Thai Forest Dhamma

in the tradition of Lungphu Mun Bhuridatto

and his western disciples

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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.

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Date Title Description Album Duration
24-02-19 Listen to the Dhamma with the heart, not with the brain
Finding the focal point of the heart; Developing knowingness using a meditation object; Can one teach robots to 'walk'?; Should we ever give up Daily Reflection?
Dhamma Talk 28:20
19-02-19 Eating, working, sleeping... Could there be more to life?
Do your pain investigation to break through!; Investigation and samatha: keep them separate
Dhamma Talk 14:09
13-02-19 What is it like to see inside an empty mind?
What is the difference between samadhi and the jhanas?; Light that arises in meditation practice; Samadhi is like digging a hole
Q&A 18:01
10-02-19 The only right we have is our kamma
We only respect ourselves; Our parents earn our highest respects; No progress? Lacking basic principles!; Don't we believe in hell anymore?..
Dhamma Talk 49:34
8-02-19 To develop the Dhamma is a long journey taking lifetimes
We should aim at finding the way out; How Ajahn has come to meet True Dhamma; Is a forest monk an antisocial individual?
Dhamma Talk 55:05
6-02-19 Is this life really so much fun that we want more?
A human life: just working to support our body?; Do you really want to take up another life?; How many lives is enough for us?; Is there something that does NOT change?
Dhamma Talk 57:16
4-02-19 Learning to connect to our heart
Indulging in food and conversation – what is the effect?; What exactly is concentration?; What is the difference between anger and pain?; How I got tricked by the kilesas
Dhamma Talk 18:40
2-02-19 If we don't understand dukkha – we won't find the way out
Take it as your goal to stay with the Buddho; What's the difference between Therevada and Tibetan Buddhism?; Why the Thai Forest Tradition is still alive
Q&A 32:50
31-01-19 What does it mean – a human life?
Plant something you can reap in the next life; Making merit – The more we give the more we have; Life in Samsara – Constantly running but going nowhere; Charging the batteries of the citta
Dhamma Talk 43:10
29-01-19 Remember the first 15 years of your life?
Are we happy with our life?; In this life we must work to get nice things in the next life; Which of the 5 Precepts is the most difficult to keep?; Trips to hell
Morning Talks 06:11
27-01-19 Can meditation make you crazy?
Let the world be the world – You can't change it anyway; How to deal with ghosts; What I don't know – doesn't make me angry; Why do we make our heart hot?
Q&A 45:46
23-01-19 You want to follow your friends to hell, or find the way out?
What do we want to do with the rest of our life?; Faith alone won't lead to anything; Samadhi means freedom from our slave driver; The reality we know is just our imagination
Dhamma Talk 42:25
20-01-19 What is and what is not samadhi practice
The importance of sati; Samadhi is a balancing act; Meditation – seeing the one who is ruling us; The things that I really want to say...
Dhamma Talk 12:31
15-01-19 Choose freedom, or life in the hamster wheel
How does daily reflection undermine the kilesas?; A little more about daily reflection...; More about why daily reflection is so difficult; Don't try to solve problems – just have sati
Q&A 51:32
13-01-19 Break free from the prison of avijja
Every situation has its solution; Meditation is the path to inner freedom; Know what is going on - Develop sati; Our main problem – we try to control
Dhamma Talk 40:46
11-01-19 Did you ever notice you have a body?
Understanding the magic of pain; Scholarly paths: a view of the forest tradition; Did you think that you can do it without samadhi?
Q&A 51:36
8-01-19 Do we really understand what dukkha is?
If we could only see how much dukkha we have; Samadhi – a place beyond likes and dislikes; A human being – the one who is able to reflect
Dhamma Talk 43:57
6-01-19 The forest tradition is all about practise
Do we know our enemy yet?; The importance of body investigation; Why do we look for happiness outside?
Dhamma Talk 37:15
5-01-19 If you misbehave – you have to leave
Two reasons to leave the monastery; Quarrels in a monastery; Losing faith in the Teaching
Morning Talks 01:30
4-01-19 There are amazing things in the heart – why go into the world?
Disconnect from the world & look into the heart; Watch out – The kilesas are our enemy!
Q&A 52:00
2-01-19 One who sees evil within others won't see evil in himself
If only thinking would solve our problems; You can't bargain with the kilesas
Q&A 55:22