Sr. Dang Nghiem reflects on her own transforming suffering, heartbreak, letting go and realizing better health & relationship to oneself & others.

Direct download: 2018-03-30_Sr_Dang_Nghiem.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 7:21pm CDT
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The flowers are blooming in the hidden mountains of Deer Park. Much freshness and aliveness flows through the valley and this sharing. This is the second talk of the Spring Season offered by Sister Man Nghiem (Sr Brightness).

Direct download: 2017-03-26-Sr-Man-Nghiem.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 11:15am CDT
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This is a translation of Most Venerable Phuoc Tinh's talk on the last day of Winter Retreat. This is an English translation of the talk.

Direct download: 2017-02-26-Ven-Phuoc-Tinh-Eng.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:55am CDT
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Sister Mai Nghiem shares her practice of recognizing, embracing and transforming suffering. She also shares the teaching of the noble eight fold path, the four nutriments, including how different types of relationship are nutriments.

Sister's Mai Nghiem poem:
☀ Why i don t want to be call an ally, ☀                                               

Ally
From the moment  i first heard the word, i got allergic to it...an ally allergy.
Why?
Well, the first thing is that in my french brain, "les alliés", as we call them,  are the good Americans and British soldiers coming to save us from the evil Germans.
Word of war, violence, and partisan conflicts.

But deeper than that, my brother, if you call me an ally, i'll get offended.
Why?
'cause i expect you, to have a higher expectation of me.
I expect you to expect me to fully embrace who i am.
I expect you to expect me to break open,
I expect you to expect me to show my shit with no shame

This is why i do not want to be an ally
'cause i don t wanna help
I don t wanna be the "good intentionned white folk" feeling so bad about it all
...and yet so disconnected...

For as long as i don't understand how ignorant i am
There is no hope
As long as i don't see myself as a slave merchant, a fanatic missionary or a murderer
There is no hope
As long as i refuse to understand how an entire society can see going on a "picnic" as being a pleasant family outing
There is no hope
As long as i shut my body and mind to the unspoken, unknown, unfelt yet raging pain of a human whipping an other human to death
There is no hope
 For as long as i keep greed, money, power, fame and sex as the only gods in my life
There is no hope
No hope for any of the  rainbow children on our beautiful Blue Mother

I heard the Earth whisper one day, that "Fearlessness is not the absence of fear but the willingness to walk into it".
This is what my white ancestors are asking me to do:
"Walk right into the darkness,
Right into the thick mist of whiteness
And free us from our ignorance
Heal our ancestral wounds....
Centuries of hatred, pride, discrimination, fear and violence.
Who will hear our cries for help if not you?
Who will quench our thirst for true amendment if not you?
Who will deliver our souls from the chains of guilt if not you?
For as long as true healing isn't taking place,
Suffering will remain the world's pace".

This is the voice of the ancestors begging for our courage and love,
Echoing the Angel's song
"It is the willingness to offer our best,
claim responsibility for our worst and
fold it all into the continuous moment to moment practice of
simply being present to what is,
that promises to deliver our future".

That's why i don't wanna be an ally
...I wanna a be a healer

Direct download: 2017-02-19-Sr-Mai-Nghiem.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 9:34pm CDT
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In the third to last Dharma Talk for the Winter Retreat series, Thay Phap Dang shares about how we can return to the present moment, how to relax and encourages us to walk on the Earth. Thay also share about the realm of perception and how to practice to love and accept. How can we look at a person with clear awareness, without judgement, just as when we look at a flower? 

Find a calm place to listen to this talk, enjoy your breathing and the Dharma rain.

May this sharing be of benefit.

Direct download: 2017-2-12-Br-Phap-Dang.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 10:17am CDT
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In this talk Sr Hang Nghiem shows a clip from one of Thay's talk in 2004, invites us to be light and playful in our practice. Our sister offers a song and commentary. Translation by Sister Bach Nghiem.

Direct download: 2017-02-05-Sr_Hang_N-Eng.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:49am CDT
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In this talk Thay Phap Hai shares with us how to enter through the door of signlessness in order to practice with perceptions and preconceived notions. 

 

 

Direct download: 2017-01-22-Br-Phap-Hai-Eng.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT
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Thay Phap Dang offers a beautiful and insightful talk with Emptiness (Sunyata) as main theme.

As you listen to the Dharma Talk, allow it to wash over your like a sprinkling rain. Allow yourself to sit comfortably and follow your breathing, relaxing your body.

May this talk and your practice bring about great benefit.

Direct download: 2017-01-15-Br-Phap-Dang.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 5:48pm CDT
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Nurturing our Roots, Strengthening our Branches, this months focus is the present moment.

In this talk Sr Kinh Nghiem (Sr Reverence) shares about the monastic practice of sharing a room, changing room and hamlets. Our sister use a Russian doll to help us go deeper into ourselves, to embrace our sorrow and to nurture our joy.

As you listen to this talk you can enjoy the natural flow of your breathing in and out of your body. May this sharing and your practice be of benefit you in your daily life.

 

Direct download: 2017-01-08-Sr-KinhNghiem.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:13am CDT
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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: 1:17pm CDT
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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: 10:01pm CDT
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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: 12:18pm CDT
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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: 9:00am CDT
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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: 11:50am 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 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: 11:58am CDT
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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: 11:05pm CDT
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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: 2:20am CDT
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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: 12:11pm CDT
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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: 11:01am CDT
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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: 1:10pm CDT
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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: 1:12pm CDT
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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: 12:44pm CDT
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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: 7:25pm CDT
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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: 10:08pm CDT
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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: 3:00pm CDT
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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: 3:00pm CDT
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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: 1:17pm CDT
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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: 12:22pm CDT
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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: 12:19pm CDT
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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: 5:40pm CDT
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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: 10:33am CDT
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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: 11:31pm CDT
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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: 11:30am CDT
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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: 11:50pm CDT
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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: 11:18am CDT
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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: 9:08am CDT
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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: 6:00am CDT
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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: 10:52am CDT
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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: 12:00pm CDT
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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: 10:09am CDT
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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: 2:33pm CDT
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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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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: 10:21am CDT
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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.
 
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,
 
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 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,

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,
 
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 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.
 
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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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.
 
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: 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.  
 
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: 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.
 
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: 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.
 
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: SrMatNghiemMindfulStepsHealth.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
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
 
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: VenerableImpermanenceWordsWhiteboard.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- 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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Dear Friends,

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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Dear friends,

This week, we return to talks by Thich Nhat Hanh, given this October at the Deer Park retreat.   Thay shares on many interconnected topics:  the workings of our conciousness, the transformative power of volition, the importance of sangha, and how our suffering and happiness are truly inseparable. May we all recognize our mud, and the lotuses that grow from our mud. 

We so appreciate you, our dear listeners. Thank you for your love and support over the course of this year. During the month of December, we invite you to donate to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation. They are urgently needing support to break ground to build a safe, warm nunnery for our sisters at Deer Park Monastery. For more information and to donate, visit deerparknunnery.org. 

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

Direct download: ThayDPRetreat2013Talk7OurMudOurLotuses.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 4:37pm CDT
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Dear friends,

This week, we take a break from Thich Nhat Hanh's talks to bring you another great teacher, the Venerable of Deer Park Monastery, Thich Phuoc Tinh.  Here in California, it's fall and the Venerable begins by sharing a folk song in Vietnamese and French about autumn leaves falling.  He shares that we can choose the way that we are in touch with the things inside of us and around us.  The emotions and mental formations that arise in our heads are like the seasons of the year, rising and falling.   As practitioners, we can become observers, whether of the changing leaves of fall or changing feelings in our hearts, rather than being defined or overwhelmed by them.  We are not these emotions, we are the energy of mindfulness that peacefully watches them float by on the stream of our lives.

We're grateful to have Sister Mat Nghiem translate the Venerable's talk into English for us.  Our monastic brothers and sisters do so much at Deer Park Monastery to create a peaceful refuge for us where we can share from our heart and listen deeply to their teachings.  Right now, the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation is urgently raising funds to build new living quarters for the nuns.  Currently, the sisters' living quarters are not winterized and unsafe to the point that some sisters are living outside in tents.  The foundation has raised only $400,000 of the $1.7 million needed to build environmentally-sensitive straw-bale buildings for the nuns and a new hut for Thay. Over 40% of the estimated cost is for basic infrastructure needed even before building the nunnery.  

If you are able to donate this holiday season, please go to deerparknunnery.org.  Even the smallest amount will help them to have enough funds to break ground this winter.  The Dharmacast team is made completely of volunteers and in place of asking for donations for the podcast, this holiday season please consider donating so that the Deer Park sisters have a warm and safe place to lay their heads.  For more information and to help, go to deerparknunnery.org.

The Dharmacast team wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and holiday season.  We are always here for you at dpcast.net, on Facebook, iTunes and Twitter.  Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: VenPhoucTinhObservingEmotions.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 5:56pm CDT
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Dear friends,

This week, the Dharmacast team is on retreat with Thay at Deer Park Monastery.  We're looking forward to bringing the energy of peace and mindfulness back with us next week.

While we're gone, we wanted to offer you the second half of the dharma talk given by Sister Kingh Nghiem at this year's Wake Up retreat.  With Thay touring this year, many of us may have gone on a retreat or heard him speak at a public talk.  We're often deeply moved by experiences at mindfulness practice centers, but how do we take that energy home with us to sustain our practice?  Sister Kinh Nghiem offers us loving advice and many practical ideas for continuing and deepening our practice at home.

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

Direct download: KinhNghiemPracticestoTakeHome.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:25pm CDT
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Dear friends,

This week we have the first half of a dharma talk given by Sister Kinh Nghiem at this year's Wake Up Retreat.  She tells a light-hearted story about traveling with Thay and then shares the four mantras we can use in order to be truly present.  She encourages us to use these mantras with the people in our lives, the animals and plants around us and with the earth.

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

Direct download: KinhNghiemFourMantras.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

The end of summer is officially here and seasons are beginning to change.  Let us bring our attention to the Earth, as Sister Mat Nghiem begins her sharing with the story of The Lorax.  She goes on to look deeply into our interconnectedness with Mother Earth, both as children and as adults.  When was the last time you were in touch with nature as your five year-old child? 

Remember you can find the Deer Park Dharmacast online at dpcast.net, on twitter, facebook, and iTunes. Enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: ConservingInnerChildConservingMotherEarth.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:41pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

This week we're happy to share the closing talk of the recent Deer Park retreat for couples.  Three dharma teachers, Jerry Braza from Oregon, Tony Sylvester from Pennsylvania and Peggy Rowe from California, led couples in a weekend of developing mindfulness in their relationships.  They share their reflections on their experience at the retreat and reflect on the nurturing effect that the practice has had on their own relationships.

Remember you can find the Deer Park Dharmacast online at dpcast.net, on Twitter, Facebook, and iTunes. Enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: RelationshipsThreeDharmaTeachers.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 1:53pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

Today we have a dharma talk given by Sister Quynh Nghiem.  Before the dharma talk, Brother Man Tue leads us in some mindful songs and a short guided meditation.  Then, our sister shares with us the wonderful basics of the connection between our mind, mindful breathing.  

Remember you can find the Deer Park Dharmacast online at dpcast.net, on twitter, facebook, and iTunes. Enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: QuynhNBreathingManTueSongs.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 2:00pm CDT
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Dear Friends,
Today we share with you the second half of a talk given recently by Brother Phap Hai at Deer Park Monastery.  Everyday spiritual practice continues to be the focus of his sharing, but now Brother Phap Hai focuses on how we practice.  He delves into the concept of bodhichitta, the mind of love, by sharing the story of the 8th century teaching, The Way of the Bodhisattva, by the Indian monk, Shantideva.  Brother Phap Hai reminds us that our practice should not be rigid and dry, but rather infused with great love. 
Remember you can find the Deer Park Dharmacast online at dpcast.net, on twitter, facebook, and iTunes. Enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: PhapHaiInfusingPracticeWLove.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 5:00pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

Today we share the first half of a talk given a few weeks ago by Brother Phap Hai at Deer Park Monastery.  Having recently returned from Korea and Hong Kong, he shares the importance of putting the Dharma into practice. What is preventing our life from becoming our practice?  Brother Phap Hai likens three pots of kim chi to the three qualities that hinder our ability to truly practice.  

Remember you can find the Deer Park Dharmacast online at dpcast.net, on twitter, facebook, and iTunes. Enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: PhapHaiPracticeLessonsKoreaHK.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 5:00pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

In this week's segment, we continue with Brother Phap Ho's dharma talk from the 2012 Mindfulness Retreat.  He shares why mindfulness by itself is not enough; we need to discover a spiritual path and a community to walk with to transform our suffering.  He also delves into how to understand our mind consciousness and nurture our well-being.

After hearing the Dharma, we invite you to share your experience with other listeners online at dpcast.net or on our Facebook page.  Enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Remember you can find the Deer Park Dharmacast online at dpcast.net, on twitter, facebook, and iTunes. 

Direct download: PhapHoCommunityPathWellbeing.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 2:00pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

This week we offer the first half of a dharma talk given by Brother Phap Ho at the 2012 Mindfulness Retreat.  He explores the questions, "What is suffering?" and "How do we transform ill-being and nourish well-being?" from his own perspective, but also from the perspective of three great teachers and role models for him, the Buddha, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thich Nhat Hanh.  

Remember you can find the Deer Park Dharmacast online at dpcast.net, on twitter, facebook, and iTunes.

We invite you to share your thoughts and experiences of hearing the dharma with other listeners this week online at dpcast.net or on our facebook page.  

Enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: PhapHoWhatIsSufferingThreeTeachers.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

This week we have a continuation from last week's podcast, as we listen to the second half of Brother Phap Hai's talk from Deer Park's 2012 Mindfulness Retreat.

Brother Phap Hai shares lessons from Master Dogen's 13th century Zen text, "Instructions for the Cook".  Furthermore, he shares that to go with the three roots of suffering, three different minds can be cultivated: joyful mind, magnanimous mind, and parental mind.

Enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: PhapHaiDharmaKitchenThreeMinds.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 5:44pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

This week's dharma talk was given by Brother Phap Hai at the 2012 Mindfulness Retreat at Deer Park Monastery.  

Known for his poetic and engaging dharma talks, he shares the Buddha's teachings about the three roots of our suffering; greed, ill-will, and delusion; and the eight winds or worldly dharmas; gain, loss, status, disgrace, praise, blame, pleasure and pain.  

Brother Phap Hai challenges us to look critically at our lives and ask two questions: what is practice? and are we sure?

You will notice the sound of the wind and a lovely baby during the talk.  Enjoy the imperfectness of the recording.  =)

Enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: PhapHaiWindsandRoots.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 10:30am CDT
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Dear Friends,   

This week's dharma talk was given by Brother Phap Don at the recent People of Color retreat at Deer Park Monastery on the concept: "I have arrived, I am home."  

How can we arrive and find our true home?  Brother Phap Don first offers us the repetition and mindfulness of the daily mundane activities and then describes the Buddha's 12 mindfulness exercises. 

Join the DP Dharmacast team in welcoming (back) Soren Kisiel, who is kindly recording the introductions for the weekly podcasts.

Enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: PhapDonFindingOurHome.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 2:00pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

During the New Year's retreat, Brother Phap De gave a wonderful dharma talk on gratitude.  Although it's the middle of the year, I thought it would be a good time to revisit the message.  Brother Phap De delves deeply into gratitude to our parents.  With Mother's Day having just passed and Father's Day coming up, I thought we might have our parents on our minds.

Enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

"When we're addicted to our own thinking, it is the cause of almost all of our suffering. And that experience kills the possibility of gratitude."

"A quote from the Buddha: I tell you, there are two people that are not easy to repay. Which two?  Your mother and father." 

Direct download: PhapDeNewYearsGratitude.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 3:38pm CDT
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Back to Basics II with Thay Phap Hai

Thay Phai Hai explains the meaning behind the Chinese characters for mindfulness.

Preview: "A new understanding can emerge..."

Michael provides the listeners with a visual for their reference.  

Direct download: Back_To_Basics_2.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 4:21pm CDT
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Back to Basics with Thay Phap Hai

Kiss the ground with your feet as Thay Phap Hai takes us on a journey to meet a gentleman of the past.

Preview: "Allow your path to be an expression of who you are."

Make sure to download the bonus content "Discourse on Love," contact the Deer Park bookstore if you are interested in the full album in addition to similar works.  

Direct download: Thay_Phap_Hai_1014.mp3
Category:Dharma talks -- posted at: 6:04pm CDT
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