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Sylvia Boorstein's Dharma Talks
Sylvia Boorstein
My greatest joy is giving the gift of love and hope through the dharma, knowing it is possible for humans to transform their hearts. These dharma gifts include paying attention, practicing clarity and kindness and addressing the suffering of the world--which, of course, includes ourselves.
2004-01-07 Somebody's Laura 58:52
The talk emphasizes the way in which particular difficulties (people) who are beloved to us connect us to all beings. We cannot develop compassion in the abstract, our own head is our teacher.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-05-22 Eight Fold Path 56:42
The goal of practice is peace of mind on behalf of a peaceful world. The eightfold path is presented with stories to illustrate.
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2003-05-19 What Do We Really Want? 51:30
Mindfulness is a collaboration of concentration and awareness, designed to balance the mind. In a context of non-reactivity the three characteristics are clearly seen.
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2003-02-21 A Prayer For Peace 53:42
How every intention to refocus the attention in this present moment is both a prayer for peace and an answer to the prayer.
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2003-02-11 Cherishing, Self Cherishing & Self-Cherishing 59:16
The capacity to care as spontaneous, even or perhaps because of there is no separate self
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2003-02-06 Metta And Mindfulness 55:21
How these two practices of mindfulness & metta are, in fact, enfolded in each other.
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2002-05-10 If I Pay Attention, I Am Kind 69:16
Recapitulation of how mindfulness works to condition the strengthening of the paramitas.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2001-11-26 Determination 53:36
Recognizing how determination and dedication help us undo the habits of mind that lead to suffering.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2001-11-22 Thanksgiving Talk For 2001 58:00
Acknowledging the ability of the human heart to move past intolerable suffering in order to mourn, remember, care, learn, create and love.
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2001-04-18 Holding Hands 30:10
In thinking about the path of awareness and the refining of the heart that is the purpose of Buddhist philosophy, Sylvia suggests that she would like to amend the Eightfold Path to be the "Ninefold Path," adding Right Relationship as the ninthfold. Right Relationship is the sense of connection we feel in the world that holds us up. Hand holding is the metaphor Sylvia uses to symbolize this connection. Hands take us from the womb, and they put us in the grave. In between, it is one big "hand holding."
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