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Ajahn Thanasanti's Dharma Talks
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Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni was born in California and first encountered the Dhamma in 1979. Since that time she has been committed to awakening. On a trip to Asia she met highly accomplished meditation masters Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Buddhadasa and Dipa Ma. In 1989, she went to England where she joined the nun’s community in the Ajahn Chah Forest Tradition. After 20 years she left her monastic community to return to the USA where she founded Awakening Truth whose mission is eventually developing a Bhikkhuni training monastery integrating ancient teachings of the Forest Tradition into the modern world. Currently she is based at the Shakti Vihara hermitage near the Garden of the Gods in Colorado, where she uses wilderness as a daily part of her practice.
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2016-02-04 The Unchosen Path of Illness 1:10:33
Given at Sacramento Insight Meditation. There are many challenges as well as opportunities that emerge from illness and learning how to navigate them. Dealing with expectations that practice should be different. Value of devotion, chanting and bowing. Finding different sources of energy other than will and determination. Working with emotional pain as part of the practice. Letting go of stories. Resting in awareness. Enduring overwhelm. Learning how to be OK when things are not OK.
2016-01-01 Letting Go 39:49
New Year's Retreat
Aloka Vihara (Angela Center)
2015-10-29 "Awareness: A gateway to joy" 57:50
Our bodies, heart/mind have sensations, impressions, associative memories. All of these arise in awareness are known in awareness and end in awareness. Every moment we have the choice of focusing on the objects of attention or leaning into the awareness that knows the objects of experience. When awareness is our refuge rather than identification with the objects, we discover peace, equanimity and joy.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2015-09-22 Getting a handle on "I am" 42:03
Using the aggregates and the sense bases to understand where, how, what and whereby "I" arises. The watching what happens when "I" dissolves.
Shakti Vihara Portal to Pure Presence
2015-09-21 Mindfulness, hindrances and development 46:21
Overview of the foundations of mindfulness. The hindrances are observed as part of the 4th foundation. Understanding the hindrances both in terms of how they need to be kept in balance as as expressions of development.
Shakti Vihara Portal to Pure Presence
2015-09-20 Knowing what you need 53:42
Dealing with the human form and its physical, emotional needs requires care and discernment. Two instructions- observe what is arising and go where you feel comfortable. How do you know when to observe and when to be proactive?
Shakti Vihara Portal To Pure Presence
2015-09-19 Precious Human Birth 48:06
First talk of the retreat. The range of human experience includes choices based on greed, hatred and confusion or non green, non hatred and non confusion. There are many fortunate conditions that give someone faculties to hear to Dhamma, contemplate, practice a gradual path of awakening. Yet there are times when the path changes suddenly and we can feel groundless. Both the gradual and sudden aspects of the path are part of what we develop and realize as part of understanding the preciousness of our human birth.
Shakti Vihara Portal to Pure Presence
2015-05-23 Love Sex, and Awakening 46:35
Ajahn (Amma) Thanasanti's personal journey and interest in the topic. Believing enlightenment is where everyone loves me. Various kinds of suffering. The way that Dipa Ma's life was an inspiration. The hunger to connect and the way that love and sex can be used for connection. Sex as life force. Separation and dissolving into pleasure vs dissolving into emptiness. Love and sex addiction underlying other addictions. The difference between mind states that resolve with observation and those that need engagement. Attachment theory. Pleasure evokes lack. Making use of the complexity.
Shakti Vihara (Against The Stream / Dharma Punx New York)
2015-04-21 Touching the Earth 1:11:07
A Buddhist Response to Climate Change Using essential Buddhist teachings we can examine the suffering that is being caused by climate change. We feel for the beauty and life-enriching presence of animals, forests, oceans and our many different human relationships and, as we focus on gratitude, we gain a capacity for understanding our grief, sorrow and shock at the prospect of their demise. Understanding the causes of climate change and the interdependence of living systems, we can move into engaged action. When we see the importance of generating skillful effort to deal with climate change we can focus on specific and constructive actions and be the change we want to see in the world.
New York Insight Meditation Center NYI Regular Talks
2015-04-05 Interactive Inquiry Series - Noble Eightfold Path 1:10:18
Interactive Inquiry sessions on The Noble Eightfold Path
Shakti Vihara

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