Peace Beyond Suffering
Meditation & Dhamma Talks
For people who are interested in Peace, the practice of meditation plays a tremendously important role in helping you to realise your potential to experience deep clarity and well-being.
The Peace Beyond Suffering website has been created to be an easy to use resource for people with a sincere interest in meditation. You will find several meditation practices presented here in the form of step by step 'Guided Meditations.' There are also readings from Buddhist suttas and excerpts from the Dhamma Talks of contemporary meditation masters. These resources help us to see the meditation practices in a wise and balanced perspective. Ajahn Achalo's encouraging instructions and Dhamma Talks are useful supports to the practices presented here. We encourage you to explore the contents of this site. Have a listen - and see if something resonates.
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The economy of gifts
According to the Buddhist monastic code, monks and nuns are not allowed to accept money or even to engage in barter or trade with lay people. They live entirely in an economy of gifts. Lay supports provide gifts of material requisites for the monastics, while the monastics provide their supporters with the gift of teaching. Ideally - and to great extent in actual practice - this is an exchange that comes from the heart, something totally voluntary. There are many stories in the texts that emphasise the point that returns in this economy - it might also be called the economy of merit - depend not on the material value of the object given, but on the purity of heart of the donor and recipient. You give what is appropriate to the occasion and to your means, when and wherever your heart feels inspired. For the monastics, this means you teach, out of compassion, what should be taught, regardless of whether it will sell. For the laity, this means that you give what you have to spare and feel inclined to share. There is no price for the teachings, nor even a "suggested donation." Anyone who regards the act of teaching or the act of giving requisites as a repayment for a particular favour is ridiculed as mercenary. Instead, you give because giving is good for the heart and because the survival of the Dhamma as a living principle depends on acts of generosity.