Samatha at Home is a newsletter consisting of articles, poems, pictures and a video from the Jātakas or the Dhammapada commentary, a perfect bedtime story! From 30th July we will be taking a Summer break, but we will be back in the Autumn.
You can find copies of the current issues of the newsletter available to download at the foot of this page, and all the videos can be accessed and played below.
The Story of the Mind Reader is another tale from the Dhammapada commentary. It is the story of how an ordinary lay disciple developed the path and also acquired the ability to read minds. These are the events that led to the Buddha giving verse 35 of the Dhammapada.
Kisā Gotamī and the Mustard Seed is the famous story concerning the events that led to the Buddha giving verses 287 and 114 of the Dhammapada. The story tells of how the Buddha helped a young woman, overcome with grief, become free from her suffering.
The Story of Sāmāvati and Māgandiyā is from the story cycle of King Udena. It is about two women, chief consorts of King Udena, and concerns the events behind verses 21,22 & 23 of the Dhammapada.
The Story of Tissa the Fat - A Dhammapada story. This is the story behind verses 3 & 4 of the Dhammapada.
The Story of the Tree Spirit and the Young Elephant is about the development of the tenth perfection of a Bodhisatta: Upekkhā (Equanimity)
The Story of Nandiya, the Deer, is about the development of the ninth perfection of a Boddhisatta: Mettā (Lovingkindness)
The Story of Temiya, the Mute Prince is about the completion of the eighth perfection of a Bodhisatta: Adhitthāna (Resolve).
The Story of the Quail is about the development of the seventh perfection of a Boddhisatta: Sacca (Truth)
The Story of the Elephant who looked after his Mother is about the development of the sixth perfection of a Boddhisatta: Khanti (Forebearance)
The Story of the Five Weapons is about the development of the fifth perfection of a Boddhisatta: Viriya (Vigour)
The Story of the Wise Sea Captain is about the development of the fourth perfection of a Boddhisatta: Paññā (Wisdom)
The Story of the Spade Sage is about the development of the third perfection of a Boddhisatta: Nekkhamma (Renunciation)
The Story of the Nāga is about the development of the second perfection of a Boddhisatta: Sīla (Virtue)
The Story of the Hare and the Moon is about the development of the first perfection of a Boddhisatta: Dāna (Generosity)
The Samatha at Home newsletter
The newsletter began being published weekly during the current situation as a means for Samatha meditators to share experiences of practice during these difficult times. After 11 weeks it was then published fortnightly until its Summer break. The newsletter resumes on the 1st October and will now be published monthly on the first Thursday of each month. All issues can be found at the foot of this page to be downloaded or read online.
Many thanks to Sarah Shaw and Guy Healey for all their work on editing and publishing the newsletter. If you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please do get in touch with Sarah and Guy using the contact details in the editorial. All contributions are very welcome, reflecting on current circumstances or on Dhamma and Samatha practice in general, in any form that you wish. Also, please do feel free to pass the newsletter on to any meditators, friends and family who you think would be glad to receive a copy.
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Wishing you all the best on behalf of the Southern Sangha
Samatha at Home
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