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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.
2012-09-18 Guided Metta on self and benefactor 45:34
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2012-09-17 “Am I OK?” 58:10
Though we receive lots of instructions for our meditation practice on retreats, let’s face it – we spend a lot of time thinking. What do we think about? At the heart of these movements of the mind is answering the questions, “Am I OK?”, “Was I OK?”, and “Will I be OK?” Our obsession with these questions is the cause of a huge amount of restlessness. Restlessness is one of the major hindrances to calming the mind and deepening our meditation, and can be seen as both the cause and the effect of all the other hindrances. The Buddha also talked about this kind of thinking, and called it unwise attention that leads to all kinds of suffering. We need to look at the core issues that lead us to dwell on these questions if we are to create a more skilful relationship to our thoughts.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2012-09-10 Mindfulness Of The body 56:24
Developing a wise relationship to our body is an important part of our meditation practice. We often have a distorted, even aversive attitude to the body.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2012-09-09 Morning Instruction 15:14
Relaxing into breath and body
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2012-08-26 The First Foundation of Mindfulness on the Body: Practicing with the Four Elements, the 32 Parts of the Body, and the Charnel Ground Reflections 1:27:48
Due to mechanical complications, the morning session of this daylong was not recorded. Deep regrets-
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2012-08-21 Gladdening the Heart, Training the Mind 54:39
As we do the practice of samatha (tranquility) meditation, it is important not to strive towards any particular experience but rather to see the practice as a training of the mind that leads to well being and happiness here and now.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2012-08-19 Morning Instructions Day Six 55:22
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2012-08-17 Letting Go of Disturbance, Finding Stillness 55:37
To deepen in concentration, we need to be willing to recognize whatever disturbances or hindrances might be present, however subtle, and to work with them skillfully, ultimately to release them. This allows the mind to settle to the next level of stillness. This talk is based on practice as described in Majjhima Nikaya (2), the Cula-Sunnata Sutta, The Lesser Discourse on Emptiness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2012-08-15 Morning Instructions Day Two 54:55
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2012-07-11 Metta, Equanimity and Concentration 53:08
The metta practice is powerful because it works on all aspects of our being. But when it is suffused with equanimity and deepened by concentration, it can really transform our hearts and minds.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat

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