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Monastic Teachings

Dhamma reflections and guided meditations by visiting monastics.

Ayya Santussika: Highest Blessings – Precepts Feb 7 2021 055

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

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Ayya Medhanandi: Ever Present Refuge: The Nimitta of Suffering, Jan 3 2021 051

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Ayya Medhanandi: Ever Present Refuge: The Basis for Our Happiness Jan 3 2021 050

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

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

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Ayya Santussikā: Directing the Mind, Cooling the Heart Sep 27 2020 045

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Ayya Santussikā: Directing the Mind, Cooling the Heart Guided Meditation Sep 27 2020 044

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Meditators at Work

By Thanissaro Bhikkhu When the Buddha taught meditation, he would often illustrate his lessons with similes that involved people at work or developing skills. A person engaged in mindfulness of breathing, for example, was like a carpenter turning a piece of wood on a lathe, sensitive to whether he was making a short or a […]

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Ayya Santussika: Six Recollections to Lift the Heart March 8, 2020 039

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