2016 Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color

Dear Friends,

We are happy to begin sharing the Dharma talks from The Path of True Love: Healing Ourselves, from our recent mindfulness retreat for People of Color. 

Today’s Dharma talk, entitled “The Alchemy of Grief: Turning Suffering into Light" was offered by Br. Larry Ward on the first morning of our retreat. 

Br. Larry provided a general outline of his talk:

  • Poem
  • Why I Practice
  • It’s About Love (verb)
  • Yoniso and Ayoniso
  • Nutriments and De-Nutriments
  • Poem

Let us now stop, listen deeply and contemplate these teachings and sharings to cultivate our individual and collective healing and great aspiration to strengthen the Beloved Community.

To stay connected with Brother Larry Ward, visit The Lotus Institute http://www.thelotusinstitute.org/.


"The calling of the Lotus Institute is to offer mindfulness teachings, principles and practices that encourage individual healing and transformation, professional growth, and development in ways that enhance planetary, social evolution."

Direct download: 2016-08-04-Larry-Ward.mp3
Category:poc -- posted at: 9:21pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast - Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace. Today, we bring you Thich Nhat Hanh's new translation of the Heart Sutra as chanted by monastics at Deer Park Monastery. To read about the Heart Sutra and Thich Nhat Hanh's reasons for the new translation, head to the article at plumvillage.org.  May this new translation bring us closer to clear understanding and may everything be illuminated.

Now,  enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: HeartSutraNewTranslationChanting.mp3
Category:chants & songs -- posted at: 5:38pm CDT
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Dear friends,

Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.

Before the talks of the Miracle of Mindfulness Tour, the monastics offered chanting in both English and Vietnamese. Today, we offer those to you. May they fill your heart with joy and peace.

Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: MonasticsChanting.mp3
Category:chants & songs -- posted at: 12:30am CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
Today we offer a deep sharing from Brother Phap Ho as he sits with a flowing creek under swaying bamboo at Deer Park Monastery. 
 
The Earth Holder Sangha has been forming in North America in 2015 and is sprouting in other parts of the world. This is an outgrowth of the Earth Holding Here and Now Blog and the Theme Weekend on Earth Holding at Deer Park in 2013. We are thrilled to announce that Deer Park will host the first Earth Holder Retreat: For a Future to Be Possible, April 28 - May 1, 2016
 
Our brother invites us to awaken the Earth Holderbodhisattvas in our hearts -- seeing our connection with nature and the path of our planet with love and peace. Breathing joyfully with our surroundings, we can see truth more clearly.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapHoEarthHolderBoddhisattva.mp3
Category:Earth Holding Series -- posted at: 11:49am CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
In the last podcast of the series on Full Awareness of Breathing, Brother Phap Dang shares the final three exercises.  Our brother gently walks us into the deep teachings of non-self, non-duality, and letting go. We hope you have benefited greatly from the monastics that shared during the Miracle of Mindfulness Tour.
 
Now enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapDangLastThreeExercises.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 11:50am CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
This week we share the continuation of Brother Phap Dang's sharing on the thirteenth exercise of Full Awareness of Breathing.  From his personal experiences with impermanence, our brother shows us clearly the value of letting go of our ideas and perceptions.  May this sharing move us to recognize our clinging and suffering. 
 
Now enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapDangImpermanenceDeath.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 11:58am CDT
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Dear Friends,

This week we continue our series on Full Awareness of Breathing with Brother Phap Dang's final talk of the Miracle of Mindfulness Tour.  Before delving into the last four exercises, he shares on both the deception of our perceptions and the bright light of insight. May this sharing lead you to the path of clarity.
 
Now enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

 

Direct download: BrPhapDangPerceptionInsight.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 11:05pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Today we continue Sister Tue Nghiem's talk on the mind and the exercises of Full Awareness of Breathing. She shares the next four exercises and the benefits of being aware of our mental formations.  May this dharma rain water the seeds of confidence, strength and liberation for you and all those around you.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrTueNghiemFourExercisesMind.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 2:20am CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Today we continue to share talks from the Miracle of Mindfulness Tour.  Sister Tue Nghiem shares the Buddhist framework of the mind and mental formations. She invites to let go of our rigid perceptions of truth and embrace the mantra given to us by Thay, "Are you sure?"
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrTueNgheimOurMindLettingGo.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 12:11pm CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
Today, we continue Brother Phap Khoi's talk from the Miracle of Mindfulness Tour.  He shares the seventh and eighth exercises from the Full Awareness of Breathing: awareness of mental formations and calming our mental formations. In addition, our brother speaks about practicing in sanghas and how we can foster harmony.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapKhoiFullAwarenessBreathing7th8thExercises.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 11:01am CDT
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