On Wednesday 13 April, we were fortunate to have Venerable Ajahn Chandako leading the weekly meditation session and giving a Dhamma talk at Nalanda Centre. Ajahn Chandako hails from the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah, and is the abbot of Vimutti Forest Monastery in New Zealand.
Ajahn Chandako explained how we could be “great gifts” to people whom we come in contact with when we refine our thoughts, moods, motivations, speech and behaviour. As we reduce anger, greed, and delusion, it will enable us to be at peace with ourselves and live in harmony with others.
When we study and practise the Dhamma earnestly, we develop awareness and mindfulness over time. We are no longer motivated by self-interest or material benefits because we understand the causes of happiness and unhappiness. We are not deluded by worldly conditions. When we understand the law of Kamma, we will be more inclined towards wholesome deeds and avoid that which will bring harm to ourselves and others.
We thank Ajahn Chandako for his visit to Nalanda Centre, and for the insightful and beneficial talk. Sadhu anumodana.