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Dharma Talks
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

2009-11-03 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

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

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 What the Buddha Really Taught: The Metta Sutta 54:51
  Sylvia Boorstein
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2009-11-04 Intimacy with Life 1:24:03
  Tara Brach
Zen mast Dogen taught that " study the Buddhist way is to be Intimate with all Things." This talk reviews the often unconscious ways that we habitually block intimacy and two trainings of attention that foster a natural sense of belonging to this living world and to timeless presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-11-04 Four Great Efforts 63:34
  Martine Batchelor
Explaining the four great efforts in connection to practice and daily life including tools of awareness and the three characteristics.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat

2009-11-05 Emotions and Freedom 65:50
  Rob Burbea
Gaia House November Solitary Retreat

2009-11-05 Patience 60:22
  Arinna Weisman
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2009-11-05 The Middle Way 59:01
  Stephen Batchelor
A reflection on the Middle Way, i.e., the whole eightfold path, as avoiding two "dead ends." This is followed by further thoughts on the Four Noble Truths as tasks that culminate in the eightfold path itself.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat

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