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Rodney Smith's Dharma Talks
Rodney Smith
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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2016-12-15 Q&A 60:00
Covering a variety of subjects.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2016-12-13 Birthing the quiet mind 43:44
We often miss direct and simple portal of silence, into the sacred.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2016-12-11 Perspectives on pain. 47:54
There is the pain of our narrative. The pain of desire, The pain of separation, The pain of the time – all are terminated through our willingness to meet the here and now
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2015-12-10 The Spiritual Journey - Ascent and Desent 48:10
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2015-12-08 Sophistication To Innocence 43:20
Knowing is the foundation of our worldly life, but innocence is the ground of our spiritual journey
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2015-11-03 Continua of Practice: Sophistication to Innocence 63:22
The ability to enlarge our knowledge base is essential to our success, in our careers, schooling, and home life. Sophistication, the skillful use of knowledge in a civilized and cultured manner is valued, but innocence, which can be seen as guileless and inexperienced, is not. Much of our self-image is formed by how knowledgeable and sophisticated we are and we can find ourselves competing with others to prove how much information we have obtained. When we know something, we place a fixed objective view onto life and freeze it within our past associations. The problem is that nothing is fixed. Contemplation (PDF)
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Continua of Practice Series
2015-10-20 Continua of Practice: Alienation to Belonging 59:10
This continuum speaks to the need to belong that is deeply rooted in our social and biological makeup. This need may well be one of the driving forces in our yearning for spiritual completion. Even when we group likeminded people around us, most of us still feel a subtle sense of alienation that we cannot overcome. We seem to be outside observing life rather than embedded within it. Contemplation (PDF)
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Continua of Practice Series
2015-10-06 Continua of Practice: Shadow to Light 60:11
The more defined and clear our individuation, the more isolated we feel. We gain our selfhood from creating physical and psychological boundaries upon our surround. Our self-definition is created by our physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual definitions. Freedom is coming out of these shadowy images created by our imposed boundaries and accepting the clear light of our humanity. Contemplation (PDF)
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Continua of Practice Series
2015-08-18 Continua of Practice: Blame to Accountability 59:29
There are three central reasons we get lost in our spiritual journey despite the rigor with which we practice and the sincerity of our purpose. The first is that we do not know the direction the journey takes and we get lost in the sideshows and entertainment of the process. The second is we attempt to move forward using motivations lurking in the shadows of our unconscious. The third reason we easily go astray is because our stated objective and our dharma intention are at cross-purposes. Contemplation (PDF)
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Continua of Practice Series
2015-08-04 Continua of Practice: From the Horizontal to the Vertical 55:41
We often miss how close we are to the sacred. We make it into a journey of distance and time when actually it is an excursion into stillness. We want some proof that all this work has been worthwhile and that proof is in comparison to what we were and what we are becoming. Though this comparison supports our spiritual egoic image, we will not find the sacred in the past or the future, but only within the living present. Contemplation (PDF)
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Continua of Practice Series

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