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Dharma Talks
2016-10-10 Practicing with Views and Opinions, Cultivating Empathy 1:25:00
  Donald Rothberg
In the context of the current election campaign as well as the context of our daily lives, we explore how to understand and practice with our views, opinions, and interpretations. We first look at the nature of views, the Buddha’s teachings on views, and three main ways to practice with views, with particular attention to being mindful of reactivity (attachment and aversion) in relation to views. We then examine the nature of empathy and how to cultivate empathy in relationship to others (and ourselves), including those with different views.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2016-10-10 Investigation of states 59:53
  Winnie Nazarko
This talk discusses what is meant by the "Enlightenment factor" investigation. How does one use mindfulness to "investigate"? How is this different from psychotherapy?
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Part 1

2016-10-10 Buddhist Studies Course - Understanding Sensuality - Week 4 56:14
  Mark Nunberg
Please take this week to more clearly discern the gratification & allure of sense experience and the drawbacks & limitations of sense experience. Remember, the practice is to collect honest data. The purification of view that the mind has toward sensuality does happen because we want to shift our view, rather, it happens because the data that the mind collects through being mindful overwhelms older views/beliefs about sensuality and allows for a newer, more refined, wiser view to arise in its place. One theme you might use for your small group sharing is, what if any data has this mind or heart, collected in the recent past that demonstrates the limitations and drawbacks of sense experience? Some Additional Readings for Week 4:
Common Ground Meditation Center Buddhist Studies Course - Understanding Sensuality
Attached Files:
  • The Evolution of Happiness: On the Buddha’s steps to Nirvana by Joseph Goldstein (Google Doc)
  • Mind Like Fire Unbound Chapter III 'Forty cartloads of timber.' by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Link)
  • What You Take Home With You by Ajahn Sucitto (Google Doc)

2016-10-09 The five aggregates are empty. 61:06
  Guy Armstrong
Our experience, as described by the five aggregates, is empty in two ways. There is no self at the center of them, and every aggregate– Form, feeling, perception, formations and consciousness–is insubstantial.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Part 1

2016-10-08 Taking in the good. 54:40
  Jaya Rudgard
"the non-doing of all harm, taking in the good, purifying the heart– This is the teaching of the awakened ones". How to cultivate taking in the good as an important foundation for practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Part 1

2016-10-08 Morning Instructions Day 5 - Overview, Grounding, Spaciousness 43:45
  Erin Treat
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Reclaiming the Wisdom of the Mother of All Buddhas: A Women's Retreat

2016-10-07 Steadying the Mind, Opening the Heart 58:41
  Sally Clough Armstrong
There are five factors that are supported for deepening concentration, known as the jhana factors. These factors are developed in any kind of intensive meditation practice, but are particularly supportive for the development of samadhi. They also serve to counterbalance the hindrances. When the hindrances are not active, the mind and heart can be buoyant and open, allowing concentration and insight to deepen.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Part 1

2016-10-07 Caring for the earth. 50:12
  Caroline Jones
This talk is offered as part of earth care week. It explores some of the ways our Dharma practice can strengthen our willingness and capacity to respond to the current environmental crisis.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge October 1 to November 9 2016 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2016-10-06 "Finding Freedom Through Grief" --- The talk begins with this video about her trip to Nepal to build a school in honor of her daughter. 48:53
  James Baraz
How can we process deep pain and turn it into deepening compassion and understanding? Kaye Cleave shares her moving story with James and the community about losing her 18-year old daughter and finding a way to transform her grief into meaningful beneficial action. To view the video: Catherine's Gift, go to at:
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2016-10-05 Creating a concept of self– Part one 57:17
  Joseph Goldstein
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Part 1

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