"How shall we see this Dharma? How shall we also be able to experience the joy aroused by Dharma among the celestials? This is not possible if we only beckon to the further shore to come here, or just contemplate from a distance what we imagine are its beauties. When, like a strong man, we bind our loincloth and plunge into the stream then the Dharma is near at hand. On that further shore lie the real joys and peace of Dharma; but to enjoy them we must first get there. And to do this we need Practice of Dharma."
- Bhikkhu Khantipalo
The celebration of Vesak is lunar and the date is calculated by traditional methods in each Buddhist country. This year there is greater variation than usual: Myanmar celebrates on May 2nd, Sri Lanka and Cambodia on May 3rd. Thailand and Laos celebrate on June 1st. Whenever you are celebrating,
"May the Blessing of the Triple Gem go with you".
The online meditation course has been hosted here since 1997. Our 12 week course provides a clear and practical introduction to tranquillity and insight practices originating in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism but beneficial to all. The course is usually offered in January, April and September each year. Our next course begins on September 26th. Please join us.
All of the documents on this site take their lead from the Pali Canon; the most authoritative record and guide to the historical Buddha's teachings. They are part of a living spiritual tradition that continues to flourish after two and a half millennia. These documents provide contextual background for our meditation practice.
We are an independent site promoting a balanced approach to the practice of meditation. We aim to offer resources to help nurture and sustain a fulfilling and effective meditation practice.
In addition to presenting the core texts of early Buddhism we are developing an online library featuring some of the finest modern writing on meditation.
Our newsletter contains details of our new courses and items of interest to those meditating in the vipassana and samatha traditions.
What is vipassana?
In the Pali language of the early Buddhist texts, vipassana means insight. It is often used to describe one of the two main categories of Buddhist meditation (the other being samatha or tranquillity).
What is Theravada Buddhism?
The southern form of Buddhism now found mainly in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. It is the oldest living tradition and its core teachings are based on the word of the Buddha as found in the earliest texts.
Are your courses only for Buddhists?
Definitely not! Most of our participants are not Buddhist. We always have a wide range of people of many different faiths (and of no faith) on our courses. We explain the context in which these particular meditation practices developed but our aim is to help people to learn to meditate, in a clear and systematic way, to see if it is useful in their lives - whatever their existing beliefs.
Skillful Means by Ayya Khema