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Kittisaro's Dharma Talks at Dharmagiri
Kittisaro
Kittisaro, from Tennessee, a Rhodes Scholar and a Buddhist practitioner for over 35 years including 15 years as a Theravada monk in the Forest School of Ajahn Chah. He is also a practitioner of Pure Land and Chan Buddhism. He is co-founder, with Thanissara of Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat in South Africa and has completed two year long retreats. Kittisaro currently lives in the North Bay, California, teaches at IMS and Spirit Rock, and is co-author of Listening to the Heart, A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism. He lives in the North Bay CA, and is on the Teacher Council at Spirit Rock, and is a core teacher at IMS.
2009-12-15 Take Heart 32:22
Balance within practice. A compassionate response. From is emptiness, emptiness is form. The gift of fearlessness. The way of generosity, kindness and integrity.
2009-02-03 Pure Consciousness 35:34
The Shurangama Sutra, Matangi’s daughter & Ananda’s enlightement Sky Like Mind Those who delight in mental proliferation (papanca) never know Nibbana The end of birth and death Apartheid of the mind Nisagardatta’s method What Remains - What doesn’t move
Original Brightness Retreat
2009-02-02 Ekayana - The Way to One 46:45
All practices converge in mindfulness, all practices emerge from mindfulness - mindfulness is the royal way to the One
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2009-01-31 The Empty Bell 37:07
The chipmunk, the donkey and the dew drops Aspiration, despair, depression & Ajahn Chah’s encouragement Suffering for the sake of ending suffering Touching obstructions patience & kindness Giving credit for practice already done & the highest merit Like an empty bell
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2009-01-31 Change of Lineage 44:43
Direct knowing of emptiness Between existence and nihilism Emptiness isn’t empty, wonderful existence doesn’t exist Grasping & papanca is the root of birth and death Surface & depth of ocean is all water Change of lineage from reliance on papanca to pure knowing Angulimala and original hua t’ou – STOP
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2009-01-29 The Shurangama Samadhi 45:01
The Dharma door of Chan / Zen The King of Samadhi’s – the Shurangama – Durable – Samadhi The context of the Shurangama Sutra – Ananda, Matangi’s daughter, Manjushri, the Buddha & Avalokitesvara Kuan Yin’s favoured meathod – ‘returning the hearing’ The pure, bright and primordial essence of consciousness Anuruddha seeks out advice from Sariputta – ‘Turn your mind to the Deathless’
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2009-01-27 All Beings are of One Substance 34:57
Avalokitesvara – the Lord of Ease Ekayana – All streams lead to the ocean - all Dharma doors lead to the One Heart All Dharma doors are connected to Mindfulness Crossing over beings of the self nature – being kind is being Kuan Yin All Beings have been our mother, father, relative and are potential Buddha’s Kittisaro’s mother’s death and his tribute to her
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2009-01-27 Kuan Yin - Bestower of Fearlessness 38:07
Turning the state rather than being turned by the state Liberating the orphans of consciousness & being liberated from them Stories of Ajahn Chah – Knowing pain & ‘What About the Rest of Us?’ The man who wanted to hang himself Returning to the Still Bestower of Courage & Fearlessness.
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2009-01-22 Where Letting Go and Embracing the World Meet 39:18
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
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2009-01-19 Through the Gateway of Dukkha 40:19
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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