The greatest gift is the
gift of the teachings
 
Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Dharma Talks at Metta Forest Monastery
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Dharma practice is medicine for the mind -- something particularly needed in a culture like ours that actively creates mental illness in training us to be busy producers and avid consumers. As individuals, we become healthier through our Dharma practice, which in turn helps bring sanity to our society at large.
2004-01-01 Shaping Your Life 11:30
As meditators, we can easily slip into the attitude that we’re like people watching T.V.—passive consumers, watching a reality that’s ready-made—but that’s not what’s really going on. We’ve always active, always shaping things, even when we seem to be perfectly still. The purpose of the meditation is to be more careful about our intentions, more alert about how we’re shaping things.
In collection The Present Moment
2004-01-01 Developing Your Potential 15:52
The simple things we already have in the present can be put together in such a way that they can lead to true happiness. We don’t have to go searching outside. All we need is to develop what’s right here.
In collection The Present Moment
2003-12-30 A Warrior's Resolve 1:13:33
2003-12-20 The Sublime Attitudes 1:12:30
2003-12-18 Exploring The Breath 1:13:17
Learn how to enjoy keeping the mind with the breath. If you spend time with the breath, you get sensitive not only to the breath, but also to what the mind is doing in the present moment and to the way it causes unnecessary suffering for itself.
2003-12-18 Introduction To Breath Meditation 10:22
Learn how to enjoy keeping the mind with the breath. If you spend time with the breath, you get sensitive not only to the breath, but also to what the mind is doing in the present moment and to the way it causes unnecessary suffering for itself.
In collection Exploring The Breath
2003-12-18 Getting To Know The Breath 9:07
We live with the breath, and yet we don’t know it, and as a result don’t get as much out of it as we could. The breath can provide food, clothing, shelter, and medicine for the mind if you take the time to get to know it well.
In collection Exploring The Breath
2003-12-18 Insight From The Breath 13:42
The type of insight that’s going to make a difference in the mind has to come from the mind’s being solidly based. So, until your mindfulness of the breath is really solid, this is where you want to focus all your efforts.
In collection Exploring The Breath
2003-12-01 Qualities Of The Heart 68:55
2003-11-16 Outside The Box 1:13:06

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