Audio : Sutta Readings and Commentary on Kamma in the EBTs


I’m Sharing this recording because it is , to date, my most complete summation of Kamma as taught by the Buddha in the Early Buddhist Texts. We go over what are probably the two most important suttas on Kamma (Majjhima Nikaya # 135 & 136 the Shorter and Greater Analysis of Kamma). I read and provide commentary and context , including what the Buddha has said from various other suttas in the EBTs.


THe Buddha said it would be an imponderable thing to understand the full workings of kamma, so it is wise not to over simplify it, however If I were to give a paragraph as to the Buddha’s summation of Kamma it would be this:


“Your actions matter, in this life and in future lives. Your kamma fully determines how you are born into life. Once born, Kamma continues to play a role, however the Buddha expressly states that not everything that happens to you is due to kamma, there are many other factors, such as environmental, social etc, however even in these situations kamma is interwoven to a greater or lesser degree.. you cannot escape the consequences of your actions, but you can choose how to respond right now in the present moment, because in the present moment, you create your future.”



This is from our weekly sutta reading on our discord Sangha “Students of the Path” ( come join our international sangha of practitioners, link in description.

Project to Bring the Nikayas to Audio Book for Free(

I recently found out about , a neat organization where volunteers record themselves reading the classic books in the public domain for people to download and listen to the audio books, all for free.
I noticed they even have some recordings of the Dhammapada, and recordings of other religious texts like the bible etc.
I thought it would be a neat project to start recording suttas to put up on this website for anyone across the world to download/listen to for free.
If any monastics or lay people who can read the suttas well enough for recording, would like to volunteer to do this, send me a PM.

2019 Bhavana Housekeeping

Some 2019 Bhavana Housekeeping Announcements :
Now that Bhavana is officially out of seclusion and gearing up to start a new year, I wanted to post up some reminders and announcements.
Firstly, Bhavana is always looking for residents. If you would like to stay for one week, or one year, you are welcome to apply with a residency application on the website :
Secondly, although we have a cook currently, that position tends to change hands every year or so, and hence Bhavana is always accepting applications and interest in living at Bhavana in the paid cook position :
If you are interested in attending Bhante G’s Saturday Dhamma/Pali sessions, keep an eye out on the website as the date it starts up for the year and subsequent dates will be posted there on the front page.
I look forward to a new year of sharing Dhama with all of you, and helping to maintain and grow Bhavana as a place for all people to come to learn and experience the Dhamma first hand.
– Bhante J

Scheduling Events for 2019

One final post. The 2019 Bhavana Schedule is up, those of you who wanted to schedule an event with me in 2019, feel free to check the calendar and send me an email ( – put Visit Scheduling or some such in the topic), This will be the last time I post for the next three months.,

December 1st to March 1st : Partial to Full Seclusion.

Starting December 1st I will be going mostly/partially off internet for the next three months. For December and January I will be off social media and most online dhamma work, but will still need to use email for monastery business and the like. February I will then do my full month totally off the grid in seclusion.

So I’ll technically still be online December & January, still will be doing my dhamma sessions on Saturday and Sunday nights. but otherwise I’m switching my focus to running Bhavana and my own practice for this time.

If it is an emergency that you need to contact me, you can write that in an email, it would probably best be done via calling our office manager at the Bhavana number to get in contact with me. I will still be available for those who want to schedule visits for next year and for emails that are an emergency, but otherwise, I wish to have this time to spend working on myself and my practice.

Come Join us in January and February for some Seclusion!

It’s getting to that time again when Bhavana begins the slow process towards winter shutdown and seclusion.
If you are interested in coming to stay with us for a time during this period to help support the community with work and spend lots of time in practice, fill out a residency application on the website (
During the January and February months of Seclusion, the minimum length of stay is a week. It is not very different than staying at any other time, except there are no visitors and we concentrate mostly on work centered around food and wood work. The afternoons for the most part will be free for you to practice, although you may be asked to work with the residents when needed.
If you have any further questions feel free to PM me.

Introduction to Meditation Retreat: Full Audio of Retreat (all Talks, Q&A, and Guided Meditations+)

In an effort to allow those unable to take retreats I have recorded the entirety of the 2018 Summer “Introduction to Meditation” Retreat. You can find the links and descriptions to all of the recordings ( an 11 part series) below. It is recommended that you listen to each one in order, as they often build on previously given teaching.

***All audio is also downloadable.

Part I –  Introduction to Meditation Retreat: Welcome Talk, Precepts, and Guided Meditation.

Part II –  Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 1 : Simile of the Ember and Mindfulness of Eating

Part III –  Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 1 : Guided Meditation with “Vipassana Itch” and Standing Meditation.

Part IV –  Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 1 : Walking Meditation Instructions.

Part V –  Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 1 : Dhamma Talk “Why We Meditate”

Part VI –  Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 1 : Questions and Answers

Part VII –  Introduction to Meditation Retreat : day 2 : Guided Metta Meditation.

Part VIII –  Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 2 : Final Guided Meditation – The Five Subjects of Contemplation.

Part IX –  Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 2 : Dhamma Talk – Right Attitude and Qualities of a Successful Meditator.

Part X –  Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 2 : Questions and Answers

Part XI –  Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Final Day Q&A and Closing.