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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Dear friends,
 
Today we share a talk given by Brother Phap Ho on the first day of this new year. The theme of the talk is virtue, which our brother frames as "the act of living up to one's potential." He shares specifically on The Three Virtues: cutting through afflictions, love, and insight. May you be inspired to cultivate these virtues in 2015 and reach your true potential. 
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
Direct download: BrPhapHoThreeVirtues.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 6:05pm CDT
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Dear friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast.  Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
Today we share with you a dharma talk given by Brother Phap Hai at the end of 2014. He shares with us the sutra, The Fruits of the Contemplative Life. Our brother encourages us to pause and consider the nature of our own contemplative life. There is Dharma to experience in every moment and a unique path of practice for every practitioner. 
 
Remember, you can always find the Deer Park Dharmacast at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes, and Twitter. Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply. 
 
**We are trying different options: posting podcasts on Saturday and also posting the whole one-hour podcast rather than 30 minute parts.  What do you think?**
Direct download: BrPhapHaiContemplativeLife.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 11:39am CDT
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