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Dharma Talks
2012-01-09 Metta Concentration 58:22
  Heather Martin
The skill of dropping more fully into the beautiful experience of these wishes, abiding within them, with deeper restfulness. It is through this kind of experience that pure compassion can arise.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta

2012-01-10 Befriending the Difficult Person 57:11
  Heather Sundberg
Exploring on the levels of mind-heart-body, including teachings on patience, equanimity, compassion and forgiveness. The talk reflects on befriending the 'difficult' person in metta practice, with the underlying intention of reminding us that we are all in this together; that befriending difficult people can be both workable and transformational and that there are practical tools available to assist us on our journey.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta

2012-01-10 Fundamentals of the Dharma: Death and Denial 59:49
  Rodney Smith
In this series we open an exploration of a few fundamental dharma principles. Students will already have some familiarity with many of these topics, and some may seem trivial. But the reality is there is no trivial truth. Any and all truths can only take us as deeply as we allow them to enter. Most of us reach a comfort level with these fundamentals and then build our practice on top of that partial understanding. If our practice is to move forward these principles must be reexamined and thoroughly realized, then the simplest truth can have a profound impact. This first homework is looking at death as an expression of denial - the unwillingness to face facts. Death is an example of the many ways we refuse to face life on its terms, the many ways we turn away and pretend life is other than what it is. But the dharma rests on facing facts without distortion, and unless we renew our commitment and trust to doing just that, our understanding will remain superficial.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection Fundamentals of the Dharma

2012-01-10 Fundamentals of the Dharma 14:42:38
  Rodney Smith
In this series we open an exploration of a few fundamental dharma principles. Students will already have some familiarity with many of these topics, and some may seem trivial. But the reality is there is no trivial truth. Any and all truths can only take us as deeply as we allow them to enter. Most of us reach a comfort level with these fundamentals and then build our practice on top of that partial understanding. If our practice is to move forward these principles must be reexamined and thoroughly realized, then the simplest truth can have a profound impact.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society

2012-01-10 Insight and Clear Perception 40:30
  Howard Cohn
Mission Dharma

2012-01-10 Week 1. Desire 48:46
  Kevin Griffin
Spirit Rock Meditation Center The Practice of Recovery

2012-01-11 Fear and Lovingkindness 55:15
  Donald Rothberg
We explore the nature of fear and how metta is a powerful resource to work with and transform fear.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2012-01-11 Holding Your Life in Kindness 58:51
  Larry Yang
The practice of joy and gratitude
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta

2012-01-11 Four Aspects of Practice 56:29
  Mark Nunberg
Dharma Talk
Common Ground Meditation Center

2012-01-11 Part 1: Trusting Your Basic Goodness 1:24:04
  Tara Brach
Einstein says the most important question we will ever ask ourselves is, "Is this universe a friendly place?" Do we trust that there is something essentially benevolent or good about this universe? That we are essentially good? These two talks explore what it means to trust basic goodness, and how this trust naturally emerges through cultivating a meditative presence. (also in video - show tracks)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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