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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.

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: Android | 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 […]

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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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Sakula: Disengage from the Proliferating Mind July 26 2020 043

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Disengage_from_the_Proliferating_Mind.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:13 — 16.7MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreOnce we disengage from defilements, trust and discerning can follow more easily. Trust can bring relief. In the space of this relief we can discern an opportunity for good karma. So how do we disengage? Sakula reflects […]

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Sakula: Uncertain Times, How Am I Spending My Time? May 17 2020 042

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Uncertain_Times_How_am_I_spending_My_Time_May_17_2020.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:56 — 13.2MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula reflects on impermanence, uncertainty, and feeding the hindrances and our fears. with life at home.

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Sakula: Pain Without Blame or Resentment May 3 2020 041

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Pain_Without_Blame_or_Resentment_May_3_2020_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:46 — 11.8MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula reflects on pain in an online Sunday Sila during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Sakula: Dispelling Fear April 2020 April 26, 2020 040

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Dispelling_Fear_April_2020-4_27_20_10_37_AM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:52 — 23.3MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula addresses fear and our relationships with others during this Covid-19 pandemic.

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Kalyanamittas in the Time of Covid19

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What is it like to give and receive the Dhamma in this time of the coronavirus global pandemic? It’s like this. We Zoom. We make videos for the children. We receive words of encouragement. We receive support from our renters and from our virtual dana bowl. We Zoom Our Programs Online programs and workshops hosted […]

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Sakula: Beautiful in the Beginning, the Middle, and in the End Feb 9 2020 035

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Sakula_Beautiful_in_the_Beginning_the_Middle_and_in_the_End_Feb_9_2020.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:23 — 13.4MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula begins with reflections on the noble beings, those on the path, in recollecting Sangha Day. She continues with reflections on practicing to bring balance through the stages of life and on stream entry.

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Sakula: Align with the Present Jan 26 2020 034

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Sakula_Align_with_the_Present_Jan_26_2020-1_26_20_5_15_PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:07 — 12.9MB)Subscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula reflects on bandaids, crocodiles, and paying attention in this Sunday Sila teaching.

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