My Vassa Begins : Will be Unavailable until March 1st.

Today I begin “my vassa”. The Vassa period is a monastic tradition of staying in one place during the seasons of the rains(vassana) in India at the time of the Buddha. Monastics can travel during vassa for a variety of reasons(teach dhamma, sick parents etc) but are not supposed to be gone longer then 7 days. It’s still practiced today, but in the west the traditional vassa period of July-October makes literally ZERO sense, as this is among the most active times for dhamma events and retreats.

My true Vassa begins today and ends March 1st. Bhavana has one more month before it essentially shuts down all official activities and goes into seclusion( if you’d like to come stay at Bhavana during that time, the minimum stay is a week and you support the monastery in seclusion, its a very quite and meditative time).

From here on in I will be almost totally offline and will start to build up into more and more seclusion. I still need to be online for Bhavana Business, which still has two more weeks of public retreat in December, and doing sessions on my discord community, but my online scope will be drastically reduced.

I will not be responding to questions and emails during this period unless very serious or an emergency. I may post a video or some kind of dhamma(I’m actually due for a 3 year as a monk video that i’ve been pushing bacK), but not much. This culminates in February where I get to go totally off grid in seclusion and be by myself for the whole month as I do every year, but December and January are a quasi-seclusion period. It’s been a very busy and exhausting year, its time for a little rest and relaxation vacation ,Vassa.

All Dhamma Media Links

As I get geared up back into doing dhamma media, I wanted to make a post giving a little tour of the various types of videos on the “Students of the Path” youtube channel that I’ve been running since 2012.

The last link is where to find anything I do in audio, which is uploaded to CLYP

“A Journey into Homelessness” Is my first series and the beginnings of the channel, where I document from 2012-present my journey into monasticism:
Ask a Bhante(Submit a Question, Get a Video Answer) :
SOTP Podcast (The Beginnings of a Podcast I hope to do regularly) :
Q&A Excerpts(Individual questions from full Q&A Videos):
Dhamma Shorts(Individual short sections of full Dhamma talks) :
Full Q&As :
Full Talks :
This is the official home for anything audio related I do – , talks, guided meditations, chantings etc.

Returning to Online Work

I still have a lot of work to do here at Bhavana but most of the mental burden and administrative stuff has been lifted from me thanks to the new vice-abbot, Bhante Saddhajeewa, so I will try to get back into doing more of these online things that I enjoy doing and have some more time for my own practice.
I think I want to re-institute the “ask a bhante” section on my youtube channel, that should be a nice easy one to test the waters and get back into my online work.
if you want to add any questions for me to answer in my youtube channel via video, feel free to submit them in the final video below, or you could email/PM me if you dont have a youtube account. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from these questions so your question may help many others.