritual freedom The freedom of being
Dhamma Talk 44:26
14-01-18 The necessity of guarding the senses
The necessity of guarding the senses Without guarding the senses we won't be able to enter samadhi
Dhamma Talk 33:21
7-01-18 Can we buy happiness with money?
The basics of Buddhism – The 4 Noble truths Can we buy happiness with money? Happiness arises in the heart – that's where we should look
Dhamma Talk 53:08
5-01-18 Don't get washed away by the tsunami of thoughts
Don't get washed away by the tsunami of thoughts The clear awareness of sati – is it really so difficult to develop? Without sati our way/path to the end of dukkha is blocked
Dhamma Talk 29:01
1-01-18 The true purpose of the Bhikkhu life
The true purpose of the Bhikkhu life Don't make things complicated - the path of the Lord Buddha is simple
Dhamma Talk 36:51