Dhamma Talks

Mae Chee Hanna (ordained on 23.03.2019 as Samaneri Tisaranee)

20 March 2018 sirisampanno Monastery

We live in times where an enormous amount of information is available. Information such as cooking a five-star menu, learning languages, knitting a sweater or building a machine. It is therefore not surprising that methods for mental training are available in all variations. Those who are reading this right now may already be preloaded with a lot of information from books, internet or lectures, programmed and can’t see the wood for the trees. Or they are convinced that they have found the highest truth and check whether this corresponds to the supposed knowledge. They probably won’t find that here; every word written here is a convention and the reality, as with all writings, will not be revealed. The knowledge we gain from the writings is important in order to reach wisdom. It gives us orientation. Like a compass that can help you get out of a forest. The art, however, is to move without a compass and not to become dependent on it.

Words are an expression of a collective consciousness of each folk that “creates” and uses a language.

The moment of seeing arises from the perfect silence of the mind.

The mind comes to rest when it becomes desireless; where no control, no will, not even acceptance takes its place. Imagine a river current carrying you and in front of you a waterfall bouncing down with force and swirling around everything it carries. Now you have to trust that the water spits you out below and you don’t stay trapped in the swirl and die. When you try to swim, you are hurled again and again – up to exhaustion and death. When you try to hold on to what you see on the edge of the river, you get tired, the power leaves you and you die as well. When you trust the river to carry you and spit you out, like all the other drops of water that make up the river, you become a lake.

This trust in nature, in the laws of nature, in the perfection of imperfection in us is called deep awe.

The smaller we get, the bigger we get.

Dhamma is a law of nature. Freedom means to recognize one’s attachment and to let go of life. Life is impermanent. Impermanence is creativity, vibrancy. Dhamma is not in books, it is alive.

The heart is the essence of the teaching. The long effort in practice has only one object and that is the heart. A pure heart is uninhabited, unoccupied, free of movement, free of desire and free of aversion (su-vimutta citta). Desire overcome, cut off at the root, can no longer unfold. When the heart is liberated, an unlimited space opens up, a space without walls. When the narrowness bursts, the flower of the heart will touch the world, always fresh, at every moment. Without attachment to pure and impure. Humans go compassionately through the world without leaving any traces.

04 March 2018 sirisampanno Monastery – accepting means letting go

Everything in life is impermanent. There is nothing in the world that the senses grasp, that does not pass – that is the law of nature. You cannot change this, but you can accept it.

When we observe nature, we know how to recognize. When we meditate, we can observe the “flow”/decay/transcience (Pali: Anicca) in a profound way, so that acceptance is truly realized. The acceptance that takes place in thinking is not complete. But if the heart accepts, then you are acceptance itself. Only the deep recognition of what is makes it possible to let go. Accepting means letting go.

We use an object, for example a glass to drink, but when we no longer need it, we put it down and let go. We don’t carry the whole household with us. So it is with what the mind grasps. It is possible to use the six senses without holding on to them. This eliminates friction and unnecessary energy wastage. Thinking consumes a lot of energy. When we use thinking, when we need it and when it is not constantly active on its own, it can be of great benefit to us.

We can think and be aware of this. Awareness.

When we practice meditation, we can observe closely and when we consistently integrate this exercise into everyday life, the silence of the mind will not only appear on the meditation cushion, but its true nature will always be present. This awareness perceives things as they are. With no own interpretation, detached from the past.

27 April 2018 sirisampanno Monastery

Why do we meditate? Some want more peace, reduce stress, others may want happiness, both are possible, but to experience happiness is not the goal of meditation practice. Even the silence of the mind is temporary when reality is not recognized. With the recognition of reality the mind lets go and that is liberating. It is not clinging to things and so neither to opinions or ideas. The mind becomes undesiring and free of dislike. This is ultimate happiness. This is peace.

29 April 2018 Sirisampanno Monastery – The intention is the energy that transforms

Meditation can change the mind, the intellect and the emotional world. But intention is what frees us from suffering – or leads us back to suffering. The heart is the most important thing. A pure heart is what it is all about. Only in this way can we achieve real peace.

Ignorance brings us into the present situation we are in. Wisdom frees the heart, but intention is the energy that transforms.

30 April 2018 – There is no fear in the pure heart

Fear does not dwell in the pure heart.

The path is a balancing act. It is possible to get lost in “romantic longing” or intellectual dullness. Both are dead ends that do not lead to freedom. An analytical brain in connection with a pure heart should be aimed for. Sila – Samadhi – Panna: Virtue, Right Concentration/Attentiveness, Wisdom. These three are the keys to liberation. You don’t have to complicate things, the way is simple, light as a feather. It brings enormous strength and confidence – if the intention is selfless. There is no fear in the pure heart. When the heart is open, the mind is also open. Through the mind we live.

06 May 2018 Hannover

We love this, we love that, we have a desire for harmony. If you look closely at the intention behind it, you will see how selfish our needs are. Being honest, being authentic without lying to oneself. It takes courage. It takes courage to choose the path that is uncomfortable and altruistic. It is laid out with broken pieces. If you have the courage and walk this path, the broken pieces will turn into flowers. Then it is light and powerful.

18 May 2018 sirisampanno Monastery

What would we be without love?

Don’t talk about love,
be love itself.
Don’t talk about love,
words aren’t real.

It is important to understand that love is emotion/energy in us and nourishes us even when it is directed outward.

You cannot love someone without being a part of it. The feeling is in you and not in the others, but is received with joy, which leads to the good of the other. Love is not falling in love. Being in love is filled with desire. Observe, distance yourself, witness what is happening in your heart.

You will see all these wonders for yourself.

Then the subject of “hate” will clear up by itself.

The virtues are the first steps. They are the foundation on which everything is built; they are the mortar that holds everything together and are the first thing to dissolve, like the cracks in an old house. At the end of the path nothing remains, nothing is dragged along, light, free, pure, unpolluted, simple. Selfless, all-embracing kindness……….

25 May 2018 sirisampanno Monastery

In the world there is nothing more fascinating and comprehensive than the spirit. What it can create, we can see only approximately, if we look at the development in computer science. Globalized technology, nanotechnology, etc. – these are only fractions of what a mind is capable of creating. Our mind does all this and it can do even more, infinitely more. The most wonderful thing in all of this is that it can recognize itself. With the right alignment – method – it is possible to see and recognize one’s own thoughts and thus become aware of patterns and conceptual views. Recognize suffering and get out of it.

28 May 2018

“The spirit precedes things.” (Dhammapada verse 1). Buddha has said that we are responsible for our own mind. Thus we are also responsible for the world! Because everything we experience can only be experienced through our mind. To seek the culprit who is responsible for our suffering outside ourselves brings even more suffering. Because a negative feeling arises in us, which leads to even more suffering.

27 June 2018 Muttodaya Monastery

Humility opens the heart to equanimity. Equanimity frees the heart for goodness.

15 July 2018 Hannover

Words are just an inspiration. To implement = to live, we have to do alone. “Patience, acceptance, truthfulness, healing action” from the book do not make our mind permanently calm. We have to do this ourselves, by practicing Silas, mindfulness and with recognition, by wisdom, of the real reality.

Wisdom gives security to people.

When man is safe, the struggle will come to rest.

15 August 2018 sirisampanno Monastery

To dissolve, to see through, to unmask the idea of the “Self”, “I” or “Mine” is the greatest challenge of mankind. If there is no traveler, no seeker, no thinker, no meditator, is there still traveling, searching, thinking, meditating?

25 August 2018

So much ado about nothing,
so much doing where nothing is missing,
so much fighting where there’s peace,
so much too much, too fast, too big.

09 September 2018 Hamburg

Letting go does not mean indifference! Equanimity is pure love and goodness.

To let go is to take responsibility for life without wanting to possess it. Responsibility is not a duty, it is devotion. To be human means to be good, to be patient, to be peace.

20 December 2018 sirisampanno Monastery

When we observe our own self, we become aware of dreaming. If we are conscious, we awaken from the dream.

09 February 2019 sirisampanno Monastery

In the world, everything appears in pairs; cold-warm, long-short, large-small, light-dark, happy-unhappiness, peace-war, pleasant-unpleasent, etc. The only thing that is without pendant is the unmoved, unspoken, that between thoughts, between breaths. That which is without searching, without finding.

17 March 2019 Wat Nangloen Pang Thongchai​

There are no events in the present.

24 March 2019 Colombo Sri Lanka

The travellers are those who pollute the celestial sphere, not the planes.

11 June 2019

Buddho…Buddho…Buddho…

13 September 2019 sirisampanno Monastery

The recognizer who recognizes appearances as they are from the momentary experience is the one who lives. The one who knows, the well-read interpreter, the one who thinks is the one who thinks that he lives. Both originate from ignorance, with the difference that the first recognizes reality and frees himself and the second increases ignorance.