Ajahn Sona

Ajahn Sona

birken.ca
Dhamma talks given by Venerable Ajahn Sona, the Abbot of Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery, Canada.


Stages of Enlightenment
Jul 30 • 26 min
Stages of Enlightenment, in the series of talks on The Noble Eightfold Path, The Tenfold Path, and The Four Noble Truths.
The Tenfold Path (9 & 10) - Right Knowledge & Liberation
Jul 20 • 12 min
Right Knowledge & Liberation, in the series of talks on The Noble Eightfold Path, The Tenfold Path, and The Four Noble Truths.
The Noble Eightfold Path (8) - Right Concentration
Jul 16 • 18 min
Right Concentration, in the series of talks on The Noble Eightfold Path, The Tenfold Path, and The Four Noble Truths.
The Noble Eightfold Path (7) - Right Mindfulness
Jul 13 • 12 min
Right Mindfulness, in the series of talks on The Noble Eightfold Path, The Tenfold Path, and The Four Noble Truths.
The Noble Eightfold Path (6) - Right Effort
Jul 9 • 52 min
Right Effort, in the series of talks on The Noble Eightfold Path, The Tenfold Path, and The Four Noble Truths.
The Noble Eightfold Path (5) - Right Livelihood
Jun 24 • 13 min
Right Livelihood, in the series of talks on The Noble Eightfold Path, The Tenfold Path, and The Four Noble Truths.
Reflections From a Year of Retreat
Jun 24 • 40 min
Luang Por Pasanno reflects on his year-long retreat in Thailand and Canada. Dhamma talk offered at Birken Forest Monastery on June 16, 2019.
The Noble Eightfold Path (4) - Right Action
Jun 20 • 17 min
Right Action, in the series of talks on The Noble Eightfold Path, The Tenfold Path, and The Four Noble Truths.
The Noble Eightfold Path (3) - Right Speech
Jun 15 • 21 min
Right Speech, in the series of talks on The Noble Eightfold Path, The Tenfold Path, and The Four Noble Truths.
The Noble Eightfold Path (2) - Right Intention
Jun 11 • 16 min
Right Intention, in the series of talks on The Noble Eightfold Path, The Tenfold Path, and The Four Noble Truths.
The Noble Eightfold Path (1): Right View
Jun 8 • 19 min
Right View, in the series of talks on The Noble Eightfold Path, The Tenfold Path, and The Four Noble Truths.
The Four Noble Truths
Jun 4 • 32 min
A series of talks on The Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path, and The Tenfold Path.
The Rabbi and the Buddhist Monk
May 28 • 49 min
In conversation: Rabbi Shmuel Braun and Ajahn Sona, abbot of the Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery.
Buddhist Cosmology (10) - Formless Realm
May 6 • 23 min
Part 10, last in the series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo. Cosmology Book, free download: https://www.arrowriver.ca/book/cosmoBook.php
Buddhist Cosmology (9) - Hell Realm
Apr 15 • 38 min
Part 9 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo. Cosmology Book, free download:https://www.arrowriver.ca/book/cosmoBook.php
Buddhist Cosmology (8) - Mara
Apr 1 • 37 min
Part 8 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo. Cosmology Book, free download: https://www.arrowriver.ca/book/cosmoBook.php
Buddhist Cosmology (7) - Brahma Realms
Mar 20 • 36 min
Part 7 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo. Cosmology Book, free download: https://www.arrowriver.ca/book/cosmoBook.php
Buddhist Cosmology (6) - Six Sensuous Heavens
Mar 13 • 42 min
Part 6 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo. Cosmology Book, free download: https://www.arrowriver.ca/book/cosmoBook.php
Buddhist Cosmology (5) - The Wheel turning Monarch
Mar 5 • 28 min
Part 5 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo. Cosmology Book, free download: https://www.arrowriver.ca/book/cosmoBook.php
Buddhist Cosmology (4) - Ghost Realm
Feb 7 • 33 min
Part 4 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo. Cosmology Book, free download: https://www.arrowriver.ca/book/cosmoB…
Buddhist Cosmology (3) - The Northern Continent
Jan 30 • 23 min
Part 3 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo. Cosmology Book, free download: https://www.arrowriver.ca/book/cosmoB…
Metta (12) - The Whole of the Path
Nov 27, 2018 • 29 min
Talk 12 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Metta (11) - Mother’s Day
Nov 19, 2018 • 34 min
Talk 11 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Metta (10) - Imagination & Nudist Monks
Nov 12, 2018 • 29 min
Talk 10 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Metta (9) - Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves
Nov 4, 2018 • 29 min
Talk 9 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Jataka Stories (3) - The Acrobats
Oct 29, 2018 • 28 min
This is an ongoing series with Jataka stories told by Margo McLoughlin. Jatakas are native to India and belong to the first Buddhist literature concerning the previous births of the Buddha in both human and animal form. The Acrobats…
Metta (8) - Pat Your Head, Rub Your Stomach
Oct 21, 2018 • 28 min
Talk 8 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Buddhist Legends: The Weaver’s Daughter
Oct 15, 2018 • 25 min
This is an ongoing series with Jataka stories and Buddhist legends told by Margo McLoughlin. The Jataka tales relate the previous births of the Buddha in both human and animal form. The Buddhist Legends recount miraculous events from the life of the…
Metta (7) - Seven-day Silent Symphony
Oct 10, 2018 • 19 min
Talk 7 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Metta (6) - Go Bless Yourself
Sep 29, 2018 • 30 min
Talk 6 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Jataka Stories: The Antelope Birth
Sep 25, 2018 • 14 min
This is an ongoing series with Jataka stories told by Margo McLoughlin. Jatakas are native to India and belong to the first Buddhist literature concerning the previous births of the Buddha in both human and animal form. The second story in the series is…
Jataka Stories: The Crow Birth
Sep 5, 2018 • 12 min
This is an ongoing series with Jataka stories told by Margo McLoughlin. Jatakas are native to India and belong to the first Buddhist literature concerning the previous births of the Buddha in both human and animal form. The first story in our series, The…
My Life, My Practice - Margo McLoughlin
Sep 5, 2018 • 31 min
My Life, My Practice is a continuing series of interviews with Ajahn Sona and longtime Buddhist practitioners, both monastics and laypeople, to discover what brought them to and keeps them on the Buddhist path. In this interview, meet Margo McLoughlin,…
Metta (part 5) - Love Is Not Serious
Aug 29, 2018 • 33 min
Talk 5 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Metta (part 4) - The Quality of Mercy
Aug 23, 2018 • 31 min
Talk 4 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Metta (part 3) - Kissing the Leper
Aug 23, 2018 • 37 min
Talk 3 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Metta (part 2) - Watching Ourselves Watching Others
Aug 23, 2018 • 31 min
Talk 2 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Metta (part 1) - Basis for Insight
Aug 23, 2018 • 13 min
Talk 1 on Metta / Loving-kindness by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2017.
Cancer Wisdom (part 2) - Interview with Piyadassi
Aug 22, 2018 • 32 min
Part 2 in a continuing series of talks about cancer and the Buddhist approach to illness. Ajahn Sona in an interview with Piyadassi, whose experience with cancer was greatly supported by Ajahn Sona’s coaching and her healthy attitude towards the disease.
Cancer Wisdom (part 1)
Aug 22, 2018 • 21 min
Part 1 in a continuing series of talks about cancer and the Buddhist approach to illness, by Ajahn Sona.
The Higher Mind (part 6) - Samadhi Is the Heart Unburdoned
Aug 22, 2018 • 32 min
Talk 6 on ‘Development of the Higher Mind’, by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
The Higher Mind (part 5) - Foot in the Door of Samadhi
Aug 22, 2018 • 30 min
Talk 5 on ‘Development of the Higher Mind’, by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
The Higher Mind (part 4) - Prisoner of Habit
Aug 22, 2018 • 34 min
Talk 4 on ‘Development of the Higher Mind’, by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
The Higher Mind (part 3) - Right Effort Redefined
Aug 22, 2018 • 33 min
Talk 3 on ‘Development of the Higher Mind’, by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
The Higher Mind (part 2) - Transcending the Natural
Aug 22, 2018 • 33 min
Talk 2 on ‘Development of the Higher Mind’, by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
The Higher Mind (part 1) - Why Be Good
Aug 22, 2018 • 21 min
Talk 1 on ‘Development of the Higher Mind’, by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
Equanimity (part 6) - The Seventh Factor of Awakening
Aug 22, 2018 • 25 min
Talk 6 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
Equanimity (part 5) - A Breathless Stillness
Aug 22, 2018 • 39 min
Talk 5 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
Equanimity (part 4) - Never Surprised
Aug 22, 2018 • 33 min
Talk 4 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
Equanimity (part 3) - 350 Million + 1
Aug 22, 2018 • 37 min
Talk 3 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
Equanimity (part 2) - The Ultimate Success
Aug 22, 2018 • 34 min
Talk 2 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
Equanimity (part 1) - The Gourmand
Aug 22, 2018 • 25 min
Talk 1 on Equanimity by Ven. Ajahn Sona, Pacific Hermitage Retreat, Birken Forest Monastery, May 2018.
My Life, My Practice - Miguel Romero
Aug 22, 2018 • 48 min
A continuing series of interviews with Ajahn Sona and longtime Buddhist practitioners, including both monastics and laypeople, to discover what brought them to and keeps them on the Buddhist path.
My Life, My Practice - Pamutto Bhikkhu
Aug 22, 2018 • 44 min
A continuing series of interviews with Ajahn Sona and longtime Buddhist practitioners, including both monastics and laypeople, to discover what brought them to and keeps them on the Buddhist path.
My Life, My Practice - Ajahn Pavaro
Aug 22, 2018 • 60 min
The first in a series of interviews with Ajahn Sona and longtime Buddhist practitioners, including both monastics and laypeople, to discover what brought them to and keeps them on the Buddhist path.
Modern Psychology vs. Buddhist Psychology (part 2)
Aug 22, 2018 • 31 min
Buddhism is the world’s oldest psychology. It is also the most spiritual of all psychologies and the most psychological of all spiritualities. In this continuing series, Ajahn Sona talks about differences between Buddhist and Western psychology.
Modern Psychology vs. Buddhist Psychology (part 1)
Aug 22, 2018 • 30 min
Buddhism is the world’s oldest psychology. It is also the most spiritual of all psychologies and the most psychological of all spiritualities. In this continuing series, Ajahn Sona talks about differences between Buddhist and Western psychology.
Buddhist Cosmology (2) - Asura Realm
Aug 22, 2018 • 36 min
Part 2 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo
Buddhist Cosmology (1) - Space, Time & Being
Aug 22, 2018 • 68 min
Part 1 in a continuing series on Buddhist Cosmology. In dialogue: Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Punnadhammo.
The Ten Perfections (10) - Equanimity
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
#10 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
The Ten Perfections (9) - Metta
Aug 22, 2018 • 8 min
#9 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
The Ten Perfections (8) - Determination
Aug 22, 2018 • 7 min
#8 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
The Ten Perfections (7) - Truthfulness
Aug 22, 2018 • 5 min
#7 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
The Ten Perfections (6) - Patience
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
#6 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
The Ten Perfections (5) - Energy
Aug 22, 2018 • 12 min
#5 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
The Ten Perfections (4) - Wisdom
Aug 22, 2018 • 13 min
#4 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
The Ten Perfections (3) - Renunciation
Aug 22, 2018 • 14 min
#3 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
The Ten Perfections (2) - Virtue
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
#2 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
The Ten Perfections (1) - Generosity
Aug 22, 2018 • 20 min
#1 in the series of talks on Ten Perfections, the outstanding virtues that were cultivated by the Buddha before his enlightenment. Discover a multitude of practical ways to nourish and sustain these virtues in daily life.
The Ten Perfections (Teatime at Birken)
Aug 22, 2018 • 56 min
Dhamma talk on Ten Perfections, recorded during teatime with guests and residents at Birken Forest Monastery.
Divine Abidings (part 5) - Eleven Benefits
Aug 22, 2018 • 13 min
This series of short talks delves into the Brahmaviharas (Divine Abidings) and explores how these ingenious feelings of love and contentment can take up residence within us, transforming our everyday lives from the mundane to the extraordinary.
Divine Abidings (part 4) - Equanimity
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
This series of short talks delves into the Brahmaviharas (Divine Abidings) and explores how these ingenious feelings of love and contentment can take up residence within us, transforming our everyday lives from the mundane to the extraordinary.
Divine Abidings (part 3) - Open-source Heaven
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
This series of short talks delves into the Brahmaviharas (Divine Abidings) and explores how these ingenious feelings of love and contentment can take up residence within us, transforming our everyday lives from the mundane to the extraordinary.
Divine Abidings (part 2) - Compassion
Aug 22, 2018 • 8 min
This series of short talks delves into the Brahmaviharas (Divine Abidings) and explores how these ingenious feelings of love and contentment can take up residence within us, transforming our everyday lives from the mundane to the extraordinary.
Divine Abidings (part 1) - It’s better than you think
Aug 22, 2018 • 8 min
This series of short talks delves into the Brahmaviharas (Divine Abidings) and explores how these ingenious feelings of love and contentment can take up residence within us, transforming our everyday lives from the mundane to the extraordinary.
Right Effort (part 5) - How to stay awake
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
Part 5 in a series of talks on Right Effort, the sixth (and often neglected) step of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.
Right Effort (part 4) - Seven Factors of Awakening
Aug 22, 2018 • 10 min
Part 4 in a series of talks on Right Effort, the sixth (and often neglected) step of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.
Right Effort (part 3) - How to stop feeling bad
Aug 22, 2018 • 14 min
Part 3 in a series of talks on Right Effort, the sixth (and often neglected) step of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.
Right Effort (part 2) - How to prevent troublesome emotions
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
Part 2 in a series of talks on Right Effort, the sixth (and often neglected) step of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.
Right Effort (part 1) - Introduction
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
Part 1 in a series of talks on Right Effort, the sixth (and often neglected) step of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.
Five Hindrances (part 5) - Doubt
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
Part 5 in a series of short talks on the Five Hindrances, the mental factors that are pervasive obstacles to peace in both meditation and our daily lives.
Five Hindrances (part 4) - Agitation
Aug 22, 2018 • 8 min
Part 4 in a series of short talks on the Five Hindrances, the mental factors that are pervasive obstacles to peace in both meditation and our daily lives.
Five Hindrances (part 3) - Stagnation
Aug 22, 2018 • 11 min
Part 3 in a series of short talks on the Five Hindrances, the mental factors that are pervasive obstacles to peace in both meditation and our daily lives.
Five Hindrances (part 2) - Anger
Aug 22, 2018 • 10 min
Part 2 in a series of short talks on the Five Hindrances, the mental factors that are pervasive obstacles to peace in both meditation and our daily lives.
Five Hindrances (part 1) - Desire
Aug 22, 2018 • 10 min
Part 1 in a series of short talks on the Five Hindrances, the mental factors that are pervasive obstacles to peace in both meditation and our daily lives.
Breath Meditation (part 5) - The Remedy to Anxiety
Aug 22, 2018 • 7 min
This series of short talks describes in detail the most favored method of meditation used by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, and brings to light the indispensable emotional benefits of this timeless practice for the contemplative person of today.
Breath Meditation (part 4) - Immersion
Aug 22, 2018 • 7 min
This series of short talks describes in detail the most favored method of meditation used by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, and brings to light the indispensable emotional benefits of this timeless practice for the contemplative person of today.
Breath Meditation (part 3) - Serenity & Clarity
Aug 22, 2018 • 7 min
This series of short talks describes in detail the most favored method of meditation used by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, and brings to light the indispensable emotional benefits of this timeless practice for the contemplative person of today.
Breath Meditation (part 2) - The Emotional Benefit
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
This series of short talks describes in detail the most favored method of meditation used by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, and brings to light the indispensable emotional benefits of this timeless practice for the contemplative person of today.
Breath Meditation (part 1) - Introduction
Aug 22, 2018 • 10 min
This series of short talks describes in detail the most favored method of meditation used by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, and brings to light the indispensable emotional benefits of this timeless practice for the contemplative person of today.