Being good is a ‘gift’ to others

Ajahn Chandako conducting the weekly  meditation session at Nalanda Centre.

Ajahn Chandako leading the weekly meditation session at Nalanda Centre.

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.

Venerable Ajahn Chandako giving a Dhamma talk after the weekly meditation session.

Venerable Ajahn Chandako giving a Dhamma talk after the weekly meditation session.

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.

Devotees participating in the Q&A session with  interesting questions on meditation.

Devotees participating in the Q&A session with interesting questions for the teacher.

We thank Ajahn Chandako for his visit to Nalanda Centre, and for the insightful and beneficial talk.  Sadhu anumodana.

Ajahn Chandako was given a tour of Nalanda Centre.

Ajahn Chandako was given a tour of Nalanda Centre by Sis. Nandini and Bro. Ajita.