Category Archives: Abhaya Dàna Meditation Group

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 … Continue reading

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

Photos by Tim McCarthy, taken on January 7, 2017at 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 … Continue reading

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“The World Is The Mind” by Ajahn Punnadhammo

-“Samsara is complicated.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSamsara is endlessly complicated.You could study it your whole life and you wouldn’tmake a dent in the various possibilitieswithin samsaric existence.” “Nibbāna is quite simple.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaIt’s the Unconditioned.It’s not ‘this.’ It’s when the mind stops doing‘this’ that it naturally … Continue reading

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Lotus

Lotus Blooming in the UT GardenPhoto by Aditi Rambani

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July 24, 2015: Accomplishing a Personal Summer Goal

aPaddleboarding to the Robert Moses Bridgefor the First Time Many thanks to Jennifer Hoolan forsharing her adventure and photos! Check out South Shore Paddleboards if you’re interestedin experiencing the yoga of paddleboarding from thebeautiful south shore of Long Island! May … Continue reading

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A Flower’s Fragrance

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaNo flower’s fragranceaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagoes against the wind —aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanot sandalwood,aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaajasmine, tagara.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaBut the scent of the goodaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadoes flow against the wind.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaThe scent of a good personaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadiffuses in all directions.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa- Dhammapada 4.54

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Impermanence

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

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April 4, 2015: Lunar Eclipse

a 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 … Continue reading

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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 ofthis flyer, click HERE) There is no set admission fee for attending the sessions. Donations that are freely given to Losel Shedrup Ling andArrow River Forest Hermitage are encouragedand will be … Continue reading

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