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Dharma Talks
2013-08-20 Good Enough Samadhi 55:34
  Adrianne Ross
Bringing a stable, steady and compassionate mind into our daily lives as well as continuing to cultivate and develop balance and ease amidst life.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat

2013-08-20 Five Preconditions for Insight: Engage in Talk of the Dhamma (the third precondition) 21:35
  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 importance of engaging in dhamma talk, reflecting on the teachings, and wise speech as ways of nurturing the path of awakening. How do you know when to speak and when to remain silent? What kind of speech is most true and useful? What types of conversation will distract you from your goals, or support the realization of nibbana? Does your engagement in conversation encourage attachments, identification, self-grasping, or does it nurture letting go, release, and peace?
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley Tuesday Talks

2013-08-21 A Radical Message for the World 47:50
  John Peacock
Gaia House The Heart of Practice

2013-08-21 The Worldly Dharma 62:36
  Tony Bernhard
*Please note that the talk begins approximately 8 minutes into the recording
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2013-08-21 On Fear 54:19
  Michael Grady
Shinning the light of awareness on the energy of fear.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Your Life Is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Retreat

2013-08-21 Part 1: Relating to the Fearsome Deities 1:25:01
  Tara Brach
Our relationship to fear shapes our life experience. If we are unconscious, and reflexively try to manage fear, our identity takes the shape of the body of fear. If instead we learn to attend and befriend fear, we discover the freedom of our awakened heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2013-08-22 Distortions of Perception 48:42
  John Peacock
Gaia House The Heart of Practice

2013-08-22 The Law Of Karma 58:37
  Annie Nugent
We can get caught up in speculating on karma which is something the Buddha tells us in not helpful and will make us “mad”. The most helpful way to work with karma is to see it in each moment by noticing the suffering and end of suffering dependent on whether we are grasping or meeting the moment with wisdom.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge August 2013 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2013-08-22 Follow Your Heartbreak 51:12
  James Baraz
Inspired by Andrew Harvey's book A Guide to Sacred Activism. The journey of transformation, both personal and global, includes our hearts opening to all the suffering we encounter and letting our heart be shattered and break open to new possibilities. This is a natural and essential component of true awakening. This process is explored on different levels: our own dharma practice, the classical Progress of Insight and what Harvey calls "The Dark Night of the Species."
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
In collection One Earth Sangha

2013-08-23 How Often Are You Human In A Day? 49:37
  John Peacock
Gaia House The Heart of Practice

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