The greatest gift is the
gift of the teachings
 
Dharma Talks given at Dharmagiri
2009-01-26 I Have Faith in Nights 21:22
  Thanissara
Encouragement to ‘bear the reality’ of suffering, to listen beneath the splits The holding of splits within this one heart Empathy rather than judgement The difficult practice of compassion
Original Brightness Retreat

2009-01-23 The Heroic Human Heart 31:55
  Thanissara
An abandoned old lady Bearing reality of being human With patience obstruction drop away Like walking into the mist The more the suffering, the more the bliss Indestructible Heart
Original Brightness Retreat

2009-01-22 Where Letting Go and Embracing the World Meet 39:18
  Kittisaro
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
Original Brightness Retreat

2009-01-20 Emptying the Boulders of the Mind 43:10
  Thanissara
Using the breath to steady the mind, to reflect on impermanence and to see ‘non ownership’ The boulder is not heavy if you don’t pick it up This is ‘how it is’ – methods to access the third noble truth Replacing reactivity with mindfulness – the flood stopper
Original Brightness Retreat

2009-01-19 Through the Gateway of Dukkha 40:19
  Kittisaro
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.
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2009-01-19 The End of Mark Making 37:39
  Kittisaro
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

2009-01-18 Suffering as Opportunity 37:19
  Thanissara
The Buddha’s reluctance to teach The first turning of the Dhamma wheel The Four Noble truths and accompanying practices Contemplating desire – resolving dukkha – the primary split.
Original Brightness Retreat

2009-01-18 The Centrality of Minfulness 37:16
  Thanissara
Replacing reactivity of mind with mindfulness Mindfulness as container & as that which reveals & discerns what is Citta conditioned by perception & sankhara Healing the citta through mindful awareness Finding balanced energy as a support for mindfulness
Original Brightness Retreat

2009-01-16 It's Uncertain 40:49
  Kittisaro
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

2009-01-14 The Terrorist and the Treasure 33:55
  Kittisaro
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
Original Brightness Retreat

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