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Thanissara's Dharma Talks
Thanissara, from London, was a nun for 12 years in the tradition of Ajahn Chah and has taught internationally for over 30 years. She is co-founder of Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat, South Africa, Sacred Mountain Sangha, California, and Chattanooga Insight, Tennessee. She has an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice from the Karuna Institute UK and is co-author of Listening to the Heart, A Contemplative Guide to Engaged Buddhism, author of Time To Stand Up, An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth, and several books of poetry. She is a member of the Teacher Council at Spirit Rock and co-guiding teacher of Sacred Mountain Sangha.
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2015-01-08 Renunciation1 - Entering the River of Reality 39:07
The practice of renunciation. Leaving behind & going forth. Contemplation of death. Tolerating uncertainty. Entering the flow of Life as an act of trust. The Great Earth & times of radical shift. Grace. Wisdom of the KoiSan People
Dharmagiri Being Dharma Month Long at Dharmagiri, South Africa
2014-11-28 A Compassionate Training for Our Times 53:36
Quickening awakening to meet the urgency of our times. Moving from Love and Equanimity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Thanksgiving Insight Meditation Retreat
2014-11-25 The Flickering Play of the Mind 54:00
Investigation of mind. Patterning of the mind. Going Beyond of the mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Thanksgiving Insight Meditation Retreat
2014-11-22 Putting Down the Burden 49:52
"Regardless of time and place, Dharma practice comes to completion at the place of laying down the burden" Ajahn Chah
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Thanksgiving Insight Meditation Retreat
2014-11-02 Mindfulness and Climate Action : 5 68:40
with Ayya Santacitta, Ayya Santussika, David Loy, Thanissara
Thanissara with David Loy, Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni and Ayya Santacitta Bhikkhuni. Unfortunately, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi was ill on the day of our call and was not able to join us. We wish him a speedy and thorough recovery. In this call, Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni mentioned two resources: the international, interfaith effort Our Voices as well as the “Pledge to Mobilize” at the Climate Mobilization. She also invited those interested in taking action together as Buddhists on the national or local/regional level to email her at santussika at Finally, Dave Damm-Luhr mentioned the upcoming film from the same group that brought us “The Overview Effect.” This new film, “Planetary” (see the trailer here) maybe well-timed for action around the March deadline for targets into the UN climate talks that Lou mentioned.
In collection: Mindfulness and Climate Action
2014-10-26 Mindfulness and Climate Action : 4 65:35
with Bonnie Duran, Chas DiCapua, Thanissara, Vinny Ferraro
Thanissara with Bonnie Duran, Chas DiCapua and Vinny Ferraro.
In collection: Mindfulness and Climate Action
2014-10-19 Mindfulness and Climate Action : 3 68:37
with Catherine McGee, Chris Cullen, James Baraz, Thanissara
Thanissara with James Baraz, Catherine McGee and Chris Cullen.
In collection: Mindfulness and Climate Action
2014-10-12 Mindfulness and Climate Action : 2 69:28
with Ayya Anandabodhi, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Susie Harrington, Thanissara
Thanissara with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Ayya Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni and Susie Harrington. In this conversation, Susie Harrington mentioned two sources: Kerry Nelson’s offering of online workshops at A Place for Peace as well as Vinit Allen’s Sustainable World Sourcebook. Both offer ways to engage individually but also at the community level.Rev angel Kyodo williams mentioned the site What Is Missing? from Maya Lin offering an interactive experience of all that has been and continues to be lost to which you can add your own accounting.
In collection: Mindfulness and Climate Action
2014-10-05 Engaged Buddhism 9:25:57
with Larry Yang, Ruth King, Tara Brach, Thanissara, Various
Applying the insights from meditation practice and dharma teachings to situations of social, political, environmental, and economic suffering and injustice. Contributions are offered by individual teachers, and organizations such as Buddhists for Racial Justice.
2014-10-05 Mindfulness and Climate Action : 1 1:13:52
with Jack Kornfield, Ruth King, Tara Brach, Thanissara
Thanissara with Tara Brach, Ruth King and Jack Kornfield.
In collection: Mindfulness and Climate Action

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