Thay Phap Dang offers guidance to to help us slow down, calm down and flush out unhelpful perceptions in order to wake up to happiness and a clear mind.

Direct download: 2018-04-01_Thay_Phap_Dang.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31am CDT
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Direct download: 2018-03-31-WakeUp-Q-A.mp3
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Thay Phap Hai offers guidance reflecting personal experiences, current events, dharma teachings & beautiful poetry. We are welcomed to give ourselves permission to be fully present to what is happening, experience ease and also explore any reactivity to situations. There's an invitation to look at darkness' we face individually and as a nation with curiosity & openness, to see what is actually happening in order to wake up to kindness & live fully in the present moment.

Direct download: 2018-03-29_Br_Phap_Hai.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14pm CDT
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Sr. Dang Nghiem reflects on her own transforming suffering, heartbreak, letting go and realizing better health & relationship to oneself & others.

Direct download: 2018-03-30_Sr_Dang_Nghiem.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 7:21pm CDT
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Sr Kinh Nghiem shares her own questions and answers about true love for ourselves and the other. Her reflections come from personal experience and current events.

 

Direct download: 2018-03-25_Sr_Kinh_Nghiem.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm CDT
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Direct download: 2018-01-14-Sr-Kinh-Nghiem.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 11:23am CDT
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Translation by Sr Kinh Nghiem

Direct download: 2018-01-07-Ven-Phuoc-Tinh.mp3
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Brother Kai Ly shares about Bodhicitta, the mind of love. There are also several wonderful stories about how he met with Thay and the valuable lessons that he learned from these encounters.

Direct download: 2017-12-17-Br-Kai-Ly.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 10:18am CDT
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Translation by Sr Man Nghiem

Direct download: 12-10-17-Sr-Hang-Nghiem.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 12:14pm CDT
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Direct download: 2017-12-3-Br-Phap-Dang.mp3
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Dharma talk from Venerable Phuoc Tinh on the opening day of the Winter 2017-2018 Retreat.

Translation by Sister Kinh Nghiem.

Direct download: 2017-11-26-HT-Phuoc-Tinh-Eng.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 11:19am CDT
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Dear Beloved Listeners ,
Brother Phap Dung started with a talk for the children, please excuse us for not having the complete recording of this portion. Following this portion, Brother Phap Dung shares his experience of returning to the US during the 2017 US tour.

Direct download: 2017-10-01-Br-Phap-Dung.mp3
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This is the Third Dharma talk of the retreat offered by Brother Phap Luu at Deer Park Monastery on September 17, 2017. The retreat theme is Awakening the Source of Understanding. The retreat is part of the larger US Tour with the theme Awakening Together.

Direct download: 2017-09-17-Br-PhapLuu.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 12:40am CDT
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During this question and answer session with Brother Phap Dung, Sister Huong Nghiem, Lyn Fine, and John Salerno-White we listen to seven questions. The date is September 16, 2017 at Deer Park Monastery. The retreat theme is Awakening the Source of Understanding. The retreat is part of the larger US Tour with the theme Awakening Together.

1. What are the forms/practices in our community that exists for shining eyes on something we witness?
2. Being angry/negative and the use of products like Nestle (which is used at the monastery).
3. How do we honor the tradition of our lineage and recognize and support multiple genders?
4. How do I better recognize and water the seeds of determination and practice?
5. What is the equality complex?
6. Story of suffering.
7. Needing support in finding my tribe, my sangha. How do I heal this sense of not belonging?

Direct download: 2017-09-16_QA.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 10:29am CDT
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This is the Second Dharma talk of the retreat offered by Sr. Thệ Nghiêm at Deer Park Monastery on September 15, 2017. Topics include Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight and the Four Kinds of Nutriments. The retreat theme is Awakening the Source of Understanding. The retreat is part of the larger US Tour with the theme Awakening Together.

Video: https://youtu.be/2AvpHoBHPIg

Direct download: 2017-09-15-Sr-The-Nghiem.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 10:07am CDT
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This is the First Dharma talk of the retreat offered by Sister Dang Nghiem at Deer Park Monastery on September 13, 2017. The retreat theme is Awakening the Source of Understanding. The retreat is part of the larger US Tour with the theme Awakening Together.

Video: https://youtu.be/mrThKTx-A9M

Direct download: 2017-09-13-Sr-Dang-Nghiem.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 9:50am CDT
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Translation by Sr Bach Nghiem

Direct download: 2017-06-18-Sr-Dac-Nghiem.mp3
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The Venerable shares his personal experience along with ancient Buddhist practice methods of successfully handling life’s changes and impermanence. Key components of this talk are creating harmony in relationships by first caring for our own body, mind and feelings. In described marriage ceremony, “mixing earth and lighting a candle” becomes a valuable metaphor of individuals coming together, transcending such differences as cultural backgrounds and race with right effort for a successful union.

We are taught to live with greater happiness by having: faith, precepts/trainings, generosity and insight. The art of happiness is a skill that takes effort; much more effort than the art of fear, despair and anger. We are encouraged to begin practicing when we’re young, to learn and mature the practice of true love, known as the 4 immeasurable minds; cultivating love for ourselves and others. By learning to love ourselves when young, we can avoid the complex of inferiority and take better care of our body, and other 4 skandhas. We learn that deep feelings of self-care are developed during childhood with parental acts of unconditional love. Our self-care and happiness are gifts for those around us.

Direct download: 2017-06-04-Ven-Phuoc-Tinh.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 9:24am CDT
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From Wake Up 2017 Retreat

Direct download: 2017-04-27-Sr-Mai-Nghiem.mp3
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Sister Kinh Nghiem offers meditation of the body.

Direct download: 2017-05-07-Sr-Kinh-N.mp3
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In this talk, Brother Phap Ho shares on the theme of this year's Wake Up Retreat, Loving Yourself, Healing the World. He talks about his personal experience with mindfulness, concentration and insight emerging in the light of the four elements of love. With our daily practice guided by the Five Mindfulness Trainings, we can create healing for ourselves, for those around us, and for the wider world. Enjoy.

Direct download: 2017-04-28-Br-Phap-Ho.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 10:37pm CDT
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Sister Kinh Nghiem offers insights on cultivating true love using the Buddha's discourse on love, and including her personal experience. She offers guidance on being at peace by utilizing loving speech and having relationships with qualities of being upright, honest, just, and humble. Weaved within the talk are practices of having reverence for the other, watering each other's positive seeds, and letting go of pride. Practical ways of applying true love are offered by using the 6 mantras.

Direct download: 2017-04-23-Sr-Kinh-Nghiem.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 4:57pm CDT
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Thay Phap Dang shares about the thresholds into our personal practice for joy, happiness and compassion.

Direct download: 2017-04-16-Br-Phap-Dang-Eng.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 9:48pm CDT
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2017-03-30 Thay Phap Dang

2017-03-31 OI Panel: What is OI?

2017-04-01 Question and Answer

2017-04-02 Thay Phap Hai and Karen Hilsberg

Direct download: 2017-03-30-Thay-Phap-Dang.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 5:35pm CDT

The flowers are blooming in the hidden mountains of Deer Park. Much freshness and aliveness flows through the valley and this sharing. This is the second talk of the Spring Season offered by Sister Man Nghiem (Sr Brightness).

Direct download: 2017-03-26-Sr-Man-Nghiem.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 11:15am CDT

Brother Phap Ho continues to share about the practice of meditation through the Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness. This is the second half from the Dharma Talk on 2017-03-19 and focuses on the practice of the Objects of Mind in the Objects of Mind, in regard to the 5 Hindrances: sensual desire, anger/ill-will, dullness/drowsiness, agitation/restlessness, and doubt.

Direct download: 2017-03-19_Obj_of_Mind_1.mp3
Category:Meditation Class 2016-2017 -- posted at: 10:00am CDT

This is a translation of Most Venerable Phuoc Tinh's talk on the last day of Winter Retreat. This is an English translation of the talk.

Direct download: 2017-02-26-Ven-Phuoc-Tinh-Eng.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:55am CDT

Sister Mai Nghiem shares her practice of recognizing, embracing and transforming suffering. She also shares the teaching of the noble eight fold path, the four nutriments, including how different types of relationship are nutriments.

Sister's Mai Nghiem poem:
☀ Why i don t want to be call an ally, ☀                                               

Ally
From the moment  i first heard the word, i got allergic to it...an ally allergy.
Why?
Well, the first thing is that in my french brain, "les alliés", as we call them,  are the good Americans and British soldiers coming to save us from the evil Germans.
Word of war, violence, and partisan conflicts.

But deeper than that, my brother, if you call me an ally, i'll get offended.
Why?
'cause i expect you, to have a higher expectation of me.
I expect you to expect me to fully embrace who i am.
I expect you to expect me to break open,
I expect you to expect me to show my shit with no shame

This is why i do not want to be an ally
'cause i don t wanna help
I don t wanna be the "good intentionned white folk" feeling so bad about it all
...and yet so disconnected...

For as long as i don't understand how ignorant i am
There is no hope
As long as i don't see myself as a slave merchant, a fanatic missionary or a murderer
There is no hope
As long as i refuse to understand how an entire society can see going on a "picnic" as being a pleasant family outing
There is no hope
As long as i shut my body and mind to the unspoken, unknown, unfelt yet raging pain of a human whipping an other human to death
There is no hope
 For as long as i keep greed, money, power, fame and sex as the only gods in my life
There is no hope
No hope for any of the  rainbow children on our beautiful Blue Mother

I heard the Earth whisper one day, that "Fearlessness is not the absence of fear but the willingness to walk into it".
This is what my white ancestors are asking me to do:
"Walk right into the darkness,
Right into the thick mist of whiteness
And free us from our ignorance
Heal our ancestral wounds....
Centuries of hatred, pride, discrimination, fear and violence.
Who will hear our cries for help if not you?
Who will quench our thirst for true amendment if not you?
Who will deliver our souls from the chains of guilt if not you?
For as long as true healing isn't taking place,
Suffering will remain the world's pace".

This is the voice of the ancestors begging for our courage and love,
Echoing the Angel's song
"It is the willingness to offer our best,
claim responsibility for our worst and
fold it all into the continuous moment to moment practice of
simply being present to what is,
that promises to deliver our future".

That's why i don't wanna be an ally
...I wanna a be a healer

Direct download: 2017-02-19-Sr-Mai-Nghiem.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 9:34pm CDT

Brother Phap Ho is offering 6 classes during this winter retreat 2016-2017, on the first three foundations of mindfulness: body, feelings, mind. Below is a summary of the sixth class. The recording includes sharing and instructions, as well as practice and some questions and responses at the end. We hope you enjoy listening and practicing with us.

Direct download: 2017-02-19_Mind_2.mp3
Category:Meditation Class 2016-2017 -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

In the third to last Dharma Talk for the Winter Retreat series, Thay Phap Dang shares about how we can return to the present moment, how to relax and encourages us to walk on the Earth. Thay also share about the realm of perception and how to practice to love and accept. How can we look at a person with clear awareness, without judgement, just as when we look at a flower? 

Find a calm place to listen to this talk, enjoy your breathing and the Dharma rain.

May this sharing be of benefit.

Direct download: 2017-2-12-Br-Phap-Dang.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 10:17am CDT

Brother Phap Ho is offering 6 classes during this winter retreat 2016-2017, on the first three foundations of mindfulness: body, feelings, mind. Below is a summary of the forth class. The recording includes sharing and instructions, as well as practice. We hope you enjoy listening and practicing with us.

Direct download: 2017-02-05_Mind_1.mp3
Category:Meditation Class 2016-2017 -- posted at: 10:14pm CDT

In this talk Sr Hang Nghiem shows a clip from one of Thay's talk in 2004, invites us to be light and playful in our practice. Our sister offers a song and commentary. Translation by Sister Bach Nghiem.

Direct download: 2017-02-05-Sr_Hang_N-Eng.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:49am CDT

Brother Phap Ho is offering 6 classes during this winter retreat 2016-2017, on the first three foundations of mindfulness: body, feelings, mind. Below is a summary of the forth class. The recording includes sharing and instructions, as well as practice and questions at the end. We hope you enjoy listening and practicing with us.

Direct download: 2017-01-22_Feelings_2.mp3
Category:Meditation Class 2016-2017 -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT

In this talk Thay Phap Hai shares with us how to enter through the door of signlessness in order to practice with perceptions and preconceived notions. 

 

 

Direct download: 2017-01-22-Br-Phap-Hai-Eng.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT

Thay Phap Dang offers a beautiful and insightful talk with Emptiness (Sunyata) as main theme.

As you listen to the Dharma Talk, allow it to wash over your like a sprinkling rain. Allow yourself to sit comfortably and follow your breathing, relaxing your body.

May this talk and your practice bring about great benefit.

Direct download: 2017-01-15-Br-Phap-Dang.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 5:48pm CDT

Nurturing our Roots, Strengthening our Branches, this months focus is the present moment.

In this talk Sr Kinh Nghiem (Sr Reverence) shares about the monastic practice of sharing a room, changing room and hamlets. Our sister use a Russian doll to help us go deeper into ourselves, to embrace our sorrow and to nurture our joy.

As you listen to this talk you can enjoy the natural flow of your breathing in and out of your body. May this sharing and your practice be of benefit you in your daily life.

 

Direct download: 2017-01-08-Sr-KinhNghiem.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:13am CDT

Brother Phap Ho is offering 6 classes during this winter retreat 2016-2017, on the first three foundations of mindfulness: body, feelings, mind. Below is a summary of the third class. The recording includes sharing and instructions, as well as practice and questions at the end. We hope you enjoy listening and practicing with us.

Here is the image, drawn on the board, regarding our consciousness and sense doors:

Direct download: 2017-01-08_Feelings_1.mp3
Category:Meditation Class 2016-2017 -- posted at: 3:30pm CDT

2017-01-01 Venerable Phuoc Tinh

This talk was offered by Most Venerable Phuoc Tinh during our New Years Day of Mindfulness. The Venerable's teaching invites us to experience life deeply and enjoy the wonders of spring every day. 

The poem in Vietnamese is:

Ai trói lại mong cầu giải thoát
Chẳng phàm nào phải kiếm thần tiên
Vượn nhàn, ngựa mỏi, người đã lão
Như cũ am mây trang một chõng thiền.

Sister Kinh Nghiem helped translate this talk.

Direct download: 2017-01-01-Ven-Phuoc-Tinh-Eng.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:17pm CDT

Brother Phap Don offers a peaceful and joyful setting for this talk. He shares his experience in arriving and enjoying each step as well as how to connect with nature for nourishment and healing.

This talk is based in continuous practice, present moment, peaceful and happy dwelling. May this sharing be of benefit.

Direct download: 2016-12-18-Br-Phap-Don.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 10:01pm CDT

Brother Phap Ho is offering 6 classes during this winter retreat 2016-2017, on the first three foundations of mindfulness: body, feelings, mind. Below is a summary of the second class. The recording includes sharing and instructions, as well as practice and questions at the end. We hope you enjoy listening and practicing with us.

Direct download: 2016-12-18_Body_2.mp3
Category:Meditation Class 2016-2017 -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT

This talk was offered in Vietnamese by Sr Truc Nghiem (Sr Bamboo) during our weekend with Order of Interbeing members of Southern California. It was translated by Sr Bach Nghiem (Sr Clarity).

Our sister shares about how we can practice mindful breathing and stopping with the sound on the bell in order to nurture our calm and capacity to dwell in the present. She also shares how this ongoing practice can help us come in contact with and transform suffering deep in our consciousness. 

Direct download: 2016-12-11-Sr-Truc-Nghiem-Eng.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:18pm CDT

This Dharma Talk is the second for our Winter Retreat. The theme for the Sunday Dharma Talks this winter is: Nurturing our Roots, Strengthening our Branches - essentials of Plum Village Practice.

Thay Phap Dang recently moved to Deer Park Monastery from Plum Village in France.

Direct download: 2016-12-04-Br-Phap-Dang-Eng.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 9:00am CDT

Brother Phap Ho is offering 6 classes during this winter retreat 2016-2017, on the first three foundations of mindfulness: body, feelings, mind. Below is a summary of the first class. The recording includes sharing and instructions, as well as practice and a question a the end. We hope you enjoy listening and practicing with us.Summary of class 1 on Body

Direct download: 2016-12-04_BODY_1.mp3
Category:Meditation Class 2016-2017 -- posted at: 11:55pm CDT

Enjoy 30 minutes silent sitting meditation with the Sangha of Solidity Hamlet. Br Phap Ho offers some introduction to sitting: following our breathing, as well as the Evening Chant.

Direct download: 30_min_sitting_with_evening_chant.mp3
Category:Meditation Class 2016-2017 -- posted at: 11:30pm CDT

Talk from Winter 2016-2017 Retreat Opening Day.

Translated by Sister Kinh Nghiem.

Direct download: 2016-11-27-Ven-Phuoc-Tinh-Eng.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 9:35pm CDT

Br. Phap Vu reflects on the 2016 US election, shares how to practice with its results and ends with a short question and answer session.

A short biography of Br. Phap Vu: http://www.tnhtour.org/2015/09/03/meet-the-monastics-chan-phap-vu/

Direct download: 2016-11-20-Br-Phap-Vu-Eng.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 11:54pm CDT

2016 Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color
 
Dear Friends,
 
This is the  Question & Answer Session (and final recording) from The Path of True Love: Healing Ourselves mindfulness retreat for People of Color.
We are deeply grateful to our teachers Br. Larry Ward, Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Br. Man Tue, Sister Hang Nghiem for all the shining wisdom, compassion, joy and skillfulness they offered nourishing our healing and inspiring wise action.


Some of the questions posed:
1.     What do we do about our public schools?

2.     How do we handle our anger? i.e. police violence

3.     How do we help others when we are being triggered?

4.     How do we continue our meditation when anxiety comes up?

5.     How do we partner in activism for collective liberation?

6.     How have you strived to perfect love in this practice?

...and others

 


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.
You can also listen to these talks on the Deer Park Dharmacast Soundcloud page
https://soundcloud.com/deerparkdharmacast/

Direct download: 2016-08-07-Q_A.mp3
Category:POC -- posted at: 11:26pm CDT

2016 Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color

Dear Friends,

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

Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel begins her talk by reflecting on her early encounter with Zen as a person of color. Rev. Zenju refers to people of color meditation groups as "cultural sanctuaries" and responds to the perceptions of these spaces as "exclusionary" and counter to "oneness."  Rev. Zenju also presents the teachings on store consciousness and the direct experience of transformation when seeds arise.

Rev. Zenju also reads selections from her latest work, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender.


A few excerpts Rev. Zenju's talk:

We as people of color have specific spiritual work to contend with, and the term "people of color" suggests that work rather than the idea of separation based on skin color for the sake of harming those who are white---that is not the intention.

***

The civil rights movement...it wasn't about us being able to sit at the counter in Newberry's to eat hamburgers...it wasn't just  that. It was about love, creating love and seeing people as people and creating love and to rid ourselves of a consciousness of hatred.  That's what that movement was about. Of course, we took some of the gifts that came out of that movement, the civil rights movement, but at the same time, it was still misunderstood that it was for one particular group of people when it was for the entire humanity.

***

My embodiment was exactly where the awakening was going to happen. Where else was it going to happen? It wasn't going to drop from the sky. I've been given a gift about who I am, all that I have experienced so that I can awaken to something much larger than that, much further than that---and still have that...When I began to see this is my gateway...I felt I needed to share with people that we already have what we need to head toward enlightenment or to engage it, to engage oneness.  I can engage oneness because I am here, the oneness that is right here...When I began to see this embodiment was the gateway to boundlessness, I began to walk it differently--not where it was something that burdened me, but something that could be used...

--Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Let us now stop, listen deeply and contemplate these teachings and sharings to cultivate our individual and collective healing and awakening.

To stay connected with Rev. Zenju, visit http://zenju.org/.

Direct download: 2016-08-06-Rev-Zenju.mp3
Category:POC -- posted at: 5:44pm CDT

Presentation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams (2016-08-05)

2016 Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color

Dear Friends,

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

Today, Rev. angel Kyodo williams offers a presentation and reading based on the newly published book, Radical Dharma.  In this sharing, Rev. angel invites us into a long overdue conversation about race alongside love and liberation.  As part of this conversation, Rev. angel speaks about the social construct of whiteness, while calling us back into our humanity and to be in touch with the "thing underneath the thing."

A few excerpts:
"...we have the greatest potential to actually pull it up at its roots.  Interestingly enough, we have that opportunity through this gift of the Dharma that actually invites us to be able to look with clear seeing eyes at things that are not real...that are figments of our imagination and figments of other people's imaginations...Race is a grand social figment."  

"As Dharma teachers, the way we survived the aggression and violence of a white dominant form of Dharma that was coming to us---is that we got underneath the thing. We got to the thing underneath the thing. We had to get down to who we really were. And simultaneously appreciate our teachers, our lineages, the texts as they were given but also have a fundamental trust in who we were in our basic humanity."

"What does Dharma become when it's expressed through the experience of someone who lives in a Black body."

--Rev. angel Kyodo williams

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

To stay connected with Rev. angel, visit http://angelkyodowilliams.com.

Direct download: 2016-08-05-Rev-Angel-Kyodo-Williams.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 11:44am CDT

2016 Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color

Dear Friends,

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

Today’s Dharma talk, entitled “Engaging the Five Mindfulness Trainings" was offered by Br. Larry Ward on the second morning of our retreat.  You can read more about The Five Mindfulness Trainings: The Path of Happiness here.


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: 2016-08-05-Larry-Ward.mp3
Category:POC -- posted at: 12:17am CDT

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

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, meditations -- posted at: 5:38pm CDT

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, meditations -- posted at: 12:30am CDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Friends,
 
Continuing our sharing from the Miracle of Mindfulness Tour, today's dharmacast is from Brother Phap Khoi. Our brother shares the fifth and sixth exercises of Full Awareness of Breathing: cultivating joy and cultivating happiness. May this Dharma taught by the Buddha and our teacher, Thay, water the beautiful flowers in your heart.  
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapKhoiFullAwarenessBreathing5th6thExercises.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:10pm CDT

Dear friends, 

This week we continue with Sister Dang Nghiem's sharing on the first four exercises in the Buddha's teaching on mindful breathing. Dwelling in the body grounds us. With our breath, solid concentration and kind relaxation, we can begin to walk towards freedom and begin deep healing.  

Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 

Direct download: SrDangNghiemFirstFourExercises.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:12pm CDT

Dear friends, 

This week we share with you the first part of Sister Dang Nghiem's talk from the Miracle of Mindfulness retreat. For the children, our sister gives a teaching on patterns in nature and in our families. Then with the adults, she illuminates the ordinary nature of mindfulness in our everyday lives. The interbeing of all things comes to light as she prepares to discuss the Buddha's teaching on awareness of breath.

Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 

Direct download: SrDangNghiemFractalsandInterbeing_MoMTour2015.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:44pm CDT

Dear friends, 
 
 
This week we continue the orientation sharing at the recent retreat. Sister Tang Nghiem tells the story of the Buddha's first teaching with children when they named the Path of Awareness. The way we enjoy our breath, our silence, our steps and our sitting meditation are all steps on the path. May you find peace and many friends along the way. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 

 

Direct download: SrTangNghiemPathofAwakeningOrientation_MoMTour2015.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 7:25pm CDT

Dear friends, 
 
This week we share with you the first half of the retreat orientation with Brother Pháp Trạc. He invites us to listen to the bell, let go of our worries and eat with mindfulness. Whether you were at the retreat or were halfway around the world, allow yourself to begin your own retreat, wherever you are. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: BrPhapTracOrientation_MoMTour2015.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 10:08pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast. Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace. 
 
Over the past week, Deer Park Monastery welcomed lay friends to the Miracle of Mindfulness tour retreat. This year, the title of the retreat was, Breathe, It'll Be Okay. For this week's podcast, we offer the opening chant by the monastic brothers and sisters.  May your heart open as they invoke the name of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisatva of great compassion, 
 

Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 

Direct download: MonasticsAvalokiteshvaraChant_MoMTour2015.mp3
Category:Chants, songs, meditations -- posted at: 9:40pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share the the end of a question and response session a the recent Teen Retreat at Deer Park Monastery. The discussion between retreatants and monastics touches on the notions of activism, ultimate truth and interbeing. When we ask with open hearts and listen with a beginner's mind, we can better understand the nature of our ideas and concepts.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: TeenRetreatQR_3UltimateTruthActivism.mp3
Category:Q & A -- posted at: 1:00pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
This week we bring you the second in a series of questions and responses during the Teen Retreat at Deer Park Monastery. Participants offer their concerns to the monks and nuns about how to practice outside the monastery, how to forgive, and how to center our youth in mindfulness. By practicing deep listening, may the questions and responses be illuminating for our own practice.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: TeenRetreatQR_2PracticeOutsideForgiveness.mp3
Category:Q & A -- posted at: 1:00pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast.  Dharma Flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Today we offer the first in a series of questions and responses during the Teen Retreat at Deer Park Monastery.  Retreatants ask a panel of monastics about Thay's health, how to handle ancestral pain, and how best to support our future generations.  May the spirit of these questions stir compassion and insight in your own heart.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

 

Direct download: TeenRetreatQR_1ThaysHealthAncestralPain.mp3
Category:Q & A -- posted at: 1:00pm CDT

Dear friends,

Today we continue a talk given by Sister Hang Nghiem. She offers The Four Diligences as a way to practice taking care of the seeds in garden of our mind. So often we are concerned with the seeds and gardens of others; our sister reminds us to take time to recognize and tend to our own seeds. 

 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: SrHangNghiemFourDiligences.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share a talk given by Sister Hang Nghiem. She offers practical advice on how to practice -- by closing our eyes a little bit. In a literal sense, when we can do this during sitting meditation and when we have difficult emotions, but also figuratively when we are going about our daily lives. May we recognize our limits and take good care of ourselves. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: SrHangNghiemCloseYourEyes.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we continue a series of talks by Brother Phap Hai on The Eight Verses of Mind Training. Our brother invites us to return to the earth of our practice with the second and third verses:
 
"Whenever I interact with anyone, may I consider myself as lower and from the depths of my heart may I consider the other person as a treasure."
 
"In everything I do, may I look deeply into my mind and as soon as I recognize a mistaken view that endangers myself or others, may I practice diligently to embrace and to transform it."
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: BrPhapHai8VersesMindTrainingTreasureMistakenViews.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:17pm CDT

Dear friends,

In addition to the podcasts, which are usually offered as 30 minute sections of talks, we wanted to offer full length talks as requested by some Dharmacast listeners.

This is the second talk in a series of talks on the Eight Verses of Mind Training by Brother Phap Hai. This is the full talk for those who would prefer to listen to talks in their entirety.

The second talk on the Eight Verses is available here. To stream, click the link.  To download, right-click and select 'Save as.'

Enjoy!

Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:22pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share a talk by Brother Phap Hai. He shares insights on our culture of consumerism and discusses how it applies to our practice. Over our time as a practitioner, we may have accumulated some layers of practice. Our brother encourages us to let go of these layers, these formalities and return to the essence of our practice. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
 
(If you prefer the full 1-hr talk, it is available here.)
 
Direct download: BrPhapHaiLettingGoStinkofZen.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:19pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we continue Brother Phap Hai's talk from Deer Park Monastery. He introduces The Eight Verses of Mind Training to help us practice and transform. Over the course of the next few months, our brother will offer all the eight verses for us. Today, the first verse: "May I always cherish all sentient beings and consider that compared to a wish-fulfilling jewel, they are far superior for liberating my heart."
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: BrPhapHai8VersesMindTrainingCherishingBeings.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 5:40pm CDT

Dear friends,

In addition to the podcasts, which are usually offered as 30 minute sections of talks, we wanted to offer full length talks as requested by some Dharmacast listeners.

Brother Phap Hai is offering a series of talks on the Eight Verses of Mind Training and we felt it was a good place to start offering the full talks for those who would prefer to listen to talks in their entirety.

The first talk on the Eight Verses is available here. To stream, click the link.  To download, right-click and select 'Save as.'

Enjoy!

Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 10:33am CDT

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

Today we share a talk by Brother Phap Hai, shortly after his return to Deer Park from Europe. Our brother reminds us of the the meaning of the word: gratitude. To feel gratitude is to know what has been done for us. May we look back and look inside to remember. 

Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
 
(The full 1-hour talk is also available here.)
 
 
Direct download: BrPhapHaiGratitudeMeaning.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 11:31pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast.  Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Today we continue to share a talk given by Sister Man Nghiem at the recent Wake Up retreat.  Our sister reflects on the idea of building our true home and asks us what we have chosen to build that home out of. Knowing to nourish ourselves with the Four Nutriments, we can build a solid home to withstand huffing and puffing from anyone and anything outside. To hear more about the Wake Up movement, go to wkup.org
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: SrManNghiemHouseOfMindfulness.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share another dharma talk from the recent Wake Up retreat for young people. Sister Man Nghiem reflects on how her definition of happiness has limited her actual happiness. She shares stories of her journey to realizing the Four Noble Truths, or as she calls them, The Fabulous Formula. For more on the Wake Up movement, go to wkup.org
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  

 

Direct download: SrManNghiemHappinessFabForumula.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 11:50pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share the second half of a talk given by Brother Phap Ho at the recent Wake Up retreat for young adults. Our brother speaks to the beginners and those with Beginner's Mind as he introduces concepts of the practice: mindfulness, concentration, insight, aimlessness, impermanence, and interbeing. To hear more about the Wake Up movement, go to wkup.org
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: BrPhapHoIntroducingConcepts.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 11:18am CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share the first half of a talk given by Brother Phap Ho at this year's Wake Up retreat for young adults. Our brother shares about his early childhood heroes and how, for him, heroism is different from what's portrayed in popular media. We can be heros for the ordinary things we do in extraordinary ways. For more on the Wake Up movement and to find a local sangha, go to wkup.org
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: BrPhapHoOrdinaryHeroes.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 9:08am CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share a part of a talk given by Brother Phap Lieu at Deer Park Monastery. He shares from him monastic experience about the sangha. As a lifelong partner to us, the sangha can support us in difficult times and encourage us to keep each day fresh and new. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: BrPhapLieuHoneymoonwSangha.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share part of a talk given by Brother Phap Lieu in early April. He delves deeply into the research on our habit energies: the cues, cravings and rewards. With greater understanding, we can see ourselves more clearly and deepen our practice. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: BrPhapLieuScienceofHabit.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 10:52am CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today, we finish a talk by Sister Truc Nghiem and translated by Sister Bach Nghiem. Our sister shares her experience with her aging body and specifically the poignant experience of seeing her own heart beating. Seeing our situations clearly is a tremendous gift and a continuous practice. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: SrTrucNghiemSeeingOurHeartsBeating.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we continue a talk by Sister Truc Nghiem and translated by Sister Bach Nghiem. She focuses her sharing on our capacity to be a refuge or a safe harbor for others and for ourselves. When storms come into our lives, let's know to bring our boats to safety. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: SrTrucNghiemSafeHarbor.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 10:09am CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share a talk given by Sister Truc Nghiem and translated by Sister Bach Nghiem. In the beginning, the monastics chant a poem written by Thay. Then our sister reflects upon our ability to stop and discover the inner Buddha within. She invites us to welcome all that has always been there. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  

 

Direct download: SrTrucNghiemInnerBuddha.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 2:33pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share songs of appreciation for our loved ones.  At a recent Day of Mindfulness, Brother Phap Ho shares a song by an late friend of Deer Park Monastery, Dennis Howard, and then, two monastics perform the Vietnamese song written for Thay's poem, A Rose For Your Pocket, a tribute to mothers. May these songs stir gratitude in your heart.  
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: BroPhapHoSongsofAppreciation.mp3
Category:Chants, songs, meditations -- posted at: 1:01pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
At a recent Day of Mindfulness, Brother Phap Ho shares how he spent his recent Lazy Days. These days are designated days of relaxation at the monastery when there is no schedule of practice for the monastics.  Our brother finds that with the freedom of Lazy Days come the opportunity to discover rich teachings. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  

 

Direct download: BrPhapHoLazyDays.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:33pm CDT

Dear friends,

Today we offer a guided meditation, practice song and chanting with Brother Phap Ho. We hope you find the dharma in the words, the music, and the silence. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: PhapHoGuidedMedSongChant.mp3
Category:Chants, songs, meditations -- posted at: 1:21pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we offer an introduction from Brother Phap Don to the basic practices of mindfulness when on retreat. Let us return to our beginner's mind and take refuge in the presence of Deer Park Monastery. Whether you are near to the monastery or far, know that the Dharmacast, the monastery, and the Dharma, are always here for you. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: BrPhapDonGoingOnRetreatGoingHome.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 8:17pm CDT

We're taking a break this week! Our staff is going sailing/opening a new theater show/etc. What are you doing? Let's all take a break together!

Category:General Content -- posted at: 11:51am CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we offer a sharing by Sister Man Nghiem and Sister Nho Nghiem at last year's teen retreat at Deer Park Monastery. In wonderfully clear language, they share their own refreshing experiences with the Beginning Anew practice taught by Thay. As teens or adults, we can all practice loving speech and deep listening for the benefit of everyone around us. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: SrsManNNhoN_BeginningAnewTeenRetreat.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:45pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share a talk by Sister Tuong Nghiem and translated by Sister Tinh Nghiem.  As a young monastic, our sister remembers that it was not easy for her to practice mindfulness in midst of difficulties. She shares conversations she had with Thay when she felt overwhelmed and her own insights into how we can stop, breathe, and see our difficulties clearly. It is not always easy; and that is ok. 
 
Also from the online sangha this week,we invite you to join an online, televised panel discussion about Sister D's new book, Mindfulness as Medicine.  I'll be talking with Jason Kim from Parallax Press and Nadia Coburn from Anchor Magazine.  You can write in questions for us live during the one-hour program, Tuesday at 9am Pacific. Or of course, watch it online later. To connect, go to bit.ly/sisterd.  We'll see you there!
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrTuongNghiemSeeingDifficultyClearly.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 2:38pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share a talk by Brother Chinh Quang (aka Brother CQ) given at Deer Park Monastery. He reflects on his journey to become a monastic and the challenges he faced along the way. We all face difficulties on the path of practice.  In his sharing, our brother encourages us to be aware, with each step, that we have the opportunity to transform our volition and to change our direction.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: BrotherCQTransformation.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 3:05pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast.  Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Today we share a dharma talk given by Brother Phap De at Deer Park Monastery.  Our brother shares on the importance of brotherhood, sisterhood and Engaged Buddhism in our practice.  Through sangha and action, we are sure to become Thay's continuation.  
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: BrPhapDeSanghaContinuation.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 9:49pm CDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we offer a dharma talk given by Sister Quynh Nghiem at Deer Park Monastery. Our sister invites us to heighten our awareness and choose mindfulness in our everyday lives. We can choose what we consume with our senses and how we deal with difficulty in our lives. May the dharma help us all see our situations clearly and bring us peace. 
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.  
Direct download: SrQuynhNChoosingMindfulness.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 5:18pm CDT

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: 11:41am CDT

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 Content -- posted at: 1:49pm CDT

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 Content -- posted at: 2:31pm CDT

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 Content -- posted at: 1:32pm CDT

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