Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thanissara - Embodied Dharma


This is a whole series of 18 talks by Thanissara on Embodied Dharma that were give at the Cloud Mountain Retreat Center over ten days in June, 2012. All of these talks are posted at Dharma Seed, a wonderful resource for Buddhist teachings offered at various retreat centers around the country.

Embodied Dharma

2012-06-14 (10 days) Cloud Mountain Retreat Center

Thanissara


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Thanissara, a practitioner since 1975, was a Theravada nun for 12 years in the tradition of Ajahn Chah and has taught internationally the last 20 years. She is co-founder and director of Dharmagiri Hermitage and Outreach in South Africa and spends time between there and the US. She has an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice from Karuna Institute and Middx University UK and is currently co-facilitator of the Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock

2012-07-04 1. Buddha's Essential Guidance 19:45
  Thanissara
path as both gradual and immediate - succinct teaching of 'refrain from the unwholesome, lift up the good & purify the heart.'

2012-07-04 2. First Foundation of Mindfulness 39:25
  Thanissara
training of 'mano-vinnana' attention - withdrawing the mind from its preoccupations, working with the breath, way to one.

2012-07-04 3. Basic Sanity 43:51
  Thanissara
sanity of mindfulness, mindfulness leading to insight into the nature of the body, simplicity, getting back on track

2012-07-04 4. Guided Meditation on the Body 41:28
  Thanissara

2012-07-04 5. Samadhi - Path into Here & Now 42:15
   Thanissara
deepening presence here & now, 5 jhana factors, fruits of samadhi

2012-07-04 6. Jhana Factors & Balanced Effort 25:22
  Thanissara
cultivating balance and depth of inner well being

2012-07-04 7. Hindrances & Stopping 39:49
  Thanissara
stopping the momentum of the mind.. a serial killer stops and awakens

2012-07-04 8. Balance of Calm & Insight 36:15
  Thanissara
mindfulness & clear comprehension in tandem with insight & wise reflection - two kinds of peace

2012-07-04 9. Contemplating Change & Worldly Winds 30:45
  Thanissara
reflecting on change - the doorway into the changeless - maintaining well being in the face of change through wisdom

2012-07-04 10. Training of Mind 37:52
  Thanissara
practice as preparation for when the hindrances hit - vitakkasantana sutta - skilful training of thought

2012-07-04 11. Four Truths 42:10
  Thanissara
contemplation and practice of the 4 truths

2012-07-04 12. Practice of the Four Truths 33:45
  Thanissara
where there is samsara is nibbana

2012-07-04 13. Leap Beyond 54:29
  Thanissara
heart sutra and kuan yin

2012-07-04 14. Original Mind 35:36
  Thanissara
guided meditation pointing out 'mind'

2012-07-04 15. Divine Within Human 53:57
  Thanissara
4 brahma viharas & bodhicitta

2012-07-04 16. Guided Brahma Vihara Meditation 35:17
  Thanissara
drawing on themes of the 4 brahma viharas - kindness, compassion, joy & equanimity - infused with the divine bodhicitta of Kuan Yin

2012-07-04 17. Daily Life Practice 31:29
  Thanissara

2012-07-04 18. Taking Precepts 29:45
  Thanissara
the value of ethics as a foundation for practice and as a protection of all beings
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