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Ayya Medhanandi's Dharma Talks
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.
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2017-08-11 Turning to Dust: Death Contemplations 26:36
The nine-cemetary contemplations presented in the Satipatthana Sutta work with elemental perspectives on the parts of the body by simulating their condition after death.  The clarity of mind realized in these special practices sheds light on how valuable death contemplations are for a wholesome and happy life.  Not only does the mind gain immense lucidity and peace, but we are able to access and develop special qualities of mental composure, joy and discernment. A talk given at Sati Saraniya Hermitage in 2017.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2017-08-04 Truth & Reconciliation 32:44
The first step towards Truth is taking responsibility for our own actions, intentions, and their consequences. Distractions are not a support but only numb us to what is difficult to face or remember. Truth will always emerge, despite all attempts to bury it. Bring into the light unskillful acts, our own or those of others towards us, and make forgiveness and reconciliation possible. Penetrate into the marrow of life to reveal both the garbage we must purify and the treasure to be discovered in the process. What are we really running away from?
Ottawa Buddhist Society
2017-06-18 Give Up What Destroys You 6:53
Ayya Medhanandi talks about developing virtue and moral disarmament for true peace in this world at the 10th Global Conference on Buddhism, Neuroscience, and Mental Health, Toronto 2017.
10the Global Conference on Buddhism
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
2016-11-20 Redemption 40:34
SIMT-TBC Retreat, Toronto
Toronto Theravada Buddhist Community (TBC)
2016-11-19 On A Path We Trust 35:07
SIMT-TBC Retreat, Toronto
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2016-11-18 Great Equanimity - Change for the Good 37:24
How can we learn to inhabit our bodies fully, to live with joy and wonder, and to die with a peaceful heart? If we can keep our feet inside the Buddha's footprint, we will always be safe.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2016-11-18 Look Within and Wake Up 22:02
What are we, and what are we doing on this planet? We easily get lost in the dream of the world. It is a very good time to wake up. Right here in your own heart is the greatest adventure possible. See the danger and look inwards into the centre of the storm for sanctuary. Then we will create a wave of awakening in this world. A talk given at a joint Theravada Buddhist Community -Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto retreat in 2016.
Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto

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