The Way It Is


This book contains a collection of teachings of Ajahn Sumedho given to people who are familiar with the conventions of Theravada Buddhism and have some experience of meditation. Most of the chapters are edited from talks given during retreats for lay people for Ajahn Sumedho's monastic (ordained) disciples, so they require some careful attention and are best read in sequence. 

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There is no path to peace. The path is peace.

Thich Nhat Hanh says that only deep listening, mindfulness and gentle communication can remove the wrong perceptions that are the foundation of violence.

Distinguished members of Congress, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, it is my pleasure to have this opportunity to talk with you about how we can share our insight, our compassion and our understanding in order to better serve those we want to serve and help heal the wounds that have divided our nation and the world.

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Vesak Celebration


 Salutation of Vesak



      Every year, at the time when the winter cold finally withers away to let the crisp air and pleasant new spring arrive, assuming a new beginning, a revitalizing start. We – Buddhist followers all over the world, also sense this refreshing time by welcoming the Vesak season, which is one of the most important festival of the Buddhist year.

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Reflecting on a Mother’s Love

Before he encountered the dharma, explains Ajahn Amaro, his mother was his main example of great kindness and generosity. As she approached her death, he contemplated the relationship between the ultimate and relative realities, and concluded that the doctrine of emptiness does not negate the unique and powerful relationship between a mother and her child.
This is probably the last Saturday night talk that I’ll be giving for quite a while. I have received news from my sister in England that our mother is extremely ill, and the signs are that she won’t live for more than a few months. So I plan to fly to England in a week to be with her.

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Weekly Schedule


8.00 am - 9.00 am: Public Services in English: Such as chanting, Meditation,  Dharma discussing

10:30 am – 12.30 pm: Public Services in Vietnamese: Such as chanting, Dharma discussing (with English translator), offering to the deceased ones 


English Dharma Class, open discussion.
@ Dharma Hall, Virginia Beach
1st, 2nd and 3rd  and 5thTuesdays, 7pm-8.30pm.

English Dharma Class, open discussion.
@ Pitts Center, Southern Shores, NC
4th Tuesday, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 


5:45 - 6:45 pm: One Hour Meditation. Public is welcome. English language introduction. Silent, seated meditation in the Dharma Hall.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Public service in English: Chanting, meditating, Dharma discussing in English


8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Chanting 21 time Great Compassion Mantra (Vietnamese)


423 Davis Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone: (757) 689 - 3408

Direct: 757 - 406 - 1726 (Mr. Mark P.)

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