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Guy Armstrong's Dharma Talks
Guy Armstrong
What has always engaged me is working with practitioners who are deepening their commitment to the Dharma and then seeing them take a quantum leap in their understanding. My contribution to this commitment is working towards conveying a Theravadan practice with a Mahayana spirit.
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2012-02-06 Patterns of Becoming 1: Introduction 62:29
The first of a series of talks exploring how the sense of self is generated over and over, creating patterns of limitation and unease; how mediation practice shows us the release from these cycles.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long
2012-01-15 Week 1, Part 2: Introduction to the Suttas 61:22
The most reliable version of the teachings of the historical Buddha is found in the Pali suttas, or discourses, which make up about 20 volumes of texts. These teachings were transmitted orally for 400 years and were first written down around 100 B.C.E. Their survival to the present day in such a complete form is so unlikely that it might be considered as slightly miraculous. By studying these original texts we can discover the tremendous rewards that come from hearing the authentic voice of this amazing teacher. In this 4-week series we will explore a few key texts which contain some of the most important of the Buddha's teachings in their original formulations. In the first class we will offer an introduction to the overall study of these suttas, which present certain challenges given the spiritual, cultural and historical distances involved for us today. Students will be provided with good English translations of all the suttas covered. This series is suitable for experienced meditation students who have some understanding of the Buddha's basic teachings.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Sutta Study Class Series with Guy Armstrong & Richard Shankman
2012-01-15 Week 1, Part 1: Introduction to the Suttas 43:28
The most reliable version of the teachings of the historical Buddha is found in the Pali suttas, or discourses, which make up about 20 volumes of texts. These teachings were transmitted orally for 400 years and were first written down around 100 B.C.E. Their survival to the present day in such a complete form is so unlikely that it might be considered as slightly miraculous. By studying these original texts we can discover the tremendous rewards that come from hearing the authentic voice of this amazing teacher. In this 4-week series we will explore a few key texts which contain some of the most important of the Buddha's teachings in their original formulations. In the first class we will offer an introduction to the overall study of these suttas, which present certain challenges given the spiritual, cultural and historical distances involved for us today. Students will be provided with good English translations of all the suttas covered. This series is suitable for experienced meditation students who have some understanding of the Buddha's basic teachings.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Sutta Study Class Series with Guy Armstrong & Richard Shankman
2011-10-16 Karma and the End of Karma 64:24
This talk covers four key areas of the Buddha’s teachings on karma: action, results of action, relation to not-self, and the end of karma. Publishable online for the general public
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-10-09 Metta: Tenderness and Connection 61:11
The practice of lovingkindness makes the heart more sensitive to the joys and sorrows of life. It also reveals a deep sense of connection to all sentient existence that overcomes a painful sense of isolation.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-10-03 Unentangled Knowing 59:49
The talk explores how the sense of self is created through the links in dependent origination. “Unentangled knowing” describes how a meditator can be in a state of full awareness of things coming and going at the sense doors without being caught in them.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-09-25 Five Aggregates: Self and Emptines 62:21
Understanding the five aggregates can help us understand the absence of a self in sensory experience and also the insubstantiality of phenomena.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-09-18 Working with Difficult Emotions 62:43
We can come to a greater freedom in life by investigating the nature strong emotions and our relation to them. This talk explores working with four emotions in particular: desire, sadness, anger and fear. Publishable online for the general public
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-09-11 Keys To A Long Retreat 58:33
When starting a long retreat, we should establish a proper attitude to our practice and also appreciate the purpose of renunciation.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-07-28 Unentangled Knowing 61:13
The talk explores how the sense of self is created through the links in dependent origination. When craving is absent, we can become aware of all our experience in a state of unentangled knowing.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Insight Meditation Retreat

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