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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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2006-07-14 The Art Of Non Doing 48:28
We are either interconnected or not. If we are not then let's move on. If we are then we must deeply understand the art of non doing.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2006-07-11 Untying The Knot Of Contraction 46:15
Contracting around either the comfortable or uncomfortable aspects of life will inevitably cause conflict. The resolution of that conflict is the Buddha's teaching.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2006-03-11 Relax, Observe And Allow 47:48
"Relax,observe and allow" put us in proper orientation and alignment to the Dharma and allow all challenges to be seen for what they are.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2006-01-10 Living an Ethical Life 46:01
Pick one of the Five Precepts (refrain from killing, refrain from taking what is not offered, refrain from distorted or harsh speech, refrain from sexual misconduct, and refrain from drugs or drink which cloud the mind) for study this week. This training is intended to heighten your awareness of both the gross and subtle forms of disconnection within that precept. Make a point to examine the subtle areas very carefully. For instance, wise speech might apply to self-beliefs such as your projections, self-doubt, and unworthiness. Refraining from taking life might include any dismissive or negating behavior to another. Refraining from sexual misconduct could imply using flirtation or sexuality in a manipulative or deceitful manner. Refraining from drugs and drink could include caffeine and sugar. Remember the precepts are not meant to foster a sense of failure but to point to a more connected view of life.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
2006-01-05 The Evolution Of Insight Practice 46:37
The practice evolves through phases and stillness deepens.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2006-01-01 The Bored Mind 48:18
The Mind that configure reality to be boring is without interest. That interest can be aroused by focusing on itself.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2005-12-29 Relax, Observe, Allow 48:43
Relax, observe and allow are three words that capture the complete orientation to meditation. Understanding these words and their near enemies will enhance ones practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2005-12-10 Aligning the Mind and Body 42:12
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
2005-08-23 Psychic Leanings of the Mind 64:38
Watch any tendency to lean into a problem or situation. Is the leaning motivated by a resistance to the situation or by a desire to push your own agenda? Are you willing to drop what you want and ask, Where is the vertical stance in this moment? Start by finding easier ways to practice this vertical posture (standing in a slow-moving line at a grocery store or frozen in traffic), and then progress to the more difficult situations (with family or at work). What is the value to yourself and others of standing vertically rather than pushing forward or leaning backward?
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
2005-06-22 Stepping out of Self-Deception 46:51
Seattle Insight Meditation Society

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