A Ray of the Absolute
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
by Sati Saraniya Hermitage
1d ago
Just as the sun is eclipsed by the moon passing over it, so the mind is submerged in 'totality' due to the veil of our human conditioning. But we can shatter that darkness by diving deeply with moral vigilance and wise attention into the silence of the mind. There we know suffering, how it begins and the exhilarating joy of witnessing its end in the vastness of the heart's inner dimensions. With unshakeable faith, insight, and understanding, we abide in that sacred space of pure awareness and unconditional love – like the sun freed from the shadow of the moon. A Sunday afternoon talk at Sati S ..read more
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Unsurpassed Is the Protection of the Dhamma
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
by Sati Saraniya Hermitage
1w ago
Impermanence stares us in the face. How then can we free ourselves to understand the raw truth of what we are? There is a sorrowless state, a way out of the pains of life where we can abide in blameless happiness and inviolable peace. It may appear elusive and out of reach. Yet we need only incline our minds faithfully to giving up all that is false, divisive, fearful or fragile. We begin to know the joy that subdues all sorrow. One taste of that and we are on the Path, sheltered in the unsurpassed protection of the Dhamma. A talk for the Ottawa Buddhist Society, Nov. 5, 2021 ..read more
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We Have Nothing To Fear
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
by Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2w ago
Emptying the mind of fearful thoughts, we stop clinging to anything of the world – one moment at a time. And we come to know a liberating joy. It's a way to enter the dimension of transcendence that uplifts us beyond the prison of grasping a self with all its adornments and entanglements. As we let go identification with the self, there arises the peace of selfless awareness and waking up to the ultimate truth that is the end of suffering. Reflections and Guided Meditation, Ottawa Buddhist Society, Oct. 2022 ..read more
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On A Diet For Awakening
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
by Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2w ago
Peace, patience, and practice ripen with the quality of faith. We trust the teacher on a path distinguished by compassion and a diet for awakening the heart. “All suffering arises when we think about our own happiness. And all happiness arises when we think about the well-being of others.” So we forsake harm to free ourselves from selfishness. Learning to understand and know our true nature, we sow the seeds of unconditional compassion and peace. This is the highest blessing.  A talk for the Ottawa Buddhist Society, April 2021 ..read more
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A Diet of Awakening
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
by Sati Saraniya Hermitage
3w ago
Peace, patience, and practice ripen with the quality of faith. We trust the teacher on a path distinguished by compassion and a diet for awakening the heart. “All suffering arises when we think about our own happiness. And all happiness arises when we think about the well-being of others.” So we forsake harm to free ourselves from selfishness. Learning to understand and know our true nature, we sow the seeds of unconditional compassion and peace. This is the highest blessing.  A talk for the Ottawa Buddhist Society, April 2021 ..read more
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The Buddha Was Right – Reflections and Guided Meditation
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
by Sati Saraniya Hermitage
1M ago
As seekers of truth, we turn the wheel of Dhamma inwardly. There alone can we understand the mind’s purity and directly know the true rhythm of the heart, undiluted by worldly refrains. The sounds of the world can turn coarse and invasive until we listen to the silence in our interior depths. Secluded from life's relentless currents, we traverse the ‘cloud of unknowing’ with the riches of our virtue. Then we shall dis-cover and gain strength enough to fulfill the way of the Buddha – our transcendent going forth through the gates of the Deathless.  A Dhamma talk and guided meditation, Otta ..read more
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Mount Everest
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
by Sati Saraniya Hermitage
1M ago
As the witness of suffering, we gain new eyes to see. A doorway to knowing non-duality opens – there is no you, no me. We are in the realm of no separation in one moment – gone beyond opinions, beyond wanting, beyond our pains and brokenness, and our enslavement to all that drives us. Can we see them as empty and powerless apart from the power we give them? Emptying the mind's rubbish every day, defragmenting enough to see, to know – we are free to ascend the Everest within and behold the jewel of the heart’s Himalaya ..read more
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There Is An Oasis
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
by Sati Saraniya Hermitage
1M ago
Too long we have been caught in the grip of anxiety, anger, and clinging that lead nowhere. But there is an oasis in the depths of our native humanity. To understand what is true, we must empty all that is untrue. This is ultimate care of the mind: disentangling the knots in the heart that obstruct the moral-ethical fabric of our true nature. So we set our inner compass beyond all these blinding mental habits to witness that inner radiance. In the mirror of pure emptiness we reflect that silent knowing the truth of what we are ..read more
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Unencumbered
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
by Sati Saraniya Hermitage
1M ago
Fire is our teacher – the fire of pain, the fire of persevering through difficulty and the fire of going beyond what we think we are capable of. For we are greater that we know and our journey is one of learning to trust what is right and true. When the heart’s compassion, wisdom, and generosity mature, there is no space for fear. All the dross of the world melts away in the silence of pure presence. Here is the absolute sanctity of awareness, unencumbered and joyous in the knowledge of pure love itself ..read more
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The Power of Loving Kindness
Sati Saraniya Hermitage
by Sati Saraniya Hermitage
2M ago
When universal love leading to liberation of the heart is ardently developed, unrelentingly resorted to, it becomes the foundation of our life. We travel in a divine vehicle, our inheritance from the Buddha, the sublime abiding of mettā, loving kindness. This is our shelter from unwholesome states, a true salve for impure and damaging mental afflictions. More and more as we purify the mind, it triumphs over hateful feelings and forgiveness and compassion are perfected. Indeed, by the power of loving kindness, we are crossing the stream to the farther shore, awakening to the Deathless ..read more
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