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Retreat Dharma Talks

Developing Compassion: The Fruit of Our Practice

This will be a retreat of silent mindfulness meditation practice and the practices of compassion. There will be some periods of inquiry, exploring the wise integration of compassion into our everyday lives, as well as guided practices for that integration. Norman Fischer is the author of the recent book Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong. In her teaching, Mary Grace Orr emphasizes the importance of developing compassionate presence in daily life.

2015-01-25 (6 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2015-01-26 Bodhisattva Vision 60:33
Norman Fischer
Suffering is pervasive-there's no escape. But we all suffer together in exactly the same way, so we are close to one another. Bodhisattvas know this means love and compassion are the most real emotions in our lives.
2015-01-27 Meeting Our Suffering 48:26
Mary Grace Orr
Exploring The Four Noble Truths & The practice of Tonglen
2015-01-28 Suffering and Gratitude 53:14
Norman Fischer
Developing compassion requires us to learn to face pain rather than run from it. Gratitude practice helps us to see that we are connected to every thing- Good and bad. In the end we're grateful even for our pain, which turns out to be the gateway to a deeper love.
2015-01-29 Living Your Practice 52:17
Mary Grace Orr
Do good, avoid evil, appreciate your lunacy, and pray for help: how we can work with this teaching in the context of the Eightfold Path.
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