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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.
2002-06-29 Responsibility 45:04
What prevents me from being responsible here and now? Be aware of superficial explanations about your circumstances or busyness. Continue to ask the question through the range of excuses. Whenever the mind stops and says, "This is the reason," pause, and ask yourself if this is true. Is your ability to hold responsibility strengthened through living this question?
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
2002-04-12 The Four Great Efforts 46:33
Balancing between cultivating wholesome qualities and not pursuing them as ends in themselves is the art of Buddhism.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2002-04-08 Following The Pain Line 42:13
The first step of spiritual maturity is to move into pain. Holding the pain without explanation or justification allows it to open into emptiness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2002-03-29 The Eightfold Path 1: Wise View 41:40
Wise view is the essential first step, which frames the entire path of practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2002-01-07 Receiving the World 43:52
Owning or exposing our prejudice as a way of opening to and receiving the world.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
2002-01-03 The I Of The Storm 39:48
Realizing how the "I" feeds upon conflict and vanishes in stillness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2001-12-17 Sitting Practice And Its Effect On Our Life 44:57
The techniques of sitting meditation effects our attitude to life itself.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
2001-12-12 Reflections On September 11Th 43:54
Is September 11th about retaliation and patriotism or unending violence of the human mind?
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
2001-11-01 Why Meditate? 46:52
Exploring the four facets of meditation.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
2001-10-01 After The Retreat: What Now? 44:37
The ingredients of a spiritual life using our natural interest and curiosity.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society

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