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2009-05-22 Her Story 1:55:07
  Ven. Dhammananda
We always hear about the life of the Buddha, but very few of us know that his wife Yasodhara was the first and only person in the entire Buddhist canon to say “no” to the Buddha, and the Buddha accepted. This evening presentation will include a reshaping of Yasodhara’s story as well as the personal story of Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni’s own journey to become ordained, and her mother’s struggles to become the first ordained nun in Thailand.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2009-05-22 Afraid So 48:55
  Mary Grace Orr
Insight Santa Cruz

2009-05-21 Verses on the Faith Mind by Seng-Tsan (3rd Zen Patriarch of China), part 2. 59:16
  James Baraz
Tonight James continues his discussion of Verses on the Faith Mind by Sengstan (3rd Zen Patriarch of China), his favorite piece of dharma wisdom. This week one of the lines from the passage is the source of Joseph Goldstein’s book One Dharma. "There is one Dharma not many; distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant."
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2009-05-21 Realizing the Nature of Mind 63:55
  Rob Burbea
Through practice we can glimpse a sense of the nature of awareness as something ever present and awesomely vast, and this sense can be cultivated as a profound resource for freedom and peace in our lives. But eventually we must see even beyond this to know the ultimate nature of the mind - empty, completely groundless, and dependently-arisen - a seeing which brings an even deeper freedom. This talk explores some of the ways this realization might be encouraged and developed in meditation.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge May 2009 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2009-05-21 Rebirth or No Birth 46:27
  Norman Feldman
True North Insight Aging, Sickness and Death

2009-05-20 Three Gifts That Serve Freedom 56:43
  Tara Brach
There are three spiritual capacities that are essential for our freedom. The first, forgiveness, is the releasing of stories that this self, or another, is bad. It is an opening of the heart to include all parts of our own being and this world. The second, inner fire, is the energy of devotion to what most matters to us. The third, looking within to realize what we are, reveals the truth of reality itself. This talk uses an ancient Indian teaching tale and guided meditations to explore these core elements of spiritual liberation.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-05-20 Practicing with the Shadow, pt III The Collective Shadow and How We Work with It 65:24
  Donald Rothberg
We first revisit the exploration of the shadow, how it forms, and how we work with it, we then look into the nature of collective shadow phenomena, how the personal and collective shadow inter-penetrate, and how we work with the collective shadow. The key, as always, is to establish a relatively safe space to develop awareness, compassion and wisdom, leading to skillful action.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2009-05-19 Loving Kindness 30:24
  Shaila Catherine
Loving Kindness, friendliness (metta) is a clear intention and attitude of heart that supports a connected and joyful encounter with life. Metta is not sentimentality; it is not affection or attachment. It is a strong quality of heart that overcomes ill will, hatred, fear, and anger. Loving kindness practice is a way to take responsibility for our own happiness; it is a way to cultivate an attitude to life that supports deep friendship.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley Four Brahma Viharas
In collections Four Brahma Viharas The Ten Paramis

2009-05-19 Four Brahma Viharas 2:18:30
  Shaila Catherine
A collection of of four talks on the immeasurable and boundless qualities of heart known as the Brahma Viharas: loving kindness/friendliness, compassion, joy, equanimity.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley Four Brahma Viharas

2009-05-19 Guided Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation 32:49
  Shaila Catherine
Guided Meditation, meditation instructions
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
In collection Featured Guided Meditations

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