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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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2020-08-22 Metta, Mantra, Addiction, Recovery: Three Questions 21:39
We are braver than we know and can endure more than we realize if there is a readiness to renounce and be creative. Learn to refine, adapt, repeat teachings until they are embodied, and deeply listen to all that life offers. Reaching out to others according to our skills and strength, connect and offer guidance if it is welcome. Compassion born of growing wisdom will be our trustworthy compass.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT) :  Chapin Mill Retreat
2020-08-21 In the Stream of the Noble Ones 33:47
Two overarching supports for gaining the fruits of the Path are mental purity and spiritual friendship, or consummate virtue and prize virtuous friends, the highest being the Blessed One himself. We emulate his conduct and instructions for training the mind in everyday life. Gradually we transform our mundane ways of seeing and acting through all eight limbs of the Noble Path. And as they ripen, we enter into the stream of transcendence.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT) :  Chapin Mill Retreat
2020-08-21 In the Stream of the Noble Ones 32:00
Think of yourself as a spiritual warrior. What is the danger at hand? What is our true protection? Where is safety? Be ever aware. Stay close to the Dhamma and you will inevitably grow close to the Buddha. Uphold virtue foremost through wholesome friendships. Purify intention, action, and speech, at rest or work or during mental cultivation, and you will embody the noble wisdom and compassion of the Buddha, setting your feet in his very footprints.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT) :  Chapin Mill Retreat
2020-08-21 Empty the Basket 15:10
Let us hone our expertise to witness the charade of gain and loss arising each moment. Seeing the eight worldly winds, impermanent, not giving in when the mind perches in 'self', purify wrong view, empty the basket, and begin here where we are, balanced, the Middle Way.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT) :  Chapin Mill Retreat
2020-08-20 A Safe Domain: How the Quail Escaped a Hawk 27:01
The contemplative path of purifying the mind is the most important journey of all - inward. Just as the little quail that tricked a hawk, we no longer fall prey to the 'maras' of the world, safe in our proper ancestral domain of virtue. Therein, the heart of generosity is further refined into qualities of joy, selflessness, compassion and wisdom, thus benefiting ourselves and all beings.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT) :  Chapin Mill Retreat
2020-08-19 The Inner Stopping 26:54
Wherever we go the mind does not remain happy - unless we fully awaken. How can we end the restless tides and remain inwardly stable, content within ourselves like the well-hewn wheel that stood still when it stopped rolling and did not fall down? Purifying our bodily acts, speech, and mind in the Buddha's gradual training, we go beyond the eight worldly winds, coming to cessation, to the Deathless.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT) :  Chapin Mill Retreat
2020-08-19 Into the Quiet 21:28
We go forth into the quiet of the heart, distant from the world, to glimpse the Unconditioned. We are alone but we are as if with all beings. There is no 'one' who wakes up, there is just awakening. It is freeing and it's free - but it will cost us absolutely everything. We give up everything but there is nothing to give up. And we gain the understanding of the ancients.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT) :  Chapin Mill Retreat
2020-08-18 Chopping and Burning the Tree of Emptiness 24:41
Too busy in the world, all entangled, we yearn to be free. So direct the mind to Nibbana - like a tree that leans to the East. And when it falls, it will fall in that direction. We too will arrive if we aim for the far goal but keep attention in the present where we are. Chop wood for a thousand days, but in a single moment, see into the emptiness of it all - burnt in the fire of wisdom.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT) :  Chapin Mill Retreat
2020-07-18 Secure Connection, Free Roaming 23:03
Removing our harness to the world, we really detach and make the intention in the mind to stop. Having moved inwardly into this now moment, we pause and secure our internal connection to truth. This work requires our faith, vigilance, sustained attention, care and perseverance. We long for freedom and it will arise, releasing us to roam free in the vast space of the mind – empty and awake. A guided meditation and Dhamma talk.
Ottawa Buddhist Society
2020-07-18 Practise Like the Barley Reaper 25:32
In a dialogue between King Milinda and Venerable Nagasena, we hear the Buddha’s instruction on mental training and how to apply our allies of mindfulness, restraint and wisdom. Devoted to the training, we can overcome ignorance, take hold of the mind and cut off the defilements just as the barley reaper cuts his barley. Our mission is to lean towards Nibbāna, not believing the self-making stories, and gradually, patiently, wrestle free from ignorance, waking up right in the middle of any storm we may face.
Ottawa Buddhist Society

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