Monks in the Morning from Colombo Dhamma Friends

Monks in the Morning from Colombo Dhamma Friends

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137 Seven Years of Merit
Jan 27 • 29 min
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…
136 To Support Mother and Father: Mangala Sutta part 4
Jan 26 • 29 min
If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes on the Maha Mangala Sutta, you might like to start at the beginning of the series. Click here. But you don’t have to! You know, the Supreme Buddha taught us that we can consider him to be the best…
135 Words We Like to Hear: Mangala Sutta Part 3
Jan 22 • 29 min
If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes on the Maha Mangala Sutta, you might like to start at the beginning of the series. Click here. But you don’t have to! Today we’ll learn three more blessings from the Mangala sutta. We’ll also create…
134 Watch for These Signs
Jan 22 • 29 min
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…
133 Does It Matter Where We Live? Mangala Sutta Part 2
Jan 20 • 29 min
If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes on the Maha Mangala Sutta, you might like to start at the beginning of the series. Click here. But you don’t have to! Today we’ll learn more details about the Maha Mangala sutta. Do you remember what…
132 Tribute to an Arahant
Jan 20 • 29 min
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,…
131 Associate with the Wise: Mangala Sutta Part 1
Jan 19 • 29 min
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…
130 Getting Power, Wealth, and Wisdom: Culakammavibhanga Sutta Part 5
Jan 16 • 29 min
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…
129 Being Undefiled
Jan 15 • 29 min
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…
128 What’s Going on With Christmas?
Jan 14 • 29 min
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…
Episode 127 Speech Like Dung
Jan 13 • 29 min
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…
Episode 126 Mind Like a Diamond
Jan 12 • 29 min
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…
Episode 125 Questions on Metta and Giving Dana to One Monk
Jan 9 • 29 min
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…
Episode 124 Problems with Wealth, Solutions with Wealth
Jan 8 • 29 min
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?…
Episode 123 Beauty Tips from the Buddha, CullaKammaVibhanga Sutta 4
Jan 7 • 29 min
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…
122 True Path to Good Health: CullaKammaVibhanga Sutta 3
Dec 15, 2019 • 29 min
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…
121 Questions on Feeling Lonely and Not Wanting to Meditate
Dec 12, 2019 • 29 min
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…
120 What is Samsara?
Dec 11, 2019 • 29 min
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…
119 Terrorizing an Innocent
Dec 8, 2019 • 29 min
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…
118 Benefits of Listening to Dhamma
Dec 5, 2019 • 29 min
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…
117 Who was Subha? CullaKammaVibhanga Sutta pt 2
Dec 4, 2019 • 29 min
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,…
116 How Monks Practice Compassion
Dec 3, 2019 • 29 min
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…
115 See Monks, Collect Merit
Dec 2, 2019 • 29 min
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…
114 Discussion: Monastery Life and Family Life
Dec 1, 2019 • 29 min
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…
113 How to Get Long Life: CulaKammaVibhangaSutta Part 1
Nov 28, 2019 • 29 min
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…
112 The Bhagava is Unique
Nov 27, 2019 • 29 min
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…
111 Questions on Standing, Walking, and Helping Monks
Nov 26, 2019 • 29 min
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…
110 Kanthaka’s Great Merit
Nov 25, 2019 • 29 min
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…
109 Four Friends
Nov 24, 2019 • 29 min
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…
108 Respecting Those Who Help Us
Nov 21, 2019 • 29 min
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…
107 Questions on Poya, Bathrooms, and Vinyana
Nov 20, 2019 • 29 min
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…
106 Are Your Good Qualities Ripe?
Nov 19, 2019 • 29 min
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…
105 Sakka Praises the Buddha in Verse
Nov 18, 2019 • 29 min
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…
104 Discussion on Missing School to Collect Merit
Nov 17, 2019 • 29 min
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…
103 Questions on Samaneras, Animals and Nibbana
Nov 14, 2019 • 29 min
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…
102 The Supreme Buddha is Buddho
Nov 13, 2019 • 29 min
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…
101 Teacher of Gods and Humans
Nov 12, 2019 • 29 min
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…
100 Gratitude
Nov 11, 2019 • 29 min
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…
99 The Weak Are Eaten by the Strong
Nov 10, 2019 • 29 min
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…
98 Questions on Metta, Giving, and More
Nov 7, 2019 • 29 min
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…
97 Witnessing Karma in the Sky
Nov 6, 2019 • 29 min
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…
96 The Three Ways He Taught
Nov 5, 2019 • 29 min
Today we will learn about the anuttaro purisadamma sarati quality and the three ways he could teach: iddhipāṭihāriya: demonstration of psychic powersādesanāpāṭihāriya: demonstration of mind readinganusāsanīpāṭihāriya: demonstration of instructing Contents…
95 Who Can’t Deny the Buddha?
Nov 4, 2019 • 29 min
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.…
94 Similes of the Worlds
Nov 3, 2019 • 29 min
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…
93 He Followed the Path he Discovered
Oct 31, 2019 • 29 min
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…
92 With Knowledge of the Past
Oct 30, 2019 • 29 min
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…
91 What the Buddha Could See
Oct 29, 2019 • 29 min
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…
90 Discussion on Jealousy
Oct 28, 2019 • 29 min
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…
89 Path to Remove Suffering
Oct 27, 2019 • 29 min
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…
88 Do You Have a Gatekeeper?
Oct 24, 2019 • 29 min
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…
87 More Dangerous than a Cliff
Oct 23, 2019 • 29 min
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…
86 Three Hundred Spears
Oct 22, 2019 • 29 min
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!…
85 Followed by Kamma
Oct 21, 2019 • 29 min
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…
84 The Buddha Is Sammasambuddho
Oct 20, 2019 • 29 min
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…
83 The Buddha Lived Happily
Oct 16, 2019 • 29 min
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…
82 Blame from Akkosaka
Oct 15, 2019 • 29 min
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 (more…)
81 Praise and Blame
Oct 12, 2019 • 29 min
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…
80 Wasted Wealth
Oct 10, 2019 • 29 min
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…
79 Arahant Sariputta’s Amazing Powers
Oct 7, 2019 • 29 min
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…
78 Fame and Disrepute
Oct 5, 2019 • 29 min
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 (more…)
77 Dhamma Day and Night
Oct 4, 2019 • 29 min
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. (more…)