Friday, April 29, 2016

Recollection Of Generosity by Dawn Neal

Dawn Neal began contemplative practice in 1997. She started practicing Insight Meditation and Sōto Zen after being exposed to biofeedback in 2004. She is currently earning an MA from the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Sati Institute, and receives mentoring from Anālayo Bhikkhu and Gil Fronsdal. Dawn temporarily ordained in Burma in 2009, and was authorized to teach loving-kindness by Sayadaw U Indaka. She teaches meditation, mindfulness, and loving-kindness in Buddhist, clinical, and educational settings. A volunteer in the Dharma community, Dawn has also served as a commissioned interfaith chaplain.

This is the third talk in the speaker series titled "Recollective Meditations."


Friday, April 22, 2016

Recollection Of The Dhamma by Tony Bernhard

This is the second talk in the speaker series titled "Recollective Meditations." According to Tony Bernhard, the Noble Eightfold Path is the Dhamma to recollect because each of the path factor leads to the cessation of suffering, and thus, to the goal of liberation.


Friday, April 08, 2016

Recollection Of The Buddha by Shaila Catherine

The Buddha taught a broad range of meditation practice -- far more extensive than simply observing sensations and breath. Practitioners can use six classic meditation subjects to nurture calmness, focus attention, inspire patience persistence, gain confidence in the efficacy of the path, and contemplate the nature of kamma, action, and mind. The six recollections are: Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, Virtue, Generosity, and Heavens.

This is the first talk in the series, Recollection Of The Buddha and is by Shaila Catherine.


Friday, March 25, 2016

The Ultimate Question by Ajahn Brahmali

Ajahn Brahmali was born in Norway in 1964, first became interested in Buddhism and meditation in his early 20s after a visit to Japan.

He ordained as a monk with Ajahn Brahm as his preceptor in 1996. He teaches Pali and the Vinaya ( monastic discipline) to the monks at Bodhinyana Monastery near Perth, in Western Australia.


Friday, March 04, 2016

Three Talks on Sati by Akincano Marc Weber

Akincano Marc Weber was born in Berne (Switzerland) and is a Buddhist teacher and contemplative psychotherapist. He learned to sit still in the early eighties as a Zen practitioner and later became a monk in Ajahn Chah’s tradition where he studied and practiced for 20 years in the Forest monasteries of Thailand and Europe. He has studied Pali and scriptures, holds a degree in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and lives with his wife in Cologne, Germany from where he teaches Dhamma and meditation internationally.

Sati and its Images in the Suttas


Sati and Some of its Functions


Clear Comprehension (Sampajañña); the Contextualising of Sati


Friday, February 19, 2016

Seeing Through the Net of Illusion by Jaya Rudgard

Mindfulness has been part of my life since I first discovered it as a teenager in the 1980s. From 1996-2005 I lived as a Theravadan Buddhist nun in the Forest Sangha in the UK with Ajahn Sumedho as my teacher. In this tradition mindfulness in all aspects of daily life is the cornerstone of practice, so I learned first hand why the Buddha described it as the “direct path” out of suffering. This is because it takes us beyond any religion or dogma to learn from our direct experience and begin to see clearly for ourselves what leads to suffering and what leads to freedom.


Friday, February 05, 2016

Greetings, Sisters and Brothers In Aging, Sickness and Death by Greg Scharf

Greg Scharf began meditating in 1992. He has studied with a variety of teachers both in Asia and the West, and trained as a Buddhist monk in Burma. He has been teaching residential meditation retreats since 2007, including the annual 3 month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society where he is a core teacher. In his teaching Greg emphasizes the understanding that meditation is fundamentally an exploration of nature and natural processes. He also stresses the critical importance of bringing the qualities of kindness, compassion, and a sense of humour to practice. Currently living in the high country of northern Arizona, Greg's love of nature and the outdoors deeply informs both his practice and teaching.


Friday, January 08, 2016

Releasing Our Imaginary Friend by Rodney Smith

This talk by Rodney Smith is delivered in his customary "wake up" style and concerns the Self, our sense of Me, our Imaginary Friend.

Rodney Smith is guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society, an organization he founded in 1993.


Friday, December 11, 2015

A Thousand Thoughts by Ariya B. Baumann

Ariya B. Baumann was born and raised in Switzerland. She started to practise meditation during her training as a music and dance teacher at the conservatory in Zürich. In 1992, she went to Myanmar (Burma) and ordained as a nun under Sayadaw U Janaka and for many years she practised vipassana and metta meditation under his guidance. Later she assisted the Sayadaws by translating talks and interviews for foreign meditators. In 2006, she changed to the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre, Yangon, where she assisted Sayadaw U Indaka as well as teaching the foreign meditators herself.

In 2013, she disrobed and is now based in Switzerland from where she continues to teach vipassana and metta meditation courses worldwide.

She has translated several Dhamma books from Burmese to English and German, including Sayadaw U Indaka’s books on metta and the factors of enlightenment.


Saturday, December 05, 2015

Cultivation Of The Four Efforts by Thanissara

Thanissara, a practitioner since 1975, was a Theravada nun for 12 years in the tradition of Ajahn Chah and has taught internationally the last 20 years. She is co-founder and director of Dharmagiri Hermitage and Outreach in South Africa and spends time between there and the US. She has an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice from Karuna Institute and Middlesex University UK and is currently co-facilitator of the Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock.