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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.
2001-03-01 Metta Sutta 60:58
A reading and discussion of the Lovingkindness Sutta.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2001-02-14 Stop 63:07
How to use "stopping" as a tool in wise practice. Kindness and goodness are parameters to measure our practice. Stories of the Buddha including "a wise ape teaches kindness." Discussion of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2001-02-08 Cemetery Contemplations, Old And New 56:18
Sharing reflections on wisdom and compassion, and the cemetery contemplations of the Mahasatipatthana Sutta.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2001-02-07 Untying The Knots 60:18
Referencing her own experiences, Sylvia explores the stories we make up for ourselves to substantiate or justify certain views (opinions) that we hold about things -- some to the point of making them into "truths." After considering the possible origins of these views, Sylvia exposes the profound suffering caused by holding these views and the stories around them. Taking it a step further, she wonders: What is the relationship between hope and opinion? Is it wrong to hope or is it part of the nature of the human organism? Perhaps, she concludes, it is the solidified view we hold around a hope that causes suffering.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2000-12-20 I Talk To My Friends 56:42
A talk about faith. This journey is a feasible one despite it being difficult. Sylvia discusses the problem of wobbly mind and how bewilderment and fatigue can lead to doubt. Talking to our friends holds us up in difficult times.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2000-11-27 A Dharma Hologram 54:40
Reading the Cowherd Sutta illustrates how we need the sangha as a refuge and the practice of metta--as well as right effort, renunciation, right intention, equanimity and compassion--in order for us to come to safety.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2000-11-23 Gratitude For A Precious Human Birth 43:25
This talk was given on Thanksgiving expressing gratitude for the human heart's capacity for love and understanding. The preciousness of a human life lies in the potential of our hearts to be transformed. How can we forgive our lives so that we'll have a completely loving heart?
2000-02-24 No One There At All 58:01
Practicing the Insight of Anatta to promote the arising of the no-self.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2000-02-17 Basic Texts As A Source Of Faith 50:16
Instructions in the teaching of practice and its potential, intended to inspire new and experienced practitioners.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2000-02-10 Staying Awake To Heal The World 59:04
Reconciling the instruction "Nothing to Do" with the intention to end all suffering.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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