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2002-12-31 I Wanna Be Kwan Yin 42:45
  Sharda Rogell
True practice is knowing that you are already a manifestation of compassion without trying. Knowing that, we let go of what is false and keep returning to our peaceful heart.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2002-12-29 Sensitivity Of The Heart 44:37
  Rodney Smith
The meditation journey is traveling the distance between the mind and the heart.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2002-12-23 The Sangha 46:01
  Rodney Smith
Sangha is an essential element in the unfolding of ones Path.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society

2002-12-22 Desire for Enlightenment 53:00
  Shaila Catherine
Desire is usually described as a hindrance to meditation, but to realize deathless liberation we must want to be free. A burning desire to awaken opens the heart and mind to a possibility of freedom otherwise not known. This talk examines the force of desire as both a form of craving that perpetuates suffering, and as a necessary and wholesome factor that supports the realization of nibbana (nirvana) and the end of suffering. We examine hindrances, pain, and obstacles from which we want to be free in order to realize unconditioned awakening. Working with desire has some risks, but it is a powerful force that encourages curiosity, investigation, and openness to possibility—the possibility of discovering a profound fearlessness, and enduring happiness, the possibility of enlightenment.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley Tuesday Talks

2002-12-08 Practice Here & There - Practice Everywhere 66:10
  Marcia Rose
Integrating practice into the whole of our life; this beautiful noble path of awakening as a great support and a great protection for our life as our practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

2002-12-07 Self-Kindness and Self-Indulgence 42:31
  Rodney Smith
Study a few of your behaviors this week such as sleeping, eating, or recreational enjoyment such as listening to music or watching videos. How much of these activities arise from self-indulgence and how much from self-kindness? Are all forms of entertainment self-indulgent? Since almost any action can be either indulgent or kind, what determines which way you label it? When you consider yourself equally deserving (self-love) then the quality of your action is as important as the result. Do you believe this is a true statement? What does self-love have to do with the way you do things? Isn't it good enough that the results benefit others? Explore this question this week and watch whether you consider yourself equally deserving in your actions.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society

2002-12-06 Coming Home To Ourselves 58:30
  Kamala Masters
This talk is about some of the beautiful qualities of mind that are cultivated with each moment of mindfulness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three Month Retreat Part 2

2002-12-06 Sangha: A Path of Relationship 45:21
  Rodney Smith
Questions for personal inquiry: Do you experience most interpersonal relationships as growth opportunities or troubling? Do you make space in your life for others? Do you frequently feel isolated and lonely? How much of the isolation comes from assumptions about self and other? Do you make the effort to attend gatherings of like-minded people? Reflection: What was your life like before you knew the existence of "a Path"? What is different now? How does the sangha support that Path and your growth on it? Would the Path be the same without the sangha? What efforts do you make to build cohesion in the sangha? Exercise: Become active in your support of like-minded people. Befriend someone from the sangha, volunteer for a community activity, join a like-minded group or become socially engaged in meaningful action. The sangha like the dharma takes each one of us to make it complete.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society

2002-12-05 Choice Words 57:28
  Steve Armstrong
the five characteristics of well spoken speech: from a friendly heart, gently, truthfully, for other's benefit and at the proper time
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2002-12-04 Joseph's Dharma Life Story 63:42
  Joseph Goldstein
Joseph shares personal stories about his dharma journey.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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