Dear Friends,

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.

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: QAListeningtoChildrenNewYears2014.mp3
Category:question and answer -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

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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Dear Friends,
 
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.
 
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: ManNghiemSurpriseMiracle.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

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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