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Jose Reissig's Dharma Talks
Jose Reissig
After decades of practice and teaching, what inspires me are those moments when I can see the habitual as if it were for the first time. If such moments occur while I'm giving a talk, then the teacher in me can hear its own words imbued with the freshness imparted by those who truly listen -- the multiple aspects of myself being part of the audience as well. Thanks for your participation in the process.
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2004-11-19 Fabricating Reality 43:28
We get easily hooked by the media, both in the marketing and the political arenas, because of their clever appeal to our I-making and our us-making tendencies. As we become aware of this we realize that we need not fall for this.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties
2003-06-01 The Agony Of Alienation 50:13
Much anguish and insecurity results from a sense of being separated from our fellow beings and from the world. The strategies we use to try to overcome this often involve the fabrication of additional partitions (e.g.; "us vs. them"), and thus backfire. The Noble Eightfold Path offers a better way.
Philadelphia Meditation Center
2003-05-31 The Light In The Middle Of The Dark Tunnel 56:42
In our dark moments we tend to look for "the light at the end of the tunnel." In doing so, we end up constantly trying to be where we are not, and we miss the opportunity to learn from the darkness itself.
Philadelphia Meditation Center
2003-05-30 Bowing As An Act Of Transformation 49:40
Bowing has two parts: the bowing down in full acceptance of what is, and the coming right up in readiness to do what needs to be done. Each part is incomplete without the other. To realize this non-duality is to open the door for transformation.
Philadelphia Meditation Center
2002-08-02 Carrot 22:25
Just as seeing-eye dogs (Carrot is one), our minds need training in order to become our guides and allies. To meditate is to train the mind to be insightful, to become a seeing-eye mind.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2002-07-30 Life As Practice 37:28
The path that brings us to a place of openness requires learning from the actual circumstances of our outer and inner lives.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2001-08-02 Relinquishing 40:51
The tendency to relate to others through a sense of possessiveness, through clinging, creates suffering; so does clinging to ourselves as the "aggregates". To relinquish possessiveness is to open the doors to freedom.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2001-07-31 No Second Arrow 26:16
Pain and loss are inevitable occurrences in our lives, but the self-torture that often follows--the "second arrow" we habitually shoot at ourselves--is entirely avoidable.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2000-08-04 I Am Of The Earth 38:19
In spite of the deep longing to connect with the earthiness of things and ourselves there is also a pull to disconnect. How can we reconnect, become of the earth?
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2000-08-01 I Am Relationships 32:04
In searching for who we are, instead of latching on to a solidified image, let us explore our relationships.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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