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2014-09-24 Viriya: energy strength and courage 57:26
  Joseph Goldstein
Perseverance and effort
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three Month - Part 1

2014-09-24 Awakening from the Landlocked Self 1:22:22
  Tara Brach
The Buddha taught that our suffering arises from forgetting who we are. This talk explores the trance of identifying as Somebody, and the compassionate witnessing that allows us to discover the freedom of our natural being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2014-09-24 The Inner Nun 61:10
  Sylvia Boorstein
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2014-09-24 Morning Meditation Instructions 62:13
  Winnie Nazarko
Some examples of how things can be noted when practicing "open awareness". Response to a question about "trying" in meditation
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three Month - Part 1

2014-09-23 Body: A Matter of Life 47:34
  Shaila Catherine
This talk was given as a part of the series "Enhancing Mindfulness Skills: A Seven-Week Series Dedicated to Cultivating Transformative Insight." Mindfulness of the body is one of the most fundamental approaches to meditation. This talk focused on a traditional Buddhist meditation system called the "Four Elements." In ancient India, the materiality of the body was conceived of as composed of four elements -- earth, fire, wind and water. These four elements, in turn, have twelve characteristics -- (earth) heaviness and lightness, hardness and softness, roughness and smoothness, (fire) heat and coolness, (wind) pushing and supporting, (water) fluidity and cohesion. All of these characteristics can be known with our mind and in our body. Contemplating and observing these characteristics lead us to see the constant changes in the body, hence, its impermanence. In other words, being aware of these simple aspects of the four elements allows us to form an insightful relationship with our body that sees its impermanence, that recognizes how we cannot control it, and realizes that it is not what and who we are. The body is not self, it is not possessible, not I, and not eternally me. This insight helps us to let go of attachments to our body that cause so much suffering. This talk concluded with a guided meditation of body scans, with emphasis on the four elements and their respective characteristics.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley

2014-09-23 Presence 43:07
  Julie Wester
Women's Innate Wisdom - importance of practice for recognizing and stabilizing access. Stories of women's lives. Inquiry: what keeps us from being present? How does it feel to be present right now?
Spirit Rock Meditation Center The Power of Presence: A Retreat for Women

2014-09-23 Faith 49:12
  Greg Scharf
An exploration of the role of faith & confidence in practice
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge September 2014 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2014-09-22 Body and Mind 60:22
  Andrea Fella
An exploration of mental and physical experience through the teaching of the aggregates
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three Month - Part 1

2014-09-22 Don't Believe Everything You Think 57:57
  Mark Coleman
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2014-09-22 Guided Meditation On Pain 60:06
  Bhante Buddharakkhita
Meeting pain with mindfulness is a very skilful way of understanding the true nature of unpleasant physical sensation.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three Month - Part 1

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