Following on the steps of What is your desert island sutta?, I became curious about what dhamma talks the members here think have been the most meaningful, instructive or deepest they have heard, or simply cherish as favorite.
Often, reading suttas alone can be a dry experience and their meanings hidden under ancient, compressed sentences. It may be hard to feel inspired by them, understand them or even notice their depth. But, sometimes, we hear or read a dhamma talk that really throws light in the meanings of the teachings. Sometimes, decoded passages become alive, powerful and so inspiring. Or we simply gain a fresh perspective on the entire message of the Buddha.
So, in the same spirit as the aforementioned thread, maybe we can post one or two talks, be it a youtube video, an audio, a link to a transcript, essay or a book? This can be specially fruitful for those who, like me, are not part of a sangha where they would get to hear dhamma.
So, to start…
One dhamma talk that I find myself playing once in a while to hear is Ajahn Siripanno’s talk on the Timeless Teachings of Ajahn Chah. There’s something about it that really captivates me. A simple honesty in describing his encounter with Buddhism, and a candor in his voice when speaking, particularly about the pursue of truth. The sound of his voice alone demands my mind to be calm, mindful and concentrated. Below the link to part 1/3.
Another of my favorites is Ven. Ñāṇananda’s “The Magic of the Mind: An Exposition of the Kalakarama Sutta”. His command of the teachings and his ability to use words and explore the implications and nature of mind using a single sutta as stage made a deep impression on me.