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2015-01-24 When Love Meets Fear 4 41:18
  David Richo
Our inalienable rights as humans extend not only to political liberty but likewise to freedom from fear and neediness. HH Dalai Lama Our accessibility to effective relating may be inhibited by fears, especially ones not based in reality. Relationships thrive best in an atmosphere of openness to one another. Our accessibility to love may be inhibited by fear and we are so often needlessly on the defensive. What are the origins and meanings of our fears of intimacy, of abandonment, of closeness? What makes us hold ourselves back or run from feelings? In this seminar we find ways to free ourselves from the grip of fear so that it no longer stops or drives our ways of being together. This daylong will provide techniques that show how to feel fear directly so we can then behave in ways that show we do not act on our fear nor let it interfere with our healthy goals. The result will be that we are no longer driven or stopped by fear, though we may still feel it. In this seminar, we combine lecture and practices that are both psychological and spiritual. Even a little progress is freedom from fear...Bhagavad Gita
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2015-01-21 Listening to the Calling of Our Hearts 1:21:46
  Tara Brach
In any moment, our intention - what we are energetically wanting - shapes our life experience. While our deepest intention may be to realize and live from loving awareness, we are often driven by egoic fear and grasping. This talk explores how mindfulness can recognize our prevailing intention, and by staying present, kind and accepting, we can reconnect with the deeper longings that carry us to awakening and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2015-01-21 Anapanasati 1:15:37
  Doug Phillips
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2015-01-21 The Thinning of the Self 1:10:25
  Donald Rothberg
Insight into "not-self" (anatta) is one of the core aspects of wisdom. After briefly reviewing some of the challenges of understanding anatta, we look at four practical ways to explore anatta, through focusing on 1) everyday and meditative experiences of "flow", 2) studying the "thick" or strong sense of self when it appears, 3) practicing in other ways to "thin" the self, and 4) opening to awareness without a sense of self or identification with the contents of experience.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2015-01-19 Heart of Kindness 58:11
  Heather Sundberg
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2015-01-18 Lovingkindness, Equanimity, and Daily Life Practice 67:42
  Donald Rothberg
In our practice, we aspire toward a kind of wholeness, with no part of our life left out. In this talk, we explore two ways of developing more of such wholeness - (1) through connecting metta with mindfulness and wisdom, here examined especially in connecting metta and equanimity; and (2) through connecting formal metta retreat practice to everyday life practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta

2015-01-18 Dharma For MLK Day 44:06
  Anushka Fernandopulle
Holding pour practice in a larger context of social change movements and the ongoing work for racial justice and civil rights in our society.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Clear Mind, Open Heart: Insight Meditation Weekend

2015-01-18 Practice Guided by Wisdom 35:26
Moving beyond rigidity and attachment to views about practice into agility in response to conditions. Working with doubt.
Dharmagiri Being Dharma Month Long at Dharmagiri, South Africa

2015-01-17 Metta Sutta Talk #2: By not holding to fixed views 60:02
  Heather Sundberg
Filled with anecdotes, singing and practical advice, this talk covers the second half of the Metta Sutta, including Metta for All Beings, the Difficult Person, How to Cherish Beings By not Holding to Fixed Views
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta

2015-01-17 Understanding Judgement and Discernment 44:54
  Chas Dicapua
How we can bring discernment to bear on our experience instead of judgement. How we cultivate discernment on this path.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Clear Mind, Open Heart: Insight Meditation Weekend

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