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For exploring the teaching, life, and work of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, the leading reformer of Thai Buddhism in the past century. His Dhamma teaching cut through many of the traditions, habits of thought, and beliefs that clutter up any religion. He wasn't particularly trapped in his own culture, although he respected and sought to protect the best aspects of it. Further, he sought the unifying essence of Buddha-Dhamma that transcends the various Yanas or schools of Buddhism. At heart non-partisan, he preferred "Buddhayana."

Tan Ajarn's teaching focused on how we create suffering by clinging to "I" and "mine," plus the path of letting go of this painful concoction. He also expanded this into the social realm as "Dhammic Socialism," another example of his "Radical Conservatism."

This list is for those who wish to study, AND PRACTICE accordingly, this direct and powerful teaching, and supplements teachings available in books, on-line, and by audio. We also explore the Pali suttas.

Please DO NOT join this list in order to discuss general Buddhist issues or anything not connected with the teaching, life, and work of Ajarn Buddhadasa and the Pali suttas. You need not agree with everything he taught, but we expect that participants seek to practice Buddha-Dhamma with Tan Ajarn's guidance.


1) Santikaro will occasionally send posts, usually new translations, concerning Tan Ajahn Buddhadasa and his teaching.

2) Questions can be sent to Santikaro via this list. All will be moderated. Responses may take a while depending on Santikaro's schedule and health. He will do his best to give timely responses to sincere and relevant questions about the Pali suttas, Ajahn Buddhadasa, Suan Mokkh, Anapanasati, and Ajahn Buddhadasa's approach to Buddha-Dhamma.

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