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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 The Face of Holiness 31:28
Through the lens of Truth, mindful and attentive, we pierce anger, sorrow, fear and complacency. We are on the cusp of realizing who we are. Clear present awareness leads us inwards. We are on track to let go, relinquish and abandon all that is harmful. Discarding ancient beliefs one after another with microscopic insight, we empty out the rubbish from the mind. Radical awareness directly knows the impersonal, imperfect and empty nature of all that we experience. Now we see the face of holiness. Giving our hearts to truth, we are set free.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Heart of Wisdom: Monastic Retreat
2019-04-20 Lifetime Vow 41:17
To vow for life: not to compromise our faith, our virtue, or our goodness - even in a moment of terror - is a powerful spiritual ally. Not cowering nor retaliating even in a hopeless-feeling-moment, we learn to stay present with compassion and kindness. As long as we remember to keep the practice alive within, we will have the stamina to grow in generosity, equanimity, and wisdom. So, at all times, make good-will the mantra of your heart.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center 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.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center 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.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center 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.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Heart of Wisdom: Monastic Retreat
2017-04-15 About Chithurst Monastery, Temple Forest Monastery, and Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage 8:11
with Ajahn Jayanto, Ajahn Sucitto, Ayya Medhanandi
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat
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
2016-03-30 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
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Finding Inner Peace: Monastic Retreat

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