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Sally Clough Armstrong's Dharma Talks
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Sally Clough Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981. She moved to the Bay Area in 1988, and worked at Spirit Rock until 1994 in a number of roles, including executive director. She began teaching in 1996, and is one of the guiding teachers of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioner Program.
2012-02-02 What is Mindfulness? 54:30
Even though we talk a lot about mindfulness, we often don't fully understand what the Buddha meant by "samma sati" or right mindfulness. This talk explores samma sati and also "sati-panna"-mindfulness wisdom: the wisdom that naturally develops when we pay attention.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long
2011-10-17 Practicing Patience 55:54
Patience, one of the paramis, is a quality that we don’t often appreciate, even though it is tremendously important in our practice and our lives. To be patient is to be fully present for what is, to be with difficulty and challenge without resistance. Patience allows mindfulness and wisdom to deepen, as we meet our experience without agendas or expectations.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-10-10 Waking up from delusion 57:42
We often hear about and experience the suffering caused by greed and aversion, yet delusion, the third of the kilesas, or torments of mind, is in some ways a more fundamental cause of suffering, because if we weren’t deluded, we wouldn’t believe that by grasping or pushing away we could avoid suffering. The challenge with delusion is its very definition is that we don’t it is operating. This talk examines the many ways that delusion manifests, so we can begin to bring more clarity and understanding to our experience.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-10-02 The Four Noble Truths As Practice 56:51
The Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths – the truths of suffering, the cause of suffering , the end of suffering and the path to the end of suffering – not as a philosophy, but as practices that we can use here and now to understand why we suffer and how to find release. Using this template to gain insight into our lives can bring a radical shift to the way we relate to our experience.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-09-12 What Is Mindfulness? 57:42
Mindfulness is becoming more mainstream, but if we are to truly practice it, we need to understand what right mindfulness as a path factor is.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-07-21 Metta Instructions: All Beings 51:30
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-20 Growing Your Own Happiness 57:00
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-18 Brahma Vihara: Karuna/compassion 49:22
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-17 Metta: Self and Benefactor 51:01
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-16 Relaxing into Kindness 54:40
Intensive metta practice can be challenging on many levels - body, heart and mind. One of the most supportive things we can do to deepen the intention of love and kindness is to consciously and deliberately relax; truly relax in mind and body.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat

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