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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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2018-06-17 Fearlessness 47:36
Buddhist Insights, East Village, New York City
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2017-11-26 Courage, Kindness, and Freedom - Ancient Verses of Arahant Rohini Bhikkhuni 25:34
In the world of Arahant Rohini, the same forces of violence, greed, and delusion we face now were at play. She encourages us to sustain faith in the Dhamma, using its special weapons to counter the erosion of peace and to liberate the mind with kindness, courage, selflessness, and wisdom - for the benefit of all beings.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2017-11-12 How Do I Save That Moth? 20:06
The Winter of the World is here… How do we bear it? What does the mind need in order to open to the teachings? Dana. Sila. Generosity and virtue. Cultivating generosity, starting with the material, can mature into acts of sharing one’s time, energy, abilities, kindness and compassion. Let us cherish these noble qualities and develop them in a boundless way, for all beings. The Buddha advises us how to be fearless and present with a loved one near death. A talk given at Sati Saraniya Hermitage in November, 2017.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2017-09-15 Imina Punya - Sharing of Blessings Chant in Pali 3:52
Chanting the sharing of the blessings of our practice for the benefit of all beings
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2017-08-18 Metta Without Borders 40:58
Just as a gardener cultivates seedlings by watering them well, metta is praised as foundational quality for watering the full liberation of the heart. As a spiritual gardener, work to deeply understand and integrate metta in all aspects of life and practice. It is present in every skilful mind-state and ripens in the awakened mind as unconditional and universal spiritual love.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT)
2017-08-17 Polish the Moon and Sweep the Clouds 39:05
What stops us from realizing Truth? We face the human condition besieged with obstacles in the mind that can be overcome with a total commitment to giving up our many forms of addiction. We learn to stay present and to develop the enlightenment factors which defy all the hindrances until we see the jewels in the mind that are brighter than the sun. These are the gifts of the Path. A talk given during a 7 day Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto retreat at Chapin Mill Retreat Centre, Batavia, Rochester, NY.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT)
2017-08-15 Metta Without Borders 32:29
Just as a gardener cultivates seedlings by watering them well, metta is praised as a foundational quality for watering the full liberation of the heart. As a spiritual gardener, work to deeply understand and integrate metta in all aspects of life and practice. It is present in every skillful mind-state and ripens in the awakened mind as unconditional and universal spiritual love.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT) :  Metta Without Borders Retreat
2017-08-15 Body-Wise Guided Meditation 10:46
As we establish awareness on the breath, notice where the mind is, polishing it until it shines like a bright moon. Use the sublime abidings to spread calming energy throughout the breath and the body. The hindrances fall away. Relieved of our attachments, we become like a lotus, a violin, able to hear our true voice in the silence. We tune the instrument of the mind to full understanding. A guided meditation given during a 7 day Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto retreat at Chapin Mill Retreat Centre, Batavia, Rochester, NY.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT)
2017-08-13 In the Seen There Is Only the Seen: How Bahiya Overcame Pride to Awaken 38:07
The heart is a moral tapestry of clear coordinates for liberation. Caught between duality and proliferation, we vanquish the ‘self’ using the Buddha’s pithy instruction to Bahiya of the Bark Cloth. “In the seen, there is only the seen. In the heard. . . only the heard. In the sensed. . . only the sensed. In the known. . . only the known. When for you there will be only the seen . . . there is no you there.” We too shall come out of the jungle of our attachments.
Satipanna Insight Meditation (SIMT) :  Metta Without Borders Retreat
2017-08-11 Turning to Dust: Death Contemplations 26:36
The nine-cemetary contemplations presented in the Satipatthana Sutta work with elemental perspectives on the parts of the body by simulating their condition after death.  The clarity of mind realized in these special practices sheds light on how valuable death contemplations are for a wholesome and happy life.  Not only does the mind gain immense lucidity and peace, but we are able to access and develop special qualities of mental composure, joy and discernment.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage

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