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Sally Clough Armstrong's Dharma Talks
Sally Clough Armstrong
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.
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2015-09-21 Bringing wisdom and compassion to the judging mind 59:30
Many of us have a tendency to be critical and judgmental of ourselves and others. In meditation, this habit can seem quite strong and can create a lot of suffering. But mindfulness is a wonderful tool to enable us to see these thoughts for what they are, so we can begin to bring wisdom and understanding to them. they then no longer dominate our heart and mind.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2015-09-21 Standing Meditation 48:45
Guided meditation on the standing posture, as a valuable but often neglected part of our practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2015-09-15 Morning Instructions - 3 month retreat 16:24
Breath, body and sounds
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2015-09-14 What is Mindfulness? 55:38
Mindfulness is becoming very popular in many areas of modern life: as a stress reduction, in schools, prisons, hospitals, in the workplace and so on. But what is mindfulness, and what was the Buddha talking about when he encouraged us to practice it? Right mindfulness, or Samma Sati, develops wisdom and understanding, decreasing unwholesome states of mind, increasing wholesome ones and leading us to more freedom and clarity.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2015-08-17 Concentration and the Path of Practice 56:33
Concentration is an important part of any meditation practice, but not an end in itself. We can use the steady attentive mind to turn to the nature of reality, revealing the essential truths that can free us from confusion.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration
2015-08-13 Factors of Awakening 58:31
The seven factors of awakening develop and strengthen naturally as we practice, but knowing this map helps us incline towards them. This talk focuses on developing them in concentration practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration
2015-07-16 The Wise Response of the Heart 59:11
The flavor of Metta is kindness, which is such a beautiful and powerful attitude, but the other Brahma Viharas of compassion, joy and equanimity allow us to meet all of life with openess and connection.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2015-07-13 Day 5: Morning Instructions 23:18
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2015-07-12 Kindness and the Steady Heart 54:55
Opening to our experience with kindness allows the heart to steady and deepen into concentration.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2015-07-10 Day 2: Afternoon Instructions - Metta for self and benefactor/easy person 23:19
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat

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