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Spring 8-Week retreat on Shamatha, Vipashyana, and Mahamudra, based upon two texts: Panchen Lozang Chökyi Gyaltsen’s Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition, and Karma Chagmé’s Naked Awareness: Practical Teachings on the Union. During this year's 8-week retreat Alan will grant the oral transmission and commentary to the teachings on the root text The Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition and its auto-commen ...
 
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. If you enjoy and benefit from these recordings you are welcome to contribute to the daily running costs of our hermitage and the nun's requisites. 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 on YouTu ...
 
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Spirit Grooves is a popular cable program that reaches over two-million people, some of which is also available on YouTube. The show targets alternative approaches to spirituality, in particular "awareness" methods and traditions. Although many of the shows are oriented toward Tibetan Buddhist methods of training the mind, many other areas are also covererd including solar flares, astrology, esoteric studies, and the mystery traditions.
 
The Gyalwang Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and a guide to millions of buddhists around the world. This podcast is dedicated to bringing you selected teachings and talks on buddhist philosophy, meditation, the environment, happiness and much more. Subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new releases.
 
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This is a short selection of pith pointers taken from Milarepa's 60 songs. Translated by Garma C. Chang. Milarepa is one of the most important yogis and spiritual poets in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, but very little of his life is known with any historical certainty. Even the dates of his birth and death have been notoriously difficult to calcu…
 
Selected key pointers from Maharaj Nisargadatta formatted for meditation. 🔆 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 link: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/VivekaHermitage or becom…
 
The Sutta Nipāta (literally, "Suttas falling down") is a Buddhist scripture, a sutta collection in the Khuddaka Nikaya, part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. All its suttas, thought to originate from before the Buddha's parinibbana, consist largely of verse, though some also contain some prose. Some scholars believe that it describes the ol…
 
John of the Cross (1542 -1591) was a Spanish Catholic priest, mystic, and a Carmelite friar of converso origin. John became a priest in 1567 and considered joining the Carthusian Order where monks lived cloistered in individual cells. 🔆 If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, there are two options to donate…
 
Swami Vivekananda (1863 -1902), born Narendranath Datta was an Indian Hindu monk. He was a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. Influenced by Western esotericism, he was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian darsanas (teachings, practices) of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world, and is credited with raising inter…
 
Ryōkan Taigu (1758–1831) was a quiet and unconventional Sōtō Zen Buddhist monk who lived much of his life as a hermit. Ryōkan is remembered for his poetry and calligraphy, which present the essence of Zen life. 🔆 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…
 
These selections from Gibran's poems and verses have been formatted for contemplation and meditation purposes. Lebanon-born writer and artist Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931) became known for his mystical Arabic and English works, most notably the 1923 publication, 'The Prophet.' 🔆 If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's h…
 
These selections of quotes/teachings from Nisargadatta have been formatted for Guided Meditation purposes and were compiled by Pradeep Apte. 🔆 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 di…
 
Persian lyric poet Hafiz (born Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī) grew up in Shiraz. Very little is known about his life, but it is thought that he may have memorized the Qur’an after hearing his father recite passages. He is one of the most celebrated of the Persian poets, and his influence can be felt to this day. Selected poems from Dan…
 
Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta Thera (Thai: มั่น ภูริทตฺโต,) (1870–1949) was a Thai bhikkhu from Isan region who is credited, along with his mentor, Ajahn Sao Kantasīlo, with establishing the Thai Forest Tradition or "Kammaṭṭhāna tradition" that subsequently spread throughout Thailand and to several countries abroad. 🔆 If you benefit from these podcasts and …
 
These poems/stanzas of profound pointings written by Ilie Cioara have been formatted for the purpose of a guided meditation. Excerpts taken from the book by Cioara, "Boundlessness" - translated by Petrica VerdesIlie Cioara (1916 - 2004) was an enlightened mystic who did not belong to any lineage. He is unique in a way, in the sense that he lived in…
 
Nāgārjuna (c.150 – c. 250 CE) was an Indian Mahāyāna Buddhist thinker, scholar-saint and philosopher. He is widely considered one of the most important Buddhist philosophers. He is also considered one of the greatest thinkers in the history of Asian philosophy. 🔆 If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, ther…
 
Selected teachings of Ma's taken from the text "Sad Vani" - as reported by Bhaiji - translated by Atmananda. 🔆 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 link: https://www.paypal.co…
 
This is the complete version of Shodoka - Song of Awakening or Enlightenment. This is one of the four essential Zen texts. It was written by Yoka Daishi in the seventh century in China. It is a testimony to his awakening; his writing and spiritual approach is simple in style. The Shodoka has been nicknamed “the Mahayana sutra that solves all proble…
 
The Gospel of Mary is found in the Berlin Gnostic Codex (Papyrus Berolinensis 8502). This very important and well-preserved codex was discovered in the late-nineteenth century somewhere near Akhmim in upper Egypt. Scholars do not always agree which of the New Testament people named Mary is the central character of the Gospel of Mary. Arguments in f…
 
'Abū 'Abdullāh Muḥammad ibn 'Alī ibn Muḥammad ibn `Arabī al-Ḥātimī aṭ-Ṭāʾī was a Sufi mystic, poet, and philosopher born in Murcia, Spain on the 17th of Ramaḍān (26 July 1165 AD). He was one of the great mystics of all time. Through the richness of his personal experience and the constructive power of his intellect, he made a unique contribution to…
 
Teachings of the Buddha - Bāhiya Sutta - from the Udana 1.10 - translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. In this brief teaching, the Buddha taught Bahiya to put aside all views of self arising from confused and deluded thoughts based on clinging and craving. Bahiya was right to understand the immediacy of needing to awaken through the Dhamma.…
 
Sri Brahmajna Ma (21 February 1880 – 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 enlightenment through her own efforts at self-inquiry. 🔆 If you benefit from these podca…
 
A pinnacle teaching! This profound and sublime teaching by the Great Master, Longchenpa, is suitable and intended for experienced meditators who have an in depth understanding and practical insight into Dzogchen's perfection. Longchenpa's teaching on the Three Aspects of Meditative Absorption - read from the text: A Treasure Trove of Scriptural Tra…
 
Reading of the famous seventh-century Zen classic Xin Ming, or "Song of Mind" - this poem is a masterpiece of expressing the inexpressible. 🔆 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 dir…
 
Thérèse of Lisieux (2 January 1873 – 30 September 1897), also known as Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, was a French Catholic Discalced Carmelite nun who is widely venerated in modern times. She is popularly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus", or simply "The Little Flower.” 🔆 If you benefit from these podcasts and would like t…
 
A reading from the teaching entitled "Advice to King Trisong Detusen" - from the text "Advice from the Lotus Born", by Padmasambhava - translated by Erik Pema Kunsang. 🔆 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 w…
 
This is a guided meditation to help us work skillfully with thoughts, to understand their essence, and to be liberated from excessive, neurotic, and obsessive thinking. 🔆 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 …
 
Trekchö is translated as ‘thoroughly cutting through’ (resistance, stubbornness, toughness and closedness), or ‘breakthrough’. The practice of trekchö reveals the view of primordial purity beyond conceptual elaboration. Trekchö means cutting through delusion with fierce, direct thoroughness. Vajrayoginī is a Tantric Buddhist female Buddha and a ḍāk…
 
These poems have been selected from the text "The Gift" - translated by Daniel Ladinsky. Persian lyric poet Hafiz (born Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī) grew up in Shiraz. Music by Maok 🔆 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…
 
This sublime and profound teaching by the great master, Longchenpa is taken from the Finding Rest trilogy - "Rest in Illusion". It is suitable for those practitioners who have a in-depth understanding and insight into Dzogchen's concepts and paradigm. 🔆 If you benefit from these podcasts and would like to support our nun's hermitage, there are two …
 
Jiddu Krishnamurti (12 May 1895 – 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 Theosophy organization behind it. He stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasised that such revol…
 
Dzogchen, or the "Great Perfection," is considered by many to be the apex of Tibetan Buddhism, and Longchen Rabjam is the most celebrated of all the saints of this remarkable tradition. Natural Perfection presents the radical precepts of Dzogchen, pointing the way to absolute liberation from conceptual fetters and leading the practitioner to a stat…
 
Adi Shankaracharya (788–820 CE) was born in Kaladi in Kerala and, after travelling the length and breadth of India three times in his spiritual journeys, died in Kedarnath at the young age of 32. His travels took him from the southernmost tip of the country to Kashmir in the north, Gujarat in the west and Odisha in the east, debating spiritual scho…
 
Dōgen Zenji (1200 - 1253) was a Japanese Buddhist priest, writer, poet, philosopher, and founder of the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan. Music: Zen Shakuhachi - Kyotaku Daylight - Shakuhachi, Hang and Gongs 🔆 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 a…
 
Excerpts from the teaching entitled "Beyond Nothing" - intended as a meditation. 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 and he…
 
These selections of quotes/teachings from Nisargadatta have been formatted for Guided Meditation purposes and were compiled by Pradeep Apte. 🔆 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 di…
 
Lal Ded (1320–1392), known as Laleshwari in other parts of the subcontinent, was a Kashmiri mystic of the Kashmir Shaivism school of philosophy. She was the creator of the style of mystic poetry called vatsun or Vakhs, literally "speech" (Voice). Known as Lal Vakhs, her verses are the earliest compositions in the Kashmiri language and are an import…
 
This is a selection of teachings of Jesus from St John's Gospel. The Gospel of John was the only gospel written by a follower of Jesus. The other three writers were followers of Jesus's apostles, and likely never met Jesus for themselves. John's message was a personal account of his following closely with Jesus. 🔆 If you benefit from these podcasts…
 
This is a reading of the chapter on Impermanence from Finding Rest in the Nature of Mind (Volume 1). Translated by the Padmakara translation group. Longchenpa, also known as Longchen Rabjam , ‘Infinite, Vast Expanse of Space’, or Drimé Özer (1308-1364), was one of the most brilliant teachers of the Nyingma lineage. He systematized the Nyingma teach…
 
Selected passages from the "Sutra Spoken by the Sixth Patriarch on the High Seat of the Treasure of the Law." Hui Neng (638-713) was a seminal figure in Buddhist history. He is the famous “Sixth Patriarch” of the Chan or meditation tradition, which is better known in Japanese as “Zen”. Music: Language of Silence by Deuter 🔆 If you benefit from thes…
 
This teaching, given by the Lotus Master, was entitled, "Instructions for Women on Attaining Enlightenment without abandoning daily activities" and was taken from the text: “Treasures From Juniper Ridge, The Profound Treasure Instructions of Padmasambhava To The Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal” translated and edited by Erik Pema Kunsang & Marcia Binder Schmid…
 
These are a selection of key Ramana quotes/teachings on Silence and Stillness intended as a guided meditation. Portrait of Bhagavan by Germana Di Paolo 🔆 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 us…
 
Chuang Tzu was a Taoist sage, living sometime before 250 B.C. He is credited with writing- in part or in whole - a work known by his name, the Zhuangzi, which is one of the foundational texts of Taoism. These verses were taken from "Chuang Tzu. The Way of Chuang Tzu" - Translated by Father Thomas Merton. Music: Language of Silence by Deuter 🔆 If yo…
 
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, faqih, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan in Greater Iran. Rumi's influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions. Music: Karunesh - "Ancient Voices" "Zensual" and "Calling Wisdom"; Snatam Kaur - …
 
Anandamayi Ma (née Nirmala Sundari; 30 April 1896 – 27 August 1982) was a Bengali Saint, described by Sivananda Saraswati (of the Divine Life Society) as "the most perfect flower the Indian soil has produced." Precognition, faith healing and miracles were attributed to her by her followers. Paramahansa Yogananda translates the Sanskrit epithet Anan…
 
This is a guided meditation on resting and trusting in Awareness - emerging from my retreat. It includes a reading of Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche's famous prayer - Rest in Natural Great Peace. 🔆 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: vivekahe…
 
Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist monk. He was an influential teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. 🙏 May whatever goodness arises from these readings/offerings be for the benefit of all sentient beings. Disclaimer: As a Buddhist nun, my intention with these podcasts is to offer these creative…
 
Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist monk. He was an influential teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. 🙏 May whatever goodness arises from these readings/offerings be for the benefit of all sentient beings. Disclaimer: As a Buddhist nun, my intention with these podcasts is to offer these creative…
 
Reading from the text - Be As You Are - by Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi. I have omitted the questions for ease of flow. Edited by David Godman. 🙏 May whatever goodness arises from these readings/offerings be for the benefit of all sentient beings. Disclaimer: As a Buddhist nun, my intention with these podcasts is to offer these creative adaptations…
 
A selection of key pointers of Annamalai Swami's taken from the text - 'Final Talks' - edited by David Godman. Annamalai Swami (1906–1995) was a direct disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi who realized the Self after practicing Self-enquiry for decades. This experience gave him first-hand knowledge of how to perform Self-enquiry successfully, making his…
 
Reading of Thich Nhat Hanh's famous poem - "Please Call Me by My True Names." Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his pioneering teachings on mindfulness, global ethics and peace. Music by Maok - "Darkness and Light" Please find more of Maok's music at his following sites: h…
 
A sublime and powerful terma treasure teaching given by the Great Master to 25 renowned disciples. Text taken from the text "Advice from the Lotus Born" translated by Erik Pema Kunsang. 🙏 May whatever goodness arises from these readings/offerings be for the benefit of all sentient beings. ** Disclaimer: As a Buddhist nun, my intention with this cha…
 
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991) — born in the Dergé region of Kham, Eastern Tibet, 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 very embodiment of Padmasambhava, he was the teacher of many of the important lamas of today. 🙏 May whateve…
 
Shodoka - Song of Awakening or Enlightenment. This is one of the four essential Zen texts. It was written by Yoka Daishi in the seventh century in China. It is a testimony to his awakening; his writing and spiritual approach is simple in style. The Shodoka has been nicknamed “the Mahayana sutra that solves all problems.” Music: 1 Hour Zen Shakuhach…
 
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