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Portland Friends of the Dhamma
24 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Jessica: Buddha’s Guidelines for Right Speech Oct 10 2021 090
Jessica reads from a sutta and gives guidance on right speech in the modern world.
21 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Jessica: Recognize and Set Aside Expectations Oct 3 2021 089
Jessica reflects at Sunday Sila on addressing fears as expectations
20 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Jessica: Watching Nature Happen & Learning to Share Sep 12 2021 088
Jessica reflects on the lessons she learns from being in nature in her garden and from being around others who are skillful.
30 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Sakula: Moving away from Fear and into Loving Kindness Sep 5 2021 087
Sakula reflects on how her fears interfere with her wishes and wants and gives thoughts on how to move away from fear to kindness. A community member expresses gratitude for kindnesses.
21 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Heather Fercho – Living the Dhamma is a Benefit for Ourselves and Others Aug 29 2021 086
Heather leads Sunday Sila to reflect on how to be embodied in the world in the Dhamma and how to live in a meaningful way, responding rather than reacting.
28 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
Matthew Grad: Refreshing Our Understanding & Limitations of Delusion Aug 22 2021 085
Matthew leads Sunday Sila to reflect on delusion, the most neglected of the three afflictions, and how it leads us to misperceive reliability, true happiness, and self.
33 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
Jessica Swanson: The Honey Ball Sutta Aug 1 2021 084
Jessica reflects on the sutta and how it helps her stay balanced in daily life.
57 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Luang Por Pasanno: Working Toward the Ending of Suffering and QnA Aug 15 2021 083
Luang Por Pasanno address Sunday Sila on Zoom. He reflects on sila, trust, the five precepts, volitions, kamma, and refining our relationship to our actions, speech and mind. He discusses how dana and sila lay the foundation for creating a good relationship with ourselves and others, confidence and well-being, and working toward the end of suffering. He also answers questions covering faith followers, dhamma followers, stream entry, precepts, letting go of the need to achieve and be successful, dealing with harsh speech in others,
2 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Luang Por Pasanno: As We Begin to Meditate Aug 15 2021 082
Luang Por addresses Sunday Sila with brief guidance on meditation.
25 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
2021 Celebration/Fundraiser with Luang Por Pasanno – 7. Monastic Closing Words, Blessing Chant & Group Sharing of the Blessings July 18 2021 081
Luang Por Pasanno and Ajahn Karunadhammo reflect on what it means to have a place to gather as a community with spiritual friends. They offer a special blessing chant for this special occasion.
14 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
2021 Celebration/Fundraiser with Luang Por Pasanno – 6. Update on Programs, Changes, and State of the Building July 18 2021 080
25 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
2021 Celebration/Fundraiser with Luang Por Pasanno – 5. Short Reflections by PFoD Teachers July 18 2021 079
2 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
2021 Celebration/Fundraiser with Luang Por Pasanno – 4. Meal Blessing Chant July 18 2021 078
Luang Por Pasanno and visiting monastics chant a blessing after the meal offering.
23 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
2021 Celebration/Fundraiser with Luang Por Pasanno – 3. LP Pasanno – Q ‘n A session July 18 2021 077
Luang Por answers questions on meditation topics and skills, cultivating the mind, and grief. He touches on various mind objects, appropriate kinds of thinking, happiness, illuminating the mind, grief, and compassion.
30 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
2021 Celebration/Fundraiser with Luang Por Pasanno – 2. LP Pasanno – Internal & External Conditions for the Arising of Right View July 18 2021 076
Luang Por Pasanno addresses those present and on Zoom for the Annual Celebration on creating the conditions for wise reflection (yoniso manasikara), skillful reflection, skillful attention, drawing close to good friends, and creating community.
6 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
2021 Celebration/Fundraiser with Luang Por Pasanno – 1. LP Pasanno – Walking Meditation in an Urban Setting July 18 2021 075
After precepts and still meditation, Luang Por Pasanno gives instruction for walking meditation.
19 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Gyokuko Carlson: Letting Go of the Stink June 20 2021 074
Visiting Retired Abbess Gyokuko Carlson reflects on themes of fatherhood, change, the magical transformation of meditation and its power to undo knots, like stinking fish, within us. She encourages the acceptance of our humanity, body and mind, as part of our practice.
19 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Jessica: Cultivate Good Conditions June 13 2021 073
Jessica encourages turning the mind toward the Dhamma and true awareness of how things really are, rather than how things were in the past or how we fear they are. She reminds us we are held by the Dhamma, the community, and our friends. She encourages realizing that others might not feel safe and to act with compassion by holding others where they are and creating trust.
36 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Sakula: Stay Present or You Miss the Moment June 6 2021 072
Sakula considers the present moment, what now is, how stories and becoming take us out of the moment and are the source of suffering.
31 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Debbie Stamp: Finding Balance With Transitions May 30 2021 071
Debbie Stamp, a lay teacher and resident of Abhayagiri Monastery for 23 years, addresses Sunday Sila. She reflects on a year of changes in her life, some that we have all faced and some specific to her life. She reflects on adapting.
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