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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: Living Within the Framework of the Dhamma May 16 2021 069

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Jessica_Living_Within_the_Framework_of_the_Dhamma_May_16_2021-6_24_21_10_21_AM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:09 — 12.0MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreJessica compares the framework of poetry to living in response to conditions within the Dhamma as taught in the Ajahn Chah lineage.

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Sakula: Cultivating the Buddha’s Path with my Catholic Mother May 9 2021 068

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Sakula_Cultivating_the_Buddha_s_Path_with_my_Catholic_Mother_May_9_2021.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:11 — 12.0MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreTo celebrate Mother’s Day, Sakula draws on Luang Por Pasanno’s teaching and a story from her life with her own mother. She draws the arc of a life’s relationship healed with the Dhamma.

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Sakula: Keeping the Bigger Picture in Mind May 2 2021 067

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Sakula_Keeping_the_Bigger_Picture_in_Mind_May_2_2021-5_4_21_3_12_PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:06 — 12.0MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula leads Sunday Sila with some in person attendees for the first time in a while. She reflects on welcoming changes in our lives according to the practice, recognizing impermanence and uncertainty.

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Sakula: When the Heart Opens the Teachings Fall In Apr 18 2021 066

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Sakula_When_the_Heart_Opens_the_Teachings_Fall_In_April_18_2021-5_4_21_3_06_PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:34 — 10.3MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreSakula addresses Sunday Sila. She reflects on how to let the teachings into the heart based on teaching by Luang Por Pasanno on mindfulness and compassion.

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Cittasubha: Receive the Dhamma with an Open Heart and Mind Apr 4 2021 065

https://media.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/p/content.blubrry.com/portland_friends_of_the_dhamma/Cittasubha_Recieve_the_Dhamma_with_an_Open_Heart_Mind_April_4_2021-5_4_21_3_02_PM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:05 — 14.7MB)Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreGuest lay teacher Cittasubha addresses Sunday Sila, reflecting on the presence of the Buddha’s teachings everywhere. We grow by receiving teachings and then reflecting on them. She shares how to listen to Dhamma with the help of Ajahn Munindo.

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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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