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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.
2012-03-22 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
2012-02-12 Bringing Kindness and Wisdom to the Judging Mind 58:21
The habit of judging; ourselves and others can be a huge source of suffering. Exploring the conditioned nature of this tendency of mind can lead to greater happiness and freedom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long
2012-02-07 Renunciation as Letting Go of What No Longer Serves Us 57:44
We usually think of renunciation as giving up what we cherish, but true renunciation can be a practice that springs from a sense of well being, giving up what no longer serves us to find greater happiness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long
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

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