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Lay Teachings

The collection houses recorded teachings by our Spiritual Director and associated teachers. These reflections by lay teachers point to the Dhamma. Please pick up what is useful and leave the rest behind.

Jessica: Right Speech From the Mouths of Babes Mar 28 2021 064

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Jessica_Swanson_Right_Speech_From_the_Mouth_of_Babes_March_28th_2021-4_6_21_1_39_PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:32 — 10.8MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreJessica asks what it would be like if instead of asking, “How are you?” we were to ask, “What are you reflecting on lately?” How can we understand one another through the lens of wise reflection, yonisomanasikara? A story […]

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Jessica: Cultivating the Path within the Framework of Dhamma Mar 21 2021 063

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Jessica_Swanson_Cultivating_the_Path_within_the_Framework_of_Dhamma_March_21st_2021-4_6_21_1_33_PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 20:38 — 9.4MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreJessica Swanson addresses Sunday Sila. How do we move through life on the path in the Dhamma interdependently?

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Jessica: Nothing Personal about Unconditional Kindness, Mar 14 2021 062

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Jessica_Swanson_Nothing_Personal_about_Unconditional_Kindness_March_14th_2021-4_6_21_1_26_PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:13 — 8.8MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreJessica Swanson leads Sunday Sila online. She reflects on why she is drawn to the Thai Forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism and what makes it special.

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Sakula: Intentionally Willing a Feeling of Goodness Feb 28 2021 061

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Sakula_Intentionally_Willing_a_Feeling_of_Goodness_Feb_28_2021.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:39 — 13.1MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula discusses the benefits of the practice of recognizing when we naturally feel goodness and intentionally feeling goodness. She reflects on the suffering of being entangled in our fears and ways of dealing with our triggers.

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Sakula: The Wheels of Goodness Go Round ‘n Round Feb 21 2021 060

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Sakula_The_Wheels_of_Goodness_Go_Round_n_Round_Feb_21_2021.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:42 — 13.1MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula reflects on the need for a strong community to hold goodness and generosity for one another. She reviews AN 4.31, a teaching on the Four Wheels.

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Jessica: Find a Place to Put Your Love Feb 14 2021 059

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Jessica_Find_a_Place_to_Put_Your_Love_Feb_14_2021.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:44 — 10.4MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreFor Sunday Sila, Jessica reflects on the path, suffering, grief, and love after the death of her family cat.

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Sakula: Eternity’s Sunrise January 31 2021 054

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Sakula_Eternity_s_Sunrise_Jan_31_2021-2_3_21_2_31_PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:26 — 14.4MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula explores how to be truthful to oneself, open up, be present with others in a skillful way, and experience the joy in the moments of eternity. She addresses the Sunday Sila gathering online.

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Sakula: We Are Not Obliged to React, Jan 17 2021 053

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Sakula_We_are_not_obliged_to_react_Jan_17_2021.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:17 — 12.0MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula leads Sunday Sila and responds to a line in Ajahn Munindo’s book. She provides encouragement for coping with our turbulent times by creating space, avoiding our patterned reactions, being present with our feelings, and finding a skillful response.

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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: 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: 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 – abhaya-dana.

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