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Dharma Talks
2011-09-08 Talk Two - Freedom and Desire 43:34
  Martin Aylward
The series of 5 talks from this retreat explore a central feature of Dharma practice and teachings: How we get uptight and reactive (Upadana / Clinging) around our experience, and the transformational possibility of letting go. The talks cover the Buddhas teachings on the 3 main realms of experience that we cling most tightly to, as well as exploring and pointing towards the nature of the heart that is free from clinging. This second talk explores the powerful force of wanting, and how to meet, explore and understand our clinging to desire. Martin encourages us to inhabit the movement of wanting more fully, leaving aside the objects of our desire in order to be more fully with the wanting itself. Offering three different ways for working with desire, we are pointed towards a freedom from both the obsessing about what we want, and from its opposite; the denying the dynamism and depth at the heart of our longing.
Gaia House Live and Let Go: Freedom From Clinging

2011-09-08 Refuges Precepts 38:52
  Mary Grace Orr
Insight Santa Cruz

2011-09-08 The Shorter Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things 52:43
  James Baraz
The Buddha says: There are 4 ways of undertaking things. There is a way undertaking things that is pleasant now and ripens in the future as pain. There is a way undertaking things that is painful now and ripens in the future as pain. There is a way undertaking things that is painful now and ripens in the furter as pleasure. There is a way undertaking things that is pleansont now and ripens in the future as pleasure.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2011-09-09 Talk Three - Beyond Belief 48:20
  Martin Aylward
The series of 5 talks from this retreat explore a central feature of Dharma practice and teachings: How we get uptight and reactive (Upadana / Clinging) around our experience, and the transformational possibility of letting go. The talks cover the Buddhas teachings on the 3 main realms of experience that we cling most tightly to, as well as exploring and pointing towards the nature of the heart that is free from clinging. This third talk explores how our ideas, beliefs and opinions obscure our true knowing of reality. Martin progresses through our views about life itself, unconsciously conditioned by both scientific and religious cultural myths, our views about and in relation to others, and our painful, evaluating views of ourselves. The encouragement is to examine our beliefs so as to make them transparent, to see life clearly, to recognize its freely unfolding process that cannot be defined by mere idea or view.
Gaia House Live and Let Go: Freedom From Clinging

2011-09-10 Talk Four - To Be Or Not To Be : Is There a Self or Isn't There? 41:40
  Martin Aylward
The series of 5 talks from this retreat explore a central feature of Dharma practice and teachings: How we get uptight and reactive (Upadana / Clinging) around our experience, and the transformational possibility of letting go. The talks cover the Buddhas teachings on the 3 main realms of experience that we cling most tightly to, as well as exploring and pointing towards the nature of the heart that is free from clinging. Starting with the existential, progressing towards the personal, this fourth talk explores the Buddhas teachings on the third realm of clinging - to existence and non-existence. Martin explores what we identify with - as well as what we dont, and our limited capacity to only conceive in terms of is or isnt, exists or doesnt, while pointing to a way of meeting life that isnt constrained by this reductive dichotomy.
Gaia House Live and Let Go: Freedom From Clinging

2011-09-10 Guided Meditation - Directing Attention To Arising 48:07
  Ajahn Sucitto
Cittaviveka

2011-09-10 Meeting The World 41:21
  Ajahn Sucitto
Cittaviveka

2011-09-10 Attitude/Perspective 1:14:16
  Sayadaw U Jagara
How to change and enhance the quality of our mind with samadhi. How this will give us different views and angles to see life. How as a result, our attitude to life may change.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge July through October 2011 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2011-09-11 Talk Five - The Heart Free of Clinging: Four Expressions of Love 1:21:01
  Martin Aylward
The series of 5 talks from this retreat explore a central feature of Dharma practice and teachings: How we get uptight and reactive (Upadana / Clinging) around our experience, and the transformational possibility of letting go. The talks cover the Buddhas teachings on the 3 main realms of experience that we cling most tightly to, as well as exploring and pointing towards the nature of the heart that is free from clinging. This fifth and closing talk looks at the affective quality of our experience in the heart. This explores the subjective experience of clinging as greed, hatred and delusion, and Martin points out how as the heart clarifies, it naturally rests into the expanded states of different forms of love.
Gaia House Live and Let Go: Freedom From Clinging

2011-09-11 Wise Speech in Groups, Part 2: Becoming More Skillful in Challenging Group Situations 3:22:40
  Donald Rothberg
We begin with a review of what was covered in Part I (July 10, 2011), covering the importance of speech practice, the basics of Wise (or “Right”) Speech practice, what this practice looks like in the context of small groups, and the basics of how to approach speech practice in challenging situations. We then bring in new materials, using short presentations and exercises, that expand our capacities to respond skillfully in challenging situations. We first examine how to direct mindful attention to emotions and underlying interests or values both in ourselves and in others (using some of the models from Nonviolent Communication and the Harvard Negotiation Project on "Difficult Conversations"). We also bring attention to our stories and narratives, using the model of the "Ladder of Inference" to help clarify how we often go very quickly to stories (particularly self-centered ones, often way beyond the "data") in challenging situations. We then develop further our capacities to use these tools and perspectives in situations in which we are triggered, and to respond more skillfully.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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