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Kittisaro's Dharma Talks
Kittisaro
Kittisaro, from Tennessee, a Rhodes Scholar and a Buddhist practitioner for over 35 years including 15 years as a Theravada monk in the Forest School of Ajahn Chah. He is also a practitioner of Pure Land and Chan Buddhism. He is co-founder, with Thanissara of Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat in South Africa and has completed two year long retreats. Kittisaro currently lives in the North Bay, California, teaches at IMS and Spirit Rock, and is co-author of Listening to the Heart, A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism. He lives in the North Bay CA, and is on the Teacher Council at Spirit Rock, and is a core teacher at IMS.
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2009-01-31 Change of Lineage 44:43
Direct knowing of emptiness Between existence and nihilism Emptiness isn’t empty, wonderful existence doesn’t exist Grasping & papanca is the root of birth and death Surface & depth of ocean is all water Change of lineage from reliance on papanca to pure knowing Angulimala and original hua t’ou – STOP
Dharmagiri Original Brightness Retreat
2009-01-29 The Shurangama Samadhi 45:01
The Dharma door of Chan / Zen The King of Samadhi’s – the Shurangama – Durable – Samadhi The context of the Shurangama Sutra – Ananda, Matangi’s daughter, Manjushri, the Buddha & Avalokitesvara Kuan Yin’s favoured meathod – ‘returning the hearing’ The pure, bright and primordial essence of consciousness Anuruddha seeks out advice from Sariputta – ‘Turn your mind to the Deathless’
Dharmagiri Original Brightness Retreat
2009-01-27 All Beings are of One Substance 34:57
Avalokitesvara – the Lord of Ease Ekayana – All streams lead to the ocean - all Dharma doors lead to the One Heart All Dharma doors are connected to Mindfulness Crossing over beings of the self nature – being kind is being Kuan Yin All Beings have been our mother, father, relative and are potential Buddha’s Kittisaro’s mother’s death and his tribute to her
Dharmagiri Original Brightness Retreat
2009-01-27 Kuan Yin - Bestower of Fearlessness 38:07
Turning the state rather than being turned by the state Liberating the orphans of consciousness & being liberated from them Stories of Ajahn Chah – Knowing pain & ‘What About the Rest of Us?’ The man who wanted to hang himself Returning to the Still Bestower of Courage & Fearlessness.
Dharmagiri Original Brightness Retreat
2009-01-22 Where Letting Go and Embracing the World Meet 39:18
Compassion says ‘I am Everything’ - Wisdom ‘I am Nothing’ Where emptiness leans into aversion and compassion into grasping Ajahn Chah’s reflection on teachings as way of providing balance Metta and the attendant blessings of metta Meeting English football hooligans
Dharmagiri Original Brightness Retreat
2009-01-19 Through the Gateway of Dukkha 40:19
The 4 truths that en-noble as we grow through them The 8 kinds of Dukkha – Anando, ex marine & monk, bowing through anger Death is also impermanent, seeing through impermanence, one touches peace. When the causes of dukkha break up, it ceases - revealing the timeless dharma.
Dharmagiri Original Brightness Retreat
2009-01-19 The End of Mark Making 37:39
The tendency of the proliferating mind to designate permanence to the transitory through the process of thought Papanca – conceptual proliferation creates the billion fragments of the world The Diamond Sutra – The Guest and the Host What remains? Kappa’s question to the Buddha
Dharmagiri
2009-01-16 It's Uncertain 40:49
Meeting Ajahn Chah in Thailand Know the breath and you’ll know everything Opening the Dharma Eye Underlying pervasive peace Samsara & Nibbana arise at the same place
Dharmagiri
2009-01-14 The Terrorist and the Treasure 33:55
Kittisaro’s father and mother meeting Ajahn Chah The terrorists of the heart that rob the true treasure Finding a solid footing Ajahn Chah's encouragement to be an earth worm rather than a bodhisattva Ajahn Chah’s take on Samatha & Vipassana Letting go is peace
Dharmagiri Original Brightness Retreat
2009-01-12 The Capacity to Bear Reality 41:37
The heavenly messengers that set the Buddha on his quest The Buddha’s early struggle and discovery of the middle way The First Jhana and simile of the Bathman’s Apprentice Citt’ekaggata – A unified heart suffused with well being
Dharmagiri

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