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Dharma Talks
2013-12-18 Wise Concentration 66:50
  Marcia Rose
Exploring the purifying and beautiful current of concentration/Samatha...the teachings current of concentration/Samatha...the teachings and the practice. ...the basis, the process and the fruits of concentration.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Wise Concentration: Steadying the Mind

2013-12-18 The Winter Solstice, the Dark and the Light and our Practice 62:13
  Donald Rothberg
At the Winter Solstice, we can learn better to embrace the dark-in multiple ways, and to invite the light. Using poetry, stories and teachings, we explore how practicing with darkness and light can deepen and illuminate what Mary Oliver calls our one "wild, precious life."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat

2013-12-18 Part 2: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love 1:18:50
  Tara Brach
This two part series explores the evolutionary conditioning of fear and judgment that contracts us away from love and acceptance, and the quality of mindful presence - in relating inwardly and in communicating with others - that awakens and frees our hearts. At end of talk - La Sarmiento shares "Holiday Dharma" as part of Solstice celebration.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2013-12-19 Morning Instructions 43:03
  Pat Coffey
These instructions accentuate relaxation and self compassion creating a sense of ease for the concentration practices
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Wise Concentration: Steadying the Mind

2013-12-19 Working With Challenging Energies: A Fresh Perspective 65:46
  Pat Coffey
The hindrances are not enemies to be pushed aside. Their deepest intention is to protect us...albeit in misguided ways. Attending and befriending these energies is the pathway to stronger concentration and internal healing.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Wise Concentration: Steadying the Mind

2013-12-19 The 7 Enlightenment Factors (retreat version) 63:53
  Heather Sundberg
Using stories from the time of the Buddha to modern day, the talk takes us on a tour of the 7 factors: mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, calm, concentration and equanimity; in their ordinary and extraordinary aspects. The tour includes "side trips" to explore the 4 Noble Truths, the 4 Wise Efforts and many practical techniques.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat

2013-12-20 Opening Talk 64:23
  John Peacock
Gaia House Embodying Mindfulness

2013-12-20 Concentration and Liberation 60:10
  Winnie Nazarko
A description of what makes concentration Wise concentration. How it fits into and supports vipassana practice. A description of the the two major methods of cultivating shamatha.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Wise Concentration: Steadying the Mind

2013-12-20 Sitting in the Center 46:33
  John Travis
The talk begins with the stories and teachings of the Thai Forest meditation masters, and continues with personal stories and the teaching of 'taking the one seat'. How to work with hindrances, pleasant and unpleasant, and allow the knowing quality to shine forth; 'sitting in the center' of all things.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat

2013-12-20 Awakening in Our Times 53:39
  Ajahn Thanasanti
Aloka Vihara

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