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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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2011-12-01 Poking Holes in Reality 53:31
We have a tendency to fixate on things through attaching and resisting. By knowing deeply the impermanent nature and relaxing our grip, we come into a wise relationship with the conditions of our life and open to the way things really are.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Being Dharma
2011-09-29 Exploring Happiness that Leads to More Happiness 66:06
The Buddha says that the way of undertaking things that is pleasant now and ripens in the future as pleasure dispels darkness with its radiance. Cultivating prajna (or higher wisdom) guides us to make choices that bring about more happiness in our lives.
Wood Acres Retreat Center :  Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-09-28 Anatta – Embracing our Personalities with Wise View 56:06
Teachings on Anatta (not-self). Our self-image is only an image in our own mind. It’s not all of who we are. Who am I then, when I’m not bound by the limiting beliefs of my mind?
Wood Acres Retreat Center :  Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-09-27 Awakening the Wisdom Mind 63:24
What is the goal of the path? As we wisely discern what leads to more happiness and peace and what leads us away, this leads to greater degrees of freedom and the deepening of our wisdom and compassion.
Wood Acres Retreat Center :  Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-09-26 Deeply Reflecting on Impermanence in Our Human Condition 57:36
The Buddha said, to take what is impermanent as permanent is wrong view. When we contemplate this truth and know it deeply, we will know the dharma as our true protection and refuge and this truth will set us free.
Wood Acres Retreat Center :  Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-09-25 Where is the problem? Exploring A Wise Relationship to Things 57:00
The mind of a Buddha is at peace because of the absence of reactivity. Can we discover that place of rest in our own minds? Mindfulness of vedana, the feeling tone of experience, exposes the ways we try to control our experiences from our likes and dislikes. What does it mean to open to the way things are?
Wood Acres Retreat Center :  Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-09-24 Get Out of Your Head! Jump in. Get Wet. 59:16
Meditation practice invites us to enter the dharma stream. Stop thinking and creating imaginary worlds. Experience life directly, here, now.
Wood Acres Retreat Center :  Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-09-03 Falling into the Dharma and Enjoying the Ride 56:05
We live on the edge of uncertainty. But do we have to live with anxiety about this fact? The Dharma shows us we are the dynamic change and becoming. This is our own nature. Can we trust this and let go into it?
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-08-14 Last Morning Talk 52:39
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Living an Awakened Life
2011-05-21 Walking a Wise Path 62:51
The Buddha conquered Mara who personifies the evil or unskillful forces of mind that overwhelm us. He gave the teaching on Four Ways of Undertaking Things, which is elucidated in this talk - a practical and helpful explanation on increasing our happiness and decreasing our pain through making wise choices.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center May Insight Meditation Retreat

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