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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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2012-10-20 To Be With Life 41:19
Much of our daily life is make-believe. To be with the real we have to withdraw from this charade and embrace our actual experience, including the perception of impermanence.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties :  Rhinebeck Sitting Group Insight Meditation Retreat
2012-04-22 To Be the Earth 38:20
We often see the Earth as just a territory to be subdivided and owned. Meditation helps us to move away from this as it provides us with a sense of connectivity and attunement with the Earth and all its creatures.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties :  Rhinebeck Sitting Group Retreat with Jose Reissig
2012-04-21 The Mind and the World 35:32
We picture the World as separate, the Mind being just a passive spectator. But meditation practice reveals their interweavement.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties :  Rhinebeck Sitting Group Retreat with Jose Reissig
2012-04-20 Occupy Ourselves 40:15
The Occupy Wall Street movement questions the hegemony of the 1%, and seeks to empower the 99% instead. Our practice, likewise, questions the hegemony of the ego, and seeks to empower the 99% of us.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties :  Rhinebeck Sitting Group Retreat with Jose Reissig
2011-10-23 The Path of Connectedness 34:09
In the process of relating to others, we often barricade ourselves behind some form of collective identity; be it our family, clan, race, nationality, religion, whatever. To truly connect we need to drop this we-ego ("wego") and allow ourselves to be vulnerable to love unconditional.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties :  The Rhinebeck Sitting Group Retreat
2011-10-22 Our Money or Our Life 41:04
The problem with money is that it takes us to a strange and separate world, where only the bottom-line counts. The wall separating this world from the rest of our life stretches out inside ourselves, and splits us in two. A wholesome life requires that we take down this inner wall.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties :  The Rhinebeck Sitting Group Retreat
2011-10-21 Looking After Me 33:51
To do so we must go inside - not to our impersonation by the ego, but to our complex being. Having done so, we are ready to transcend this complexity and find the peace of emptiness.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties :  The Rhinebeck Sitting Group Retreat
2011-04-10 To Forget Our Separations 39:15
When nothing is "me" our separations vanish. We come to inhabit an open space. Last February, Cairo's Tahrir Square became emblematic of such a space.
Holy Cross Monastery :  Rhinebeck Sitting Group Insight Meditation Retreat with Jose Reissig
2011-04-09 To Forget the Self 34:28
Having become aware of the fictional nature of our persona, we can look into whatever remains.
Holy Cross Monastery :  Rhinebeck Sitting Group Insight Meditation Retreat with Jose Reissig
2011-04-08 To Study The Self 38:54
The fictional nature of our persona becomes evident when we are willing to examine the ways in which we fabricate it.
Holy Cross Monastery :  Rhinebeck Sitting Group Insight Meditation Retreat with Jose Reissig

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