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Retreat Dharma Talks

Insight Meditation and Contemplative Inquiry

2010-05-16 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2010-05-18 Demands, Defenses and Distractions: Exploring Obstacles to Presence 51:03
Martin Aylward
We get pulled away from ourselves in different ways. This talk explores both the mechanisms of how we get disconnected from being present, and how come those mechanisms exert such a powerful pull on our consciousness. The exploration encourages a careful and caring investigation of those obstacles, as the way to understand, and liberate them.
2010-05-19 Compassion and the Judging Mind 58:40
Eugene Cash
The judging mind helps hold the sense of self as a static entity. Compassion allows us to be with all manifestations, however painful, allowing for healing and release.
2010-05-22 Longing for Freedom 59:10
Martin Aylward
We come to dharma practice with a longing for freedom. This talk explores both the longing, in its importance for awakening the heart and nourishing the spiritual journey, and the Freedom of Being - our capacity to fully and freely inhabit and respond to life, to which this longing points.
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