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Dharma Talks given at Ottawa Buddhist Society
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2009-03-19 Ice Melts 40:57
  Ayya Medhanandi
We can know freedom from suffering when the light of dhamma (or truth) arises. This illumination will melt the impurities formed by unwholesome mind states. Oh, what a freedom! A talk given during a 10 day Ottawa Buddhist Society retreat at the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, Pembroke, Ontario, Canada in 2009.

2009-03-17 Niagara Falls 14:25
  Ayya Medhanandi
How can we become more aware of a thought arising? It seems like an underlying reservoir of thoughts is waiting to bubble up and flow just like Niagara Falls. By gently observing but not clinging to these thoughts, we can learn to train our focus on the present moment. Sustained pure attention like the unstoppable flow of the immense falls has a dramatic cleansing effect on the heart with equally transformative power. A talk given during an Ottawa Buddhist Society retreat at the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, Pembroke, Ontario, Canada in 2009.

2009-03-16 Barefoot and Empty-handed 47:58
  Ayya Medhanandi
How can we become more aware of a thought arising? It seems like an underlying reservoir of thoughts is waiting to bubble up and flow just like Niagara Falls. By gently observing but not clinging to these thoughts, we can learn to train our focus on the present moment. The continuity of our pure attention like the unstoppable flow of the immense waterfalls has a dramatic cleansing effect on the heart with equally transformative power.  A talk given during an Ottawa Buddhist Society retreat at the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, Pembroke, Ontario, Canada in 2009.

2009-03-15 Through the Eye of the Needle 51:02
  Ayya Medhanandi
What happens when we sit in a sacred space and can empty and purify ourselves? We are able to taste only sacredness, to experience another level of being that is vast and without boundaries, to be in awe of the wondrous quality of the pure heart. A talk given during a 10 day retreat at the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, Pembroke, Ontario, Canada in 2009.

2008-12-19 Solstice Heart 34:24
  Ayya Medhanandi
With the advent of the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year - comes the promise that the light will return. We can honour this principle in our practice by turning towards the light that is revealed in our own minds. The goodness and purity of this light can connect us to unconditional peace and love. A talk given at the Ottawa Buddhist Society in 2008.

2007-03-11 The Threads of Your Life: Guided Death Meditation 26:43
  Ayya Medhanandi
When you move towards what is fearful step by step with courage, it is possible to overcome the darkest moments breath by breath.  Draw together all the threads of your life, and let each one go strand by strand. A guided meditation on death at a 10 day retreat, Galilee Centre, Arnprior, Ontario Canada.

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