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The Power of Habits and Reliving the Past as a Movie

Summary: Sathi talks about how habits can control our life and suggests ways to catch those habits in action. He also talks about how the past can become our own personal movie. Mindfully you can notice this and not be caught up, reliving the past, but live in the present moment, one breath at a time.


Recorded on April 1, 2020, online.

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Meditation Spaces – Physical and Mental

Summary: Sathi talks about how different physical spaces can affect your meditation practices. He also gives some tips on what makes an environment more inviting to meditation.

Several meditators shared their own experience with the effect of different spaces as well as setting up a special place for their meditation practice.


Recorded on March 14, 2020, online.

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Beginner’s Mind – Appreciating the Quiet – Reshaping Yourself

Summary: This meditation class was held online. Here are some excerpts from the conversation that took place after the meditation.

It ranged from a seasoned meditator discovering that she is still a beginner, to appreciating the quiet, closing with a metaphor of creating the dough for baking bread. Meditation is two-fold, preparing your mind (making the dough) and then reshaping it into something new (baking the bread.)


Recorded on March 16, 2020, online.

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Metta and Family Situations

Summary: The meditation class asks Sathi about different situations dealing with teenagers and family based on the Metta Meditation.

For example, if there is a conflict, who has the expectations? Just you. You are the one who is carrying the expectations. Now, who is failing to meet those expectations? Them.

Sathi talks about expectations. You are having the expectations. They are failing to keep those expectations. You can see how imbalanced the situation is. Who is wrong? It is you. Because you are the one who is carrying the expectations.

Sathi also discusses not being “nice” all the time, but instead, the responsibility of having Metta and being a Noble Friend.


Recorded on March 8, 2020, at the Meditation Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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Finding Your Way – The Eightfold Path

Summary: Sathi outlines the Eightfold Path showing how each steps works with the others and highlighting the negative and positive approaches to each step.

To practice the Eightfold Path, you don’t have to claim yourself as a Buddhist. You only have to be a human being. Any human being can practice this and experience the results.


Recorded on March 2, 2020 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Discover Your True Self

Summary: Why do I want to practice meditation? What is the purpose of my practice? Sathi answers these questions while telling the story of a friend who is puzzled by why she responds differently with clients and her spouse, family, and inconsiderate drivers.

Along the way Sathi explored several ideas:

  1. What is the best meditation technique?
  2. Learning something (outside knowledge) vs. understanding who you are (inside wisdom)
  3. Meditation as a way to reshape yourself based on your true self.
  4. When is the best time to meditate? (When your mind tells you “Now is not a good time.”)
  5. Dealing with the racing mind.

Recorded on February 16, 2020, at the Meditation Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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Cultivating Self Respect

Summary: Sathi talks about respecting yourself. It begins with the understanding that your skills and physical self will not last forever. The mindful person recognizes this and uses their abilities with compassion and generosity because if you waste an hour, you can never regain it. This is how you can become a self-respecting person.

Sathi also explains how to learn from your past and move forward by reshaping your lifestyle.

He encourages you to find something new to invest in your life based on compassion and generosity. Commit to doing things outside of yourself.


Recorded on February 10, 2020, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Our Security Blankets

Summary: A meditator brought up the topic of children and their security blankets. Sathi talks about both our physical and mental security blankets. He told two stories about the Buddha showing how strongly we sometimes want to hold on to our mental security blankets even if it causes us pain. “Oh no! Don’t take that away from me!”

Sathi elaborates on how mindfulness allows you to have a clear mind when you are experiencing discomfort, allow you to take the right action.


Recorded on February 1, 2020, at the Meditation Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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Giving and Receiving

Summary: A meditator asks about gift-giving. (She received a pair of men’s socks and later a used glove in a chocolate box.)

Sathi listed the four results of gift giving or responses of the giver and the person receiving the gift. He emphasizes that we are only responsible for your own actions. When you are giving a gift, give it unconditionally. When you receive a gift, receive it unconditionally without expectations.

An interesting conversation results in sharing many interesting (and funny) gift giving situations.


Recorded on February 1, 2020, at the Meditation Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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Exploring Compassion and Generosity

Summary: A meditator asks Sathi to speak about generosity or dana.

Sathi explores greed and how it makes us vulnerable to people trying to get us to buy more things. He then talks about being a mindful person, having compassion and from that compassion, generosity.

Sathi talks about giving with an ulterior motive versus giving unconditionally, with compassion.

When you recognize this compassion inside, you will happily practice generosity.

When you practice generosity, it will bring joyfulness. Your mind will become lighter. You are not losing anything by practicing generosity. It is a gain.


Recorded on January 27, 2020, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Helpful Teachings for Everyday Life

Summary: Sathi talks about the benefits of practicing mindfulness.

Mindfulness:

  • Allows us to engage in certain situations without getting emotionally involved.
  • Helps us understand who we really are as a person. The reality of ourself.
  • Being able to recognize things and emotions for what they truly are.
  • Allows us to not be responsible for other people’s comments, even if they are hurtful.
  • Gives us the opportunity to learn from our past experiences.

Recorded on December 21, 2019 at the Meditation Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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Four Qualities of the Mindful Person

Summary: Sathi presents four important qualities that will help change you into a more mindful person.

  • Determination
  • Discipline
  • Being mindful
  • Cultivating joy, love, compassion, and equanimity

Recorded on January 6, 2020 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Dealing with Emotional Triggers

Summary: A meditator asks Sathi how to prevent ourself from jumping to conclusions and making snap judgments.

Sathi replies that there are two situations in life. Mindful and unmindful. When we are mindful we are not caught up by outside influences. When we are not mindful we are easily influenced by outside things beyond our control.

Becoming more mindful is a process. We need to pay attention to the input from our senses without losing ourselves. How? By recognizing the sensual experience for what it is. Seeing and recognizing what you are seeing. Hearing and recognizing what you are hearing. Being an observer.

As a mindful person, we are practicing not to worry, blame, or complain on what happened in the past. The only thing we will can do is learn from the past and move forward.

A discussion follows touching on the ideas of:

  • How to not get triggered by different situations.
  • Is righteous anger in the face of injustice acceptable?
  • Being angry because someone hurt someone else? Or, because someone is being mean to someone else?
  • How our personal experiences can trigger something that doesn’t affect other people.
  • Recognizing anger as a weakness and using that to build yourself into a better person

Recorded on November 16, 2019, at the Meditation Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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How to Deal with Those (Other) Imperfect Drivers

Summary: A meditator asks Sathi, “How can we be compassionate when we see drivers putting others in danger?”

Sathi approaches this situation from a wider angle looking at situations such as with family and neighbors, framing
it from the perspective that none of us is perfect, so we cannot expect others to be perfect. He shows where the frustration and anger come from; a point-of-view that says we are perfect and can judge others.

By comparison, he compares situations where we are more forgiving and compassionate. When working with children, or when working with others who do not have the same abilities as ourselves.

Sathi also offers a useful suggestion, thanking the person we are focusing our anger/frustration at, for showing us what we don’t want to be.

Being mindful of this helps us strengthen our minds by increasing our compassion.

A conversation follows exploring:

  • How this is different from being passive/aggressive.
  • When waiting for the emotions to cool is an excellent strategy.
  • The phrase “I am perfect” is really ego and part of our conditioning.
  • How fear or danger is often the root cause of anger.

Recorded on December 14, 2019, at the Meditation Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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The Chakras and Mindfulness

Summary: A meditator asks Sathi about the connection between the chakras (energy centers in our bodies) with mindfulness.

Sathi begins with a little background about the chakras and how they are energy points in our physical body. He talks about the common misconception of thinking an unsettled body means an unsettled mind, a stressful mind. We think that if we can settle our body, our minds will be settled. But, the reality is the other way around. An unsettled mind means an unsettled body.

Ayurvedic medicine or naturalistic medicine describes the chakras as the energy centers of the body. Energy is physical. It is not part of the mind.

Our mind is the software. Your body is the hardware part. But, you can recognize a lot of energy in your body. The spiritual community follows along with these Ayurvedic methods. They found out the various ways to stimulate our inner organs, your inner physical body to overcome some physical challenges. This can be seen in the practice of yoga.

There are many different forms of yoga in the United States. But in India, there are four levels of yoga. The fourth level, Kundalini, is the practice of connecting with the chakras. You are learning to stimulate certain abilities of your mind and your body beyond the ordinary levels. That is where mindfulness connects with the chakras. Kundalini is closer to mindful meditation methods and some meditators have found that as a path to practice meditation.

Recorded on December 3rd, 2019, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Mankato, Minnesota.

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The Buffet of Your Emotions

Summary:
Sathi introduces the idea of a buffet. There are so many choices, yet we only take a few items, and successfully ignore the rest. We also decide which items are healthy for us instead of just eating from the dessert table.

We can follow the same process in our lives as we deal with all the emotions and different situations.

  • Observe your emotion. If you are uncomfortable ask why.
  • Ask yourself, “Is this my ego? What do I gain from expressing this right now?”
  • Voice your feelings only if it will be beneficial to the other person.
  • By ignoring the emotion you are not feeding into it, much like ignoring certain options at a buffet.
  • Identify the emotion, examine it, and then let it go

Recorded on December 3rd, 2019, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Waiting in Line (Mindfully)

Summary: A meditator shares his experience of waiting in line mindfully and really enjoying the moment. Sathi expands on this explaining the different ways the situation could have been handled, both negatively and positively. He explains how “letting go” allows us to expand our awareness and really notice and observe what is going on around us.

Sathi then goes a little deeper comparing meditation to filter water. How we can use meditation to practice mindfulness, learning how to filter out impurities in thoughts much like we use different filters to obtain pure water. We trust water filters much like we can learn to trust the process of meditation to remove unhealthy elements.

Recorded on September 9th, 2019, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Responding to someone who thinks they have all the answers

Summary: A meditator recounts an uncomfortable conversation where another person declares that everyone else, except her does meditation incorrectly. How should a mindful person respond to a situation like this?

Sathi replies by introducing the Sanskrit word, muni. Remaining silent.

He also explores why arguments are not worth their effort or result. This follows into a valuable discussion about where ego fits in and Sathi talks a little about our common sense of belonging to a group such as our family, our school, our state, our favorite team.

The meditators talk about debate vs discussion.

Sathi closes talking about being mindful of the person we are talking with as well as the right time and the right place.

Recorded on November 18, 2019, at the Meditation Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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An Introduction to Meditation

Summary: Even though you may have been meditating for a long time, this introduction to meditation by Sathi is filled with excellent reminders, helping you focus and stay mindful during your meditation practice.

  • Sit Mindfully (and with good posture)
  • Be an Observer, Not a Reactor
  • Notice the Negative and Positive Ways Your Mind Becomes Distracted
  • Select a Place to Observe Your Breath
  • Each Breath is Unique
  • Be Friendly to Your Mind, To Your Thoughts
  • All Thoughts Are Equal (even though your mind will think that some are more equal than others)

Recorded on September 9, 2019, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Equanimity – The Middle Road Between Attachment and Detachment

Summary: Sathi talks about different ways to understand equanimity. Although it is often understood as a balance between two things but that is not completely accurate. Equanimity is the wisdom of seeing things without attachment (being excited about something or someone) or detachment (being dissatisfied or frustrated with something or someone). It is the middle way between the two.

The person who has equanimity is always going to be trying their best without seeking an excuse. The person with equanimity thinks, “How can I do my best for other living beings?” But, the most important part is that you will not take on tasks as a burden. While you are helping others you will not do any harm to yourself. You take care of yourself while you are taking care of others. That is the balance. It is about understanding who you are and what you can do and what you need to do.

Sathi closes by explaining how meditation is reshaping each of us. Changing how we respond to the world around us on a day-to-day basis. Helping us understand ourselves with greater clarity.

Recorded on October 14, 2019, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Dealing with Personal Burnout

Summary: A meditator asks about dealing with loss of self-discipline, burnout. Sathi breaks the question into three parts,

  1. What is self-discipline (building discipline from the inside, not from outside)
  2. Intentions and Goals (Like tending a flower garden. You have to do it all summer long.)
  3. Habits – Getting used to what we are.

Sathi points out that nobody can influence you to change your discipline because you are you have a clear understanding about who you are and what you want to do. What your intentions are. He also talks about all forms of addiction and how to work with them. With each mindful training you are shaping yourself.

Recorded on August 18, 2019 at the Mindfulness Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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Radical Mindfulness

Summary: Radical Mindfulness – Your curiosity gives you the energy to be more open. Being able to see things in a different way. Sathi and some of the meditators discuss why it is so valuable to keep a neutral mind. Neither settling in on the pleasant or the unpleasant thoughts or emotions. Practice just being an observer.

Recorded on October 5, 2019, at the Meditation Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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Why each meditation is different

Summary: Every meditation is different. Sathi talks about how this translates into everyday life, each breath is different, which translates to each moment of our lives. We can’t predict the future but can only focus on what is happening. This is the reality of impermanence.

Sathi also explores the idea of dukkha or the emotional and physical struggles we face when we forget about this reality of living in the moment. One example he uses is our interpretation of the weather being either good (sunshine) or bad (rain or snow). It is just weather and we should recognize it as just that.

As part of the discussion, Sathi answers a meditator’s question on what the phrase “losing yourself” means.

Recorded on August 31, 2019, at the Mindfulness Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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How Is Your Mind?

Summary: Sathi asks, “How is your mind?” By asking this question often you can see if your mind is where you want it to be.

He uses the metaphor of a lake with very high waves, as the world around us. An unmindful person is like going out in a kayak and becoming swamped. But, a mindful person is like having a larger motorboat with more power and being able to handle the rough water fairly easily.

You can either wait for the waves to go away, or you can build a stronger boat. Through meditation practice, you are learning how to separate what are outside influences (out of your control) from what is your true self. This allows you to observe the “waves” and not be overcome by them.

Recorded on August 17, 2019, at the Mindfulness Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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Forgiveness

Summary: Sathi talks about forgiveness both of yourself as well for others. He talks about the danger of holding in anger toward another and offers several practical tips on how to let go including thinking of nice things that a person has done and realizing that none of us are perfect.

Recorded on September 16, 2019, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mankato, Minnesota.
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On Being Skillful

Summary: The Metta Meditation Practice contains the phrase
May all living being be well, happy, skillful, and peaceful. Sathi explains what the term “skillful” means in this context.

If you see a fire outside, then you need to find a solution outside. Not inside where there is no fire. What is happening is we bring the fire that is outside into ourselves. Then we struggle. A skillful person will not do this.

Being skillful means that even if the situation is angry, do not become angry. Remain who you are. Even if the situation causes sadness. Remain who you are without losing yourself into sadness. Even if the situation is causing frustration. Remain who you are without losing yourself into frustration. That is the way of living for a skillful person.

Recorded on September 1, 2019, at the Meditation Center in Chaska, Minnesota.
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Developing Insightful Mindfulness

Summary: Sathi talks about insightful mindfulness. The next level developed as a result of using meditation to settle your mind. The intention behind meditation and being mindful is to gain insight into yourself.

The power of mindfulness. The ability to recognize, when to close yourself and when to open yourself. How to observe what is actually going on inside yourself.

Recorded on September 7, 2019, at the Mindfulness Center in Chaska, Minnesota.

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Planting the Seeds of Compassion

Summary: Sathi often closes the guided meditation with a brief Metta meditation. May all living beings be well, happy, skillful, and peaceful. In this recording, he explains how that is planting a seed of compassion and love after the meditators have settled and emptied their minds.

Sathi talks about how each meditator is reshaping themselves to become more compassionate and less responsive to anger and irritation. He gives several practical examples including how we deal with children acting out and adults who are “acting out.

A meditator asks about responding to a spouse who triggers non-compassionate behavior.

Another meditator talks about being with a group of angry people who are uncomfortable being around a calm, non-angry person.

Recorded on August 19, 2019, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Changes in Mind/Body During Meditation

Summary: Sathi talks about how our mind/body changes during meditation. He expands on the question of feeling heavy and looks at how people try to be “perfect” and how meditators can take a different approach through mindfulness. He closes with some guides on helping ourselves as well as others build self-confidence.

Recorded on July 20, 2019, at the Meditation Center in Chaska, Minnesota.
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Four Key Ideas for Your Personal Meditation Sessions

Summary: Sathi answers the question, “My meditation practice at home is more difficult than it is when I’m meditating with a group. Can I do something else at home instead?”

Sathi responds by outlining the four key elements that will help gain deeper, more meaningful meditations.

  1. Aathapi – Having determination.
  2. Sampajhanoo – The prepared mind.
  3. Satimma – Being mindful
  4. Vinneiya Loke – Having proper discipline

Recorded on July 13, 2019, at Triple Gem of the North Mindfulness Center in Chaska, Minnesota.
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Dealing with Fear of Failure and Fear of Success

Summary: Sathi answers the question, “How does one deal with the fear of failure and fear of success?” There is a nice discussion back and forth between the meditators and Sathi. Where does the fear reside, past, present, or future? How can we build our self-confidence to overcome these fears?

Recorded on June 8, 2019, at Triple Gem of the North temple in Chaska, Minnesota.
Speaker: Sathi

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What Buddha Taught – Purifying Your Mind

Recorded on May 19, 2019, at the Great Hall in Carlton College, Northfield, Minnesota during the Vesak, or Visakha celebration commemorating Buddha’s birth, awakening, death, and his passing. This important day takes place on the day of the May full moon.
Speaker: Sathi

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Dealing with Irrational People

Discussion held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Speaker: Sathi
April 29, 2019

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The Benefits of Being Mindful

Discussion held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Speaker: Sathi
April 15, 2019


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The Meditator’s Neutral Mind

Discussion held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Speaker: Sathi
April 15, 2019


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Duka and Suka

Discussion held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Speaker: Sathi
February 26, 2019

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Meditation is like planting a garden

Discussion held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Speaker: Sathi
January 28, 2019

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On Being Humble and the Power of Mindfulness

Discussion held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Speaker: Sathi
January 28, 2019

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Cultivate Your Mind

How meditation helps deal with ego, hot buttons, and letting go

Discussion held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Speaker: Sathi
October 22, 2018

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What is Mara?
According to Buddha, 10 kinds of forces of Mara are the mental forces.

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: February 2013
Death
What is death according to the Buddhist.

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 02/03/2013
How Meditation Changes Our Mind

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 01/27/2013
Why Sangha

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 10/01/2010
Breath Leads to Wisdom

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 06/23/2012
Why not Multitasking

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker:Sathi
Date: 2012
Stepping Out of the Box

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: July 2012
The Path to True Happiness

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 09/20/2011
How to Meditate
How to meditate and train your mind to stay with the present experience. 

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 02/22/2010
Dhamma

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 03/01/2010
Attention

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker:Sathi
Date: 03/08/2010
Fear and Religion

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 03/17/2010
What am I Doing?

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 03/29/2010
Benefits of Breathing Meditation

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 08/24/2010
What for the World

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker:Sathi
Date: 08/29/2010
Where Are You on the Map?

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 01/11/2011
What to Do with My Thoughts

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 01/11/2011
Forgiveness

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 02/09/2011
Perceptions of Time and Experience

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 03/11/2011
Practice Renunciation

Event: Weekly Meditation Class
Speaker: Sathi
Date: 03/17/2011
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One Day Retreat

Beginning of One Day Retreat
Dhamma talk from one day retreat

Event: One Day Retreat
Speaker: Sathi
Date: June 2011
Hinderances, Session 2
Dhamma talk on Hinderances, session 2

Event: One Day Retreat
Speaker: Sathi
Date: June 2011
Hinderances, Session 3
Dhamma talk on Hinderances, session 3

Event: One Day Retreat
Speaker: Sathi
Date: June 2011

Meditation Retreat with Bhante G

Clear Understanding of Practice
Dhamma talk by Bhante G

Event: Bhante G Retreat
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: April 2011
Dhamma Talk
Dhamma talk by Bhante G

Event: Bhante G Retreat
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: April 2011
Dharma Talk
Talk on Dharma by Bhante G

Event: Bhante G Retreat
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: April 2011
Dharma Talk
Talk on Metta by Bhante G

Event: Bhante G Retreat
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: April 2011
Walking Meditation
Instructions on walking meditation

Event: Bhante G Retreat
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: April 2011

Retreat with Bhante G 2012

1st Day Introduction
Dhamma talk by Bhante G

Event:  Bhante G Retreat 2012
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: 2012
1st Day Q&A
Dhamma talk by Bhante G

Event:  Bhante G Retreat 2012
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: 2012
2nd day Beginning Walking Meditation
Dhamma talk by Bhante G

Event:  Bhante G Retreat 2012
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: 2012
2nd day Breathing and Obstacles
Dhamma talk by Bhante G

Event:  Bhante G Retreat 2012
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: 2012
2nd day What is Breathing?
Dhamma talk by Bhante G

Event:  Bhante G Retreat 2012
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: 2012
3rd day Loving Friendliness
Dhamma talk by Bhante G

Event:  Bhante G Retreat 2012
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: 2012
3rd day Practice, Mindfulness, and Dhamma
Dhamma talk by Bhante G

Event:  Bhante G Retreat 2012
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: 2012
4th day Q&A
Dhamma talk by Bhante G

Event:  Bhante G Retreat 2012
Speaker: Bhante G
Date: 2012
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