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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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2012-07-02 The Iron Grindstone (or The Trouble with my Car) 59:23
  Norman Fischer
2012-07-09 Living Skillfully With the Difficult 59:56
  Phillip Moffitt
2012-07-11 Self and Not-Self-An Overview 61:17
  Donald Rothberg
We explore how the topic of self and not-self can be very confusing, for a number of reasons. We then present five perspectives for exploring this theme, a general way of making some sense of self and not-self and two initial practices to study 1. the sense of self, and 2. experience beyond limited senses of self.
2012-07-16 What is your original face? 55:16
  Anam Thubten
2012-07-18 Self and Not-Self II-Five Varieties of Self 64:23
  Donald Rothberg
After a review of last week's overview of exploring self and not-self, we look at five aspects of self: 1. a more neutral sense of "mere I" 2. Cultural conditions to be a particular kind of self; 3. the social self related to others 4. the wounded or stuck self; and 5. the subtle aspect of separation from other things are person. We suggest practicing to explore these five varieties.
2012-07-23 Renunciation 46:43
  Ayya Anandabodhi
2012-07-25 Self and Not-Self III-Three Ways of Practicing 64:16
  Donald Rothberg
We review briefly the last two talks and explore three ways of practicing: 1. Investigating self when it appears; 2. Opening to experiences of not-self; and 3. doing "heart practice" like lovingkindness and compassion to balance our being as we do more deeply.
2012-07-30 Mystery 63:19
  Jack Kornfield
2012-08-01 Guided Meditation on Self and Not-Self Part I 23:53
  Donald Rothberg
2012-08-01 Self and Not-Self IV- The Core Teachings of the Buddha Part II 57:55
  Donald Rothberg
After a brief review of past weeks, we examine the Buddha's basic teachings on self and not-self in terms of 1. the model of the "aggregate" of experience, 2. The link between a sense of self and conceptualization, and 3. practices to discern self and open to not-self.
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