The greatest gift is the
gift of the teachings
 
Dharma Talks given at Ottawa Buddhist Society
2014-07-19 Speaking of Violence 36:47
  Ayya Medhanandi
If we can deal with the craziness of the mind, we can help to decrease the craziness and violence of the world. But we have to be so patient and keep faith with the process of of cleaning up our own violence. Even when the mind is hot, there will be some good will that we can touch - if we lean towards that which is kind and gentle - harmless - this can lead us towards fearlessness and acceptance.

2012-11-19 Spiritual Athlete 27:55
  Ayya Medhanandi
Every Canadian knows Terry Fox, a teenage athlete who lost his leg to cancer, continued to train as a runner, and ran across Canada with one leg before he succumbed to his illness. His mission was to raise money for cancer research so others would not suffer. A legacy for our own journey - spiritual heroism, undaunted effort, magnanimous vision, valiant heart. The training begins now - for as along as it takes.

2012-04-07 Life-Saving Treasure 38:04
  Ayya Medhanandi
A reflection on the Upaddha Sutta (Half of the Holy Life) about the importance of good friends, companions, and comrades on the Eightfold Noble Path. Good friends encourage and share in developing seclusion of mind, dispassion towards the sense pleasures of the world, and, ultimately, the cessation of suffering that leads to a lasting freedom and peace.

2011-04-15 Nuclear Free 26:30
  Ayya Medhanandi
Our meditation practice will, in time, allow us to understand how to maintain a state of mind that is free from violence. We can learn how to reconcile the contamination in our minds with a heart that is pure, calm and peaceful. This is a magnificent offering of peace for the world.

2010-12-17 Medicine Heart Metta: Guided Forgiveness 41:09
  Ayya Medhanandi
May you be well, happy, and peaceful. Learn how to connect with the radiant, loving energy in your heart. Dissolve your opinions and unwholesome attitudes and deepen a quintessential quality for the Path - forgiveness. It is the key to greater loving-kindness for all beings.

2010-01-01 Let E-go 23:51
  Ayya Medhanandi
Our Dhamma practice builds an inner refuge that we can truly trust and rely on - a steadying influence through life's challenges to help us meet them with greater wisdom, patience, and forgiveness.  In the monastic setting, a dual focus on Dhamma and Vinaya, the monastic code of discipline, further strengthen our ability to let go of ego within the seclusion and support of spiritual community.

2009-11-20 Noble Subtrefuge - Four Royal Efforts 32:57
  Ayya Medhanandi
How can we trick the mind out of its old habits? The Buddha emphasized the power of the four Right Efforts. These royal allies advance the mind to its highest potential, the supreme wisdom possible for a human being. We are here to work for and receive this, our rightful inheritance - awakening to the truth of the Dhamma through our own intuitive realizations.

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.

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