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Walking in Mindfulness at the Women’s March On Washington, Jan 21, 2016


Blue Cliff Monastery Sunday Dharma Talk –  Brother P Man and Joanne – Friday Oct. 23, 2016


Panel Discussion from the Sacred Justice Retreat held at Blue Cliff Monastery on 1/18/16, including panelist Joanne Friday

Talk by Sr The N and Joanne Friday – April 2015

Talk by Brother Thay Phap Lac and Joanne Friday – April 2014
Order of Interbeing Retreat, Blue Cliff Monastery, April 2014
Scroll down to second video labeled “Talk” in which Brother Thay Phap Lac offers his beautiful Dharma remarks and then Joanne continues with her offering at 22:00 min.
Note that you may have to join Livestream (for free) to access this video:  it requires providing your email address, which will then notify you of other talks at Plum Village or Blue Cliff when they are live.  This page on Livestream also has other talks from the OI Retreat, including a panel in which Joanne participated.

Talk by Brother Thay Phap Vu and Joanne Friday
Flowing As a River
Closing Dharma Talk at the OI Retreat, Blue Cliff Monastery, April 28, 2013 
Brother Thay Phap Vu begins at 15:54 min. Joanne continues the talk at 54:45 min.
(Scroll down to the second video called “Flowing As a River.”)



Slowing Down and Living in the Present Moment As the Key to Happiness – Cape Retreat Opening Talk, September 2015 – (39 min) Slowing Down and Living in the Present Moment

Getting to the roots of suffering:  Habits and how we condition our mind – Cape Retreat September 2015 – (43 min.) This talk includes a guided meditation about realizing our deepest aspiration. Getting to the Roots of Suffering

Hiding in the Practice – July 2013 – (26 min.)- By going one step beyond stopping and calming our breath, we can transform our suffering and bring peace to ourselves and others. Mindfulness and concentration can help penetrate our habit energies, and ignorance of our interconnectedness with each other becomes love and understanding. Hiding in the Practice


Rochester Retreat, Springwater Retreat Center – 2012

Day 1 Retreat Talk, includes  Joanne reading Mary Oliver’s poem “Wild Geese”, 4-18-12 (47 min.)
Rochester 4-18-12 Dharma Talk

Day 2 Retreat Talk, 4-19-12 (45 min.)  Rochester Day 2 Dharma Talk 4-19-12

Day 5 Retreat Talk, 4-22-12 (53 min.) Enough is Enough:  the Richness of Not Wanting – Joanne talks about taking our practice into the world.  She focuses on how when we can practice with transforming our suffering, we can be of more help.  Our practice becomes an engaged practice. Rochester Day 5 – 4-22-12



Why We Meditate/Guided Meditation – Hartford Day of Mindfulness 11-5-11. In this talk on why we meditate, Joanne shares how our breath can help us enjoy life to the fullest. We can easily take refuge in our breath because it is always available. Through stopping, resting and calming, we can bring our mind, body, and breath all in one place and one time. This allows us to concentrate and be able to truly exercise free will, so that we are not controlled by our suffering.  A guided meditation follows.
Why We Meditate (23 min.)
Guided Meditation (16 min.)

Song and Story – Hartford DOM 11-5-11 – Joanne uses the song “At the Foot of the Mountain” and Thay’s story about the river to show how we are made up of every single thing in the cosmos.  When we are aware of our interconnectedness, peace, harmony, and fearlessness are possible. (The song “At the Foot of the Mountain” is sung by the Nuns of Plum Village, from the recording “Mountains” available from Blue Cliff Monastery.) At the Foot of the Mountain Dharma Talk(19 min.)

Q & A – Hartford DOM 11-5-11 – In answering questions posed by the sangha, Joanne reveals how we can become prisoners of our own lives if we hold on to fear, anger and hatred. When we are able to look beyond the surface and see that we are essentially one and the same, compassion will arise for ourselves and others. Q & A (25 min.)

Creating Peace in Ourselves, Making Peace in the World: When Turning Inward Isn’t Turning Away (50 min.) Mindfulness practice and social change, Rhode Island School of Design, 9-24-11

Opening Talk 9-9-11 – topics include stopping and looking deeply, developing the energy of mindfulness, walking meditation, setting small do-able practice goals (48 min.)  Cape Opening Dharma Talk 9-9-11

Day 2: 9-10-11 Dharma Talk – topics include practicing with difficult emotions, usefulness of the four remembrances, and “don’t know mind.”  Poems include “Love” by Czeslaw Milosz (63 min.) Cape Day 2 Dharma Talk 9-10-11

Dharma Talk at Day of Mindfulness for Families, Providence, RI (50 min.) Family Day of Mindfulness 6-25-11

An Introduction to the Five Mindfulness Trainings (21 min.) Introduction to the Five Mindfulness Trainings, 6-28-11

Retreat talk, Springwater Retreat Center, Rochester, NY (65 min.) Retreat talk, 4-2-11

Fearlessness As the Ground of Love, final retreat talk, Springwater Retreat Center, Rochester, NY (75 min.) Fearlessness As the Ground of Love, 4-3-11

Cape Retreat – 2011

The Immeasurable Mind of Love and working with its obstacles (52 min.) Immeasurable Mind of Love 3-14-10

Introductory retreat talk, including the roots of suffering, trusting one’s own experience, habit energy, and asking “Are you sure?” (50 min.)
Introductory Talk Rochester 4-21-10

Answers to questions, including describing the nutriment of volition and dealing with physical pain (50 min.) 9-12-10 Cape Cod Retreat

Talk at QueerDharma in NYC, July 2009
Part 1.  Sitting instructions and why we sit (17 min.)
Part 2.  Guided meditation (21 min.)
Part 3.  Fear as the basis for suffering, developing fearlessness and compassion, how conditioning colors perception (30 min.)
Part 4.  Joanne’s experience of practicing with cancer, holding everything in love and compassion (17 min.)
Part 1. Sitting Instructions
Part 2. Guided Meditation
Part 3. Fear and Fearlessness
Part 4. Practicing With Cancer

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