Dhamma for difficult times - resources

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Dhamma for difficult times - resources

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I would like to start a thread for Dhamma resources helpful for the lockdowns many of us are now experiencing.

Here is a list of talks and resources from SuttaCentral: https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/co ... rces/15384

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Bhikkhu Analyo's January series on Mindfully Facing Climate Change has a number of reflections and exercises that can be adapted to worries about the current situation.

https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/resourc ... layo/mfcc/

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For those who are experiencing symptoms, I recommend this talk from Upasikā Kee Nanayon

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/tha ... ddose.html
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Four talks on the Ratana Sutta by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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Accompanying handout:
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http://www.dhammanet.org has live stream of chanting by Venerables all around the globe, at this time of posting; scheduled as a 24 hour event.
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Yes, currently in New York...

Coming to Canada, Australia, New Zealand soon... :heart:

A calmer background than the radio news... . :tongue:

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mikenz66 wrote: Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:11 pm Bhikkhu Analyo's January series on Mindfully Facing Climate Change has a number of reflections and exercises that can be adapted to worries about the current situation.

https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/resourc ... layo/mfcc/

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His book Mindfully Facing Disease and Death: Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts can also be found here:

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GLOBAL_Live-streaming from the monasteries - Forest Sangha

As a response to the current pandemic some of our family of monasteries have set up live-streaming and other events broadcast on-line. If you are interested please follow links below for further information.

https://forestsangha.org/community/news ... march-2020



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"Facing the Challenge of the Coronavirus" - Ven. Bodhi:
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Thanissaro Bhikkhu's recent evening talks (10-15 minutes each) make reference to the current difficult times.
For example, I just listened to the talk called "Four Mountains Moving In."
https://www.dhammatalks.org/mp3_index_current.html

Edit: Noticing that Bhikkhu Bodhi (video above) focuses on strategies for lessening distress. Thanissaro Bhikkhu (in "Four Mountains") points out that ultimate safety is only available with realization.
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Thanks John,

I also listened to a few of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's recent talks yesterday, and found them very helpful. Talks by some other teachers were also helpful to give different perspectives. I think different people (and the same people at different times) need different approaches. Someone who is distressed and agitated is unlikely to have the clarity necessary to make progress towards awaking without first dealing with that distress.

And I think Thanissaro Bhikkhu does address that in some of his talks.

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I do a lot of walking meditation. (when I am not in Dhamma wheel :tongue: )



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Even Bhikkhu Bodhi had the fear!
Please provide the sutta links if you found them.
I can think of the following sutta.

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html


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