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Author Archives: Jocelyn White

Thank you for Ayyā Medhānandī’s Inspiration at the New Year

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Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, spent a day of Dhamma with us on January 3, 2021. She met with Portland Friends of the Dhamma for the first time, a start to our new year, just before entering her winter retreat. The theme of the day was “An Ever-Present Refuge.” Over […]

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Ayya Medhanandi: Ever Present Refuge: The Value of Death with questions, Jan 3 2021 052

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Ayya_Medhanandi_Track_3_Afternoon_Talk_Q_n_A_Ever_Present_Refuge_The_Value_of_Death_and_Q_n_A-1_11_21_12_29_PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:12 — 12.0MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreAyya Medhanandi continues with the daylong session of the Ever Present Refuge. Death may serve as a reminder of impermanence as well as an encouragement to learn the Dhamma and find the unconditioned. Please excuse the poor […]

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Ayya Medhanandi: Ever Present Refuge: Morning Dhamma talk with questions, Jan 3 2021 051

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Ayya_Medhanandi_Track_2_Morning_Talk_Q_A_Ever_Present_Refuge-1_11_21_12_24_PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:54 — 15.5MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreAyya Medhanandi begins by asking those assembled what is the most pressing issue now. She leads us to seeing the wisdom of being present in the moment as a refuge from the worldly winds and suffering. While […]

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Ayya Medhanandi: Ever Present Refuge: Precepts, the Basis for Our Happiness Jan 3 2021 050

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Ayya_Medhanandi_Track_1_Ever_Present_Refuge_Precepts_the_Basis_for_Our_Happiness-1_11_21_PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:21 — 7.7MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreAyya Medhanandi teaches Portland Friends of the Dhamma for the first time in a daylong session. The theme was Ever Present Refuge. In this recording she introduces the precepts as the foundation for building happiness. Please excuse […]

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Ajahn Thanissaro (Geoff): Response to Change, Morning Session Nov 1 2020 048

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Ajahn_Geoff_In_Response_to_Change-Morning_Session.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 54:24 — 31.1MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreAjahn Thanissaro (Geoff) visited Portland Friends of the Dhamma by Zoom for his 19th annual teaching session. His topic was “Response to Change.” The study guide is found here. The topics ranged from change in general to […]

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Ajahn Thanissaro (Geoff): Response to Change, Afternoon Session Nov 1 2020 049

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Ajahn_Geoff_In_Response_to_Change-Afternoon_Session.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:14:19 — 42.5MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreIn the afternoon session of Ajahn Thanissaro’s 19th annual visit, this time online due to the pandemic, the theme of “Response to Change” continues. The focus remains on the suttas and developing skills, the response. The study […]

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Gratitude for Ajahn Thanissaro’s November Visit on Zoom

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Ajahn Thanissaro (Geoff) appeared on Zoom hosted by Portland Friends of the Dhamma and joined by others from Belarus and Brazil to Peru and Sri Lanka. Over 170 practitioners gathered to hear his teaching on managing grief and coping with change. Guided meditation and two sutta study sessions were filled with practical skills on these […]

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A Rich Day of Teachings – Ayya Santussikā Returns to PFoD

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On September 27, 2020, Portland Friends of the Dhamma hosted a Daylong led by Ayya Santussikā, abbess of Karuna Buddhist Vihara. The topic which ran throughout the day was  “Directing the Mind, Cooling the Heart” and was attended by many, including one person from abroad. The day began with taking the Five Precepts, followed with […]

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Sakula: Knowing Light, Knowing Dark Oct 18 2020 047

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Knowing_LIght_Knowing_Dark-Sakula-10_19_20_10_21_AM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:25 — 11.2MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula leads Sunday Sila and reflects on training the mind to go where we want, to be skillful, and to guide the heart.

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Jessica Swanson: Fearlessness for Ourselves and Others Oct 11 2020 046

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Fearlessness_for_Ourselves_and_Others-10_16_20_10_10_AM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:24 — 8.9MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreJessica Swanson leads Sunday Sila at the Center with some in person and some online. She reflects on what we bring to meditation, developing beneficial mind states as a gift to ourselves and others, and fearlessness – […]

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