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Dharma Talks
2003-11-13 Learning 46:32
  Rodney Smith
Reflect on how generosity is related to equality. When you offer a gift to someone you perceive as unequal is that generosity or pity? Feel the difference between these two forms of giving. How does the heart feel and how does the mind hold the offering in a generous act and in pity? When you perceive someone as a human being regardless of their present condition you can only perceive them as equal. When you give to the less fortunate, you are lost in the pain of the circumstances. The generous heart feels that pain but gives to the human being. This week find several occasions to give something away to someone less privileged. Before you do, release the projections and allow equality to surface. One person giving to another. Look the person in the eye when you hand them the gift. Let your heart meet theirs. Feel the humility of true generosity. Feel the joy of release. Notice the qualitative difference between giving with humility and the self-importance of "helping the disadvantaged."
Seattle Insight Meditation Society

2003-11-11 Morality 48:07
  Arinna Weisman
We have a tendency to see the world through success-failure, enemy-friend, good-bad. It is also possible to hold, with love, the ambiguity of life and our own ambivalence. Without splitting, we are able to live within the ethical guidelines given by the Buddha’s teachings.
Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha

2003-11-09 Using All Experience As The Path 60:43
  Carol Wilson
looking at our willingness to use everything that comes our way as part of our spiritual practice
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2003-11-08 Breathing In And Out 64:15
  Achaan Sucitto
Cittaviveka

2003-11-07 Judging Ourselves 57:16
  Guy Armstrong
Harsh judgements of ourselves in practice and in life may be connected to an underlying sense of not being good enough. The talk explores remedies in the moment (mindfulness and reflection) and long term (metta, selflessness).
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

2003-11-05 Friendship 33:17
  Arinna Weisman
The Buddha said sangha and spiritual friendship is the holy life. This practice involves learning to experience our own beauty and Buddha nature, and through this, the beauty of others.
Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha

2003-11-04 Meditation: An Art And A Science 58:54
  Joseph Goldstein
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2003-11-02 Silence and Space 37:24
  Achaan Sucitto
Cittaviveka

2003-11-01 The Power Of Mindfulness 53:55
  Guy Armstrong
Mindfulness is our doorway to reality, or nature, which reveals its truths to us. The qualities of mindfulness, effort and concentration, are at the heart of the meditative path. As they develop, they bring our hearts and minds ever closer to the awakened mind of the Buddha. Only mindfulness can stem the tide of conditioned thought patterns that sweep us into sorrow.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2003-10-28 The Happiness Of Insight 68:01
  Steven Smith
Inspiring metaphors and stories for retreat practice and daily life about the happiness & joys of insight meditation not dependent upon what's happening in the world around us.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Steven Smith Review

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