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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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2011-11-08 Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: Application of Discernment 56:22
Applying discernment requires an honesty of intent. That honesty is the discernment at work. If you need skillful means to help balance the energy, use it. It can be helpful to back up to the First Foundation and see how the state of mind is affecting the body. Next, move to the Second Foundation and catch the feeling tone and the accompanying story. Moving onto the Third Foundation, settle to see just what this state is in essence. Finally, apply discerning questions that pick apart the solidity and truth of the state of mind such as, "Is there space for this too?" "Where is the "me" in this state?"
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-10-25 Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: The Effort to Discern 66:08
What is a skillful or unskillful state of mind? What do those terms mean--skillful for what purpose? Even to know something at this most basic level requires active discernment. The Buddha may have said certain states were skillful or unskillful, but that does nothing for your practice. You have to see its effect on you and know its impact directly.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-10-11 Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: The Spirit of Questioning 56:21
Questions are the life's blood of the dharma. If we are willing to follow wherever the question takes us, then the question will take us out of our beliefs and opinions into something new and unexplored. Something will end in us and will not arise again in the same way.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-09-27 Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: Independent Seeing 65:21
The Kalama sutta fits very nicely into the discussion on freeing awareness completely from any inward or outward authority. In the most radical statement possible the Buddha severs all ties from any dependency, essentially saying that freedom is not possible if one leans in any direction whatsoever.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-09-13 Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: The Lions Roar 59:42
Accessing the Fourth Foundation is as easy as abiding in wonder. A question that is interesting to you but does not immediately resolve itself into an answer holds that wonder. When you hold a question without trying to immediately find the answer, you will feel the pull of form (needing to know the answer) in conflict with the formless (the wonder within the mystery of the question itself).
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-08-30 Satipatthana Sutta: Questions and Answers 62:08
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In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-08-16 Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: An Overview (2) 65:28
A quality of awareness is discernment, which can be active or passive. Passive discernment is seeing, "just this" without doing anything about it, while active discernment is uncovering what is hidden and unconscious. It uses an energetic and curious probing to broaden the expanse of awareness and welcome it beyond its egoic boundaries.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-08-02 Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: An Overview (1) 1:38
The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness is the ability to discern what limits freedom and to see the value of open awareness when it is not limited. It encourages a complete examination and investigation of mind until there is existence without obstructions.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-07-12 Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: The Personal and Impersonal 56:49
The personal evolves into the impersonal with time and exposure to awareness. The less "you" do about this process, the quicker it happens on its own. Simply say when a state of mind arises, "Is this about me?" In one way it is, in another way it is not. Be willing to see both tendencies and investigate each.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-06-28 Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Division Through Arrogance 1:26
Arrogance is a remnant from the pain of the self that wants to be seen and heard as special and privileged. It is our spiritual work to watch not only the subtle grasping and aversive formations of self but its gross manifestations like arrogance as well. What is the pain behind this mental display, and what are the assumptions that move arrogance forward?
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta

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