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Dharma Talks
2001-04-21 The Gateway To Relief: Understanding Impermanence 1:14:04
  Marcia Rose
Change is the fabric of life; it's very essence. How often do we forget, ignore or distract ourselves from this natural truth and then suffer the consequence? Clearly seeing and accepting impermanence is truly the acceptance of life.
Mabel Dodge, Taos

2001-04-20 Come See For Yourself: The Power And Presence Of Concentration And Mindfulness 60:18
  Marcia Rose
This practice is a path of inquiry, investigation and discovery that we fully participate in and experience for ourselves. By the power of our own attention-mindful awareness, with great interest and energy, we develop a concentrated clarity of presence, taking the time to look very deeply at our own experience of body, mind and heart. Through this process we are able to see and experience the nature of things. This is what leads to the deepest wisdom and happiness. This is what leads to awakening/liberation..
Mabel Dodge, Taos

2001-04-19 Choiceless Awareness In Action 52:54
  Larry Rosenberg
Learning to be with whatever appears in our sitting practice is excellent training for the changing and uncertain conditions of daily life.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Vipassana Retreat

2001-04-18 The Four Foundations Of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide For Living In The Present 47:52
  Michael Grady
Pragmatic mindfulness gives us full, immediate presence.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

2001-04-18 Holding Hands 30:10
  Sylvia Boorstein
In thinking about the path of awareness and the refining of the heart that is the purpose of Buddhist philosophy, Sylvia suggests that she would like to amend the Eightfold Path to be the "Ninefold Path," adding Right Relationship as the ninthfold. Right Relationship is the sense of connection we feel in the world that holds us up. Hand holding is the metaphor Sylvia uses to symbolize this connection. Hands take us from the womb, and they put us in the grave. In between, it is one big "hand holding."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2001-04-17 Trust In Being The Knowing 67:43
  Ajahn Sumedho
Using reason and logic, that is, acquired knowledge, we get caught in dualistic positions: right and wrong, good and bad, etc. We tend to establish a fixed view about things. In this talk Ajahn Sumedho is trying to get us to a place beyond such dualistic thinking, beyond taking sides. He says that intuitive awareness involves a one-pointedness (ekaggata) that includes, rather than excludes. It is not dualistic. Transcendence is a matter of “being” it, not thinking about it.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2001-04-16 Living In The Present 42:43
  Michael Grady
Living fully in the present brings energy and joy.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

2001-04-15 Knower Of The Worlds 55:37
  Ajahn Sumedho
We can be empowered in practice through getting to know the nature of the world we live in and through learning from the way it is. Taking refuge in knowing the truth-- the laws of nature-can free us from a selfish struggle with the way things are.

2001-04-15 The Fierce First Step 35:51
  Arinna Weisman
How to practice in our daily lives.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Angela Center)

2001-04-14 The First Noble Truth: What'S Noble About Dukkha 66:46
  Ajahn Sumedho
The Buddha's teachings are all about awakening to the truth of suffering, or dukkha, and finding the end to it. Our potential for awakening begins to be realized when we shift our attitude to take an interest in suffering, learning from the way it is, and understanding how it gets created. Opening to the truth about suffering, we also open our awareness to something greater -- the ultimate reality.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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