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More and more, the teaching practice takes me into the community where I engage directly with students. My focus right now is on bringing the continuity of the Dharma into the market place. Although retreating is an important form for self-knowledge, I find myself less interested in the immediate results of a retreat and more interested in helping students investigate their relationship to the ups and downs of their everyday life.
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2014-12-13 Questions and Answers 58:35
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2014-12-11 Understanding States Of Mind 45:38
Using boredom as an example, this talk looks at the formation of states of mind and how to quiet their impact.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2014-12-09 The Counter Intuitive Ground Of Spiritual Practice 45:34
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2014-03-25 Realm Of Practice and realm Of Abiding 41:31
During our practice phase of development, we learn to adapt and change. During the abiding phase, we are out of the paradigm of adaption into surrender.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge March 2014 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2014-03-18 Releasing Our Imaginary Friend 43:15
This talk explores where the sense-of-self is more important than our spiritual progress and asks questions to unfreeze that location.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge March 2014 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2014-03-11 Abiding with Creation 44:14
Confusing the past with the creative present is the single biggest issue facing practitioners of the Dharma.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge March 2014 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2014-03-04 The Flame Of Now 41:37
Our thoughts place us on the periphery of "Now", but a question ensues, "do we want what Now offers?"
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge March 2014 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2013-12-17 Dependent Origination: Review 46:52
If we review where the exploration of Dependent Origination has brought us over the course of this series of talks, we will notice four perceptional shifts that Dependent Origination has encouraged. The first is that through Dependent Origination we perceive there are an infinite number of influences on every event and that existence itself arises from multiple factors, and therefore there is no separate existences. Everything is tied together through the web of relationship. But Dependent Origination moves it even further by its second perceptual shift in which it shows how the web of somethingness was generated by the mind from nothing. Out of nothing, form arises and becomes the world of connected relationships with "me" arising within it. The "how did that happen," is explained by Dependent Origination, as the links build upon themselves to reveal a world of appearances that have no inherent substance. The third perceptual change from Dependent Origination is a variation of the second in which the world arises directly from "my" projections. In essence the world does not have a fundamental existence of its own. It is dependent upon "me" and what I know, for it to be. The fourth shift is the acknowledgment of struggle that is inherent in the arising of form from formlessness. We are birthed from that struggle and ultimately must grow old and die because of it.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection Dependent Origination
2013-12-13 Closing Talk 64:41
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Holding Your Life with Kindness, Gratitude, and Contentment: A Weekend Retreat
2013-12-12 Fourth Foundation 43:29
Fourth foundation shifts our paradigm into the formless
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart

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