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The Aloka Vihara sisters are a community of bhikkhunis (fully-ordained nuns) and samaneris (novices) dedicated to practicing the Buddha’s teaching in the style of the Theravada Forest Tradition. Their practice emphasizes simplicity, renunciation, service and an orientation towards learning from the natural world, all held within the context of the Buddha’s teachings. The sisters are committed to embracing and integrating the realities and challenges of contemporary society into their practice.
 
These talks were given at Spirit Rock during the benefit event taught by Ajahn Brahm. Ajahan Brahm is helping raise funds to support the building of a permanent monastery for the Dhammadarini nuns. If you would like to support this cause, you can offer a donation by clicking here: http://www.dhammadharini.net/home/offering-a-permanent-bhikkhuni-monastery-vision-mission
 
Developing a clear understanding of the teachings and learning to fully inhabit the body have been core parts of my Dhamma practice. These areas, as well a strong emphasis on the heart, inform and shape my teaching. The few years I spent training as an Anagarika in the Thai Forest monasteries broadened my understanding of the Buddha's teachings and instilled a profound respect for the Bhikkhu and Bhikkhuni Sangha. All along the way, I've been particularly interested in how other modalities l ...
 
These talks were given at Spirit Rock during the benefit event taught by Ajahn Brahm. Ajahan Brahm is helping raise funds to support the building of a permanent monastery for the Dhammadarini nuns. If you would like to support this cause, you can offer a donation by clicking here: http://www.dhammadharini.net/home/offering-a-permanent-bhikkhuni-monastery-vision-mission
 
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(Insight Meditation Retreats) (Day 1) Compassion is the open heart's response to suffering and a profound resource for meeting life. By attending to our experience closely we can develop compassion for ourselves and the world with the care and strength of an old friend.By Oren Jay Sofer
 
(Insight Meditation Retreats) As we walk the Buddha's path, difficulties and challenges are part of the journey. It takes support and a heart of joy to meet the hard places. This talk explores some of the common challenges and three key supports on the path to Awakening.By Oren Jay Sofer
 
(Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge) Without a full heart the practice becomes rote, dry, and uninspired. Without the sacred, we lose our way in the world and misplace our heart's faith in things like money, success, and pleasure. The path invites us to tap into a deeper aspect of the heart/mind and live with a quality of reverence.…
 
(Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge) Open Q&A covering topics such as: calming the body after an angry outburst and repairing the relational connection; meditating on the 'sound of silence'; using multiple anchors; working with the mind jumping from one thing to another.By Oren Jay Sofer
 
(Various) Every generation feels like the world is ending or changing dramatically. When the world comes crashing down, how do we stay grounded and not lose our inner compass? This talk, given online via the Boston Meditation Center, explores three practical aspects of the Buddhist path for handling uncertainty with resilience.…
 
(Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge) Patience is said to lead the way to enlightenment. Why? Dhamma practice goes against the grain of ordinary life and against the acquiring tendencies of the mind. This talk explores the value of patience and how to we turn the mind towards the spacious flexibility of patience.…
 
(Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge) In this guided meditation we explore how to find a conducive "tone" or inner orientation for meditation—one of warmth, friendliness, and interest, like being with a good friend. Begins with a short reflection.By Oren Jay Sofer
 
(Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge) The opening talk for the month of April explores themes of how our practice can be a resource during the pandemic, as well as key suggestions for orienting to practice while living or working at home.By Oren Jay Sofer
 
(Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center) How does silent retreat practice apply to our daily life? This talk explores how the Brahma Viharas and equanimity specifically can serve as essential support for meeting the challenges of our times.By Oren Jay Sofer
 
(New York Insight Meditation Center) How can our spiritual practice be a source of healing and guidance in troubled times?The Buddhist path and its meditation practice offers a range of resources that can help us face challenges, personally and collectively.By Oren Jay Sofer
 
(New York Insight Meditation Center) How can our spiritual practice be a source of healing and guidance in troubled times?The Buddhist path and its meditation practice offers a range of resources that can help us face challenges, personally and collectively.By Oren Jay Sofer
 
(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) The entire path can be understood as a cultivation of the ability to let go. In this talk, we explore this core quality of renunciation in Buddhist practice: What it is and what it isn't, what we let go of and how, what supports the maturing of renunciation. We include some specific suggestions for ways to practice r…
 
(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) For the practice to be effective we must integrate the proper understanding, known as "Right View." This talk explores right view in three ways: as a foundation for the practice through understanding our everyday life, as a view of all events as a natural unfolding of causes and conditions, and as the liberating unde…
 
(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) Meditation practice is a process of cultivating healthy, skillful qualities in the mind. This talk explores two essential factors for the practice: balanced energy, and wise effort through the lens of the “Four Great Efforts.” How we practice is often more important than what technique we use. What qualities are you …
 
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