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Dharma Talks
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.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2012-02-06 Patterns of Becoming 1: Introduction 62:29
  Guy Armstrong
The first of a series of talks exploring how the sense of self is generated over and over, creating patterns of limitation and unease; how mediation practice shows us the release from these cycles.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long

2012-02-07 Fundamentals of the Dharma: Bare Attention 1:01
  Rodney Smith
Any review of the fundamentals must go squarely through bare attention. Bare attention is the essence of our practice, and the single tool that nourishes our wisdom and understanding all along the way. "Baring" our attention is why the practice seems to take so long to mature. We are so used to looking to thought for guidance that we overlay a film of thought on our attention to give a familiar tinge to what we see. Without that film of memory there would be the simple essence of emptiness seeing itself. Many of us feel unprepared for that level of reality so we subtly think about what we see, and our thinking makes this great expanse feel safer and more manageable. Cleaning up our attention becomes our work.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection Fundamentals of the Dharma

2012-02-07 Living with Ease 46:04
  Howard Cohn
Mission Dharma

2012-02-07 Renunciation as Letting Go of What No Longer Serves Us 57:44
  Sally Clough Armstrong
We usually think of renunciation as giving up what we cherish, but true renunciation can be a practice that springs from a sense of well being, giving up what no longer serves us to find greater happiness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long

2012-02-07 Awakening Joy 50:24
  Kevin Griffin
Spirit Rock Meditation Center The Practice of Recovery

2012-02-07 Opinions and Truth 41:14
  Shaila Catherine
Our views, beliefs, and opinions affect our perception of events. To what extent do we assume that we are right and become attached to our opinions? With attachment to views we solidify a sense of self. Mindfulness meditation invites us to observe our relationship to views and opinions and see how it might be distorting perception by reinforcing a fixed sense of self. The term "right view" does not imply a more accurate or factual perspective; rather, right view describes a perspective beyond all attachment to views and opinions.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley Tuesday Talks
In collection Buddhist Perspectives on Right View

2012-02-08 What Do We Need Most to See? 50:45
  Sylvia Boorstein
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2012-02-08 This Precious Opportunity 63:24
  James Baraz
Suffering can lead to contraction and more suffering or can be a catalyst for awakening. Just why and how some people have the good karma to hear the Dharma and practice is a mysterious blessing and precious opportunity. This talk explores the different temperaments that fuel practice, known as the Four Iddhipadas.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long

2012-02-08 The Hand that Sees 48:45
  Matthew Daniell
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

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