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Leela Sarti's Dharma Talks
Leela Sarti
2013-07-06 The True Strength of the Heart and the Transforming of Shame 56:52
All central issues of our life are located in the heart. Having explored the heart-capacities of compassion and joy in the previous evening's talk, this talk turns to another facet of heart-presence: true strength and life zest - to be turned on to be in life, turned on to the truth. How does distorted strength, expressed as inner hardness and anger, and the flip side of strength, weakness and helplessness, relate to authentic strength? How can we harness and and make alive the lions roar of the heart? One particular area where we need some courage and guts is in the exploration and work with shame, guilt and self-judgement. What do you feel guilty about? What is unforgivable in your life? What does guilt and shame do to you, and what is a wise and skillful approach to deal with this "inner swamp-land"? How can we make our heart and mind a good place to live, free from shame and self-harm?
Gaia House The Liberating Intimacy of Being Who You Are
2013-07-05 Guided Loving Kindness Meditation - Loving Kindness for Oneself 39:00
Gaia House The Liberating Intimacy of Being Who You Are
2013-07-05 Meditation Instructions (Sitting and Walking) 56:07
Gaia House The Liberating Intimacy of Being Who You Are
2013-07-05 Becoming Intimate with the Territory of the Heart 60:15
When we simply pause instead of immediately filling up the space, we are called to meet, taste and endure the feeling of emptiness and deficiency. The gift of an authentic willingness to be present with the difficult, without moving beyond our window or capacity of presence, opens up real space and the the satisfying substantiality of the heart; objective compassion, joy and the pleasure of being. Compassion nourishes the attitude of "this too can be here", heals the split between head and heart, and supports us to be present in a robust way. Joy helps us orient inwards instead of externalizing satisfaction and meaning, until we wake up to the knowing that the deepest intimacy is presence.
Gaia House The Liberating Intimacy of Being Who You Are
2013-07-04 Opening Talk for Retreat Entitled The Liberating Intimacy of Being Who You Are 60:40
The word "intimate" means "to make known". What do we wish to make known, to make real and alive? What does it mean to be intimate with oneself and life? The talk touches on the importance of making a turn towards the retreat: to value simplicity, silence, being and and attitude of loving care.
Gaia House The Liberating Intimacy of Being Who You Are
2012-10-26 No Self and the Great Way 61:49
This talk explores the fixation of identity, and the isolating limitation of being an "I" and how, when we become less engaged in the constructed, defended and fabricated, the great way of practice opens up. As we align with reality of the three characteristics of existence, we sense a different belonging and the vibrant intimacy of living an embodied life.
Gaia House Embodying the Awakened Heart
2012-10-24 Self Judgement, Inner Hardness, and Being Free 58:17
A talk on the real possibility of transforming self hate, self loathing and the force of ill-will, by making it a conscious part of your insight meditation practice.
Gaia House Embodying the Awakened Heart
2012-10-22 Clear Understanding and Responding with Love 53:29
Every moment of true mindfulness is kind. This talk explores the possibility of cultivating a mind that can be with the reality of life. When we turn to experience with openness, we also become more open to insights, and our confidence in ourselves and our capacity for awakening becomes grounded in life.
Gaia House Embodying the Awakened Heart
2012-03-10 Rest in Natural Being 55:15
Deeply opening to the impact of the characteristics of human existence; anicca, anatta and dukkha, supports us to grow in wisdom and brings intimacy and aliveness to our being. From the silence of being flows the essential radiant qualities of mind and heart; love, compassion, joy and equanimity. Our unfolding is held and nurtured by the supporting containers of awakening practice; sila, samadhi and panna.
Gaia House Rest in Natural Being
2012-03-09 Turning to Beingness - Life Beyond Judgement 47:55
"There is a cry deeper than all sounds whose serrated edges cut the heart as we break open, to the place inside which is unbreakable and whole, while learning to sing" - Rashani There is an illness in being somebody and and illness in being nobody. When we meet that which is hard to bear in our experience in general, and the force of self judgement in particular, we can come to rest in natural being and open to the fullness of life.
Gaia House Rest in Natural Being

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