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These podcasts are designed to provide listeners with teachings from great spiritual Masters and to create a meditative mood so that the meaning can go deep and enter your heart. These podcasts are not monetized. If you enjoy and benefit from these recordings you are welcome to contribute to the daily running costs of our hermitage. Donations for this purpose can be made via PayPal using the link: https://paypal.me/VivekaHermitage or become a Patron - https://www.patreon.com/jayasara Find me ...
 
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Master Hsu Yun or Xuyun (Chinese: ่™šไบ‘; - name meaning "Empty Cloud) born 5 September 1840 โ€“ 13 October 1959 was a renowned Chinese Chan Buddhist master and one of the most influential Buddhist teachers of the 19th and 20th centuries. According to Richard Hunn, Master Hsu is "Universally regarded as the most outstanding Buddhist of the Chinese order โ€ฆ
 
Edith Stein (also known as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross or Saint Edith Stein - 12 October 1891 โ€“ 9 August 1942) was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to Christianity and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. When the Nazis conquered Holland, Teresa was arrested, and, with her sister Rose, was sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. โ€ฆ
 
A selection of poems from Cold Mountain - Hanshan - taken from "The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain", Bill Porter (Red Pine), trans. The poet Hanshan, a name meaning โ€œCold Mountain,โ€ ranks as one of the most eccentric and mysterious figures of Chinese literature. He is said to have lived during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), dwelling in a cave or hutโ€ฆ
 
These "pointers" from Longchenpa on the natural state of Freedom have been formatted for guided meditation purposes. Excerpts taken from the text "A Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission." Translated by Richard Barron. ๐Ÿ”† These podcasts are not monetized. If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, there areโ€ฆ
 
This is a powerful teaching given by Venerable Sฤriputta to the great lay disciple Anฤthapiแน‡แธika as he lay dying, and in severe pain. Upon a request to visit him, Venerable Sฤriputta provides a profound teaching, rarely offered to lay people, on non-attachment and non-grasping. It is taken from the Majjhima-nikฤya: 143 - Translated by Bhante Sujatoโ€ฆ
 
Ribhu Gita means "The song of sage Ribhu", who received the knowledge from Parama Siva, the supreme lord. It forms the sixth canto called Sankara of the hundred thousand verse epic Sri Siva Rahasyam. One of Bhagavan Ramana's Maharshi's favourite traditional spiritual works was the Ribhu Gita. He often referred to the Ribhu Gita in his talks with deโ€ฆ
 
Julian of Norwich (1342-c 1416) was the most important English mystic of the 14th century. She wrote the best known surviving book in the English language written by a mystic, Revelations of Divine Love. The book is the first written in English by a woman. Her spirituality is strongly Trinitarian and basically Neoplatonic. Through the Passion, Juliโ€ฆ
 
This is a reading for meditation of the teaching given by Mipham Rinpoche entitled - "The Essence of Wakefulness" - taken from the text Perfect Clarity. Translated by Eric Pema Kunsang. ๐Ÿ”† These podcasts are not monetized. If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, there are two options to donate - via Paypal uโ€ฆ
 
Reading of the chapter titled: "When Conventional Truths Collapse" from the text Reading the Mind. Upasika Kee Nanayon or Kor Khao-suan-luang was a realized female practitioner from Thailand. She was mostly self-taught, reading the Pali canon and other Buddhist literature. She considered the Buddha's Dhamma as her primary teacher. Her dhamma talks โ€ฆ
 
This is reading of a selection of Ma's poems for meditation and contemplation. Sri Brahmajna Ma (21 February 1880 โ€“ 5 November 1934) was an Indian advaitin saint from East Bengal. What little is known about her reveals her as an illumined soul who was established in non-dual realization. Like Ramana Maharshi, she had no guru, but attained enlightenโ€ฆ
 
Here is a guided Yoga Nidra meditation for relaxation, healing, and to help you sleep. Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage, typically induced by a guided meditation. Yoga nidra is a powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and mainโ€ฆ
 
Excerpts of Questions and Answers read from the text - The Zen Teaching of Huang Po on the Transmission of Mind - Translated by: John Blofeld. Huang Po (died 850) was an influential Chinese master of Chan Buddhism. He was born in Fujian, China in the Tang Dynasty. Later he became a monk in Huangbo Shan (lit. Huangbo Mountain). That is how he got hiโ€ฆ
 
This is a reading of the Buddha's detailed teaching on the Four Noble Truths excerpted from the longer teaching - The Maha-sattipatthana Sutta - Digha Nikaya 22. Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. ๐Ÿ”† These podcasts are not monetized - an never will be. If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, theโ€ฆ
 
A reading of the Katha Upanishad translated by Juan Mascarรณ. The Katha-Upanishad is probably the most widely known of all the Upanishads. It was early translated into Persian and through this rendering first made its way into Europe. The text presents a dialogue between an aspiring disciple, Nachiketas, and the Ruler of Death regarding the great Heโ€ฆ
 
This is a reading for meditation of Namkai Norbu's brief commentary (as well as the song itself) on the "Song of the Vajra". The origin of this song is the tantra of the union of sun and moon. Chรถgyal Namkhai Norbu (1938-2018) was an eminent scholar of Tibetan culture and a master of life. A unique figure in the contemporary spiritual world, a Profโ€ฆ
 
Selected excerpts from the text "Notes on Spiritual Discources" - taken by Nitya Tripta. For PDF and hard copy versions of the 3 Volume teaching see this website of Greg Goodes: https://greg-goode.com/article/notes-on-spiritual-discourses-of-shri-atmananda/ ลšrฤฉ Atmananda (8 December 1883 โ€“ 14 May 1959), also referred as Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon,โ€ฆ
 
Among the works in Longchen Rabjam's famous collection, the Seven Treasuries, is this book commonly known as the Chรถying Dzod. Longchenpa, also known as Longchen Rabjam , โ€˜Infinite, Vast Expanse of Spaceโ€™, or Drimรฉ ร–zer (1308-1364), was one of the most brilliant teachers of the Nyingma lineage. He systematized the Nyingma teachings in his โ€˜Seven Trโ€ฆ
 
๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ This is a reading of inspired reflections on "Peace" from Mahatma Gandhi - a collaboration between myself and Swami Madhuram Puri. Dedicated to Peace in the Ukraine and the whole world. ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ Music track - "Peace for Ukraine" by Swami Madhuram Swami's wonderful music can be found here (Time for Peace) - https://timeforpeace.bandcamp.com/ Mohandas Kโ€ฆ
 
These are a selection of key pointers from Nisargadatta taken from "Pointers by Ramesh Balsekar" and formatted as a guided meditation. ๐Ÿ”† These podcasts are not monetized - an never will be. If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, there are two options to donate - via Paypal using this email address: vivekahโ€ฆ
 
This is a reading of a series of questions that were put to Ajahn Chah by a group of monks in his monastery. Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist monk and meditation Master. He was an influential teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. He was reputed to be an Arahant. ๐Ÿ”† These podcasts are not monetโ€ฆ
 
A reading of the 37 stanzas on the Bodhisattva practice by Gyalse Ngulchu Thogme Zangpo - a Buddhist master from Tibet. Translated by Yonten Gyatso with the help of Dechen Wangmo. A explained by Yogi Prabodha Jnana, "each of these stanzas is either a contemplation to prepare us to face the world better, or an instruction for meditation. Taking inspโ€ฆ
 
A reading of Sanai's beautiful and profound, The Walled Garden of Truth. Born in Ghazni in the south of Afghanistan sometime during the eleventh century, Sanai is considered one of the most influential early mystics from the Persian region. Despite his strong influence not much is known about his life and much is gleaned from his poetry which is ofโ€ฆ
 
This is a selection of clear pointing out instructions taken from the text "Present Fresh Wakefulness" by Chรถkyi Nyima Rinpoche (translated by Erik Pema Kunsang). Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche (b. 1951) is a world-renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher and meditation master in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. He is the abbot of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery โ€ฆ
 
These is a reading of extracts from Krishnamurti's talks on meditation taken from various sources - intended for contemplation. Jiddu Krishnamurti (12 May 1895 โ€“ 17 February 1986) was an Indian philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the Theosophyโ€ฆ
 
This is a guided meditation spoken extemporaneously on abiding in our unshakeable heart of Awareness. ๐Ÿ”† These podcasts are not monetized. If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, there are two options to donate - via Paypal using this email address: vivekahermitage@gmail.com with PayPal or using this direct โ€ฆ
 
Solitude (Viveka) by Buddhadฤsa Bhikkhu - A Dhamma lecture given at Suan Mokkh on 8 February 1990. Buddhadฤsa Bhikkhu (Servant of the Buddha) went forth as a bhikkhu (Buddhist monk) in 1926, at the age of twenty. After a few years of study in Bangkok, which convinced him โ€œpurity is not to be found in the big city,โ€ he was inspired to live intimatelโ€ฆ
 
This sublime and profound teaching on the nature of reality by the great master, Longchenpa is taken from the Finding Rest in Illusion trilogy . It is suitable for those practitioners who have a in-depth understanding and insight into Dzogchen's concepts and paradigm. Longchenpa, also known as Longchen Rabjam , โ€˜Infinite, Vast Expanse of Spaceโ€™, orโ€ฆ
 
Selected excerpts and pointers from the text "I Am That" by Maharaj (translated by Maurice Frydman). These have been compiled and intended for deep listening and meditation. ๐Ÿ”† These podcasts are not monetized. If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, there are two options to donate - via Paypal using this emโ€ฆ
 
Picture Number 7 of The Ten Ox Herding Pictures. The Ten Ox Herding teachings is a series of short poems and accompanying drawings used in the Zen tradition to describe the stages of a practitioner's progress toward enlightenment, and his or her return to society to enact wisdom and compassion. Commentary by Yamada Mumom. Translated by Victor Sogenโ€ฆ
 
Ashtavakra Gita is one of the advaitic masterpieces. One of Sri Ramana Maharshi's most beloved texts. Without mincing matters it comes out with the advaitic truth, the whole truth and nothing but advaita which is the Truth. This book embodies Ashtavakraโ€™s teaching to King Janaka which vouched him Self-Knowledge between the time he placed one foot uโ€ฆ
 
The poems are a collection of Rumi's verses on the topic of Awakening that speak directly to the heart, using the metaphors of the ocean, sunrise, and waves to point us back Home. ๐Ÿ”† If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, there are two options to donate - via Paypal using this email address: vivekahermitageโ€ฆ
 
Selected excerpts and pointers from the text "I Am That" by Maharaj (translated by Maurice Frydman). These have been compiled and intended for deep listening and meditation. ๐Ÿ”† If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, there are two options to donate - via Paypal using this email address: vivekahermitage@gmailโ€ฆ
 
The Zen master, Shiwu ็Ÿณๅฑ‹, or Stonehouse (1272โ€“1352) was a Chinese Chan poet and hermit monk who lived during the Yuan Dynasty. He was considered one of the greatest Chinese Buddhist poets and used poetry as his medium of instruction for Dharma. In 1312 at the age of forty he moved to Xiamu Mountain near Huzhou to live as a hermit and it is here thaโ€ฆ
 
Ashtavakra Gita is one of the advaitic masterpieces. One of Sri Ramana Maharshi's most beloved texts. Without mincing matters it comes out with the advaitic truth, the whole truth and nothing but advaita which is the Truth. This book embodies Ashtavakraโ€™s teaching to King Janaka which vouched him Self-Knowledge between the time he placed one foot uโ€ฆ
 
This is a tribute to the precious teacher, Thรญch Nhแบฅt Hแบกnh, who has just left his body after 95 years and after giving so much of the Dharma. This is a reading of some key quotes and wisdom teachings that he left us. We pay homage and reverence to Thแบงy - a great Bodhisattva. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ May whatever goodness arises from these readings/offerings be for thโ€ฆ
 
This guided meditation has been formatted from a teaching where H.H. gave a clear exposition on meditation practice in London, 1979. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987) was considered the greatest terton (discoverer of hidden texts, or terma) of our time, His Holiness has also made a thorough and critical study of all four schools of Tibetan Bโ€ฆ
 
This is reading of a selection of Ma's poems for meditation and contemplation. Sri Brahmajna Ma (21 February 1880 โ€“ 5 November 1934) was an Indian advaitin saint from East Bengal. What little is known about her reveals her as an illumined soul who was established in non-dual realization. Like Ramana Maharshi, she had no guru, but attained enlightenโ€ฆ
 
Excerpt read from the chapter "Timeless Freedom: These "pointers" from Longchenpa have been formatted for guided meditation purposes. Taken from the text - A Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission - A Commentary on the Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena. Translated by Richard Barron. Longchenpa, โ€˜Infinite, Vast Expanse of Spaceโ€™, โ€ฆ
 
Alone with the Alone by Ibn' Arabi - Translated by Henry Corbin plus selected verses of Ibn' Arabi. 'Abลซ 'Abdullฤh Muแธฅammad ibn was a Sufi mystic, poet, and philosopher born in Murcia, Spain on the 17th of Ramaแธฤn (26 July 1165 AD). He was one of the great mystics of all time. Through the richness of his personal experience and the constructive powโ€ฆ
 
This is a reading of the poem 'Samadhi', written by Yogananda which he advised his students to memorize as a way of encouraging spiritual growth. In this poem, he describes the state of samadhi - a state of meditative absorption/concentration where the rational mind is silenced and one is unattached to the discursive consciousness and body. ๐Ÿ”† If yoโ€ฆ
 
Originally written by an anonymous 19th Century author in Tamil and titled Ellam Ondre. First translated into English in 1951. Ramana Maharshi said, โ€œIf you want liberation, write, read, and practice the instructions in Ellam Ondre.โ€ ๐Ÿ”† If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, there are two options to donate โ€ฆ
 
Excerpt read from the chapter "Timeless Freedom: These "pointers" from Longchenpa have been formatted for guided meditation purposes. Taken from the text - A Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission - A Commentary on the Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena. Translated by Richard Barron. Longchenpa, โ€˜Infinite, Vast Expanse of Spaceโ€™, โ€ฆ
 
A selection of Rumi poems formatted for meditation and contemplation. Excerpts taken from the texts Kulliyat-e Shams, The Divani Shamsi Tabriz, XIII, Mathnawi II and III, In the Arms of the Beloved. Music: Klaus Wiese and Oophoi - Deva Mela ๐Ÿ”† If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, there are two options to โ€ฆ
 
Ryลkan Taigu (1758โ€“1831) was a quiet and unconventional Sลtล Zen Buddhist monk who lived much of his life as a hermit. Ryลkan is remembered for his poetry and calligraphy, which present the essence of Zen life. He renounced the world at an early age to train at nearby Sลtล Zen temple Kลshล-ji, refusing to meet with or accept charity from his familyโ€ฆ
 
This is a selection of pointings from the text "Light of the Eternal" by Lillian De Waters. Lillian DeWaters was born in 1883 and lived in Stamford, Connecticut. She grew up with a Christian Science background and in her early teens began to study metaphysics and during that same period to seriously study the Bible. She published a few books while โ€ฆ
 
This is a selection of sublime pointers/teachings taken from Jean Klein's text, "I Am" - formatted for guided meditation purposes. Jean Klein (October 19, 1912 โ€“ February 22, 1998) was a French author, spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita Vedanta (Nondualism). He was born in Berlin and spent his childhood in Brno and Prague. Having left Gerโ€ฆ
 
The anuttarฤแนฃแนญikฤ is a hymn of eight (aแนฃแนญikฤ) verses by Abhinavagupta, on the method of anupฤya (no method) in the light of the highest reality/supreme โ€“anuttara. The teaching on anupaฬ„ya, as elaborated in this hymn, have been revered by Kashmir Shaiva Pandits since their inception by Shaiva Master Abhinavagupta, who devoted the second chapter of hโ€ฆ
 
This is a reading for meditation of a collection of sublime pith instructions given by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. H.H. Khyentse (1910-1991) was born in the Dergรฉ region of Kham, Eastern Tibet and was recognized as the mind emanation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Regarded by many as one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the twentieth century, and the โ€ฆ
 
Siddharameshwar Maharaj is one of the greatest unknown saints of the age who attained the highest abode of Eternal peace. He was born in August 1888 in the small village of Pathri, in the district Sholapur of India. From 1925 until 1936, he taught many disciples (including Nisargadatta Maharaj) and helped dozens attain Self-realisation. ๐Ÿ”† If you beโ€ฆ
 
Shitou Xiqian โ€“ known as Sekito Kisen in Japanese โ€“ was an 8th century Chinese monk, a student of Huineng and Huinengโ€™s successor, Qingyuan Xingsi (Seigen Gyoshi). He is credited with writing two of the most famous Zen poems in China โ€“ the Sandokai and this, the Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage. The beauty of this poem lies in its humanity and its โ€ฆ
 
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