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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.
2013-06-08 Evening Dhamma Teaching - This is Not Beyond our Doing 49:23
We can bear witness to each others’ suffering by recognizing genuine spiritual friends or kalyānamitta who share our values and our desire for awakening. Spiritual friends can help us identify our individual pitfalls and support our letting go of these obstacles. It is a joy to share the Dhamma together.
Holistic Awareness: A Monastic Dana Retreat
2013-06-06 Evening Dharma Teaching Day 6 - Friendship with the Lovely 48:04
The Sārāņīya dhammas are conciliatory qualities of harmony, friendship, and good will in community. Sārāņīya can also mean remembering our true refuge, shelter, and protection. We gain peace and happiness in life especially when we face difficulties in relationships with ‘sārāņīya’ qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.
Holistic Awareness: A Monastic Dana Retreat
2013-06-04 Evening Dharma Teaching - Day 4 - Satipaññā and Refuge to the Rescue 48:45
How can we avoid the pitfalls that Mara sets for us on the path? Develop Sati (mindfulness) to act as a gatekeeper that can recognize the earliest signs of delusion, ill will, and greed. At the same time, cultivate paññā, wisdom and sharp discernment to protect against unskillful speech, conduct, and intention or thought. These foundational practices will be both refuge and rescue from the snares of Mara!
Holistic Awareness: A Monastic Dana Retreat
2013-06-03 A Generosity of Presence: Guided Meditation 24:08
When we remember to empty out all the distraction, all the movement, all the roughness of life, nameless, formless, without identity - we touch the shore of truth as waves touch the shores of the ocean, reaching our true home in the fullness of this moment exactly as it is.
Holistic Awareness: A Monastic Dana Retreat
2013-06-01 Evening Talk; Day 1 - Grow in the Master's Way 38:13
Learn how to cultivate the Master’s Way by dedicating mind and body to the path that leads to the purification of mind. With time and patience, the hindrances will fall away and the clarity, serenity, and joy of the Dhamma will be revealed.
Holistic Awareness: A Monastic Dana Retreat

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