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2012-10-16 Fundamentals of the Dharma: Self-Uncertainty 55:44
  Rodney Smith
One of the more common emotional responses to practice is that at times we feel like we are failing in meditation. Nothing seems to be going according to the instructions. We try diligently and then hear that striving will not get us anywhere. We want to like ourselves but are full of self-contempt. We would like to wish everyone lovingkindness, but we do not feel that in our hearts. All of this has us feeling like a spiritual failure. One way to sidestep the thought that our practice is not going well is to remember that our practice is about self-knowledge, and self-knowledge is always working. Like a mirror that always reflects what it sees, it may not be showing us what we want to see, but it is always reflecting back what it sees. The practice is to accommodate what we see, no matter what is reflected back. Just let the reflection show us the state of affairs. Now comes the hard part. Do not attempt to change, judge, or get over what we see. If we want to do something, relax with what we see. Let the built up tension be dispelled. If we try to get over a problem before we understand what the nature of the problem is, we will further complicate our struggle. Much of our struggle is arising from the sense of being a personal failure. In a culture built upon evaluations and comparisons, many of us feel like we are defeated before we begin. We lead with self-uncertainty and for a Dharma practitioner that is the worst possible assumption. Awakening needs everything from us, and self-uncertainty holds us back in timidity. We have to address this assumption head on to end its tyrannical rule.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection Fundamentals of the Dharma

2012-10-15 Transcendent Dependent Arising: A map of practice 60:13
  Sally Clough Armstrong
This powerful teaching form the Upanisa Sutta shows us how suffering when understood with wisdom leads to faith and is the beginning of a natural unfolding of beautiful qualities of the heart which provide the foundation for the mind to turn to awakening.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1

2012-10-15 Buddhist Studies Course - Understanding Karma - Week 5 1:22:22
  Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Buddhist Studies Course - Understanding Karma

2012-10-15 Trauma and Freedom 66:23
  Jack Kornfield
Using the cloak of mindfulness and compassion to heal trauma and awaken freedom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2012-10-14 Family Day - Connectedness 2:00:26
  Julie Wester
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2012-10-13 Equanimity: Being at Rest in the Storms 60:14
  Susie Harrington
A discussion about equanimity including what it is and is not, the contributing factors, the protection and stability it brings to our lives, and how we cultivate it.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1

2012-10-13 Discussion 28:30
  Ajahn Thanasanti
Shakti Vihara Awakening Joy Day Long Retreat

2012-10-13 Earth walking & breathing 16:48
  Ajahn Thanasanti
Shakti Vihara Awakening Joy Day Long Retreat

2012-10-13 Beginning 6:21
  Ajahn Thanasanti
Shakti Vihara Awakening Joy Day Long Retreat

2012-10-13 Morning Instructions 42:34
  Arinna Weisman
Spirit Rock Meditation Center LGBTI&GQ

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