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Ayya Medhanandi's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
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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2019-04-22 Taking Emptiness Home 42:30
To carry the teachings home means we are committed to treasuring virtuous conduct and speech as well as wholesome states of mind in daily life where conditions are not as perfect for practice. We empty ourselves of self-centerdness to embody more and more the realization of anatta, the Truth that there is no one, no solid being to prop us - what a freedom.
The Heart of Wisdom: Monastic Retreat
2019-04-20 Lifetime Vow 52:52
To vow for life not to compromise our faith, our virtue, our goodness even in a moment of terror. We need not retaliate, we can be generous even in a hopeless-feeling-moment and offer non-harm, safety, a good word. So we grow stamina, generosity and equanimity if we remember to keep the practice alive within us. Keep good-will in the heart at all times.
The Heart of Wisdom: Monastic Retreat
2019-04-19 Baptismal Breath: A Guided Meditation 58:00
See present moment experience in its most simple expression so as to notice the breakdown of all fearsome qualities. This seeing is insight which delivers us from the conceptual prison of beliefs into the freedom of direct intuitive understanding.
The Heart of Wisdom: Monastic Retreat
2019-04-18 The Night of the Poison Arrow 32:23
How to guard the mind against the hindrances and pull out the poison arrow of craving.
The Heart of Wisdom: Monastic Retreat
2019-04-17 The Winds of Change - A Guided Meditation 33:27
We are here, on the mountain, with a tremendous view. Let the breath speak to us. Stay and watch, even the suffering, investigate patiently like a parent, even if their child objects and runs away - patiently keep trying, be receptive, be available. Gently soften, mellow, give the mind back to the moment, trust, receive it and discover its hidden truths.
The Heart of Wisdom: Monastic Retreat
2017-04-13 Understanding Death 61:17
The Buddha's advise to Ananda when venerable Sariputta died.
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
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.
Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat
2016-03-30 The Power of Metta 54:12
The practice of metta bhavana leads to liberation and has 11 benefits 1) One sleep well; 2) One awakens happily; 3) One does not have bad dreams; 4) One is pleasing to human beings; 5) One is pleasing to spirits; 6) One is protected by dieties; 7) One is not injured by fire, poison or weapons; 8) One's mind quickly becomes concentrated; 9) One's facial complexion is serene; 10) One dies unconfused; and 11) If one does not penetrate further, one fares on to the Brahma world. AN 11:15
Finding Inner Peace: Monastic Retreat
2016-03-29 Morning Instructions 15:44
Finding Inner Peace: Monastic Retreat

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