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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.
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2007-04-05 Now in Session 39:14
Step by step instructions on developing meditation practice by beginning with close attention to the breath. Gradually investigate the impermanent nature of wanting, aversion, sleepiness, restlessness, and doubt as they arise and overcome these five obstacles to practice. With curiosity and determination, return again and again to the breath. As the mind is stilled and purified, explore the clarity, calm and spaciousness of its vast inner depths.
Toronto Theravada Buddhist Community (TBC)
2007-04-05 Time To Defragment 33:51
The Buddha gives us lessons in freeing ourselves but there are critical choices to be made - an emptying out, a readiness, a rising up, a deep yearning for truth. We are compelled to trust so completely to wake up to the peace in our hearts, offering the best we can. It's a harvest of wisdom. And in this remarkable learning, we receive the great gift of a love, a compassion, a kindness that pervades us and, in turn, allows us to extend it to all beings.
Toronto Theravada Buddhist Community (TBC)
2007-03-14 Rescue Remedy 46:43
By practising awareness of your breath you will begin to understand your mental and physical processes and develop mindfulness. You will know what is happening as it happens, and you will be able to recognize a hindrance and turn it off. Spiritual regret for past unwholesome actions can develop and you will be able to abandon them and let go of a lifetime’s accumulation of baggage. A talk given at a 10 day Ottawa Buddhist Society retreat at the Galilee Centre, Arnprior, Ontario, Canada.
Ottawa Buddhist Society
2007-03-12 Ethical Footprint 27:47
How can we calm the mind in order to not be overwhelmed by thoughts and emotions? We can learn to live skillfully by realizing how the mind and body really work. Don’t be angry with your anger, don’t be caught up with your desires, don’t be overwhelmed by your delusion. But, go beyond and find an island of peace that can result in the ethical perfection that is known as enlightenment. A talk given during an Ottawa Buddhist Society 10 day retreat in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2007-03-11 The Threads of Your Life: Guided Death Meditation 17:49
When you move towards what is fearful step by step with courage, it is possible to overcome the darkest moments breath by breath.  Draw together all the threads of your life, and let each one go strand by strand. A guided meditation on death at a 10 day retreat, Galilee Centre, Arnprior, Ontario Canada.
Ottawa Buddhist Society
2006-12-10 On the Street Where You Live 32:25
An alms mendicant's perspectives on everyday relationships with parents, family, friends and those not so friendly. How we can redeem what may seem like a hopeless dynamic through unwaveringly and patiently insisting on seeking out the goodness in others even in the face of hostility or rejection on their part. A talk given at a 10 day retreat at Bodhinyanarama Monastery, Stokes Valley, New Zealand in 2006.
Bodhinyanarama Monastery, Stokes Valley, New Zealand
2006-06-12 It Will Never Happen To Me 40:26
Shrouded in the cloud of ignorance, we believe that suffering will never happen to us. But when we emerge from that fog into a radical simplicity of heart, suffering becomes our teacher. Our eyes are opened thanks to Right View and direct experience of the Four Noble Truths. At last we transcend the tyranny of fear.
Bodhinyanarama Monastery, Stokes Valley, New Zealand
2006-04-23 Dhamma Wings 7:47
Practice means we keep trying to purify the mind and strengthen our commitment to the precepts. There is no failure – we just begin again and again until we find our Dhamma wings. A short talk given during a Theravada Buddhist Community (TBC) retreat in Toronto.
Toronto Theravada Buddhist Community (TBC)
2005-10-23 Just Practice Kindness 0:00
(Recording not available) 
Every moment of right mindfulness is a gift of pure attention and clarity. We discover the origin of our pain, apply the alchemy of kindness and compassion, and experience a selfless happiness. Little by little, practising kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others, we perfect the Path. Measureless are these blessings of wise benevolence in the Dhamma.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2005-10-01 Crossing Boundaries 9:10
While living in New Zealand, Ayya Medhanandi pays respects to the relics of St. Therese de Lisieux that were brought to the Catholic Cathedral in Wellington during a world tour. In this interview for the Catholic diocese, she reflects on what drew her to the spirituality of St. Therese.
Bodhinyanarama Monastery, Stokes Valley, New Zealand

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