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Monks in the Morning from Colombo Dhamma Friends

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Get your kids in the habit of taking the precepts every day, chanting suttas, practicing meditation, and listening to Dhamma teachings especially for them so they have a strong Buddhist faith to protect them in life.Children are naturally curious about the world and how it works. And even at a young… read more

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223 Visākhā Gets Her Wish

November 4th, 2021


Have you ever wished for something? Something you wanted really, really bad? Lots of people wish for things for themselves. New clothes, new games, a favorite food. Well, some people have a wish to help other people. …

222 Good-hearted Friends

November 1st, 2021


Do you know what it means if someone is good-hearted? It’s not talking about their physical heart in the middle of their chest. If someone is good-hearted then, they always act in a good way and try to help other …

221 Invest Your Gold in Merit

October 25th, 2021


If you haven’t listened to the last episode yet, you might want to go back and hear it first. Because today we’ll learn the rest of the story of the …

220 A Girl Gifts Gold to a Stupa

October 20th, 2021


Have you ever seen a stupa before? Or maybe just a photo? Stupas hold the relics of the Supreme Buddha or Arahant disciples of the Supreme Buddha. …

219 Respect Comes from Respect, Mangala Sutta, Part 12

October 17th, 2021


When we are with each other we get to learn all sorts of things that help us be better people. The more we learn from our good Dhamma friends, the easier it is to remember to do the right things, even when it is …

218 Heedfulness, Mangala Sutta, Part 11

October 15th, 2021


Today we are going to learn the next blessing in the Mahamangala sutta. Do you remember all the blessings you have learned before? If not, you can go back and listen to those shows. Just go to the show notes on the …

217 Dangerous Drink, Mangala Sutta, Part 10

March 16th, 2021


Today we are going to learn another one of the blessings that we can find in the Mahā Mangala Sutta, the great discourse on blessings. I’m sure most of you have chanted the Mangala sutta before. It’s important that we …

216 The Four Requirements for Life

February 20th, 2021


So, have you ever had to move houses? If you did, were you able to pack all of your things in a box or two? Or did you have to rent a big truck? Or …

215 Giving with Two Intentions, Part 2

February 2nd, 2021


In the last episode we started to learn about two sisters who practiced giving. Because of that giving, they were both reborn in heavenly worlds. Do you remember their names? One was called Bhadra, that means lucky, or …

214 Giving with Two Intentions, Part 1

October 8th, 2020


Today we are going to talk about intention. An intention is like a wish that our mind is thinking about when we do some action. For example, when we give someone some medicine, we have the intention to help that person. …

213 Giving to the Maha Sangha

September 22nd, 2020


Sometimes people wonder about whom we should give gifts to. Once King Pasenadi asked the Supreme Buddha whom he should give gifts to. The Buddha told …

212 Dhamma Discussion: Disciples in Lockdown

September 16th, 2020


Today we are going to listen in on a discussion that some of our good Dhamma friends had with one of the venerable monks about their time in lockdown. Now some of you may be listening to this episode long after the …

211 The Story of Kali Yakshini, Part 3

September 15th, 2020


Today we will listen to the last part of the story of Kālī Yakshini. Although lots of terrible things happen in this story, something very wonderful …

210 The Story of Kali Yakshini, Part 2

September 2nd, 2020


In the last episode we started to learn the story of a very unfortunate family who were terrorized by a yakkha who kept eating their babies. That …

209 The Story of Kali Yakshini, Part 1

July 12th, 2020


Have you ever had something strange happen to you that you couldn’t explain? We’ll start to learn the story of a family that had something really …

208 Dhamma Discussion: Novice Ordination Ceremony

July 7th, 2020


We have a very special show today to talk about something very special that happened recently in one of our monasteries. There was a novice ordination ceremony. Do you know what that means? It’s a special event where …

207 Hope and Train to Be Free from Anger

July 6th, 2020


Lots of you have told us how you really like to practice loving-kindness meditation. This makes all the monks so happy to know that even as kids you …

206 The Story of Arahant Jambuka

July 2nd, 2020


The Supreme Buddha taught us it’s very very important that we associate with good people who like to practice the Dhamma. Because when we do, our good qualities increase. But sometimes, we don't take advantage of being …

205 Don’t Get Tricked!

July 1st, 2020


Have you ever been tricked before? Maybe someone pretended to throw something to you and when you tried to catch it, it wasn’t there. Or maybe someone traded you for something, but what you got wasn’t what they …

204 Where Should We Keep Our Savings?

June 29th, 2020


Do you have a savings account? Maybe you have a jar that you collect money in that you hope to buy something with in the future. Lots of people do. …

203 Five Benefits of Giving

June 28th, 2020


On the programme we talk a lot about how when we practice generosity it leads to being wealthy in the future. The Supreme Buddha says this again and again. Well, today we are going to learn five more benefits of giving. …

202 Dhamma Discussion: Kids Dana

June 24th, 2020


Today we are going to listen to a really interesting discussion between one of the venerable monks and a couple of kids who have been attending Dhamma programmes for a few years. Among other things, they are going to …

201 Overflowing Goodness

June 23rd, 2020


Click on the links in case you missed part 1 and part 2 of the Puññābhisanda Sutta.

Today we’ll learn the rest of the Puññābhisanda sutta. You …

200 Complete Confidence in the Blessed One

June 22nd, 2020


In the last episode we started to learn the Puññābhisanda Sutta, the way to always have merit flowing into our lives. The first way is to have strong confidence in the enlightenment of the Supreme Buddha. The way that …

199 A River of Merit

June 21st, 2020


One thing the Supreme Buddha is very clear about is that we have to work hard if we want to improve our situation in life. If we want to be happy, this isn’t something we get just by wishing for it. We have to do things …

198 Happy Here, Happy There, Happy Everywhere

June 17th, 2020


One of the things that’s so great about being a follower of the Supreme Buddha is that if we follow his advice, it brings us happiness right now as …

197 Can Our Relatives in Heaven Help Us?

June 16th, 2020


When we collect good karma by practicing the Buddha’s instructions, we will often share merit with heavenly beings. And we may even have the wish …

196 Sadness from the Ones We Love

June 15th, 2020


Do you remember that word, kalyanamitta? It means a special kind of friend who likes to help us practice the Supreme Buddha’s teachings. That’s what we’re going to do together today, practice the Supreme Buddha’s …

195 Offering a Milk Rice Puja

June 14th, 2020


Have you ever heard of offering milk rice to the Supreme Buddha? Today two of the monks are going to talk about the practice of offering milk rice to the Supreme Buddha. In Sinhala this special kind of milk rice …

194 Benefits of Loving Kindness Meditation

June 11th, 2020


Today we are going to hear the eleven benefits that we get when we practice loving kindness meditation. Some of the benefits of practicing meditation we can see in this life, and some don’t come until a future life. But …

193 Good Friendship to Improve Our Lives

June 9th, 2020


Today we are going to learn a teaching from the Supreme Buddha about the importance of friendship. We can find it in the collection called the …

192 Noble People Let Go of Desire for Everything, Araham Quality pt. 4

June 7th, 2020


Can you remember the three knowledges we learned in the last episode? The three things that the Supreme Buddha was able to see and understand on the night of his enlightenment? The first one was the ability to remember …

191 The Buddha Knows Three Important Things

June 4th, 2020


Have you heard about the night of the Supreme Buddha’s enlightenment? You probably remember that it happened on a Vesak full moon. And that he sat …

190 Drunk on Food. Araham Quality pt. 3

June 3rd, 2020


Today we will learn more about the Arahaṁ quality of the Supreme Buddha. Do you remember the story we learned about the monks being happy with the food given to horses? Well, there’s more to the story and we will learn …

189 Beauty Disappears

June 2nd, 2020


Today we will learn another example of why our Supreme Buddha was the best teacher in the world. You know that sometimes the Supreme Buddha would …

188 Don’t Do Bad Things in Public or in Secret

May 31st, 2020


In the sermon today we are going to learn a wonderful verse taught by the Supreme Buddha. One day he was walking on alms round, collecting his meal …

187 Happy without the Defilements. Araham Quality pt. 2

May 27th, 2020


Today we’ll learn more about the arahaṁ quality of the Supreme Buddha. I should also mention that usually when we see the word arahaṁ written, it …

186 Life Is Short, Be Heedful

May 26th, 2020


Today one of the monks is going to teach us a beautiful passage spoken by the Supreme Buddha. It’s a great reminder of how short our human life is, …

185 The Buddha’s Mind Is Undefiled. Araham Quality pt. 1

May 25th, 2020


Today we are going to learn about the meaning of the word arahaṁ. I know you’ve said this word maybe even 100 times before. It’s one of the qualities of the Supreme Buddha we recite in the Itipiso gatha. And to …

184 What Should We Plan For?

May 24th, 2020


Have you ever made plans to do something and your plans didn’t work out like you hoped? Maybe we planned on taking a trip and then the trip had to get canceled. Or maybe we planned to call one of our friends and talk, …

183 The Blessing of Giving Up Evil, Mangala Sutta part 9

May 6th, 2020


Today we are going to learn an important Pāli word. The word is pāpa. In English, this word mean evil. Now, when the Supreme Buddha uses this word, he means all the different kinds of bad things we can do, not just the …

182 Half a Day of Merit, a Very Big Result

May 3rd, 2020


Do any of you remember the simile the Supreme Buddha gave for doing very small good things? He said that just like a water pot will eventually get filled even if only a few drops of water fall into the pot at a time. He …

181 Victory through Blameless Actions, Mangala Sutta part 8

April 30th, 2020


So, tell me. Should we care what other people think of us? Should we care about being blamed by other people? This isn’t a simple question, is it? …

180 Growing a Garden of Good Qualities with Right Effort

April 28th, 2020


Today we are going to learn one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold path that’s all about practicing the teachings. It’s called Sammā Vāyāmo. In …

179 True Help for Relatives, Mangala Sutta part 7

April 27th, 2020


Have you ever helped your family before? I’m sure you have. Maybe you’ve given them gifts, or you took care of them when they were sick. Or maybe you have helped them with things around the house. All of these are great …

178 Don’t Decrease in Good Qualities

April 26th, 2020


Have you ever known someone who was a really good person, but then slowly they started doing bad things? This can happen to any of us. Even though …

177 Sharing Merits with the Gods

April 22nd, 2020


Recently we learned about sharing merits with ghosts. But I think you know that we often also share merit with gods as well. Today we’ll hear a story about two brothers, one good and one bad. The good brother practice …

176 Like Dirt Under a Fingernail, Mangala Sutta part 6

April 21st, 2020


Today we are going to learn about a very important word. In Pali, the word is dhammacariyā. Can you recognize any part of that word? Dhamma-cariyā You probably know the first part: Dhamma. The second part means action …

175 Old Medicine for Corona Virus

April 20th, 2020


I think many of you may be hearing about this virus that is spreading around the world. Today, the Bhante is going to help us think about this in a wise way according to the Supreme Buddha’s teachings. That way instead …

174 Helping Ourselves and Helping Ghosts

April 19th, 2020


Have you ever offered dāna to monks and shared merits with your departed relatives? Have you ever wondered about how that works? Well, today we’re going to hear about an incident that happened in the time of our Supreme …

173 A Simple Method to See Suffering

April 16th, 2020


When the Supreme Buddha was still alive, people would go and ask him all kinds of questions. Some people asked questions to try and trick the Buddha, …

172 Shocked by Impermanance

April 15th, 2020


How have you been doing with your job of being an investigator? Remember I asked you to start looking around you to see if you could find anything …

171 Super Giving with Five Factors

April 14th, 2020


What do you think? Does a gift need to be very big and expensive to collect merit? No, it doesn’t. Our teacher, the Supreme Buddha taught us that how …

170 Questions on Precepts, Jealousy, and the Next Buddha

April 13th, 2020


Today we have some of your questions and the Bhantes will answer them. We’ll also practice loving-kindness meditation in a new way. You’ll want to know which direction is north, so if you’re not sure, now’s the time to …

169 Does It Last Forever?

April 12th, 2020


Today we are going to become investigators. An investigator is someone who likes to look very carefully at things and discover the truth. Because we …

168 Share Things, Share Happiness

April 9th, 2020


Yesterday we learned three things that help us to get along with people. Do you remember what they are? Showing people loving-kindness to people with our bodies, showing people loving-kindness with our speech, and …

167 Harmony Happiness

April 8th, 2020


Today we are going to learn advice from the Supreme Buddha on how to live in harmony with people. Do you know the word harmony? When we live in harmony, we get along with the people around us. We don’t fight. We don’t …

166 Happiness in a Dungeon

April 7th, 2020


Have you ever been stuck somewhere you didn’t want to be? If we can’t be content where we are, then it’s hard to be happy. Today we are going to hear the story of one of the great disciples of the Supreme Buddha named …

165 Happiness from Contentment

April 5th, 2020


Today we are going to talk about a very special word, a word that if we can remember and practice it, it will be really easy to be happy. That word is “contentment”. When we are content, then we are happy with whatever …

164 Our Minds Have Power

April 2nd, 2020


Today we are going to think about how powerful our minds are. Just by thinking, we can collect good or bad karma. Today the Bhante is going to give …

163 Poisonous Jewelry

April 1st, 2020


Have you ever been blamed for something you didn’t do? Most people have. It doesn’t feel good, does it? We may even get angry at the person who is accusing us. And afterwards most people don’t learn anything from the …

162 It’s Time to Read Suttas!

March 31st, 2020


Have you heard the word sutta before? A sutta is a specific teaching or sermon given by the Supreme Buddha or one of his enlightened disciples. It’s amazing, isn’t it, that over 2500 years later, we still know what the …

161 The Secret to Being Generous

March 30th, 2020


Have you ever had to make a difficult decision? Maybe there was a time that you had to decide not to tell a lie, even though you might get in …

160 Is a City of Grandchildren Happiness?

March 29th, 2020


Have you ever heard about the lay disciple Visākhā? She was an amazing person. For one thing, she was the woman who was the biggest supporter of the Supreme Buddha and the Sangha. No one gave more than she did. But …

159 May the Triple Gem Protect You!

March 26th, 2020


One of the best things we can do to start the day is to go for refuge to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. Then when we have difficulties or problems …

158 Discussion on Loving-Kindness and Attachment

March 25th, 2020


Today we have a special chance to listen to a discussion between a young student who visited the monastery and one of the monks. This student understood the value of going to see people who know the Supreme Buddha’s …

157 What Exactly Is Right and Wrong View?

March 24th, 2020


Do you know what a view is? You may hear people use that word when they look out a window of a very tall building and say, “Wow, that’s a great view! You can see so many things from up here!” Well, that’s one kind of …

156 What Could Be Better Than Money?

March 23rd, 2020


Do you know what a stream enterer is? In the Buddha’s teachings we say that someone has entered the stream when they have a deep understanding of the Dhamma and the Four Noble Truths in a way that cleans the mind in a …

155 Dhamma Protection from Danger

March 22nd, 2020


Sometimes we may hear about things happening in the world that seem a little scary. Usually we try not to think about these things, don’t we. But sometimes we keep hearing about them again and again so it’s hard to …

154 Does Wishing Work?

March 18th, 2020


Have you ever wished for something? Maybe wished for a special toy or game? Maybe you wished that you could go to a friend’s house to play. Maybe …

153 Giving without Stopping: Visayha Jataka part 2

March 12th, 2020


In the last episode we started to learn about a previous life of the Supreme Buddha when he was named Visahya. If you haven’t listened to that …

152 Giving without Limits: Visayha Jataka part 1

March 11th, 2020


Have you ever heard the word Jātaka before? The Jātaka stories are good information about the previous lives of the Supreme Buddha before he became enlightened. When we are talking about the supreme Buddha in those …

151 Getting the Message Right Away

March 10th, 2020


When it’s time to wake up in the morning, and your parents come in to get you, do you wake up right away? Or do they have to tell you a few times? Or maybe they even have to come in and shake you? Well, the Supreme …

150 How Can We Protect Ourselves?

March 10th, 2020


Tell me, children, how can we protect ourselves? How do people ususally think about protecting themselves from the dangers in this world? Sometimes people try to build up strong bodies so they can protect themselves by …

149 Learning from a Greedy Crow

March 4th, 2020


Have you ever made a mistake before? I think we all make mistakes sometimes. But did you learn anything from your mistake? This is what wise people do. They learn from their mistakes. Today we’ll hear the story of a …

148 Who Are Parents?

March 2nd, 2020


In the last episode, we talked about the bad karma we collect when we scold our parents. Today we are going to learn more about the special …

147 Question on Scolding Parents

February 27th, 2020


We know that most of you don’t get the chance to go to a monastery every day and collect merit by worshipping the supreme Buddha and helping and …

146 A God Has Gratitude

February 25th, 2020


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In today’s programme, we are going to learn about a lay disciple of the Supreme Buddha named Uttarā. We will hear about …

145 Vows That Lead to Heaven

February 20th, 2020


Have you ever made a promise before? Today we’ll learn about seven promises, or vows, that the God Sakka made when he was in the human world. By keeping these promises to do good things, he was able to be reborn as the …

144 A Mother Harasses Her Arahant Son

February 18th, 2020


Do your parents ever scold you? Do they ever accuse you of things you haven’t done. I hope not. But if they do, how do you react? Did you know it’s …

143 Learning from a Deva’s Merit

February 13th, 2020


Do you know what a deva is? A deva, or devata, lives in one of the heavenly worlds. In those worlds they get to live in beautiful palaces and have …

142 When is Giving Useful?

February 11th, 2020


Today we are going to meet a very wise disciple of the Supreme Budha named princess Sumana. I know that she is wise because she went to the Supreme Buddha and asked a very good question. She already understood the …

141 Happy Merit on Pilgrimage

February 9th, 2020


Today we are going to listen to a Dhamma Discussion where one of the Bhantes interviews a couple of kids from the Dhamma School about the many trips …

140 Listening to Dhamma Needs All Our Attention

February 2nd, 2020


Today we’re going to talk about listening to the Dhamma. You may spend time listening to the radio, TV programmes, or movies. And those things can be easy to listen to, can’t they? But listening to the Supreme …

139 The Blessing of Giving in a Proper Way: Mangala Sutta part 5

January 29th, 2020


Today we are going to learn about the blessing of being generous and the things we need to do to practice generosity in the best way. We’ll learn about five things we need to remember when we are giving things to …

138 The Demon Alavaka is Tamed

January 28th, 2020


Today we have a special show. There’s a sutta that I’ve been wanting to chant with you, but it’s a little long. So today we’re dedicating the entire show to reciting the Alavaka Sutta. I think maybe you are familiar …

137 Seven Years of Merit

January 27th, 2020


Have you ever practiced loving kindness meditation? Well, today we are going to learn a sutta that talks about the benefits that the Supreme Buddha gained by practicing loving kindness in one of his previous lives when …

136 To Support Mother and Father: Mangala Sutta part 4

January 26th, 2020


If you haven't listened to the previous episodes on the Maha Mangala Sutta, you might like to start at the beginning of the series. Click here. But …

135 Words We Like to Hear: Mangala Sutta Part 3

January 23rd, 2020


If you haven't listened to the previous episodes on the Maha Mangala Sutta, you might like to start at the beginning of the series. Click here. But …

134 Watch for These Signs

January 22nd, 2020


Have you ever seen a baby before? I think you have, haven’t you. Do you remember when you were a baby? Probably not. But you know for sure that you were a baby at one point. And if you think about it you will probably …

133 Does It Matter Where We Live? Mangala Sutta Part 2

January 21st, 2020


If you haven't listened to the previous episodes on the Maha Mangala Sutta, you might like to start at the beginning of the series. Click here. But …

132 Tribute to an Arahant

January 20th, 2020


In the last show, we learned about the value of associating with wise people. Today we are going to hear about a very famous situation where someone was doing terrible things, but then they had the chance to associate …

131 Associate with the Wise: Mangala Sutta Part 1

January 19th, 2020


We should always remember that even just by coming together for this programme, we are following the Supreme Buddha’s instructions. Have you thought …

130 Getting Power, Wealth, and Wisdom: Culakammavibhanga Sutta Part 5

January 16th, 2020


Today we are going to learn the last part of the CullaKammaVibhanga Sutta. Now, you may remember that Culla means litter, or shorter. Well, don’t …

129 Being Undefiled

January 15th, 2020


Today we are going to learn about the defilements. Another word for defilements could be impurities. So when we eat food, we don’t like it to have …

128 What’s Going on With Christmas?

January 14th, 2020


Today we’ll we’ll learn what Christmas is all about. Unless one of your parents or relatives are Christians, you may not know what the significance of Christmas is and why it is important to people. As Buddhists, we …

Episode 127 Speech Like Dung

January 13th, 2020


Today we’ll learn a new simile taught by the Supreme Buddha about the different kinds of speech people use. The first kind is speech like dung. Do …

Episode 126 Mind Like a Diamond

January 12th, 2020


Today we’ll learn a new simile taught by the Supreme Buddha about the difference in people’s minds. Normally we look at people and see that their bodies are different. Some may be tall, some may be short. Some may …

Episode 125 Questions on Metta and Giving Dana to One Monk

January 9th, 2020


Today we’ll hear answers to a couple of questions your friends from Dhamma School have asked. We’ll also hear a new segment where we can learn about …

Episode 124 Problems with Wealth, Solutions with Wealth

January 8th, 2020


Today I want to tell you about a sutta taught by the Supreme Buddha to help us understand wealth, or money. Do you like to have money? Most people do. Have you thought about the disadvantages of money? Have you thought …

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