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Ayya Medhanandi's Dharma Talks
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.
2013-05-09 One Inalienable Right 58:32
We can free our hearts from suffering
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Waking Up to the Peace in Our Hearts: Monastic Retreat
2013-05-08 Seven Enlightenment Factors 43:02
Brightening agents to cleanse the mind of hindrances
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Waking Up to the Peace in Our Hearts: Monastic Retreat
2013-05-06 Ways of working with hindrances 57:58
Brief summary of right effort
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Waking Up to the Peace in Our Hearts: Monastic Retreat
2013-05-05 Guardian Of The Mind 56:09
Parenting ourselves with mindfulness, wisdom and compassion
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Waking Up to the Peace in Our Hearts: Monastic Retreat
2013-05-04 Heart Benefit Guided Meditation and Reflections 36:25
Meticulous appreciative attention to the breath helps us tame the wildness of the mind using mindfulness to brake when we are careening off course. Just this is a blessing as we naturally discover a joyous presence with every moment of seeing the nature of this mind-body formation, it's impermanence, suffering, and emptiness. By polishing the mirror of the mind, we enter the light of Truth.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Waking Up to the Peace in Our Hearts: Monastic Retreat
2013-05-03 Opening Talk 30:45
with Ajahn Punnadhammo
Here the eight precepts are explained as essential supports for developing our moral restraint with ethical vows and our sense restraint through our commitment to renunciation.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Waking Up to the Peace in Our Hearts: Monastic Retreat
2013-05-03 A Terrain Beyond Boundaries 5:42
Use the practice to understand the boundaries, structures, and limits of our lives to locate that terrain within us which is beyond boundaries. We go to it by inclining the mind towards stopping, taking precepts and fully arriving in the present, in the sanctuary of now. We stop in the silence and with curiousity and wonder, investigate the true meaning of our life.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Waking Up to the Peace in Our Hearts: Monastic Retreat
2012-11-22 Feast of Patience 17:25
Can we not give vent to the wanting mind, not blame conditions nor allow discontentment to grow? Develop patience and persevere on the path. Know things as they are and accept them. Patience is the highest austerity. So change gears, and move away from old habits of mind by rubbing the dust out of your eyes. Weather difficult conditions. See the beginning of your suffering and end it in the ways of Dhamma. Plant good seeds.
Toronto Theravada Buddhist Community (TBC)
2012-11-19 Spiritual Athlete 27:55
Every Canadian knows Terry Fox, a teenage athlete who lost his leg to cancer, continued to train as a runner, and ran across Canada with one leg before he succumbed to his illness. His mission was to raise money for cancer research so others would not suffer. A legacy for our own journey - spiritual heroism, undaunted effort, magnanimous vision, valiant heart. The training begins now - for as along as it takes.
Ottawa Buddhist Society
2012-04-08 A Wilderness Traveller 37:26
How can we blaze a trail through the wilderness of ill-will, greed, and delusion in this world? How can we be fearless and at peace even when facing grievous loss, illness, or death? Spiritual friendship and these treasured teachings guide us to trust, persevere, and live wisely. Transcending all the imperfections of this realm, we prepare to know the fullness of our humanity.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage

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