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Dharma Talks
2014-03-13 When the Mind is Still 49:05
  Mary Grace Orr
Exploring the development of calm and tranquility in practice
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Month Long Retreat

2014-03-13 Buddhism and the 12 Steps: Week 3, Part 1 51:55
  Kevin Griffin
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Buddhism and the 12 Steps Class Series

2014-03-13 Buddhism and the 12 Steps: Week 3, Part 2 22:02
  Kevin Griffin
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Buddhism and the 12 Steps Class Series

2014-03-14 Brahma Viharas 28:16
  Mary Grace Orr
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Month Long Retreat

2014-03-14 Opening Talk 56:55
  Norman Feldman
This talk also includes Brad Richecoeur.
Gaia House Insight Meditation and Qi Gong

2014-03-15 Brahma Vihara Practice 22:53
  Heather Martin
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Month Long Retreat

2014-03-15 The Potential and Difficulty of Practice 38:20
  Brad Richecoeur
Gaia House Insight Meditation and Qi Gong

2014-03-15 Samadhi: Collecting, Settling and Resting the Mind 60:30
  Heather Martin
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Month Long Retreat

2014-03-15 Happiness and the Gladness of Non-remorse 43:19
  Shaila Catherine
This talk introduces a series of talks on the theme of happiness, and addresses a tension found in Buddhism between teachings that emphasis suffering, and teachings that encourage profound joy. In the Buddha's teachings a distinction is made between sensual pleasures, and pleasures that develop through wholesome states of virtue, renunciation, concentration, or insight. Happiness can be supportive for practice, and this talk encourages us to enjoy meditation, to open to natural pleasures, and to cultivate delight in the dhamma, but we must understand if the support for our joy is skillful. By reflecting on our virtuous acts, generosity, and meritorious deeds, and by recollecting the noble qualities of the Buddha, we can delight the mind, stimulate self-respect and self-esteem, and inspire our practice with a wholesome source of joy.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2014-03-15 Happiness of Simplicity and Renunciation 18:06
  Shaila Catherine
An uncluttered mind and heart brings great joy! Contentment is a state of serene ease, free from the fear of loss. Letting go and renunciation are taught as joyful practices, not penance. The Buddha taught his disciples to "abandon what is not yours, this will lead to your welfare and happiness for a long time". So we ask, what is "not ours"? And by implication, what is really mine? Joyful renunciation enables meditators to investigate the delusion of possessiveness until the mind if freed of all clinging to the impermanent experiences that really cannot be grasped anyway.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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