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Inspiration from Enlightened Nuns

August 16, 2021

Inspiration from Enlightened Nuns by Susan Elbaum Jootla
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In this booklet we will be exploring poems composed by the Arahat bhikkhunis or enlightened Buddhist nuns of old, looking at these poems as springs of inspiration for contemporary Buddhists. Most of the poems we will consider come from the Therigatha, a small section of the vast Pali Canon.

From the poems of the enlightened nuns of the Buddha's time contemporary followers of the Noble Eightfold Path can receive a great deal of instruction, help and encouragement. These verses can assist us in developing morality, concentration and wisdom, the three sections of the path. With their aid we will be able to work more effectively towards eliminating our mental defilements and towards finding lasting peace and happiness.

Narrated by Sophia Ojha
2016
2 hours 4 minutes

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'Inspiration from Enlightened Nuns' can also be found at Pariyatti in print as well as at BPS as a free eBook download.

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The Joy Hidden in Sorrow: Two Talks on Death and Dying

August 10, 2021

The Joy Hidden in Sorrow by Ayyā Medhānandī
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Excerpt from The Joy Hidden in Sorrow by Ayyā Medhānandī

In our relationships with each other, with our families, we can begin to use wisdom as our refuge. That doesn’t mean that we don’t love, that we don’t grieve for our loved ones. It means that we’re not dependent on our perceptions of our mother and father, children or close friends. We’re not dependent on them being who we think they are, we no longer believe that our happiness depends on their love for us, or their not leaving, not dying. We’re able to surrender to the rhythm of life and death, to the natural law, the Dhamma of birth, ageing, sickness, and death.

Excerpt from The Way Beyond Fear

What would it be like if we never got old? What if we never got sick, or if we never died? Could we really love each other if we were here forever? Through our own mortality we learn to love; through our darkest suffering, we are taken beyond suffering; by being exposed to our own extinction, we can realise that within us which is indestructible. Trusting each moment, even in the midst of the most terrifying conditions, we awaken in ourselves the possibility to live with complete trust. We grow more vulnerable and, at the same time, more fearless, not taking refuge in sorrow. We learn how to live, and how to die, and how to embrace our joy and our pain.

Narrated by Avia Rose Livni
2020
50 minutes

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'The Joy Hidden in Sorrow' can also be found in the Pariyatti Edition of Collected Bodhi Leaves Vol. 5 as well as at BPS as a free eBook download.

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The Elimination of Anger

June 30, 2021

The Elimination of Anger by Ven. K. Piyatissa Thera
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This title contains two stories retold from Buddhist texts, The Reviler and The Anger-eating Demon.

Narrated by Sophia Ojha
2017
31 minutes

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'The Elimination of Anger' can also be found in the Pariyatti Edition of Collected Bodhi Leaves Vol. 3 as well as at BPS as a free eBook download.

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The Development of the Will and Perfection of Energy

June 19, 2021

The Development of the Will and Perfection of Energy by Wladyslaw Misiewicz and Shantideva
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Excerpt from The Development of Will by Wladyslaw Misiewicz

“No force in the human system can be properly used unless it is rightly directed. As the will is the only factor in man that has the power to direct or control, a thorough development of the will becomes absolutely necessary in order to have a clear understanding of its application under every circumstance.”

From Perfection of Energy by Shantideva

“Having become patient [through practising the Perfection of Forbearance], one should cultivate energetic effort; for it is by effort that Enlightenment is gained. Just as there is no movement without wind, there is no performance of merit without energy.”

Narrated by Judy Swift
2020
27 minutes

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'Buddhist Therapy' can also be found in the Pariyatti Edition of Collected Bodhi Leaves Vol. 3 as well as at BPS as a free eBook download.

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Buddhist Therapy

May 20, 2021

Buddhist Therapy by Ruth Walshe
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"Is Buddhism closely related to psychology? To some extent, yes - but with one tremendous difference: While psychology helps you to understand yourself intellectually and, at best emotionally, Buddhism helps you to get beyond the intellect to the actual experience of life itself. That's why applied Buddhism goes so much deeper than any school of psychology can ever claim to do…"

Narrated by Judy Swift
2018
42 minutes

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'Buddhist Therapy' can also be found in the Pariyatti Edition of Collected Bodhi Leaves Vol. 1 as well as at BPS as a free eBook download.

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An Exhortation and Self-image or Self-knowledge

April 30, 2021

An Exhortation and Self-image or Self-knowledge Two Dhamma Talks by Ayya Khema
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Let go of all self-images, of all ideations, of all hopes and plans. Then you can dwell in this particular moment—and no one can take that away from you. It can’t disappear, or be broken, or get lost. It just is. Security lies in the simple fact that in essence one has nothing and one is nothing.

Narrated by Kalvin Kochhar
2020
40 minutes

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'The Manual of Insight (Vipassanā Dīpanī)' can also be found in the Pariyatti Edition of Collected Wheel Publications Vol. 3 as well as at BPS as a free eBook download.

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The Buddha—A Unique Teacher

March 17, 2021

The Buddha—A Unique Teacher
from Bodhi Leaf No. 36 by Francis Story

History has produced many great figures, but none in this present cycle or time as impressive and memorable as that of Siddhattha Gotama, the Sakyan prince who became the world’s greatest spiritual guide. He was unique as a personality, and unique as a teacher. There have been countless Enlightened Ones before him and there will be more, as long as saṃsāra endures, but he is the only one of whom we have actual historical knowledge, and his life has been a source of wonder and inspiration for more than twenty centuries. It continues to be so today.

Narrated by Sanjeev Kumar
2021
37 minutes

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'The Buddha—A Unique Teacher' can also be found in the Pariyatti Edition of Collected Bodhi Leaves Vol. III as well as at BPS as a free eBook download.

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Why the Buddha Did Not Preach to a Hungry Man

March 09, 2021

Why the Buddha Did Not Preach to a Hungry Man
from Bodhi Leaf No. 121 by Louis van Loon

What makes one man poor and another rich is not only a question of material possessions, how much they consume or the extent to which they are able to satisfy their cravings. This is determined largely by the manner in which they subjectively experience and psychologically evaluate a feeling of well-being in the context of the environment in which they happen to be situated. Indeed, “poverty” and “affluence” are largely relative terms: quantitatively, a well-to-do member of a primitive Bushman society is still desperately poor compared with an urbanised African who may well own a radio, a guitar, a good suit and some cattle at his homeland kraal. He, however, is appallingly destitute when his lifestyle is contrasted with that of a white artisan who, in turn, envies the earning capacity—and everything that goes with it—of a Johannesburg business executive who, however, may well earn— and be able to afford only as much as a New York dockworker.

Narrated by Judy Swift
2020
50 minutes

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We Are Everywhere (from Cultivating Inner Peace)

February 15, 2021

Chapter 28 - We Are Everywhere
from Cultivating Inner Peace by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

Solutions to the new, crowded, interconnected era will not be just technological but spiritual. They will embrace sorrow for what each individual life is not, for without conscious awareness of the sorrow that is intrinsic to individuality, there will be no possible solution to group self aggrandizing aggression and the plagues of externalizing blame that have characterized organized religions and nation-states. I prefer to meet people covered with tears rather than those holding a fistful of complaints.

Whether humankind U-turns away from dysplastic growth toward peace or not, I have—and you have—the option to live the best possible life. Inner peace is already within you, waiting to be opened. Cultivating inner peace will make you happier and more resilient and practical, able to face the difficulties of your personal death and human communal confusion head-on. It will open you to realizations that exceed the pragmatic, so that you will enter the stream of peace that is always invisibly flowing in and around you. Engaged in the world most helpfully, you will become an internal habitue of a place beyond the wind, the abode of peace.

Dr. Paul Fleischman
Massachusetts, USA
2020
17 minutes

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Copyright, 2021 Paul R. Fleischman

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.


A Great Cry On Earth (from Cultivating Inner Peace)

February 11, 2021

Chapter 27 - A Great Cry On Earth
from Cultivating Inner Peace by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

The practices from which inner peace derives, and which it in turn furthers, transcend material reality without rejecting it. To find inner peace, a person must be turned completely around. A challenge is set before us by the radical perception of “the flow of nutriment,” which means: Is there anything more to your life than the tumbling on of animal instinct—“the male collects food, and the female lays eggs”?

People contain an invisible wavelength that grows out of the feeling of “enough!” It is not exotic nor esoteric, for it is found in every person, more or less developed. Peace ascends through the aperture of psychic fullness. Energy to pursue high values, mindfulness of the ephemeral sensations of every moment, thoughtful inquiry beyond complacency—these are the seeds of enlightenment. Concentration, calm, joy based on perspective rather than acquisition—these are seeds of enlightenment. Equanimity in all circumstances is the culmination of inner peace—the radiance of sufficiency.

Dr. Paul Fleischman
Massachusetts, USA
2020
31 minutes

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Copyright, 2021 Paul R. Fleischman

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.


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