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.

Students of the Path Discord Turns 3, and hits a milestone

Over three years ago I helped found an online sangha with a few friends. Today we are an international sangha of men and women, both monastic and laity, who come together to practice, study the suttas, and support each other as “Students of the Path”.

Our premier event is a sutta reading and study that happens every Sunday at 6:30pm Eastern, called “Sutta Smunday”. Smunday because for some of our members who attend the event, it’s actually Monday for them, but Sunday for us still in the states. Over three years ago we started out with Majjhima Nikaya #1, and 5 people, Tomorrow tonight we are about to finish the Majjhima with #152, with 30+ people. We’ve come a long way.

The Channel tag line/summary is as follows :

“Students of the Path is a Buddhist discord server centering around the practical study and application of the Early Buddhist Texts (EBTs) as contained in the Pali Nikayas and Chinese Agamas. We host a number of events and conversations across all living Buddhist traditions so that we may better understand and practice the Buddhist Path together.”

We have live events throughout the week, as well as a variety of chat and dhamma resource channels, and an active community of practitioners to learn from and practice with. We do events over voice and text, including Uposatha talks and more.

In the early days we actually had 3-4 monastics online for these sessions, including Bhikkhuni friends from Australia, but alas as these things tend to go, people had to move on. If you are a monastic who studies and lives by the Early Buddhist Texts and would be interested in becoming active in this community, send me a message. The monastics on this channel do not simply give talks, but engage in dialogue and discussion about the suttas with the laity, Any monastic that joins would also need to understand they will be coming into an already established community with norms and rules that may not match what they are use to.

This channel was NEVER meant to be “my” channel, as these things tend to happen with monastics, I, and the lay community, would love for there to be numerous monastics, both Bhikkhus and Bhikkhunis, on the channel with us to share in the dhamma.

If you are interested in checking us out, watch this short video, which, while old, covers the basics still pretty well, and join the link in the description of the video, or here :