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Dharma Talks
2009-11-04 Awakening to Life 59:33
  Stephen Batchelor
A reflection on the metaphor of "awakening" as a process rather than a "state" of "enlightenment", which is followed by a reading of the Buddha's First Sermon (Turning the Wheel of Dhamma) in which he presents this awakening as being concerned with the living process of the Four Noble Truths.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat

2009-11-04 Vedana 45:28
  Catherine McGee
Gaia House November Solitary Retreat

2009-11-03 The Secret Beauty of Hearts: Transformations Through Metta 62:34
  Donald Rothberg
Transformation in practice, whether in mindfulness or metta practice, occurs through repetition, patience, understanding and faith, in a sometimes mysterious way. Using poems and stories, we explore the nature of lovingkindness (metta) and the kinds of transformation that occur as we practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Cultivating Clear Seeing, Opening the Heart

2009-11-03 The Poisoned Arrow 60:43
  Stephen Batchelor
A reflection on the Buddha's parable of the "poisoned arrow" (Malunkyaputta Sutta M63). This key text illustrates how the Dhamma is therapeutic, pragmatic and not concerned with metaphysical questions, which the Buddha regards as irrelevant and refuses to comment upon. What he does comment upon is the Four Noble Truths. The talk concludes with a reflection on the Buddha's account of his awakening as an insight into conditioned arising.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat

2009-11-02 Faith 61:16
  Annie Nugent
The awakening of this first step on the path gives us the impetus to practice. As understanding grows through continued practice, ultimately we come to a place of unshakable faith – born out of tasting the Truth of the dharma.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Two-Month Retreat

2009-11-02 Insight 61:07
  Carol Wilson
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge November 2009 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2009-11-02 The Three Trainings: Ethics, Concentration and Wisdom 45:31
  Martine Batchelor
An exploration of the three trainings and reflection on cultivation and effect.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat

2009-11-02 Mindfulness - What It Is and What Makes It Difficult 64:30
  Donald Rothberg
On this first evening of the retreat, we explore the nature of mindfulness in general and how we practice mindfulness of the body in particular. We then examine the five "difficult energies" (nivarana or "hindrances"), and how they make mindfulness difficult and how to practice when they are present.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Cultivating Clear Seeing, Opening the Heart

2009-11-02 The City 61:18
  Stephen Batchelor
As the first of a series of 6 talks, Stephen outlines his project to "deconstruct" Buddhism in order to uncover the foundational ideas in which it is erected. He then analyzes the Buddha's metaphor of the "ancient path that leads to an ancient city" to suggest that the core teachings of the Dhamma are to be seen as forming the template for a restored civilization...
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat

2009-11-02 Truthfulness and Authenticity 64:18
  Rob Burbea
Gaia House November Solitary Retreat

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