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I try to convey that the wisdom and compassion we are looking for is already inside of us. I see practice as learning how to purify our mind and heart so we can hear the Buddha inside. In doing so, we naturally embody the dharma and help awaken that understanding and love in others we meet.
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2006-03-27 Transforming Suffering Into Happiness 60:46
Cultivating an open heart through the Dharma.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-02-27 Happiness - part 4: Letting Go 61:55
The joy of letting go includes restraint expressed as sitting with integrity as well as letting go of stories, expectation & experiences. This letting go is not a sacrifice but rather releasing the burden of holding onto the things that cause us suffering.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-02-22 Happiness - part 3: Transforming Suffering Into Happiness 59:07
In every moment of mindfulness we defeat the forces of greed, hatred & delusion and develop a heart of generosity, kindness & wisdom--the three sources of karmic happiness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-02-14 Happiness - part 2: Opening To Suffering As Well As To Joy 59:27
Opening to suffering is essential if we are to find true happiness. The Buddha's teaching on how suffering can lead to faith, gladness, joy and freedom is explored. Gratitude as a way to hold our suffering is also discussed.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-02-08 Happiness - part 1: Wise Effort And Wholesome States 55:43
Where does happiness lie? In this first of 4 talks we explore the intention to be happy particularly with regard to developing and increasing wholesome states. Wise effort in terms of Dharma practiced is explored.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-09-05 Aligning Our Life With The Dharma 1:12:43
This closing talk from a silent retreat points to the integration of our practice in daily life, with mindfulness as the golden thread that runs through all things.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-09-04 The Power Of Intention 53:16
Intention is the source of all karma. Accessing the sincerity of heart that fuels our practice and inclining it towards freedom is the basis for profound awakening.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2005-07-11 Forgiveness: The Doorway To An Open Heart 61:37
In order for metta to flow unobstructed, we need to be able to forgive—ourselves for ways we don't measure up to our high standards or unskillful actions, others for past hurts and life for the disappointments we experience. This talk explores these different levels of forgiveness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-05-25 Wise Effort 58:04
Wise Effort is a key issue in Dharma practice. Am I doing enough or too much. This talk explores how to develop balance with regard to effort as well as the classical Four Right Efforts pertaining to wholesome and unwholesome states.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2005-04-24 Wise Intention (Sutta On The Two Kinds Of Thought) 45:52
Working consciously with intention is the key to creating wisdom and happiness in our lives.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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