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Dharma Talks
2001-04-14 The First Noble Truth: What'S Noble About Dukkha 66:46
  Achaan Sumedho
The Buddha's teachings are all about awakening to the truth of suffering, or dukkha, and finding the end to it. Our potential for awakening begins to be realized when we shift our attitude to take an interest in suffering, learning from the way it is, and understanding how it gets created. Opening to the truth about suffering, we also open our awareness to something greater -- the ultimate reality.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2001-04-13 Living With The Reality Of Aging, Sickness And Death 55:52
  Ajahn Candasiri
Our society emphasizes fitness, strength, youth, and vitality, and yet the body runs its own course. We can do things to keep it strong and healthy, but these types of measures are limited. We are blessed to have the Buddhist teachings because they encourage us to come to terms with aging, sickness and death -- fundamental truths of our existence.

2001-04-01 Heartful Awareness 45:54
  Sharda Rogell
Gaia House Gaia House Retreat

2001-03-31 Emotional Wakefulness 42:34
  Christina Feldman
Because of the power of our emotions, we are called upon in this practice to cultivate emotional mindfulness and emotional freedom. What is the interface then between experiencing our feelings fully and maintaining emotional equanimity or balance? How can we relate to our emotional life in a way that allows the creative power of our hearts to awaken?

2001-03-29 Refinement Of Mind - part 2 60:12
  James Baraz
The Buddha explained how concentration, energy and equanimity work together to help purify a practitioner's mind over time. How can we wisely develop and bring to balance these qualities essential to waking up?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2001-03-28 The Middle Path And Freedom 49:13
  Narayan Helen Liebenson
This talk is an exploration of what the Middle Path is: it includes discussion on the extremes of self indulgence and self-denial, as well as fantasy and worry.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2001-03-26 Liberating Insight 52:15
  Anna Douglas
Realizing the aim of insight and its effect on how we view reality.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2001-03-23 Seasons Of The Heart 41:25
  Anna Douglas
This talk gives an overview of the continually changing terrain of practice-- the various seasons of the heart, which expose us to all sides of human experience. A question is then explored: where is progress on the path to be found if we keep cycling through the same seasons of the heart?

2001-03-22 Refinement Of Mind - part 1 63:49
  James Baraz
The Buddha's discourse on refinement of mind from the Anguttara Nikaya describes the process a practitioner experiences in moving from grosser types of attachment to more subtle and refined ones. This talk focuses on how the practice affects our thoughts, words and actions as we continue our journey of awakening.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2001-03-16 Seven Factors Of Enlightenment 44:57
  Marie Mannschatz
Attending to the seven steps which lead into a full presence of being.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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