Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā sambuddhassa

Our practice follows the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah (a branch of Theravada Buddhism) & the teachings of the Buddha as they are recorded in the Pāli Canon. The practice includes chanting in Pāli (8-10 minutes), silent meditation (30-45 minutes), a short reading from the Pāli Canon, and a metta practice.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Lotus Light Community Center
7:00pm – 8:15pm

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.

Lotus Light Community Center’s address is 501 Arthur Street.

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

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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Ajahn Punnadhammo’s book is now available at Amazon!

Click HERE or the image above to see
The Buddhist Cosmos by Ajahn
Punnadhammo at Amazon

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A Person Whose Foliage Has Changed Color

Photos by Ann Allison-Coté, taken on November 10, 2018
at House Mountain.

“When a person intends to take refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha and take the Five Precepts, on that occasion such a person is one whose foliage has changed color, like the Tāvatiṃsa devas’ pāricchattaka tree.”

Click HERE to read the Pāricchattaka Sutta

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Ajahn Punnadhammo Returns to Knoxville!

Please join us for a weekend of teachings and
meditation offered by Ajahn Punnadhammo

@ Lotus Light Center (501 Arthur St)
November 2018


Friday, Nov 2:
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, Nov 3:
9:00 am – 11:00 am
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sunday, Nov 4:
9:00 am – 11:00 am


Ajahn Punnadhammo, a Canadian monk of the Thai Forest Tradition, is currently the resident monk at Arrow River Forest Hermitage. For more information on Ajahn Punnadhammo, please visit


There is no set admission fee for attending the sessions.

Donations that are freely given to Losel Shedrup Ling (click Donate)


Arrow River Forest Hermitage

are encouraged and will be greatly appreciated!!

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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

“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 Blooming in the UT Garden

Photo by Aditi Rambani

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July 24, 2015: Accomplishing a Personal Summer Goal

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

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