Bhante Sujato left a career as a musician to become a Buddhist monk in 1994. He took higher ordination in Thailand and lived there in forest monasteries and remote hermitages. He spent several years at Bodhinyana Monastery in Western Australia before founding Santi Forest Monastery in New South Wales in 2003. Following Bhante Sujato’s wishes, Santi became a nun’s monastery in 2012, and he returned to live in Bodhinyana. In 2019, Bhante Sujato moved to Sydney to establish Lokanta Vihara (the Monastery at the End of the World) with his long term student, Bhante Akaliko, to explore what it means to follow the Buddha’s teachings in an era of climate change, globalised consumerism, and political turmoil.
Breath meditation guided by Bhante Sujato. Simile of the cops chasing kids in stolen cars. Dhamma talk by Bhante Akāliko: how to listen to the Dhamma, and its benefits (Dhammassavana Sutta, AN 5.202). Q+A: Bhante Sujato on today's epistemological crisis.
Bhante Sujato on wisdom and peace arising from meditation and on the conditioned nature of the mind. Stillness meditation led by Bhante Sujato. Short Dhamma talk by Bhante Sujato on meditation as part of the way to the end of suffering. Q+A session together with Bhante Akāliko.
Bhante Sujato on the concept of time, then guiding a breath meditation. Dhamma talk presenting a new translation project in a cooperation of Sutta Central and the Oxford Center of Buddhist Sudies: all the still missing canonical texts – suttas and commentaries – from Pāli into English.
Calm meditation / body scan led by Bhante Akāliko; Dhamma talk by Bhante Sujato on how the Buddha's concept of impermanence relates to concepts in science, e.g. the speed of light. Upcoming bhikkhuni ordination in Australia!
Mettā meditation and Dhamma talk by Bhante Sujato at the beginning of the rains retreat: brief introduction to the Buddha's first teaching which marks the establishment of the sangha. The original role of rains retreats as a community event. Rains today during the present Covid lockdown.
Calm meditation led by Bhante Akāliko, Dhamma talk by Bhante Sujato on the vulnerability of our systems and ourselves – structure, energy and chaos. The Buddha: see things as they really are – burning, falling apart, impermanent. Can we be happy, content, equanimous with what is?
Bhante Akāliko on the joy of meditating together; Dhamma talk by Bhante Sujato on reflecting on our values during quarantine (desires, needs, independence, freedom); Q + A on sense restraint, independence vs. interdependence, wholesome desires, and meaningful work.
At Harris Park with Bhante Sujato – Breath meditation. Dhamma talk on history, facts, and stories: how Buddhism evolved into different schools as a response to the needs and challenges of the respective times and places.