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Dharma Talks
2011-09-18 Calming the Formations 54:21
  Christina Feldman
Learning to calm agitation is a theme that runs through the teaching of metta and insight meditation.
Gaia House Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: The Foundations of MBCT/MBSR

2011-09-18 Forgiveness & Assertiveness: Love in Action in the Real World 1:19:16
  Rick Hanson
To be able to enter deeply into relationship, it is necessary to be able both to forgive and to assert yourself skillfully. Forgiveness and assertiveness support each other. Forgiveness clears out ill will so you can assert yourself with compassion and Wise Speech. Self-assertion takes care of your own needs so forgiveness can emerge without the sense that you are a doormat. This experiential workshop will get into the nitty-gritty of how to bring the Buddha’s profound teachings on interrelatedness, lovingkindness, and virtue (sila) into the messy real world of relationships with family members, lovers, friends, bosses, and co-workers. This workshop - led by a world renowned expert on forgiveness, and by an experienced couples and family therapist and meditation teacher - will offer user-friendly information with lots of practical methods. We'll cover: -- The Buddha’s teachings on non-harming, wise speech, compassion and kindness, and releasing ill will -- as well as his teachings on self-care, respecting your own needs, and looking out for your own happiness -- The primacy of relationships in evolution, and the deep capacities for both loving altruism and fearful aggression -- The neural machinery of emotional reactivity and developing grievances with others -- Why forgiveness and assertiveness are both important -- The foundation of basic mindfulness, precepts, Wise Speech, compassion for oneself and others, and emotional self-care -- Forgiveness practices -- Assertiveness practices There will be some voluntary paired activities as well as time for questions and discussion. While the teachings are appropriate for use in health care professions, no background with psychology or meditation is needed. Also please know that this workshop is not psychotherapy or any substitute for professional care.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2011-09-18 Forgiveness & Assertiveness, part 2 1:19:48
  Rick Hanson
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2011-09-18 Patanjali and the Four Noble Truths 49:22
  Frank Jude Boccio
the Buddha and Patanjali were two yogis dealing with the human existential situation of dukha. In this talk, similarities and differences between their practice models are investigated.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness Training for Yoga Teachers Program (Retreat 2)

2011-09-18 Working with Difficult Emotions 62:43
  Guy Armstrong
We can come to a greater freedom in life by investigating the nature strong emotions and our relation to them. This talk explores working with four emotions in particular: desire, sadness, anger and fear. Publishable online for the general public
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1

2011-09-19 The Ending of Suffering 51:38
  Jenny Wilks
The Four Noble Truths show how understanding the nature and causes of dukkha can bring it to an end, in relation to both minor and major difficulties in life.
Gaia House Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: The Foundations of MBCT/MBSR

2011-09-19 Morning Instructions 41:52
  Mark Coleman
Exploration of Awareness through Space and Sound; use of Bells and Bowls
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness Training for Yoga Teachers Program (Retreat 2)

2011-09-19 Anata-Buddha's Teaching on Not Self 55:35
  Mark Coleman
This talk explores the understanding of the changing nature of self and explores it through the teachings of the 5 skandas (aggregates).
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness Training for Yoga Teachers Program (Retreat 2)

2011-09-19 Offering & Allowing 63:50
  Norman Fischer
When you commit your life to practice, it's beyond personal benefit. You Allow what happens, you Offer your Life...
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2011-09-20 Taste of Freedom 57:06
  Christina Feldman
The Buddha describes the dialogue between mindfulness and wise effort in the face of intractable patterns.
Gaia House Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: The Foundations of MBCT/MBSR

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