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Ayya Sobhana's Dharma Talks at Dhammadharini
Ayya Sobhana
Ayya Sobhana has meditated and trained with Bhante Henepola Gunaratana since 1989. Her primary practice is the Eightfold Noble Path, that is, integration of meditation with ethical living and compassionate relationships for the sake of liberation. She ordained in 2003 and obtained full Bhikkhuni ordination at Dambulla, Sri Lanka, in 2006. Last year, Ayya Sobhana moved from the Bhavana Society in West Virginia to Aranya Bodhi Awakening Forest Hermitage, where she is the Prioress. Aranya Bodhi is a new community for monastic women located on the Sonoma Coast of California.
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2017-06-06 Balancing the Mind in Meditation 48:48
After her 6 week retreat at Dhammadharini, Ayya Sobhana shares guidelines for working with cittanupasana (contemplation of mental factors) and how to balance the mind factors that may come up in metta meditation. She also links the contemplation of the elements as tools to balancing the mind.
2017-03-07 Why the 5 Aggregates are a Summery of Suffering 45:45
This is a review of how clinging to the five aggregates is a summary of suffering and, in particular, why consciousness can be a key as to whether we are hooked in the system or not. Using examples from neuroscience Ayya Sobhana explains how before knowing the Dhamma we are much more reactive to 'the slings and arrow of outrageous fortune', but through practice we can become more equanimous and calm and can receive the experience of life without being disturbed by it.
Tuesday Night Dhamma 2017 - The Five Aggregates
2017-02-26 Reflection on Patacari: From Sorrow to Freedom 26:02
This is the third of four special Dhammadharini events celebrating the yearlong 2600th anniversary of Bhikkhuni Sangha, with a focus on the Arahant Bhikkhuni Mahapajapati Gotami, as the pathbreaker, leader, and mentor of the early women's sangha. This was a Seminar on the Leadership of Women in Buddhism.
2017-01-24 The Joy of Renunciation 51:58
This talk was offered during the Tuesday night meditation. It talks about what questions to ask to use renunciation as a practice whether a monastic or in lay life.
2017-01-18 Dhatuvibhanga Sutta - The Exposition on the Elements 1:25:22
This talk was given at Yoga Mendocino. Ayya Sobhana first leads a meditation based on the first section of the Dhatuvibhanga Sutta using the elements. Then at 35:30 she goes on to summarize the sutta and take questions. This talk was given a few weeks after the bhikkhunis had done an extensive study of the sutta in their winter retreat.
Dhammadharini (Yoga Mendocino)
2017-01-14 Resolutions_with_Kindness_Part2 28:55
2017-01-14 Resolutions_with_Kindness_Part1 26:34
2017-01-06 Dhatuvibhanga_Sutta_Part8_Conclusion and Sangha Comments 24:59
Turning of the Year Retreat 2016-2017
2017-01-05 Dhatuvibhanga_Sutta_Part7_Relinquishment_and_Peace 38:05
Turning of the Year Retreat 2016-2017
2017-01-04 Dhatuvibhanga_Sutta_Part6_Truth-talk 44:10
Turning of the Year Retreat 2016-2017

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