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: 11:30am CDT
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Dear friends,
 
This week we continue Sister Jina's first talk at Deer Park. She reminds us of the basics of our practice and how we can be present for ourselves and others. At a time when we may be traveling home or hosting friends and family, let us offer them the gift of our presence. May you and your family have a wonderful and nourishing holidays. 
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net and on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrJinaGiftofPresence.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 6:45pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
We're happy to introduce a new member of the four-fold sangha at Deer Park Monastery on the podcast this week, Sister Dieu Nghiem, also known as Sister Jina. She gives this talk just before Thanksgiving and leads a guided meditation on awareness and gratefulness of the cells in our body. Joining her in mindfulness, we can remember that one breath is enough to bring us back to our true home.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net and on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrJinaOneBreathIsEnough.mp3
Category:Chants, songs, meditations -- posted at: 3:52pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
By request of a fellow Dharmacast listener, this week, we offer a talk by Venerable Thich Phuoc Tinh given at the beginning of the Winter Retreat. In his signature energetic and fast-paced style, the Venerable reminds us that every moment in meditation is a moment in the presence of Thay and the Buddha. That Buddhism is not a philosophy to be intellectually debated, but rather a very clear and simple practice. 
 
The Dharmacast team loves to hear from our listeners. If you have feedback on past podcasts or requests for upcoming podcasts, let us know by email. But for now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: VenerableBeingPresentwTeachers.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
We hope that your holiday has been restful and nourishing. Have you had a chance to stop and return to your breath? This week we invite you to join Brother Phap Ho in a session of guided sitting and movement meditation. Our brother gently reminds us that every moment is an opportunity to quiet our thinking and experience our breath in the body.
 
With Thay peacefully healing in the hospital, we have the chance to support his continuation through the building of the Deer Park Nunnery. The four-fold sangha continues to raise funds to build environmentally sustainable straw bale housing for the sisters and a hut for Thay. See deerparknunnery.org for updates on the construction and how to donate. Most recent updates on Thay's health can be found at plumvillage.org.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: GuidedSittingMovement.mp3
Category:Chants, songs, meditations -- posted at: 10:29am CDT
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Dear friends,

 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
This week, we present insight from our monastic brothers and sisters at Deer Park Monastery on the art of suffering.  During a question and answer session, retreatants ask how to best practice with suffering in our families and at work. When difficulties manifest in the world around us, we can remember to take refuge in the Dharma, the sangha, and the Buddha nature in ourselves and others.
 
With our teacher still recovering in the hospital, we have the opportunity to deeply practice his teachings. The most recent official announcements on Thay's health can be found at plumvillage.org.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: ArtofSufferingQnA.mp3
Category:Q & A -- posted at: 4:57pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Earlier this week, the worldwide sangha was informed that Thay is in the hospital. The monastic community has asked lay friends around the world to practice mindfulness, stability and peace to support our beloved teacher, remembering that we are all cells of the great sangha body that Thay has manifested in his lifetime. More information can be found via official announcements at plumvillage.org.
 
For the podcast today, we bring you a rich sharing from our monastics during a question and answer session at this year's General Retreat at Deer Park Monastery. A retreatant asks how to work with and transform strong sexual cravings. The monastics respond insightfully on how to practice, look deeply, and see clearly into the nature of sexual energy. With mindfulness and equanimity, everything is possible.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: QnA_SexualCravingLookingDeeply.mp3
Category:Q & A -- posted at: 1:38pm CDT
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Happy Friday to you! Another week for exploring our podcast archives.http://deerpark.libsyn.com/healing-in-our-relationships

We can learn so much from our lay teachers and fellow practitioners. In this Q&A session from a couples retreat last year, three lay teachers help us understand how to heal ourselves and our relationships. 

I've been going through some transitions (moving and new job) but our team will have a new podcast out to you next Friday. Stay tuned!

Category:General Content -- posted at: 10:42am CDT
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This week, we invite you to enjoy our archives of talks. One such lovely talk is one given by Thay last year at Deer Park. Our teacher shares on The Better Way to Live Alone. Enjoy!  http://deerpark.libsyn.com/arriving-and-being-alive

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Dear friends,
 
To continue last week's sharing on Beginning Anew, today we offer a sharing by two lay friends and long-time practitioners.  As life partners, they share their experience with Beginning Anew and demonstrate how they practice it. We hope this wonderful gift from them encourages you to try it with your loved ones, your sangha, and yourself.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapDeBeginningAnewDemo.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Today we bring to you a presentation by Brother Phap De on Beginning Anew, a practice taught by Thay to heal and make fresh our relationships with others. Our brother shares the separate steps of Beginning Anew along with his understanding of the practice in light of his Christian roots.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

 

Direct download: BrPhapDeBeginningAnewPresentation.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Today, we offer the second half of Brother Phap Hai's dharma talk from this year's General Retreat.  He shares that despite a recent study showing that most people do not want to sit alone with their thoughts, as practitioners, we sit and look deeply into our thoughts quite frequently. Rather than choosing to react, we can choose this moment to see what this person, or this situation, is teaching us. Rather than trying to transcend, we can choose to accept and transform.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapHaiChoosingtoTransform.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm 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 first half of the dharma talk given by Brother Phap Hai at this years General Retreat.  Our brother invites us to return to ourselves to truly experience the Dharma in the present moment. And in light of the recent ice bucket challenge trend, Brother Phap Hai takes it a step further and invites us to ask the hard questions: What is the work that we're here to do? And why aren't we doing it?
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapHaiExperiencingtheDharma.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 2:33pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
This week, we continue to share Sister Kinh Nghiem's talk from the recent General Retreat at Deer Park Monastery.  Our sister begins with a favorite song of hers, called Cookie of Childhood.  Then, she shares with us stories from her monastic life that illustrate the joy of letting go, the happiness of living mindfully, and the importance of impermanence.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrKinhNghiemJoyofLettingGo.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
This past Sunday at Deer Park Monastery, the annual general retreat closed with a lovely talk by Sister Kinh Nghiem.  She shares about the Four Immeasurable Minds, also known as the four elements of true love.  Then, she clearly connects them to the Four Mantras.  May this talk help you practice and cultivate true love in your life.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrKinhNghiemFourImmeasurableMinds.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,

 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
This week we offer you a series of questions asked by lay friends at the recent People of Color Retreat at Deer Park Monastery. Our monastic brothers and sisters give guidance on how we can speak our truths from a place of compassion and authenticity.  And then, our sister shares on how the light of mindfulness can transform violence into a lotus of awakening.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: QRPOC2014_SpeakingOurTruthTransformingViolenceintoOneness.mp3
Category:Q & A -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
At the end of each retreat, lay friends are given the opportunity to ask questions from their heart to a panel of Deer Park monks and nuns. As the brothers and sisters answer the three questions presented today, we can learn from their way of living. From suffering to mindful consumption to even bacon cravings, we find that the monastics are more like us lay practitioners than we may have thought. 
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

 

Direct download: QRPOC2014_MonasticLifeBaconCraving.mp3
Category:Q & A -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,

Today, we share a talk given by Brother Phap Tuyen and lovingly translated by Sister Tinh Nguyen. Our brother shares on the changing nature of our relationships with our fathers, from birth to adulthood. Whether our fathers are still with us or have passed on, let us reflect on what they have given us and what we, in turn, can continue to give to them.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapTuyenOurFathers.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,

We are happy to offer the full talks from the People of Color Retreat at Deer Park in 2014.  The orientation, dharma talk, and question and response session are available for download at the links below. 

POC Retreat 2014 Orientation

POC Retreat 2014 Dharma Talk

POC Retreat 2014 Question and Response

Enjoy.

 

 

Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:05pm CDT
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Dear friends,

Today, we share with you the first talk from this year's People of Color Retreat. Sister Chau Nghiem shares the significance of People of Color retreats at Deer Park and the Plum Village tradition. She draws parallels between retreats and the Muslim month of Ramadan. When we go without, we are able to go more deeply within. Then, with Right Effort we can recognize and select which seeds to water in our consciousness. 
 
We're happy to have another summer love letter to share from a listener in our Dharmacast family:
 
Thank you for the Deer Park Dharmacasts. They are a precious gift and have helped me so much to cultivate mindfulness and take care of my suffering. 
 
I listen to them repeatedly and each time, I hear something new and learn something new. that's so nice. Examples are Thay Phap Hai's "Back to Basics" (part 1) and "Infusing our Practice with Bodhichitta"; I hear them "new" no matter how many times I listen, which is very often. 
 
with love and ongoing awakening,
 
Alice
NYC
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrChauNghiemPOC2014RetreatWithin.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,

 
This week, we continue the talk from last week to discuss some of life's important questions.  Sister Quynh Nghiem brings us two questions: Who is the most important person? And what is the most important thing to do? Then Brother Phap Ho continues by helping us answer for ourselves: Where are we going?  As with all the questions we pose, let us ask with genuine curiosity and loving kindness. May your answers illuminate your path.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email at dpcastlove@gmail.comNow, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply
Direct download: SrQuynhNBrPhapHoQuestions.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 7:39pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome the Deer Park Dharmacast. Dharma Flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
We're happy to kick of our Summer Love Letters project with a love note from our listener, Liesa.  These are her words of love:
 
The sound of the bell and the sound of the monastics' voices on the Dharmacast remind me of the lotus garden at Solidity Hamlet. It reminds me of the solidity I feel at Deer Park, and how that solidity supports my practice. 
 
If you would love to share a love note to the monastics of the Deer Park, you can reach us at our email or Facebook page.
 
This week's talk is given by Sister Quynh Nghiem at a recent retreat. She shares her own childhood experiences and observations of families around her. With mindfulness, she sees that true quality of life is not found through wealth or comfort but with time and peace of mind. She tells a story of a king who seeks answers to three questions, the first being, "What is the most important time?"  Tune in next week for the answers to the last two questions.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email at dpcastlove@gmail.comNow, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrQuynhnPhoImportantTime.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 7:05pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
In the last talk of the recent Wake Up retreat for young people, Sister Thuan Nghiem enourages retreatants to invest in their spiritual wealth.  In our modern world, young people are prepared in school to seek career success and material wealth. Our sister invites retreatants to seek a balance between spiritual and material wealth.  From simply returning to our breath to taking the opportunity of the Five-Year program, there are many ways to start our spiritual future now.
 
Lastly, the Dharmacast team would like to invite you to participate in our new project,Summer Love Letters.  The monastics have dedicated their lives to sharing the Dharma with you and it nourishes their practice to hear how their dedication has touched your life.  If a sharing on the podcast has touched you deeply, please write a love letter, a love note, or even just a love sentence to the monastics at Deer Park.  Send it to the Dharmacast and throughout the summer, we hope to share your love letter on the air to nourish the monastics at Deer Park and inspire other listeners in the worldwide Dharmacast sangha.  
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes and Twitter.  We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email at dpcastlove@gmail.com.  Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrThuanNghiemSpiritualRichness.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast - Dharma Flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Today we share the the last talk of the recent Wake Up retreat for young adults.  Sister Thuan Nghiem looks back on the retreat to find practices that retreatants can take home.  She shares that even strong spiritual inspiration and intention after retreat is impermanent and that we will need gentle mindfulness will keep us on the path.
 
Lastly, the Dharmacast team would like to invite you to participate in our new project,Summer Love Letters.  The monastics have dedicated their lives to sharing the Dharma with you and it nourishes their practice to hear how their dedication has touched your life.  If a sharing on the podcast has touched you deeply, please write a love letter, a love note, or even just a love sentence to the monastics at Deer Park.  Send it to the Dharmacast and throughout the summer, we hope to share your love letter on the air to nourish the monastics at Deer Park and inspire other listeners in the worldwide Dharmacast sangha.  
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes and Twitter.  We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email at dpcastlove@gmail.com.  Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrThuanNghiemFromRetreattoWorld.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Today, we share with you a small taste of retreat at Deer Park Monastery.  Sister Man Nghiem and Brother Phap Hai give a short introduction to life at the monastery for new retreatants. She shares about connecting with others while sharing rooms and connecting with ourselves during the practice of Noble Silence.  And our brother gives guidance to help us feel comfortable and relaxed during sitting meditation.
 
Registration is now open for this year's general retreat at Deer Park Monastery. Whether you have never been on retreat or been on many, the monastics and lay friends welcome you to take refuge at the practice center.  The retreat will be from September 10th to 14th with the theme, "I have enough".  More information can be found at deerparkmonastery.org.
 
Lastly, the Dharmacast team would like to invite you to participate in our new project, Summer Love Letters.  The monastics have dedicated their lives to sharing the Dharma with you and it nourishes their practice to hear how their dedication has touched your life.  If a sharing on the podcast has touched you deeply, please write a love letter, a love note, or even just a love sentence to the monastics at Deer Park.  Send it to the Dharmacast and throughout the summer, we hope to share your love letter on the air to nourish the monastics at Deer Park and inspire other listeners in the worldwide Dharmacast sangha.  
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Monastery at dpcast.net and on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter.  We welcome dharma sharings from our worldwide listeners on any of our online homes or by email at dpcastlove(~at~)gmail.com.  Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: SrManNBrPHaiRetreatConnectionMeditation.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:42pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Today we share the second half of a talk given by Brother Man Tue before the Five Mindfulness Trainings ceremony at Deer Park.  Our brother focuses on how our senses play an integral role in the Fourth and Fifth Mindfulness Trainings.  He encourages us to place our mindfulness between our senses and ourselves, as a way to protect us from fear, craving and anger.  May you walk your path this week protected and free.
 
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: BrManTueOurSensesMindfulnessTrainings.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 6:08pm CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
Today we share the dharma talk given by Brother Man Tue at Deer Park Monastery two weeks ago.  He shares his experience of finding joy in mindfulness as a way to take refuge. When world events or events at home cause us suffering, we can nourish our own joy as a way to promote peace in the people around us and in the world.
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net and on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter.  Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrManTueJoyProtecting.mp3
Category:General Content -- posted at: 2:51pm CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
This week, we continue to share insights from nuns that have recently received the Dharma Lamp at Deer Park Monastery. We have included Brother Phap Hai's introduction to the tradition of receiving the Dharma Lamp for those that did not hear it from the earlier podcast.  Enjoy our sister's sharing of her experience from first wanting to become a nun to becoming part of the Plum Village monastic family. We are happy to have you as part of the Dharmacast family and the greater Plum Village family.
 
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: DharmaLampTransmission2_2014.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
In today's podcast, we have the unique opportunity to share in the transmission of the dharma lamp to the nuns of the Plum Village Tradition. First, Brother Phap Hai shares with us the meaning and roots of the ceremony.  Then, Sister Adornment with Tranquility (Thien Nghiem) from Blue Cliff Monastery and and Sister Andornment with Beauty (Cam Nghiem) from Magnolia Grove Monastery share their first insights with us.
 
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: DharmaLampTransmission1_2014.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
This week, we offer another sharing from the Earth Holding Theme Weekend at Deer Park Monastery.  Brother Phap Ho and Order of Interbeing members, Nomi Green and Heather Mann share their experience walking the path of supporting our planet during increasing climate change. When Right Action is not clear to us, we can always stop, breathe, and return to ourselves to see the way forward.
 
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: BrPhapHoHeatherMannNomiGreenPathInClimateChange.mp3
Category:Earth Holding Series -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
This week we share the talk given by Sister Trung Chinh on Vesak Day, the day of the Buddha's birth. In sharing about the baby Buddha's birth in India and a baby girl's birth in Vietnam, our sister gives insight into the significance of all moments.
 
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: SrTrungChinhBuddhasBirth.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
This week we share a talk given by Sister Tinh Nghiem and translated by Sister Mat Nghiem.  Our sister shares the Dharma through two stories, both about the dynamics of relationships.  Her stories help us understand that we must be mindful of how we care for our loved ones and be open to the way that they care for us.
 
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: SrTinhNghiemCaring.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma Flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
This week we offer a sharing by two lay friends and Order of Interbeing members, Heather Mann and Nomi Green.  As part of the Earth Holding theme weekend, they shared experiences from their lives as practitioners.  One story is set on the high seas and another on a windowsill at home.  Both bring us back to the inescapable truth of our connection with all beings on our Mother Earth.
 
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: Heather__Nomi_Sharing_Sunday2_1.mp3
Category:Earth Holding Series -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma Flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Today, we continue with the second half of a talk from guest speaker Michael Ciborski.  He shares his experiences living as monk at Plum Village and afterwards as a lay practitioner to the concept of the mind as a garden. Michael stresses the importance of tending our garden, to embrace and calm the emotions that arise in us. Without careful tending, our unwholesome seeds become tangled thickets and the stories they weave compelling.  But like a mother to a small child, we can hold the feeling close and whisper, "This is not storytime" and hold them instead.
 
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: BrMichaelCiborskiThisIsNotStorytime.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 3:44pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma Flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Today, we are lucky to share a talk from a special, guest speaker at Deer Park, Michael Ciborski.  Michael lived as a monk at Plum Village for seven years and is now is a lay practitioner with a mindfulness center, called Morning Sun, in New Hampshire. Michael suggests that rather than have life happen *to* us, we can fully participate in our lives by coming home through the Four Establishments of Mindfulness. This teaching of the Buddha, as explained by our brother, becomes a clear path to a place of mindful refuge. 
 
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: BrMichaelCiborskiComingHomeFourEstablishments.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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 Dear friends,

This week, in celebration of Earth Day, we joyfully share with you a talk given by Brother Phap Ho at the recent Earth Holding Theme Weekend at Deer Park Monastery.  Our brother gently invites us to look at our world with open eyes.  We can shed the definition of ourselves given to us by modern media to see that we are not separate from the trees, the rocks and other humans.  We have the potential to wake up to our true boddhisattva nature to protect the Earth and nurture the boddhisattva in others. Let us breathe this air and walk on this land with gratitude.
 
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: BrPhapHoConnectingwiththeEarth.mp3
Category:Earth Holding Series -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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The Dharmacast is taking a breather this week -- our coordinator, Cathy, is celebrating her continuation day!

Enjoy a talk from the archives; Br Phap Hai's Dharma in the Kitchen talk is one of Cathy's favorites!

Category:General Content -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma Flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
This week we are lucky to share a talk given by Brother Phap Hoi and translated by Sister Khanh Nghiem.  Our brother poses an important question to us, "What is the essence of your spiritual practice?"  He gives examples of Vietnamese traditions that, over the course of time, have lost the beauty and essence of their original intent.  If we are not mindful, we can get caught up in the form and appearance of our spiritual practice and forget the essence that lies beneath.  Brother Phap Hoi reminds us that just because we are there at the monastery does not mean that we have ever truly set foot in a monastery.  Let us let go of our ideas about our practice, and just practice.
 
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Direct download: BrPhapHoiSpiritualEssence.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 3:15pm CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
Today we share a talk given by Sister Hang Nghiem and translated by Sister Man Nghiem.  In this light-hearted talk, our sister tells us three fairy tales about nature and animals.  Children aren't the only ones who can benefit from stories.  Stories can touch our hearts and open new doors to our practice.  
 
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Direct download: SrHangNghiemFairyTalesAllAges.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 2:24pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
This week we share a dharma talk given by Brother Phap Nha at Deer Park and translated by Sister Quynh Nghiem. He shares about the steps of the Noble Eightfold Path; how they naturally flow in an order and also how they're all interconnected.  Then, he reminds us that each step on the path, even mindfulness, is impermanent.  We need to know how to nourish ourselves and others to come back to our spiritual path and the present moment.
 
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Direct download: BrPhapNhaEightFoldPathImpermanence.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
This week, our podcast begins with the sisters of Deer Park Monastery offering a song in Vietnamese.  Then, Sister Mat Nghiem shares the tools we have from the Plum Village practice to take care of our health - physically, mentally, and spiritually.
 
We are so grateful to have the nuns as part of our four-fold sangha at Deer Park.  Thanks to your contributions, construction began in late February for new solar and straw bale buildings for the nuns and our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh.  To see photo updates and to spread the word about ongoing fundraising, go to www.deerparknunnery.org.
 
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Direct download: SrMatNghiemMindfulStepsHealth.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Today, we share with you a deep and lovely talk given by Thich Phuoc Tinh, the monk referred to at Deer Park Monastery as The Venerable.  Here, the Venerable speaks directly about how time can pass quickly if we rush our minds and bodies, pushed by strong habits to be constantly occupied. He encourages us to stop, sit, and enjoy our own inner peace.  He uses the poignant analogy of words written on a whiteboard to illustrate no birth and no death.  We are the whiteboard and the words that we think define who we are --  are merely temporary.  When we see that the words are not the essence of the whiteboard, no one can cause us to suffer
 
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Direct download: VenerableImpermanenceWordsWhiteboard.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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This week, we share the question and answer session from the Deer Park New Years retreat.  The questions asked by retreatants center around conflict in oneself and in the family.  In response, the monastics reflect on their own experiences and slowly, the flower petals of wisdom unfurl. The monastics' gentle words reveal that sometimes, the answer is time, patience, space, and acceptance.  And always, the answer comes from your question and from your heart.  
 
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Direct download: QANewYearsAcceptanceofFamilyofSelf.mp3
Category:Q & A -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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When did you last listen to the children in your life?  Today we have a chance to listen to the children at Deer Park's New Years Retreat ask questions to the monastics.  Their questions about meditation practice, family life and school show us how perceptive and sensitive they are to the messages in the world around them.  We invite you to approach this podcast with an open heart, listening to hear the voices of the child in you and the children in your life.  May we embrace all our children to heal the generations before us and the generations to come.

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Direct download: QAListeningtoChildrenNewYears2014.mp3
Category:Q & A -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Today we're happy to share a talk from Brother Phap Nha, translated by Sister Quynh Nghiem.  Our brother has a clear and direct style of teaching that we hope you enjoy. 

In this talk, he speaks to the three difficulties we may encounter while sitting: sleepiness, restlessness, and dreaminess.  He also shares with us how best to read the sutras.  He recommends that we start with two basic sutras and, most importantly, that we apply the teachings to our practice and our lives.  

May your practice be ever-changing and ever-growing.  No mud, no lotus.

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

Direct download: PhapNhaSittingSutras.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Sometimes in life, we have our hearts set on one thing or one person, only to receive something or someone completely different.  The miracle of mindfulness is, in that moment, to see our expectations and return joyfully to the here and now.  This week's podcast is just like that.  
 
Practitioners at Deer Park Monastery were expecting the Venerable to speak, but in his place, Sister Man Nghiem gave the dharma talk.  With her signature enthusiasm and wonder for life, our sister shares her unique perspective on the Four Nutriments, finding joy, and renewing our practice.  From volition to conciousness, and from potato chips to Star Wars, she fills the talk with richness while rooting it in our real lives.  
 
This Valentine's Day, we wish you the nourishing power of love -- for yourself and all those around you.
 
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Direct download: ManNghiemSurpriseMiracle.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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This week, we're happy to offer a special talk for those of us with Christian backgrounds.  During last year's Christmas season, Brother Phap De gave a dharma talk exploring the coexistence of our Christian and Buddhist spiritualities.  With keen insight and readings from Meister Eckhart, he shows how the Buddha's teaching of non-duality can be a gift to practitioners with Christian backgrounds. In the end, we can see the concepts of the divine and communion with God, mindfulness and interbeing, all intertwining beautifully.

Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter.  Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply
Direct download: PhapDeNonDualityChristianity.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Today, we would like to share with you the second half of Brother Phap Hai's talk at the Deer Park Monastery New Years retreat.  As the theme of the retreat was "Coming Home", Brother Phap Hai shares his insights on what home means in a Buddhist sense.  To arrive home in the present moment is to truly know and experience what is here.  To dwell happily in that moment and to see the interbeing between yourself and all that is around you.

Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter.  Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: PhapHaiComeHomeFroglessness.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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