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Sharda Rogell's Dharma Talks
Sharda Rogell
My focus in teaching is to provide the support that students need to turn their life to the dharma, to truth, and to find ways to come out of their pain and suffering. The retreat experience is an invaluable aid to this exploration; however, what matters more is how one integrates this under- standing into everyday life.
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2007-06-15 Refreshing Coolness is not Far Away 55:52
Gaia House Insight Meditation and Contemplative Enquiry
2007-06-14 Accessing Limitless Freedom 53:55
As the force of identification with our body, mind and feelings gets weaker, the sense of 'me-ness' weakens. Then, the 'I' is not so demanding and we small the perfume of selflessness.
Gaia House Insight Meditation and Contemplative Enquiry
2007-06-13 Shining Light on the Body 55:43
Sometimes mindfulness of the body is neglected for more exalted meditation experiences. However, the first foundation of mindfulness points to the importance of grounding in the body as a central support for presence and connection to our experience, which allows for a deeper investigation into the nature of things.
Gaia House Insight Meditation and Contemplative Enquiry
2007-06-11 Something About Love and Mystery 56:48
Our meditation practice encourages letting go of what is familiar and secure to allow a deeper intimacy with the way things are. As we do this, we open the door to love, trust and the mystery of the unknown.
Gaia House Insight Meditation and Contemplative Enquiry
2007-05-25 Opening The Door To Wisdom And Compassion 47:04
When we speak of the healing power of mindfulness, we mean healing the clinging mind. For this, we draw on mindfulness that opens the door to our wisdom and compassion, so we can see the truth clearly with a kind and loving-heart.
2007-01-01 Control: How Much Do I Have? 52:10
'Doing' can create a lot of stress. As I examine and let go of habitual patterns, I open to the freshness of not knowing and experience a wise and direct engagement with life
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-12-28 Including Suffering (Dukkha) 47:27
Mindfulness practice is a confrontation with what is true in each moment--we examine the ways we defend against painful experience so that we can open to the richness of being alive.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-10-11 Our Potential When Suffering Ceases 57:01
Freedom is the cessation of craving (tanha). What is tanha, how can we recognize it and what happens when it ceases.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta & Vipassana Intensive
2006-10-04 Five Difficult Mind States 60:01
When we are identified with these five mind states they are called hindrances to seeing the way things actually are. Each one is explored along with skillful antidotes to help overcome them.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-09-21 Turning The Mind Towards Awakening 56:51
Using the Buddha's teaching on the Four Ways of Undertaking Things, we can examine what the basis is for our choices. Is it ego that imposes an idea of what is right or wrong? Or can we listen more deeply to our inner wisdom?
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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