Giving To What We Love

One morning, as I stood for alms in an outdoor market, an elderly man supporting himself with a walker shuffled awkwardly towards me. His daughter held him on one side with her arm. As soon as he saw my robe and bowl, and the…

After A Millenium – Venerable Kusuma Bhikkhuni

On Aug. 28th, 2021, Venerable Dr. Bhikkhuni Kusuma Mahatheri passed away peacefully in Sri Lanka. She was 92. Her doctors marvelled to witness such a peaceful death. We marvel at the gifts of her life. Venerable Kusuma Bhikkhuni was internationally respected as a Buddhist…

The Wiser Your Heart

Study the nature of change as if your life depends on it. (It does) The more you understand impermanence the lighter your step the sharper your gaze on your path through the fleeting world. Study uncertainty as if your life depends on it. (It…

Eclipse of the Heart

Have you ever watched a full solar eclipse?  When the moon slips mysteriously across the face of the sun and obliterates it from view, the light of day grows pallid, burnishing all the world with its eerie luster. As the air temperature cools, birds…

Vulnerable But True

Too scared to let go  Reckless in what is fearsome Deluded, we cling to false freedoms To delusion itself. The monarch’s epic pilgrimage Is fearless We too are stronger than we know – So, sip the nectar of this moment Vulnerable but true. This…

Fearless in the Good

A reflection from Ayyā Nimmalā:   More than two and a half millenia ago, in ancient India, one of the Buddha’s royal supporters, King Pasenadi of Kosala, was fortunate enough to be given a teaching using a powerful simile to remind him of the…

No Goodness Is Ever Lost

A A reflection from Ajahn Jayasāro: For most people, reaching the end of their life, breathing becomes laboured. Meditation on the breath, even for experienced meditators becomes difficult.  At this crucial time, with death approaching, the meditations that are most practical are those that…

Sati Saraniya Hermitage Podcast

We started publishing select Dhamma talks through a Sati Saraniya Hermitage podcast. New episodes will come out every Friday and you can get notified about these by subscribing to an update email from Mailchimp (make sure that you check “Sati Saraniya Podcasts” option) or…

Four Kinds of People

While reading the news of current world events, I am reminded of one of the Buddha’s teachings on different kinds of people in the world. On a certain occasion the Buddha said, “There are four kinds of people found existing in the world. What…

Where Is Sanctuary?

Nearly eight billion circling This realm of disease Decay and death We all perish one day And the end comes Unannounced Where is sanctuary? I tell you – Everything is ownerless Everywhere crumbling Ready to be wrenched away At any moment Just like this…