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.

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
28-06-19 Constantly defining who we are - What a waste of time!
Use your time wisely - Practice meditation Becoming a Monk means learning everything anew How does it feel when 'We' are not here? Are we really afraid of freedom? Living without views and opinions... Get comfortable with the uncertainty of the present Ask yourself - What is the body?
Dhamma Talk 40:26
26-06-19 We want to know what 'Pain' really is
Sleeping is not meditation! What is pain - Where does it come from? Samatha is important - We need to get the mind calm When the world becomes too hot - Find a safe haven in meditation The faster we run - The faster we reach the goal
Dhamma Talk 20:55
23-06-19 Don't fall into the trap of automatic living
The world holds you faster than you think; Think about what you are doing - Is it important or not?; Retreat means going back inside ourselves; We have so many choices every moment - We just don't see them
Malaysia 01:34:12
22-06-19 Stand up for your right to be happy!
You can only change your life in the present moment!; A clever way to cut-down on greed; Don't forget your evening reflection!; Reflection brings us back to the human realm; Make boredom interesting!
Malaysia 55:05
22-06-19 Only few people have little sand in their eyes...
What is so difficult about meditation practice!?; Think about what is important in your life; Nothing is difficult when you really want to learn; The quickest way to get into samadhi...
Malaysia 53:26
21-06-19 It's easier to fight a whole army than to fight one's 'Self'
Show the kilesas who is the master!; Whatever we want, we have to give first; Use the laws of the universe to your advantage; Buddhism is the only true religion
Malaysia 47:42
21-06-19 The biggest hurdle in meditation is the body!
If you are tired of life then find the way out!; So busy we forgot to be human; Get out of the body and see that it's not you
Malaysia 59:58
20-06-19 All our life we work for the body - In the end it dies!
The human realm is the perfect place to find the way out ; The first thing we have to learn is concentration; Don't expect to learn to concentrate in 5 days!; Give your citta a rest!
Malaysia 01:03:52
20-06-19 So many different teachings - How can we not get confused?
The importance of understanding dukkha; There's only one power ruling you - The kilesas!; Fighting the kilesas in our quest for liberation
Malaysia 01:24:14
19-06-19 Do we have a choice in life or not?
Where do we end up if we don't keep the 5 precepts?; How many people on this earth know the true religion?; Have you ever heard of dukkha?; Samadhi - The free happy-pill!
Malaysia 59:12
16-06-19 We are enticed by our own thoughts
We're not here for the body - We're here for the citta! The only thing to do right now is 'Buddho'! See that 'we' are not the body Get the insight that you are not your body Do you like to make yourself unhappy? Do you like to worry? Stay with the heart - Whatever happens will happen
Dhamma Talk 38:55
14-06-19 What can you take with you when you die?
The world of reality is the present moment There is a way out of dukkha... Getting more aware of dukkha Trying to control creates dukkha To overcome dukkha we must understand dukkha The kilesas: Creating a world that doesn't exist Likes and dislikes are where our problems begin
Dhamma Talk 42:24
9-06-19 Opening the clock of 'self'
Stop dreaming and live in reality There's nothing difficult about just one Buddho We can't control the weather - We can't even control our thoughts
Dhamma Talk 26:04
31-05-19 Meditation is about trial and error
Problems with tiredness... The breath doesn't disappear – Our interest in it does! We have to fight for each Buddho
Dhamma Talk 35:22
29-05-19 We think we know and we think we understand the Dhamma, but do we really?
First comes the citta - Then comes the body Buddhism is not a preaching religion! Talking about Dhamma is mostly an affair of the kilesas
Dhamma Talk 49:34
26-05-19 Why do we think life is so much fun?
Finding the tools to remove dukkha Don't we have anything better to do than killing time?
Dhamma Talk 53:29
24-05-19 Times have changed but the kilesas have not...
The 5 precepts are our protection Times have changed, but the principles of Dhamma have not… Do we respect the Dhamma or the kilesas? How can we not believe we are the body?
Dhamma Talk 53:29
22-05-19 Real meditation practice means being 'tunnel viewed'
Getting out of 'The Hamster Wheel' – Do you think it is so easy? Is life on the treadmill so much fun? Nothing is difficult about meditation
Dhamma Talk 30:30
18-05-19 Reflecting on the practice of the Lord Buddha
How much dukkha do we have in just one day? The best way to find out what dukkha is...
Dhamma Talk 21:44
18-05-19 Small session of Q&A after breakfast
Q&A 06:48
15-05-19 Find the happiness that goes beyond the world
When are we in the present moment? – When are we alive?; Why open the door to samadhi, but not go in?; Unconditioned is the freedom to choose
Dhamma Talk 35:13
12-05-19 A human birth is difficult to obtain – don't waste your time!
Who says it's too hot to meditate? ; Sati-Panna is the weapon we need to fight the kilesas
Dhamma Talk 35:45
6-05-19 Body investigation is the eye opener
Trying to live peacefully ; What makes us angry?
Dhamma Talk 33:20
4-05-19 Get rid of your programs and live in the uncertainty
Dhamma Talk 13:12
29-04-19 Do we eat to live or live to eat?
What do we have in mind for the rest of our life?; Pave a way that leads out of the hamster wheel; 3 things we don't have in the West – Generosity, gratitude and respect
Dhamma Talk 43:23
26-04-19 Detailed treatment of the practice of daily reflection
Do we live in this world, or in the world of our imagination?; Pain investigation – The sharpening stone for wisdom
Dhamma Talk 30:46
22-04-19 Reflection is that what breaks up our conditioning
Propping up our virtues of generosity, respect, and gratitude; Fear of making mistakes hinders our progress; If we were truly good, we wouldn't be born as human beings; Is the new-age of technology really a step forward?
Malaysia 01:24:36
21-04-19 Reflection is that what differentiates us from animals
Comfort reduces our sati; Daily reflection; Reflection of our actions; What we see in others is the projection of our own heart
Singapore 47:32
21-04-19 It is time to start packing our bags... for the next life
Entertained by our own internal movie-theatre; How to deal with frightening images arising in meditation; Investigation – Ripping the heart open and showing it what it does; What is it that makes us want to change our posture in meditation?; We try to control... But our task is just to observe
Singapore 01:30:25
20-04-19 Chucking out avijja – The lord of our heart
Understanding the First Noble Truth; Killing our time instead of using it wisely; Seeing things that are wrong with other people - how does it relate to us?; Letting go of greed and hate is not a command our heart understands; Bringing up interesting thoughts in order to stir up our energy
Singapore 57:30
20-04-19 Have you ever really been alive?
Remember how we learned to walk?; Conditioning is similar to computer programming; The difference between knowledge and wisdom; Letting our anger out onto others; Difference between reaction and reflection
Singapore 01:29:33
19-04-19 Dukkha starts from the moment we wake up in the morning
Believing that we won't go to hell doesn't make us exempt from it; Learning to shut down our mind-engine; Children don't give up learning to walk. So why do we give up in our meditation?; Forest Monks like secluded places... But they come and teach us out of metta
Singapore 40:05
19-04-19 Is there so much difference between life and a video game?
A Teacher can teach you, but the student must go the path himself; Ask yourself: Do I really want to waste my life?; Are we really the body?; The human realm is the jumping board out of the cycle of birth and death; Can't find the way out of dukkha... So we look for the Dhamma; Who is it in our mind that tells us what to do and how to be?; Developing the flashlight of sati
Singapore 02:01:25
18-04-19 There's something burning in our heart - It's called dukkha!
Where does true happiness come from?; We grow up, get a job, have a family, then die – So what's the purpose of our life?; Training this body takes a long time – is it really worthwhile?; We are everywhere... apart from the present moment; We need some motivation to find the way out of samsara; Why does the word “Hell” bother us so much?; Just believing in god won't get us to heaven; What makes us human beings?; We should learn to respect all beings equally
Singapore 01:59:37
16-04-19 It is in the present moment where we actually live
We can only eat that what we have cooked; Is there too much comfort in our life?; Insights can also come from the kilesas; Can we remember how we came out of the womb?
Dhamma Talk 44:19
14-04-19 Who sees the non-self? - Self!
Where do you think greed and hate come from?; The kilesas can really fool us!; We have so much dukkha but we just don't see it
Dhamma Talk 58:18
10-04-19 We need to find a weapon to fight the onslaught of raga-tanha
Develop your weapon of asubha!; Buddho - the universal aid; Asubha is central to Buddhist practice
Dhamma Talk 24:42
4-04-19 The Kilesas don't go to hell. We do!
Always the same topic... Development of samadhi; No wanting – no dukkha; Asubha is our protection from raga-tanha; Get out of this game of birth and death!
Dhamma Talk 11:14
29-03-19 Why do people turn to Buddhism?
Unlocking our own history of practice; First thing to be done in the day: practice!; There is nothing better that we can do than meditation practice; Opening the door to samadhi; Learn to uproot both – good and bad
Q&A 33:25
27-03-19 Boredom and restlessness are the cause of most of our actions
In the West we don't know that there is a way out; Let's do something useful with our life; We see in other people our own projection; Freedom from likes and dislikes is true freedom
Dhamma Talk 13:19
24-03-19 Develop a place to rest and feel comfortable
Can heavenly beings really help us?; It is human to have wrong opinions; Meditation helps us to reduce the stress; Let the world be the world – do your meditation
Dhamma Talk 26:27
22-03-19 Seeing a Buddhist monk reminds us that there is something else...
With time we don't get any younger; The value of Buddhist monks in the society; Hell is just like a prison for the ones who break the law; How often do we reflect on our actions?
Dhamma Talk 24:05
20-03-19 We so readily give in to kilesas...
All a Teacher wants is for the students to be happy; Tackling sticky 'thoughs' that arise in the mind; After a long time - why can't we still reach samadhi?; Without a fight there won't be any result
Dhamma Talk 06:44
19-03-19 Nobody told us that there is another way of life
What do relatives think of the one who ordains?; Born in the body, die in the body, and never get out of the body; Could we really be the body?; Samsara: the endless wheel of life; Running, running, running... but not going anywhere; Is kamma deterministic? Do we have free will?
Dhamma Talk 24:47
17-03-19 How to live in the world happily?
The Law of Conservation of Energy vs. kamm;a Whatever happens to you is that what you've done onto others; Kamma: a very important part of the Buddhist Teachings; Hell and heaven are not eternal
Morning Talks 36:19
13-03-19 People who are afraid to make mistakes – don't learn
Doing it nicely and correctly – that's where things go wrong; What is the purpose of training as Upatak?; Let's free ourselves from programmed behaviour; Yesterday has passed, tomorrow has not a arrived...; Stay in the present!
Dhamma Talk 25:04
10-03-19 Use your time wisely – don't waste it!
Cognition, knowingness, and sense input ; We are living in the world of labels ; What are we doing with the free time that we have? ; Use your time wisely – don't waste it! ; Can art be turned into meditation? ; Why do we want to stay in our thoughts and memories?
Dhamma Talk 18:57
6-03-19 Why have we locked the door to our heart?
Look for happiness in the heart ; Why have we locked the door to our heart? What is it like to be free? The heart that is free ; Open up the 'lotus' of your heart
Dhamma Talk 31:53
3-03-19 Don't worry about the body
Don't worry about the body ; Ever realized that you have a body?
Q&A 03:42
1-03-19 Preparing now for the afterlife-travel
What will happen to us after death? Preparing now for the afterlife-travel - Running, running, running: like a hamster in his wheel
Dhamma Talk 08:46
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