Venerable Bhikkhuni Hasapanna discusses how to resolve conflict with mindfulness at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, Perth, Australia.

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You can never know another person, so how can you judge? What’s important is how you relate to others and to know that the only person you can change is yourself. All that matters is what you do now, such as showing kindness, compassion and forgiveness to yourself and others. Venerable Hasapanna explains how Buddhist practise is continual day to day training of the mind through practising; keeping the precepts, living in the moment, mindfulness, stillness, meditation and so on and it doesn’t just happen overnight.

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Venerable Hasapanna describes how attachment to our habitual views and behaviours clouds our perception of our actions and the world around us. Venerable explains how training the mind and practising mindfulness gives us the ability to acknowledge, recognise and accept what is arising in our mind, such as subtle hatred and to then let it be instead of reacting.

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Venerable Hasapanna reflects on what the Buddha really meant by letting go. Venerable looks at the satisfaction that comes from getting things, compared to the joy and happiness that comes from letting go, that is from letting things be and not craving. Venerable explains how letting go only happens through training the mind to let go and cannot be done by willpower.

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Have you ever felt tired after a meditation? Venerable Hasapanna points out that one reason could be you are trying too hard to focus on the breath. Venerable explains how to train our mind gently.

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Venerable Hasapanna shares her experience of resentment and teaches that difficulties are opportunities to practice kindness. Venerable reflects on how the ego limits us from seeing what is really happening and why it is that when we do see our defilements we have difficulty accepting this.

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Venerable Hasapanna talks about how things going wrong in life is normal and it should not be a cause for suffering. Instead of fighting against it – we can let go and develop peace in the mind.

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Why do we sometimes find it very difficult to be peaceful?

Venerable Hasapanna explains what contentment is, why it is the key to having a peaceful and happy mind and how to develop it. Venerable clearly describes how our unhappiness and discontentment is caused by our judgemental, fault-finding, complaining mind and not our situation or environment.

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Venerable Hasapanna expands on the first noble truth, that life is inherently unsatisfactory.

Venerable talks about how life is beyond our control, things happen according to causes and conditions and therefore all we can do is make the causes we want and let them unfold. 

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Venerable Hasapanna gives a talk about how to integrate the Buddhist teachings into our practise and daily life. How to live the Dhamma; live the teachings. Venerable emphasises the importance of developing right understanding and wisdom to help us deal with the ups and downs, twists and turns and difficulties in life or the eight worldly conditions: praise and blame, gain and loss, happiness and unhappiness, honour and dishonour.

 

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Venerable Hasapanna talks about how to inspire your meditation by finding appreciation in yourself.

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Ayya Hasapanna talks about our quirks of behaviour, our idiosyncracies - how they are shaped, how they shape us, and how we can be at peace with the behaviours of others and ourselves.

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Venerable Hasapanna gives a talk full of anecdotes about the value of honesty and why we need to cultivate it.

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Ajahn Hasapanna gives a practical talk on how developing Right View can help us overcome emotional obstacles that lead to suffering like anger and greed.

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Venerable Hasapanna talks about the nature of self, and how it motivates our actions and drives the underlying causes of attachment which lead to suffering. Realising how the attachment to the sense of self leads to unhappiness can help us to let go of the attachment to what we think is "me", "mine" and "myself".

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There was quite a buzz online that the end of the world would happen on the 21st December 2012 - the date this talk was given. Despite the erroneous prediction, the world will end sooner or later, if only for us individually at the end of our lives. So what state of mind would you like to be in at the end of your world? Ayye Hasapanna addresses just this topic, of how to let go of that which doesn't matter and settle conflicts to create a peaceful state of mind.

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We've all had to endure difficult people whether at work, home or leisure. But how to deal with them skillfully? Ayye Hasapanna gives us a guide to dealing with difficult people.

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Relationships are never going to be perfect, however, Bhikkhuni  Hasapanna discusses how we can relate to people around us with trust, kindness, compassion and forgiveness which will  foster good relationships, and in turn, lessen our suffering.

More importantly though we can relate to our own emotions by being mindful and meditation is the key to mindfulness.

Also, listen to some refreshing jokes.

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Bhikkhuni Hasapanna from the Dhammasara Nuns monastery explains how compassion without wisdom is futile, but compassion with wisdom is instrumental to inner peace and happiness.

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Venerable Hasapanna from Dhammasara Nuns monastery investigates the origin and effects of afflictive emotions. Using examples from her monastic life as well as humour, she provides practical strategies that allow us to deal better (and even eliminate) these often quite destructive feelings.

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