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Ajahn Thanasanti's Dharma Talks
Ajahn Thanasanti
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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2016-03-26 Craving 17:57
Class 3
Shakti Vihara
2016-03-12 Contact and Feeling 17:34
Class 2
Shakti Vihara
2016-03-05 Overview of Dependant Origination 17:54
Shakti Vihara
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 Forest Monastery (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

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