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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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2011-03-29 Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Division Through Doubt 63:04
The mind finds endless reasons to energetically split itself in two. "Shoulds," denials, rationalizations, resentments, and countless other states are energetic divisions, where the mind is trying to have what it wants while hiding from its assumed reality. Doubt is perhaps the most common expression of this pattern. Doubt reaches for what it wants with half a heart because it fears the repercussions of being a failure.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-03-24 Questions and Answers 57:25
Probing some of the transitional dharma points.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2011-03-22 Secrets Of The Mind 47:52
When the mind is no longer divided, it reveals its secrets.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2011-03-20 Distortions Of Mind 48:27
The mind configures reality into distorted images. It is our job to sort it out.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2011-03-08 Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Division Through Fear 68:19
Fear divides the mind by convincing us that the present is in the crosshairs of an approaching disaster. We therefore need to harness the power of our thinking and take flight physically and mentally away from now. If presence is maintained, fear has no way to access the moment except by projecting into the future.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-02-22 Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Dividing the Mind Through Aversion 57:47
Aversion and desire work together to entrap the mind within its own projections and divide the whole into parts. The opposite of what I desire is feared and visa versa. Because the mind is a single whole, when we pit what we like against what we do not, repetitive aversive and desiring images noisily dance through the mind in opposition to the contentment of the abiding wholeness.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-02-08 Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Dividing the Mind Through Desire 54:27
Desire forms the sense of self by fracturing the mind into what it wants compared to what it has. In moving with what it wants, it has to dismiss or resist reality (what it has) and form its own imaginative response. The sense of self is part of that fantasy buildup and has a central role in keeping it going.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-01-25 Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: The Divided Mind 59:26
As we study the Third Foundation of the Satipatthana Sutta we ask what is the mind and how does it seem to create a sense of self having the experience of an external world?
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-01-11 Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Awareness of the Mind 66:46
Mindfulness of the body gave us stability of focus and mindfulness of feelings gave us the mechanism for how we project ourselves onto the world. Now we are sufficiently prepared to look at the mind itself.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2011-01-04 A Blameless Life 49:08
This talk explores how ethical conduct fits into a continuum of practice as we move from the isolated state of projection through the relaxation of sila to the inevitable release of faith.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society

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