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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.
2012-08-21 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
2012-07-07 Deepening Kindness 56:23
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2012-03-22 Wisdom and Intention 57:04
The first factor of the Eight fold Path is wise understanding. As we see more clearly the nature of reality, the natural response is compassion and letting go tenderly.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation Retreat for Scientists and Educators
2012-03-18 Metta Instructions - Self and Benefactor 56:45
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation Retreat for Scientists and Educators
2012-02-24 Transcendent Dependent Arising: The Path to Freedom 58:55
This powerful teaching form the Upanisa Sutta shows us how suffering when understood with wisdom leads to faith and is the beginning of a natural unfolding of beautiful qualities of the heart which provide the foundation for the mind to turn to awakening.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long
2012-02-18 The Four Noble Truths 58:06
Richard Gombrich, a Buddhist scholar, called the Buddha a brilliant and original thinker on the level of Plato and Aristotle. But the Buddha wasn't interested in just speculative philosophy, but to understand why we suffer, and how to find freedom. The Four Noble Truths is his direct teaching on just that.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long

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