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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.
2012-04-07 Life-Saving Treasure 38:04
A reflection on the Upaddha Sutta (Half of the Holy Life) about the importance of good friends, companions, and comrades on the Eightfold Noble Path. Good friends encourage and share in developing seclusion of mind, dispassion towards the sense pleasures of the world, and, ultimately, the cessation of suffering that leads to a lasting freedom and peace.
Ottawa Buddhist Society
2011-11-26 Mapping the Beauty Within 35:51
The Buddha has provided us with a map called the Eightfold Noble Path that can lead us to the gate of the Deathless. With diligence, we can discover an unshakeable peace and directly experience the beauty that lies within us.
Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto
2011-11-20 I Sit Here in Blessing 10:58
How can we care for ourselves and each other, using our formal meditation practice as a template for daily living? As we sit for meditation, mark an intuitive pathway through painful, burdensome mind states, teaching the mind to purify itself with every breath. Gradually, we overcome our sufferings. We glimpse the peace, happiness, clarity and freedom of heart that are within our reach.
Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto
2011-10-14 Bhikkhuni Pioneers 35:39
Ayya Medhanandi offers a historical perspective on the bhikkhuni tradition as well as insights on how to live with compassion in the world. She describes how the monastic communal experience provides abundant opportunities for the exploration of personal and collective aspirations to fulfill the goals of the Eightfold Noble Path and end suffering.
Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery
2011-05-05 Death And Awakening 49:53
Listen deeply to the resonance within where virtue sows fields of goodness, wisdom and compassion, and Death teaches us to let go. At first, we tremble with fear. But out of that fear, we draw strength. Out of anger – a stillness and forgiveness. Out of greed, we draw generosity and gratitude. And from true vulnerability, we awaken to the Deathless.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat
2011-05-03 An Island Beyond Which We Cannot Go 29:47
The Buddha gives us lessons in emptiness. We are compelled to trust so completely to be able to truly receive these teachings, surrendering to the Dhamma, offering everything. We bless each step, harvesting wisdom with a brave heart. And in this remarkable learning, we shall know the unexcelled fragrance of the Dhamma, the island beyond which we cannot go.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat
2011-04-30 Noble Friendship, Noble Warming 35:31
As we grow in wisdom, our fear of death dissolves. The more we purify from within, the more we abide with a clarity of mind that bestows the ultimate seeing, our cosmic ordination, our unburdening from the sufferings of this realm. The veil of delusion collapses in the sacred footprint of the Dhamma. This will be our noble warming.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat
2011-04-09 Nuclear Free 25:57
We have a nuclear reactor within us and a nuclear accident may be taking place inside right now. It’s urgent for us to understand how to heal and free ourselves from this toxicity, and from every form of violence. Meditate, live wisely, and practice kindness. Begin to reconcile the contamination in our minds with compassion, serenity and joy. What a magnificent offering of peace for our troubled world.
Ottawa Buddhist Society
2010-12-17 Medicine Heart Metta: Guided Forgiveness 41:09
May you be well, happy, and peaceful. Learn how to connect with the radiant, loving energy in your heart. Dissolve your opinions and unwholesome attitudes and deepen a quintessential quality for the Path - forgiveness. It is the key to greater loving-kindness for all beings.
Ottawa Buddhist Society
2010-01-01 Let E-go 23:51
Our Dhamma practice builds an inner refuge that we can truly trust and rely on - a steadying influence through life's challenges to help us meet them with greater wisdom, patience, and forgiveness.  In the monastic setting, a dual focus on Dhamma and Vinaya, the monastic code of discipline, further strengthen our ability to let go of ego within the seclusion and support of spiritual community.
Ottawa Buddhist Society

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