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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

Monday and Wednesday Talks

Regular weekly talks given at the lower Spirit Rock meditation hall
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  
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2012-01-18 Generosity as the Beginning and End of the Path 47:54
  Sylvia Boorstein
2012-01-25 Deepening Daily Life Practice, I 67:38
  Donald Rothberg
We explore how our practice can come alive in the flow of daily life, focusing on some of the challenges as well as three areas: (1) Various supports for daily life practice, (2) the centrality of mindfulness of the body, and (3) taking difficulties and even suffering as opportunities for practice.
2012-01-30 A Mind Free 50:54
  Mark Coleman
The Buddha's teaching on Papancha - the proliferating tendency of mind - obscures a natural freedom and peace. This talk explores how proliferation happens conditioned by desire, aversion, views and the sense of personal identity and how awareness is key in understanding this pattern and freeing it.
2012-02-01 Deepening Daily Life Practice II 64:02
  Donald Rothberg
We continue to explore a number of ways to deepen practice in daily life, working with challenges difficulties, grounding in the body, working with intention, and practicing with speech and interaction as well as others.
2012-02-06 Poetry of Realization 56:46
  Mark Coleman
Deep wisdom teachings use the language of poetry, metaphor and simile to point to the timeless truths. In this talk Mark shares examples of wisdom teachings from Buddhist sources throughout the ages.
2012-02-08 What Do We Need Most to See? 50:45
  Sylvia Boorstein
2012-02-13 Comparing Mind 58:48
  James Baraz
2012-02-15 Holding Our Days with the Tenderness of Patience: Reflections from a Two-week Retreat 57:20
  Donald Rothberg
The talk, given immediately following two weeks of silent practice, explores themes of remembering what is important, mystery, doing and being, and awareness "open like the sky," connecting how we practice both in retreat and daily life.
2012-02-20 4 Ways We Get Caught 65:43
  Pascal Auclair
2012-02-22 Loving One's Enemies I 60:40
  Donald Rothberg
We explore the meaning of developing a love or loving kindness toward all, including one's "enemies," using both Christian and Buddhist resources. Four foundational practices are outlined: 1.Ffollowing ethical guidelines 2. Mindfulness 3. Metta, and 4. Wisdom practices to help contemplate emphathically the causes and conditions of difficult interactions.
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