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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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2017-05-23 Funeral of the Ego & Chant on Impermanence 3:45
We come on retreat from our busy lives where we can easily relapse into old unworthy mental habits, hoping that here, at last, we can put them to sleep. They too are impermanent. Reflect on their impermanence using these chants for the funeral of our ego and the death of our ignorance. Once their corpse is seen and placed in a coffin, it’s possible to sustain open compassionate awareness wherever we are.
Madison Insight Meditation Group :  When Truth Speaks Out
2017-05-22 On the Look Out 33:59
Venerable Punna was one of the great bhikkhus of the Buddha’s time, known especially for his fierce faith, practice skill, and his fearlessness. When the Buddha hears that Punna plans to wander on foot in a remote and dangerous frontier region, he questions Punna how he would respond to the inevitable perils and violent ways of the native people of that place. Their dialogue reveals Venerable Punna’s remarkable courage, wisdom, and selflessness.
Madison Insight Meditation Group :  When Truth Speaks Out
2017-05-22 As Still As the Earth 8:22
Standing as still as we can like the earth, aware, embodying qualities of heart that we treasure, share the goodness with all who are dear to us, and with all beings. Live wisely from that kind of pure inner space. As we chant these essential five recollections, reflect: we are all subject to aging, sickness, and death; we shall all be separated from what is ours, it will fade and be lost; and we are the heirs of our karmic deeds – for good or for ill.
Madison Insight Meditation Group :  When Truth Speaks Out
2017-05-21 Don't Own the Second Arrow 36:33
How do we deal with life when it bites us? Without trusting the Path, there is no way we can fulfill it. Practise seeing what works and what doesn’t, what binds us and what frees us. Seeing pain as our teacher, we can face whatever we are feeling and not lament. Not owning our suffering is letting go the second arrow of mental pain. This will be for our safety, and when wise insight into suffering reveals the truth in us, there arises incalculable joy and peace.
Madison Insight Meditation Group :  When Truth Speaks Out
2017-05-21 The Gift of Walking 10:47
Walking as a meditation posture is dynamic and complementary to breath meditation. With more to distract us from being attentive to our own experience, walking requires sharper effort, mindfulness, focus, and present moment awareness. This provides an invaluable template for practice in the many walking times of our daily lives.
Madison Insight Meditation Group :  When Truth Speaks Out
2017-05-21 Noble Virtues, Reflections & Chant of the Ten Pāramῑ 7:07
We are gardeners putting in the right ingredients to develop ten perfections. These noble qualities are essential to enhance tDhamma he practice of growing in wholeness, unconditional love and balance. Reflecting on how they support each other and work together, we fill the beautiful chant of these Ten Pārami with our voices.
Madison Insight Meditation Group :  When Truth Speaks Out
2017-04-13 Understanding Death 61:17
The Buddha's advise to Ananda when venerable Sariputta died.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat
2017-04-10 Buddham Vande, Buddha One Day 69:38
Inner healing and purification by revering and finding refuge in Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha - one day at at a time
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat
2017-04-07 Going Forth - A Refuge 1:32:05
Entering a period of silent retreat simulates the monastic 'Going Forth' with an aspiration to deepen our virtue, samadhi, and wisdom. We take Refuge in our highest spiritual potential as human beings, working from faith in our ability to do this; training and transforming the mind through good-will, wise reflection, and selflessness; and opening our hearts to offer that refuge and safety to others.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat
2016-12-10 The Novice With An Empty Bowl 24:50
A humble novice with his bowl empty exemplifies where true riches lie in this world. Meditating deep in the unchartered borders within, gain those riches by giving up worldly pursuits. See the value of what is true and what reveals the truth to us. Beyond confusion, beyond wanting, beyond harmful ways of being, purify the mind and seek that jewel of the heart's true peace, clear and free.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage

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