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: 1:30pm PDT
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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: 11:17am PDT
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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: 8:01pm PDT
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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: 1:00pm PDT
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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: 10:18am PDT
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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: 7:00am PDT
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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: 9:55pm PDT

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: 9:30pm PDT

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: 7:35pm PDT

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: 9:54pm PDT

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: 9:26pm PDT

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.

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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: 3:44pm PDT

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: 9:44am PDT

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: 10:17pm PDT

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: 7:21pm PDT

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: 3:38pm PDT

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: 10:30pm PDT

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: 9:49am PDT

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: 9:50am PDT

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: 9:58am PDT

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: 9:05pm PDT

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: 12:20am PDT

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: 10:11am PDT

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: 9:01am PDT

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: 11:10am PDT

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: 11:12am PDT

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: 10:44am PDT

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: 5:25pm PDT

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: 8:08pm PDT

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: 7:40pm PDT

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: 11:00am PDT

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: 11:00am PDT

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: 11:00am PDT

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: 1:00pm PDT

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: 1:00pm PDT

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: 11:17am PDT

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: 10:22am PDT

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: 10:19am PDT

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: 3:40pm PDT

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: 8:33am PDT

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: 9:31pm PDT

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: 9:30am PDT

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: 9:50pm PDT

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: 9:18am PDT

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: 7:08am PDT

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: 4:00am PDT

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: 8:52am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 8:09am PDT

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: 12:33pm PDT

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: 11:01am PDT

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: 11:33am PDT

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: 11:21am PDT

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: 6:17pm PDT

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: 9:51am PDT

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: 11:45am PDT

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: 12:38pm PDT

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: 1:05pm PDT

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: 7:49pm PDT

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: 3:18pm PDT

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: 9:41am PDT

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: 11:49am PDT

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: 12:31pm PDT

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: 11:32am PDT

The Dharmacast is taking a day off!  Enjoy this archived talk from Fall 2014, where Sister Kinh Nghiem connects the Four Immeasurable Minds and the Four Mantras. http://deerpark.libsyn.com/the-four-immeasurable-minds

 

Category:General Content -- posted at: 9:19am PDT

Dear friends,
 
Today we share the Question and Answer session from the Holiday Retreat at Deer Park Monastery. Brother Phap De leads the group of monastics and lay friends in exploring questions about our practice. Looking deeply, we see how the practice can permeate all aspects of our lives and guide us to greater peace. 
 
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: BrPhapDeHolidayRetreat2014QA.mp3
Category:Q & A -- posted at: 8:06pm PDT

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: 4:05pm PDT

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: 9:39am PDT

Dear friends,
 
Today, we continue Sister Mai Nghiem's talk on our inner hungry ghost. Our sister shares on the beauty of taking refuge and accepting things as they are: our community before it is perfect, the Buddha in us with the hungry ghost in us, the lotus and the mud. 
 
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: SrMaiNghiemOurHungryGhostOurBuddha.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 8:21am PDT

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: 9:30am PDT

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: 4:45pm PDT

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: 1:52pm PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 8:29am PDT

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: 2:57pm PDT

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: 11:38am PDT

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: 8:42am PDT

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

Category:General Content -- posted at: 12:44pm PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 12:33pm PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 10:05am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 5:39pm PDT

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: 5:05pm PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 11:42am PDT

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: 4:08pm PDT

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: 12:51pm PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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: 10:00am PDT

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