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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

IMCB Regular Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

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2012-07-12 Compassion and Tonglen Practice 37:13
  Lama Palden
Lama Palden discusses compassion and the Tonglen practice of sending and receiving. Please note that the actual practice portion of the talk has been removed since it is important for students to receive direct transmission of the teachings from the teacher.
2012-07-19 Stewardship and Intention as Gaia Practices 52:25
  James Baraz
This is part 4 of the series 'Appropriate Response at the Tipping Point' that began 6/14. In this talk, James discusses the last two of the five transformational commitments in Bob Doppelt's book From Me to We:

4. Acknowledge your trustee obligations and take responsibility for the continuation of all life
5. Choose your own destiny

In collection Appropriate Response at the Tipping Point
2012-07-26 Go inside and ask: What do I want most? 56:15
  Anam Thubten
Please note that the periods of silence are part of the teaching
2012-08-02 Equanimity 59:25
  Arinna Weisman
Equanimity is the mindful presence that neither grasps nor resists experience and is the ground for unconditional love and wise action. Arinna shares a variety of moving stories of deep equanimity and reflects on the position of equanimity as last in several important Buddhist lists. Concludes with a brief Q&A session.
2012-08-16 Silent Illumination 60:41
  Will Kabat-Zinn
In this talk, Will Kabat-Zinn explores the deeper meaning of the first five lines of the poem, "Guidepost of Silent Illumination" by Zen Master Hongzhi:

Silent and serene, forgetting words, bright clarity appears before you.
When you reflect it you become vast, where you embody it you are spiritually uplifted.
Spiritually solitary and shining, inner illumination restores wonder,
Dew in the moonlight, a river of stars, snow-covered pines, clouds enveloping the peak.
In darkness it is most bright, while hidden all the more manifest.
~translated by Taigen Dan Leighton

The entire poem can be found on the web. One source.
2012-08-23 Teaching what we need to learn. 54:56
  James Baraz
2012-08-30 Labor Day! 44:30
  Wes Nisker
2012-09-06 The Two Truths: Personal Truth and Universal Truth. 52:46
  Heather Sundberg
2012-09-13 Titrating our Dukkha. 54:40
  James Baraz
Though mindfulness meditation instructions generally suggest paying attention to what is predominant, focusing on overwhelming emotions especially those rooted in trauma is often not beneficial. This talk, which includes the Buddha's teachings on working with difficult emotions as well as theory from Somatic Experiencing (SE)—an approach to working with trauma—explores how to work with intense emotions by touching them a little at a time.
2012-09-20 Praise and Blame 59:04
  James Baraz
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