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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.
2010-09-23 Working with Difficult Emotions 60:52
There are four primal difficult emotions that come often in meditation and daily life: grief, anger, desire and fear. When we learn to relate skillfully to these emotions as they appear, there can be a great increase in the sense of freedom and ease in our life and practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2010-09-17 The Sources Of Happiness 57:52
In the Buddha’s teachings, there are five areas of practice that lead to happiness: sense pleasures (for lay people), wholesome actions (or merit), concentration, insight and awakening. Each of these offers a more complete and reliable happiness than the one before it. The talk outlines the ways each of these areas contributes to our happiness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2010-09-12 Starting A Long Retreat 54:46
In beginning a long retreat, it’s helpful to reflect on the inspirations that underlie our spiritual life and how they shape our aspiration. Our inner life emerges through the simplicity of the retreat environment in contrast to an increasingly complex outside world. By trusting in silence and presence we develop the key skills we need to live wisely in both retreat and daily life.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2009-10-05 Impermanence 61:16
A lot of understanding can come from reflecting on the way impermanence shows itself in our lives both outwardly and inwardly, including our vulnerability to aging and death. But even more penetrating insight comes to the mind that has become still through meditation. Through this way of seeing, the truth of impermanence sinks into our bones and the wisdom of non-clinging becomes very obvious.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Two-Month Retreat
2009-02-21 From Ignorance Come Impulses 62:16
The first two links of dependent origination say that ignorance gives rise to volitional formations or impulses. The talk describes succesive layers of obscurations that form from ignorance, to a belief in self, to afflictive emotions, to unskillful actions. The path undoes these layers by focusing, in order, on virtue, mediation, and wisdom, finally penetrating to nibbana.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation February
2008-12-07 Karma And The End Of Karma 59:31
Understanding how karma works gives us clear guidelines to find simple human happiness or the highest happiness of liberation, which is described as the end of karma. The talk also describes how the working of karma depends on the truth of not-self (anatta).
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2008-11-30 From Ignorance Come Impulses 61:21
The first two links of dependent origination say that ignorance gives rise to volitional formations, or impulses. This talk describes successive layers of obscurations that form from ignorance, to a belief in self, to afflictive emotions, to unskillful actions. The path undoes these layers by focusing, in order, on virtue, meditation, and wisdom, finally penetrating to Nibbana.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2008-11-16 The Five Aggregates Are Not Self 60:42
This talk looks at the question of not-self using the five aggregates as the Buddha spoke of them in his second discourse, the Characteristic of Not-Self. As we learn to see ourselves simply as an aspect of nature, both physical and mental, the burden of self lifts and life becomes much lighter.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2008-11-09 Working With Difficult Emotions 60:55
This talk describes the two shifts needed to transform our relationship to afflictive emotions, one of attitude and one of wisdom. We come to understand an emotion by learning to see its expression in mind, in body, and in the thoughts that make up its underlying view or story.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2008-11-02 An Attitude Of Mindfulness 54:34
The right attitude for meditation is one free of wanting, resistance or delusion. Then we can achieve the intelligent knowing of experience that mindfulness offers.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2

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