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Dhamma Talk by Venerable Ajahn Amaro at Panyaden

Venerable Ajahn Amaro will be giving a public Dhamma Talk (in Eng and Thai) at our Assembly Hall.
All Panyaden community and guests are warmly welcome to join us.

Please call 080 078 5115 or send us a message for registration.

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Skillful Communication Talk

Skillful Communication - Panyaden dhamma talk poster june 2018

Panyaden Dhamma Talk on ‘Skillful Communication’

Panyaden’s Spiritual Advisor, the British-born forest monk, Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro will be giving a public Dhamma Talk (in Eng and Thai) at our Assembly Hall on Tuesday, June 5, 4pm to 5pm. Venerable Jayasaro will speak on the topic, ‘Skillful Communication’. All are warmly welcome to join us! Please call 080 078 5115 for more information or email us. See our Dhamma Talk event on Facebook and our school website Dhamma Talk by Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro event.

Panyaden Welcomes Honoured Guests

Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro and Ven. Ajahn Jiew observe Panyaden International School wise habit session Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro and Ajahn Jiew observe Panyaden Life Skills Class for Year 3 Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro helps Panyaden's Year 3 student during Life Skills class at the school Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro helps Panyaden Year 3 primary student to plant vegetables

Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro and Venerable Ajahn Jiew join the school’s morning assembly and Life Skills class. Venerable Jayasaro observed our skit on the Wise Habit samadhi (being calm and focused) and gave students some advice on how to practise it. He then helped Year 3 student Ethan plant a vegetable and asked the youngster to look after it for him until his next visit!

More photos of the visit are on Panyaden’s blog.

Panyaden’s New Eco-friendly Hall Official Opening

Panyaden's bamboo and earth assembly hall, seen from the school's rice fields

In with the new….. Panyaden’s new assembly hall is officially opened by Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro in a traditional Buddhist blessing ceremony. Designed and built by Chiangmai Life Construction , the magnificent structure is testament to the creativity and inspiration that are possible when art and science combine with natural materials.

Start of traditional Buddhist blessing ceremony for Panyaden's new assembly hall A traditional Buddhist blessing ceremony for Panyaden's new assembly hall Buddhist blessings by Ajahn Jayasaro for Panyaden

 Prayers during the Buddhist blessing ceremony for Panyaden's new hall Panyaden new assembly hall Buddhist blessing ceremony 2017 Arches and curved bamboo roof design, Photo by Panyaden International School

Intricate bamboo roof design, Panyaden International School's new assembly hall. Photo by Panyaden Bamboo poles and intricate roof design, Panyaden International School's new assembly hall View from inside Panyaden International School's new assembly hall

Futuristic look, Panyaden's new hall. Photo and design by Chiangmai Life Construction Panyaden's new assembly hall, reflections in the lake  Top view of Panyaden's new assembly hall. Photo by CLC

More photos here: Panyaden Assembly/Indoor Sports Hall official opening.
See also other photos of the hall construction in Panyaden’s blog image galleries.

Panyaden’s New Hall: Finishing Touches

Panyaden International School's new bamboo and earth hall. Photo by Chiang Mai Life Construction Finishing touches to the rammed earth floor. Panyaden International School's new bamboo and earth hall. Photo by Chiang Mai Life Construction

Finishing touches to Panyaden International School’s new environmentally-friendly Assembly/Indoor Sports Hall! Ready for Venerable Ajahn Jaysasaro’s dhamma talk on 20 January, 2017. All are welcome to the talk (see Panyaden’s events page).

Photos above by Chiangmai Life Construction.

Upcoming Dhamma Talk @Panyaden

Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro giving a dhamma talk at Panyaden International School
Dhamma Talk in English and Thai at Panyaden International School

by our spiritual advisor Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro

Topic: “In with the new, out with the old”
Date/time: 20 January, 2017, Friday, 4pm – 5.30pm
All are welcome! Click on RSVP on Panyaden’s Events page to reserve a seat.
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Panyaden 12 Wise Habits 2015

Caga

by Neil Amas, Panyaden School Director

DSCF9031 Gifts for Sri Nehru School donated by Panyaden School parents, students and staff
Gifts for Sri Nehru School donated by Panyaden parents, students and staff

Caga (pronounced jaa-ka) means generosity. It is the quality of delighting in the act of giving, sharing or relinquishing and expecting nothing in return; it is when the love of giving becomes a virtue in itself. Caga is being generous not only with material things but also with your time, your energy, your forgiveness, and your willingness to be fair and just with other people. It is the opposite of selfishness, stinginess, being attached to me and my things, needs or views, and, as such, caga also means to give up those thoughts and habits.

Dana (giving or gift) is the external manifestation of the internal quality of caga. While giving can be done without generosity, such as in order to get something in return or for the promise of a future reward, dana that is motivated by caga is so much greater. Giving up the unwholesome thoughts that prevent generosity, such as meanness and unwillingness to forgive, are also qualities of caga. They are a ‘gift’ to ourselves.

In Buddhist teachings, caga is seen as the foundation of dhamma practice, a pre-condition for sila-samadhi-panya (the Noble Eightfold Path). A mind expanded by generosity is better able to generate the effort and motivation needed to take on the tribulations of life than one constricted by the narrow confines of ‘what do I get out of it?’. Caga is also one of the 5 attributes that must be cultivated if one is to enter the higher stages of dhamma practice (‘stream-entry’): sadda (conviction), sila (moral conduct), suta (learning), caga and panya (wisdom).

pasanno_a_dhamma_compassCaga can be developed in different ways and at different levels. Helping others and offering service are ways of stepping over the boundaries of me and mine which, when stretched, often make us feel uncomfortable or threatened (Ajahn Pasanno, A Dhamma Compass). Forgiveness is a further step, a higher form of dana, because it is more difficult to forgive than it is to give material things. The highest form of giving is dhammadana, or sharing the principles and practice of dhamma. Ajahn Chah reminded us that this is not something only reserved for monks and nuns: “It is enough to set good examples and follow the Precepts.” Like the vine which grows and is shaped by the nearest tree, children are more affected by their parents’ example than anything else. When we think of the people who have most positively influenced our lives, “it is not because of the kinds of cars they own or vacations they have taken but because they have been trustworthy, kind and patient with us. They’ve made us feel good, no matter how badly we feel about ourselves. This kind of giving is not beyond the capacity of anybody. Increasing well-being and decreasing dukkha (suffering) are gifts we can all give,” (Ajahn Pasanno, ibid).

DSCF0921 Panyaden student drawing with Rappaport School student in Bor Kaew, Sameong, part of our annual social contribution initiative

From an early age if children are praised and encouraged for freely giving to others, they grow up with a pleasant feeling associated with being generous. The idea that you gain happiness by giving things away does not come automatically to a young child’s mind, but with practice they will find that it is true. They will learn that when we give, we put ourselves in a position of wealth. A gift, no matter how small, is proof that you have more than enough. Caga helps build confidence in children because by being able to help other people we develop a sense of self-worth. Acts of generosity are an antidote to low self-esteem. They create a sense of openness in the mind which helps break down boundaries with others that otherwise would keep goodwill from spreading around. Caga can used as a catalyst for family togetherness because, as Ajahn Jayasaro notes, ’’few things enhance the sense of connection between family members as group acts of generosity” (Daughters & Sons).

The nature of the desire mind is that, even when we have enough, we feel there is always a lack of this or never enough of that, or we fear that something is going to get taken away from us. The ‘she’s got more than me, it’s not fair’ complaint of materialist competitive societies creates a confined, fearful world because there’s never enough, as opposed to the confident and trusting world we create through acts of generosity. As we practice caga, we realise that we can get by on less, and that there is a pleasure that comes with giving. This, it can be said, is a true sense of wealth.

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Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro Visits Panyaden

FotorCreated3 Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro visits Panyaden School CHiang Mai
A visit by Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro. Students, teachers, parents and friends were given the opportunity to hear the wisdom of Panyaden’s spiritual advisor, Ajahn Jayasaro yesterday. Accompanied by Venerable Ajahn Jiew and Venerable Ton, the day started with guided meditation for teachers followed by visits to Grade 4 and 5 classrooms, Q and A with teachers and a dhamma talk for parents and friends. An inspiring day for which we are deeply grateful.