With Ven. Sis­ter Khema of “Dham­ma­sukha Med­i­ta­tion Cen­tre,” Mis­souri USA

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Most Ven­er­a­ble Bhante Vi­malaramsi has prac­tised med­i­ta­tion for more than 40 years and is a well-known med­i­ta­tion teacher in­ter­ested in bring­ing to light med­i­ta­tion by go­ing back to the ear­li­est Bud­dhist Suttras of what the Bud­dha re­ally taught. This has been re­mark­ably suc­cess­ful so far.


Bhante Vi­malaramsi has stud­ied with sev­eral monks who held the ti­tle of “Bhivamsa”. Among them were Ven­er­a­ble U. Pan­dita, U. Lakkhana, U. Si­lananda, U. Janaka, U. Dham­mananda and U. Dhammapia. He stud­ied fur­ther with Min­gun Sayadaw, who had mem­o­rized the en­tire Trip­i­tika. Sayadaw. U Thatilla, who had a pure au­dio­graphic mem­ory was one of his teach­ers.

Other teach­ers he spent longer pe­ri­ods of time with were the late MostVen. K. Sri Dham­mananda, Ven­er­a­ble Pun­naji,Ajah­nYan­i­tra,Ajahn Bud­dhadasa, Ajahn Cha Lee,Ajahn San­ti­titho and some oth­ers in Thai­land.

Bhante prac­tised Vi­pas­sana very in­tensely dur­ing his first 20 years. Dur­ing the last 10 years, he ded­i­cated him­self to “di­rect ex­pe­ri­ence through study of the suttras and med­i­ta­tion prac­tice”.

When Bhante be­gan to do this, he dis­cov­ered first­hand the in­ter­wo­ven na­ture of the Teach­ings. In each Sut­tra Bhante found the el­e­ments of the 4 Noble Truths, the 8-Fold Path and the im­per­sonal process of De­pen­dent Orig­i­na­tion to be the core of the teach­ings. He re­alised that the word sut­tra lit­er­ally meant “thread” and that the threads to­gether cre­ated a finely wo­ven cloth, whereas, one sin­gle thread did not equal a cloth! Through his own ob­jec­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, the 8-Fold Path be­gan to come alive with full mean­ing.

Ven­er­a­ble Sis­ter Khema be­gan prac­tis­ing med­i­ta­tion and study­ing the texts with Bhante Vi­malaramsi since 2000. “Our ob­jec­tives are the same; to bring back a teach­ing that was used di­rectly by all peo­ple in daily life when all this be­gan.” She took on robes in Oc­to­ber 2006, and has con­tin­ued her med­i­ta­tion prac­tice for over 15 years. She has been teach­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally since 2009 and cur­rently is a guest lec­turer in the Pal­iBud­dhist Stud­ies Depart­ment of the Uni­ver­sity of Jayawar­denepura.

Sis­ter Khema has agreed to con­duct weekly dis­cus­sions by fol­low­ing Med­i­ta­tion Sutta in­struc­tions that Bhante Vi­malaramsi taught in his April, 2015 retreat in Cal­i­for­nia. Th­ese video pre­sen­ta­tions are easy to un­der­stand and the Ven­er­a­ble Bhikkuni talks very clearly and slowly. Ques­tions and dis­cus­sion will fol­low. This will take place along with a Med­i­ta­tion Pe­riod, ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing from 8.30 - 11.15a.m. at the Light of Asia Cen­tre, Pelawatte, Bat­tara­mulla.

You will re­ceive train­ing that will cover For­give­ness, Com­pas­sion, and Lov­ing Kind­ness Med­i­ta­tion. This retreat filmed 9 Sut­tas teach­ing the as­pects of prac­tis­ing this sim­ple med­i­ta­tion you can keep go­ing all the time in life. It was su­perbly filmed. Very clear.

You are in­vited to join us at any point dur­ing th­ese pre­sen­ta­tions. Each week you would know in ad­vance what will be cov­ered. The most re­cently printed book on “For­give­ness Med­i­ta­tion” by Bhante Vi­malaramsi will also be made avail­able dur­ing the class . This is a su­per op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance your med­i­ta­tion prac­tice. Don’t miss this op­por­tu­nity.

For in­quiries and reg­is­tra­tion, con­tact Ven­er­a­ble Sis­ter Khema on 071 696 7424. Email - khan­ For more in­for­ma­tion see www. dham­ma­ and www. lighto­fasi­afoun­da­

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