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Ayya Medhanandi
Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage, a Canadian forest monastery for women in the Theravāda tradition. The daughter of Eastern European refugees who emigrated to Montreal after World War II, she began a spiritual quest in childhood that led her to India, Burma, England, New Zealand, Malaysia, Taiwan, and finally, back to Canada.
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2018-10-20 At The Core of The Coreless 28:07
We sit at the edge of the heart peering in, tangled by clinging, inflated and inflamed by worldly ways. Yet we long to know the truth of what we are. For that we must explore the inner core. This is a letting go both magnificent and excruciating. So how can we bear it? Burn up all that you think you know to discover that which cannot be burned. It's a corelessness – the pure, unfathomable truth. Trust and see through to the emptiness of 'I' – there is no me and nothing to cling to. That knowledge and vision will set us free.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2018-10-14 Empty Mirror: Awake, Forgiving, Free 45:26
Forgiveness is the greatest generosity we can give ourselves. We come to it by wisely seeing that the harm in the world, whether it originates within ourselves or others, comes from ignorance. So there is nothing to fear and nothing to forgive. We can surrender to the challenges of life which seem to overwhelm us by staying in the present moment awake and aware. And in this way we polish our hearts until they can reflect the Truth.
Ottawa Buddhist Society
2018-10-14 Nothing But the Truth 28:05
Instead of holding onto what burns and pains us, uphold the truth of present moment awareness and know that freedom is in our hands. We free ourselves from unwholesome qualities. In the midst of fear, we bring up fearlessness; in the midst of resentment, we discover gratitude. We vanquish ignorance and we see wisely. Forgiveness arises in the face of what feels unbearable. This is the miracle of the practice.
Ottawa Buddhist Society
2018-10-13 Delusion is Not the Way Out 32:50
How can we have compassion for others without falling apart? The Buddha's path of awakening teaches us how to disarm our internal armour, to be harmless. This will be for us a true basis for following precepts and thereby developing enough inner quiet to investigate ill-will. We begin to clearly see and understand our mind-states. This full presence enables compassion that is tireless and unconditional.
Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto
2018-10-12 When the Trees Wither and the Leaves Fall 30:11
Sometimes we feel torn apart by life and unable to cope. Healing may be slow to come but our meditation practice can enhance that process. If we contemplate the fearsome winds of life in such a way that we deeply understand their impermanent nature, we will also understand that they are unsatisfactory and empty of any 'self'. That will be the dawning of the heart's true peace.
Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto
2018-08-16 Entering the Gate: Four Spiritual Powers 38:34
Satipanna Insight Meditation Toronto (SIMT) Retreat, Chapin Mill, Batavia, N.Y. Entering the Gate: Four Spiritual Qualities Though our spiritual paths are many and varied, we can all practice with enough present moment awareness, faith, energy and commitment to realize the boundless nature of the heart that seemed at first beyond our reach.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2018-08-15 What Obstructs the Dhamma Eye 25:09
We all experience some pain, mental, physical or both.  And we work with pain both in the body and in the mind until it is exhausted.  This is how we care for the mind, healing its sickness and removing the sand that obstructs the spring of truth in our hearts. Then we can see clearly. We see what obstructs the Dhamma eye and we open our eyes to the truth of the Dhamma.  A talk given given during Satipanna Insight Meditation Toronto (SIMT) Retreat, Chapin Mill, Batavia, N.Y in 2018.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT)
2018-08-15 Behind the Mask of Fear 30:22
What do we fear the most? Love, unconditional love. Learning to see intuitively, we truly see. And when we have eyes to see, we are fearless. We may not feel fearless but we know how to face our fear – to know it as it truly is. That’s how we vanquish it – right there. Never give up a heart of love but give up fear of suffering. With faith in our deepest intention to free ourselves, courage rises up. We remember the pure love hidden behind the mask of fear. It is a harmlessness, a radiance, an inexhaustible peace. True disarmament is not in the world but in the heart.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT) :  Treading Softly on This Earth
2018-06-18 Come to the Edge 35:32
In our meditation practice, we journey inwards to come to the edge and see ourselves as we really are. To do this, we have to cultivate special qualities, the paramis or perfections. And so we learn to grow a silent harmless space within ourselves which does not know how to be afraid.
Buddhist Insights
2018-06-17 Fearlessness 47:36
Buddhist Insights, East Village, New York City
Sati Saraniya Hermitage

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