Third time lucky – after our first live video had audio issues, and the second one poor image quality, we’ve finally got it right at the third attempt 😉
Anumodanā to all kind donors of the required high-tech equipment, and to Ven Moneyyo & Ajahn Dhammasiha, who spent countless hours in choosing, organizing, setting up and learning to use all the gadgets. It’s quite a few:
• 4k capable high quality new camcorder with good tele/wide-angle lense and life streaming ability
• New very fast mobile phone serving as mobile hotspot
• New 2-in-1 laptop to operate live-streaming software, and to view incoming live text messages & questions
• New live-streaming software
• New premium vimeo account required for lifestream
• New SIM and extra large mobile data plan
• Additionally, as you can see in the video, Ajahn Dhammasiha is using a second mobile phone to simultaneously stream our audio podcast with live Q&A
In this session, Ajahn Dhammasiha gives a simile comparing the quality of a video recording with the clarity of our vision in vipassana meditation:
Just like a dirty lense will never produce high resolution video, so anyone with impure Sīla (virtue) will never gain clear vision in insight meditation.
Just like we need good lighting for a video, so we need puñña (good karma) for brightening our mind.
Just like we need to hold the camera very still, and focus the lense correctly, so we need samādhi to make our vision straight.
Just like we need high resolution recording capability to get a really crisp image, so we need a sharp faculty of paññā (wisdom) to see really clear in our insight meditation.
There’s also an interesting question about the meaning of the last verse in the famous auspicious chant « Stanzas of Victory » (« Mahājayamangla-gāthā » = « Bahuṃ sahassam… »):
Can one really overcome all obstacles, and even realize enlightenment and release by simply reciting 8 verses every day?
Another questioner is looking for some guidance how we can distinguish wholesome desire for solitude from unwholesome aversion against other beings.
For those who prefer audio only, or those who have low speed internet or data limits, this same talk is also available on our podcast site here: