Dear friends, 

Every year on Lunar New Year's eve, Thay recites a poem and gives a dharma talk with insights into Vietnamese poetry, culture, and tradition. This year, as our teacher receives treatment in the hospital, Venerable Thich Phuoc Tinh continues the tradition. He recites a poem of Thay's and gives us a rare glimpse into the life of our teacher. 

To aid in your understanding of the poem, we offer the poem in its entirety to you here:
 
Clouds softly pillow the mountain peak.
The breeze is fragrant with tea blossoms.
The joy of meditation remains unshakable.
The forest offers floral perfumes.
One morning we awaken,
fog wrapped around the roof.
With fresh laughter, we bid farewell.
The musical clamor of birds send us back on the ten thousand paths,
watching a dream as generous as the sea.
A flicker of fire from the familiar stove warms the evening shadows as they fall.
Impermanent, self-emptied life, filled with impostors whose sweet speech
hides a wicked heart.
My confidence intact,
     I bid farewell with a peaceful heart.
     The affairs of this world are merely a dream.
Don't forget that days and months race by as quickly as a young horse.
The stream of birth and death dissolves, but our friendship never disappears.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
 
Direct download: VenerableLunarNewYear2015.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 5:41 PM
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Dear friends,
 
Today we share the orientation for retreatants at the Holiday Retreat. Brother Phap Hai shares how they enjoy their practice at the monastery. They invite us to stop our habit energies and start monotasking -- as we breathe, walk, eat, and act. May these gentle reminders fill your life with the spirit of refuge at Deer Park Monastery. 
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: BrPhapHaiMonotasking.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49 PM
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Dear friends,

Today we continue to explore the Five Mindfulness Trainings with the second half of sharings by lay friends at Deer Park during the Holiday Retreat. Our friends share their experience with the two trainings on Loving Speech and Deep Listening, and Nourishment and Healing. May these sharings fill your heart and nourish your practice.

Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 

 

Direct download: 5_MT_HolidayRetreat_2014_-_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:31 PM
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast.  Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Today we share the first half of the Five Mindfulness Trainings Presentation at Deer Park Monastery during the Holiday Retreat.  Lay friend, Kenley Neufield, introduces the trainings and practitioners share their experience with the first, second, and third mindfulness trainings, Reverence for Life, True Happiness, and True Love. In every one of our friends on the path, there is the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  

 

Direct download: 5MT_HolidayRetreat_2014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:32 PM
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The Dharmacast is taking a day off!  Enjoy this archived talk from Fall 2014, where Sister Kinh Nghiem connects the Four Immeasurable Minds and the Four Mantras. http://deerpark.libsyn.com/the-four-immeasurable-minds

 

Category:general -- posted at: 5:19 PM
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Dear friends,
 
Today we share the Question and Answer session from the Holiday Retreat at Deer Park Monastery. Brother Phap De leads the group of monastics and lay friends in exploring questions about our practice. Looking deeply, we see how the practice can permeate all aspects of our lives and guide us to greater peace. 
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: BrPhapDeHolidayRetreat2014QA.mp3
Category:question and answer -- posted at: 4:06 AM
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Dear friends,
 
Today we share a talk given by Brother Phap Ho on the first day of this new year. The theme of the talk is virtue, which our brother frames as "the act of living up to one's potential." He shares specifically on The Three Virtues: cutting through afflictions, love, and insight. May you be inspired to cultivate these virtues in 2015 and reach your true potential. 
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: BrPhapHoThreeVirtues.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 12:05 AM
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast.  Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Today we share with you a dharma talk given by Brother Phap Hai at the end of 2014. He shares with us the sutra, The Fruits of the Contemplative Life. Our brother encourages us to pause and consider the nature of our own contemplative life. There is Dharma to experience in every moment and a unique path of practice for every practitioner. 
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
 
**We are trying different options: posting podcasts on Saturday and also posting the whole one-hour podcast rather than 30 minute parts.  What do you think?**
Direct download: BrPhapHaiContemplativeLife.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 5:39 PM
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Dear friends,
 
Today, we continue Sister Mai Nghiem's talk on our inner hungry ghost. Our sister shares on the beauty of taking refuge and accepting things as they are: our community before it is perfect, the Buddha in us with the hungry ghost in us, the lotus and the mud. 
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: SrMaiNghiemOurHungryGhostOurBuddha.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 4:21 PM
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Dear friends,
 
Today, we offer dharma jewels from another sister new to Deer Park, Sister Mai Nghiem.  Our sister introduces us to our "hungry ghost," which is the energy of craving in us. By understanding the suffering of our hungry ghost, we can take better care of the here and now. 
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: SrMaiNghiemHungryGhostSuffering.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 5:30 PM
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