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Dharma Talks
2013-09-01 Transforming Fear into Love 61:03
  James Baraz
Practice is an alchemical process that turns dukkha into sukkha. If we have the courage to face our demons and learn to open to our blessings, we radiate love and wisdom that not only transforms ourselves but the world as well.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Retreat

2013-09-02 The Art of Unknowing 61:05
  Yanai Postelnik
Gaia House Embodying the Awakened Heart

2013-09-03 From Craving to Sacred Intention 55:48
  Leela Sarti
This talk explores desire and craving; as a fuel for evolution, as the main cause of human suffering, and as the noble heart's intention and sacred wish to awaken. To fully embrace the second aspect of the eightfold path we need access to true strength and resolve.
Gaia House Embodying the Awakened Heart

2013-09-03 Be Still, Be Quiet, Listen 49:37
  Sky Dawson
Silence and seclusion at the Forest Refuge. Staying present. Getting lost in memories.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge September 2013 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2013-09-03 Five Preconditions for Insight: Wise Effort (the fourth precondition) 33:04
  Shaila Catherine
The Buddha taught that there are five preconditions necessary for the development of meditation practice in seclusion—good friends, virtue and restraint, engaging in talk on the Dhamma, wise effort, wisdom. These preconditions, presented in the Meghiya Sutta, are developed progressively and support one another. This talk explores the role of effort and energy on the path of awakening. We make the effort to avoid and abandon unwholesome states, and to cultivate and maintain wholesome states. We apply our energy with diligence and balance. If too lax we will fall short of the goal and permit obstructions to distract the attention; if there is too much striving and forced effort we will exhaust ourselves and become discouraged. Right effort is balanced between relaxation and vigor; it is appropriate to the situation—applying just enough strength to meet the current conditions with wisdom and clarity. Skillful effort requires the commitment to endure difficult and painful situations without becoming disheartened. We persevere on our path, adjusting the quality of effort with mindfulness and sensitivity.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley Tuesday Talks

2013-09-04 Seeing, Opening, Silence 61:57
  Yanai Postelnik
Gaia House Embodying the Awakened Heart

2013-09-04 The Buddha's Four Teachings 65:15
  Tony Bernhard
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2013-09-04 From Egoic to Unconditioned Loving 1:25:33
  Tara Brach
When we are caught in the sense of separation and unmet needs, our love is marbled with fear and attachment. This talk describes the chain of conditioning that perpetuates the constrictions of egoic love and explores several courageous activities--sharing our vulnerability, expressing love, extending and receiving love-- that awaken us to the vastness and freedom of pure loving awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2013-09-05 The Illusion of Self, Equanimity and Beyond the Abyss 53:01
  Leela Sarti
To ask 'who am I?' is not a theoretical or esoteric question, but a practical question to ask in the midst of life. A steadiness of awareness makes it possible to trace the process of identity in relationship to body, mind, our belief, our roles, our situations in life and beyond any sense of self. When we are less identified we become more spacious and easy going. The radiant heart quality of equanimity - upekka - is essential when it comes to loosening fixed identity and living a life that embraces form and emptiness in a natural and authentic way.
Gaia House Embodying the Awakened Heart

2013-09-05 Emaho!: How Amazing! 52:19
  James Baraz
When we look deeply into reality we see things with a fresh eye and open to the miracles that are all around us. This sense of wonder and awe helps our mindfulness practice come alive especially developing the awakening factors of investigation, energy and joy.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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