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Here are some resources you may find useful as you deepen your Theravadan Forest Buddhist exploration and practice.

Access To Insight Associated with Metta Forest Monastery in California, this website contains many of the Buddha’s teachings translated into English, prominent modern monks’ writings, and biographies of influential forest monks.

Forest Dhamma Associated with Forest Dhamma Monastery in Virginia, this website contains the writings and audio books of additional forest monks translated to many languages.

Sutta Meditation Series This YouTube channel is available also as a podcast. Learn to understand the Buddha’s words to deepen your practice. English.

Ajahn Chah Dhamma Talks A prominent 20th-century forest monk who promoted the spread of Theravada Buddhism in the West, 67 of Ajahn Chah’s dhamma talks were translated into English and recorded here.

Upasika Kee Nanayon was a Thai lay woman whose teacher was Ajahn Buddhadhassa. Ajahn Buddhadhassa believed Upasika Kee had achieved enlightenment during her life. Here is an audio English translation of Unentangled Knowing: Lessons in Training the Mind by Upasika Kee Nanayon

BBC Documentary on the Life of the Buddha in English.

Thus Have I Heard animated life of the Buddha in English.

Chant in English and Pali with Forest monks from Buddha Bodhivana Monastery recorded on YouTube. Each video description links to their downloadable chanting books.

Read along or download the chanting book in Pali with English including pronunciation guide and intonation guide from the Wat Pah Nanachat, the International Forest Monastery.

Here are some teachings of the Buddha:

The Five Precepts: These are called “sila” or morality, and form the foundation for following the Buddha on the Noble Eight-fold Path to Nibbana. Practicing sila strengthens self-restraint which helps us to let go of the fetters of greed, ill-will, and delusion.

1) Refrain from taking life. The Buddha teaches that all sentient beings want to live, and that taking their life would hurt and cause difficulties for them and for those depending on them. Taking another’s life now creates very heavy kamma for our future. To create the conditions for our future enlightenment, we do our best to refrain from taking any sentient being’s life, including ticks, mosquitoes, rats, snakes, scorpions, pets, and other humans.

2) Refrain what taking what is not offered to you. You would feel resentment and anger if someone were to take something belonging to you, therefore we refrain from taking what is not offered to us. As we create the conditions for Nibbana by our actions right now, we refrain from taking what is not offered to us.

3) Refrain from sexual misconduct. Examples of sexual misconduct include flirting with another’s partner, engaging with pornography, sexual activities with children and animals, and similar unwholesome activity. By practicing sexual self-restraint, we give to others freedom from danger, freedom from resentment, and freedom from oppression and we weaken our grip on greed, ill-will, and delusion.

4) Refrain from incorrect speech. Speech expresses sankaras, or mental formations, and makes it difficult to keep a peaceful mind. Gossip, lies, derogatory opinions, coarse and harsh language or joking, and chattering with no purpose are examples of incorrect speech. As we create the conditions for future Nibbana right now, we refrain from incorrect speech.

5) Refrain from taking intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness. It is difficult to keep the four previous precepts when we are careless. Therefore, we refrain from intoxicants.

As unenlightened human beings, we sometimes allow our sila to slip. In this case, we may wish to talk to a kalyanamitta, or friend in the Dhamma, and ask them to help us sort out what causes and conditions led to our losing sila. They can help us to see how we can avoid losing sila in the future, then we can make the firm plan to move forward with our newfound awareness.