Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā sambuddhassa

The goal of the Abhayadana Meditation Society is to learn the teachings of the Buddha as they are recorded in the Pāli Canon and put them into practice. Our practice includes chanting, silent meditation (30-45 minutes), reading from the Pāli Canon, and discussion.

Our next meeting is Friday,
May 5, 2017

The Buddha taught that the giving of fearlessness (abhayadana) is one of the greatest gifts that anyone can give to others. Giving fearlessness means giving the gift of space in which others who are also learning the teachings of the Buddha and putting them into practice can feel trust, warmness, and tolerance.

Losel Shedrup Ling’s address is 5415-F Kingston Pike. It’s at the end of the parking lot in the Cherokee Village shopping strip. As you drive along Kingston Pike, you’ll see the large sign for Cherokee Village directly across from Naples Restaurant.

There is no charge for attending our meetings. Donations that are freely given may be given to LSLK (there’s a donation box in the shrine room, or click here), Milarepa Ösel Chö Dzong (click here), Arrow River Forest Hermitage (click here), Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery (click here), or any organization that provides spiritual support and guidance.

For more information, email abhayadana@aol.com.

Sabbadanam dhammadanam jinati
Dhammapada, XXIV.354

You create the world in which you live
through your actions. By being generous –
not only with material things but also with your
time, your energy, your forgiveness, your
willingness to be fair and just with people –
you create a good world in which to live.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Appamādena sampādethāti!

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“Continued in other forms like rain or snow or ice”




Photos by Tim McCarthy, taken on January 7, 2017
at Belmont Lake State Park.

“It’s like a cloud in the sky. When the cloud is no longer in the sky, it doesn’t mean the cloud has died. The cloud is continued in other forms like rain or snow or ice. So you can recognize your cloud in her new forms. If you are very fond of a beautiful cloud and if your cloud is no longer there, you should not be sad. Your beloved cloud might have become the rain, calling on you, ‘darling, darling, don’t you see me in my new form?’ And then you will not be stuck with grief and despair. Your beloved one continues always. Meditation helps you recognize her continued presence in new forms. And our nature is the nature of no birth and no death…the nature of a cloud also. A cloud can never die. A cloud can become snow, or hail…or rain. But it is impossible for a cloud to pass from being into non-being. And that is true with your beloved one. She has not died. She is continued in many new forms. And you can look deeply and recognize herself in you and around you.” -TNH

Transcribed from a conversation between Oprah Winfrey and Buddhist Monk, Author and Nobel Peace Prize nominated Peace Activist, Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced “Tick Not Han”). Click HERE for link to source.

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“The World Is The Mind” by Ajahn Punnadhammo

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“Samsara is complicated.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaSamsara is endlessly complicated.

You could study it your whole life and you wouldn’t
make a dent in the various possibilities
within samsaric existence.”

“Nibbāna is quite simple.aaaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaaaaaIt’s the Unconditioned.

It’s not ‘this.’ It’s when the mind stops doing
‘this’ that it naturally experiences nibbāna.”

“Beings in samsara all want to find a footing.
They want to have some place to stand,
want to feel secure, want to base
the self on something.

“But the liberated person, the arahant, finds
no footing. He doesn’t need it. The mind
is limitless, unbounded, luminous.

“It’s all done right here.
It’s our mind that keeps us in bondage.
And it’s our mind that can set us free.”

To hear the full talk entitled “The World Is The Mind”
offered by Ajahn Punnadhammo on July 11, 2015,
as well as other talks by Ajahn Punnadhammo
click HERE.

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Lotus

Lotus Blooming in the UT Garden

Photo by Aditi Rambani

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July 24, 2015: Accomplishing a Personal Summer Goal

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Paddleboarding to the Robert Moses Bridge
for the First Time



Many thanks to Jennifer Hoolan for
sharing her adventure and photos!

Check out South Shore Paddleboards if you’re interested
in experiencing the yoga of paddleboarding from the
beautiful south shore of Long Island!

May All Noble Goals
~ and the Highest Goal of Fearless Liberation ~
Be Accomplished!

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A Flower’s Fragrance

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaNo flower’s fragrance
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagoes against the wind —
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanot sandalwood,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaajasmine, tagara.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaBut the scent of the good
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadoes flow against the wind.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaThe scent of a good person
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadiffuses in all directions.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa- Dhammapada 4.54

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Impermanence



Photo by Chris Russo, taken this morning
at his front stoop in Georgia

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April 4, 2015: Lunar Eclipse

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The totality could not be seen from Knoxville because the moon dipped below the horizon when it was about 4/5 eclipsed. The rest had to be watched via live stream. There’s a good article on this “shortest total lunar eclipse of the century” at the website that streamed it HERE.

To see a very cool simulation of the appearance of the moon just before, during, and just after the eclipse of April 15, 2014, click HERE.

To see a photo of the eclipse of October 8, 2014, click HERE.

The next lunar eclipse will be on September 27, 2015,
which will be the last of this current
series of four lunar eclipses.

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March 26, 2015: Downy Serviceberry trees in full bloom


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Nov 14-16, 2014: Ajahn Punnadhammo Visits Knoxville


(If you would like to see a larger version of
this flyer, click HERE)

There is no set admission fee for attending the sessions.

Donations that are freely given to Losel Shedrup Ling and
Arrow River Forest Hermitage are encouraged
and will be greatly appreciated.

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