Donate  |   Contact


The greatest gift is the
gift of the teachings
 
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.
2012-04-08 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
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
2011-05-08 Closing remarks around precepts and spiritual friendships. 1:20:25
with Ajahn Jayanto, Ajahn Sucitto
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat
2011-05-06 Questions and Answers 1:59:43
with Ajahn Jayanto, Ajahn Sucitto
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat
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

Creative Commons License