Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Magazine Teachings

Do Thoughts Ever Stop?

THE BUDDHA ADVISED his bhikkhus (ordained followers), “Bhikkhus, when you have assembled together you should do one of two things—have dhamma discussions or observe noble silence.” Noble silence is the state of mind where there are no thoughts. The mind is totally silent. But thoughts can be stopped only if we train our mind to […]

By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
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Magazine Meditation & Practice


Ancient Pali texts liken meditation to the process of taming a wild elephant. The procedure in those days was to tie a newly captured animal to a post with a good strong rope. When you do this, the elephant is not happy. He screams and tramples, and pulls against the rope for days. Finally it […]

By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Magazine Meditation & Practice

Sitting Still

ONCE YOU SIT, do not change the position again until the end of the time you determined at the beginning. Suppose you change your original position because it is uncomfortable, and assume another position. What happens after a while is that the new position becomes uncomfortable. Then you want another and after a while it, […]

By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
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