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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.
Speaker: Sathi

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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.
Speaker: Sathi

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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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