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Dharma Talks
2008-08-09 Introduction to Meditation

2008-08-08 The Art Of Equanimity And Insight 1:30:10
  Kamala Masters
Opening talk
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight and the Art of Equanimity: Weekend Retreat

2008-08-08 Talk One: Introduction to the Art of Concentration (Samatha Meditation) 45:03
  Rob Burbea
As we learn to develop concentration in meditation, samatha (calm, tranquility) is also developed, and together these qualities become a powerful means for deep insight and a source of profound well-being. This progressive series of talks, guided meditations and instructions explores in some detail the art of concentration, primarily through different ways of working with the breath and the body to open to deeper and deeper levels of calmness, presence and joy.
Gaia House The Art Of Concentration (Samatha Meditation)

2008-08-07 Accepting Experience While Wanting Change 58:33
  Marvin Belzer
We use methods in mindfulness meditation to develop a number of highly valued qualities of mind including concentration, experiential inquiry, kindness, shared joy, and equanimity. At the same time we maintain from the beginning a basic attitude of radical acceptance; we respect self-acceptance as an element of each of the methods. Wait a minute. Is this coherent? Is it a joke? If we are practicing a method to improve the mind, can we really practice radical acceptance at the same time? Put abstractly it can be made to seem paradoxical. Yet the paradox can be resolved. And more important than conceptual resolution is the fact that in practice we find that the methods are transformative when practiced skillfully in a framework of radical acceptance.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Young Adult Retreat

2008-08-07 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - part 2: Preparing The Ground 56:57
  James Baraz
This is the second chapter of Shantideva's "Bodhisattva's Way of Life" and discusses the importance of developing an attitude of reverence and devotion as well as purifying our past actions in order to plant the seed of awakening in fertile soil. We’ll be discussing not only the ideas but ways to incorporate them in your dharma practice.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2008-08-07 Rest the Mind 37:00
  Mary Grace Orr
Insight Santa Cruz

2008-08-06 Practicing in Daily Life: Reflecting on Equanimity 57:24
  Mark Nunberg
Dharma Talk
Common Ground Meditation Center

2008-08-05 The Dharma of Global Climate Change 52:52
  Chas DiCapua
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Investigating Life: Insight Meditation Retreat for 18-32 Year Olds

2008-08-05 Eye Of The Storm: The Benefits Of Mindfulness 56:27
  Diana Winston
A talk for young adults (and others) on mindfulness, how it works, its benefits, what makes it hard, and some of the science of mindfulness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Young Adult Retreat

2008-08-05 Brief Talk And Chanting 8:52
  Bhante Buddharakkhita
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Young Adult Retreat

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