Author name: Tahn Pamutto

Happy Chinese New Year!

Having been in Taiwan on Chinese New Year, I wasn’t sure what to expect here in NYC. Was I going to hear explosions all night? See fireworks? Dancing dragon puppets? Turns out it’s a little more tame here! I did get to learn some new things, though, in talking with the community and putting up …

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Why the Suffering, Mate?

Hanging out with Buddhist monastics is not always what one might consider uplifting. The conversation will start amicably enough, the weather or what so-and-so said, but it’s really just a matter of time before it wanders into areas where most casual conversations abruptly die. Aging, sickness, death, and loss. Inevitably, the conversation will move to …

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Dhammapalooza 2-1-21

Dhammapalooza this week with Bhante Jayasāra and Pamutto was a vast collection of chanting, sutta readings, meditation and discussion. You can see the recording here:  

Cemetary Contemplation

A brief 360 degree video transporting you to Mt. Zion Cemetary in Brooklyn, NYC. Sitting among generations of the departed, one is close to the heart of what it means to be a human in a transient world.  

Sickness and Health

Vihara Parivara Dhamma’s weekly Sunday morning program. This week’s topic: “Sickness and Health” by Bhante Pamutto. “I am of the nature to sicken, I have not gone beyond sickness.” This is something the Buddha encourages us to reflect upon every day, to develop wisdom into the realities of life. Yet how do we do this, …

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Unwavering Support

Lots of gratitude to the generous and devoted community here at Parivara Dhamma. Even in the midst of a blizzard that has otherwise closed the city down, the monks were able to eat and maintain the strength for another day and night of practice. Where better than your local temple to spend a snow day?

Two Meditations a Week

Two Sittings a Week Upavana is now doing two virtual meditation settings a week, on Wednesday and Friday at 8 pm EST. Zoom meeting info can be found in the Meditations/Events section.

January Update

For most of my monastic life, January has been a time of moving inward. Many monastic communities see this as the necessary time for deep retreat; with cold temperatures and long nights the conditions seem perfect for lots of formal practice. So it’s been a pleasant break from the norm to see the birth of …

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