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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants


2009-01-04 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2009-01-05 Are You Brave Enough To Be Transformed By Lovingkindness? 59:58
Sylvia Boorstein
Lovingkindness is presented as a "subset" of mindfulness: Attention to the third foundation of mindfulness, specifically the presence (or absence) of good will in the mind. Meditation is presented as a technique for letting go of all limiting stories (fixed views) that inhibit us from becoming the fully loving (and tolerant) people we could be.
2009-01-06 How Metta Works Through Us 66:12
Donald Rothberg
Metta works, partly in a clear way, partly mysteriously, to help us lead with our hearts, develop deeper concentration, unergo an often challenging process of purification and touch the depths of our being. As we practice, we work through a number of challenges - distraction, sleepiness, the restless mind and body, and the near and far enemies of metta - attached love and ill-will for enemies, particularly harsh judgment of self and others.
2009-01-07 We Need Metta To Do Metta 53:13
Heather Martin
To handle the 'rowdy prisoners' which invariably arise in practice, Metta nourishes and reassures us, so we can relax, calm down, and release the burden of struggles with them.
2009-01-08 Wisdom Sustains Equanimity - Equanimity Sustains Wisdom 63:09
Sylvia Boorstein
This talk, filled with contemporary stories as well as traditional accounts of the Buddha's enlightenment, makes the connection between wisdom and equanimity - and shows how lovingkindness, compassion, and appreciation are permutations of equanimity in situations that are neutral, unpleasant (troubling) and excitingly pleasant.
2009-01-10 The Expansive Effects Of Metta 59:48
Heather Martin
Interweaving all four threads of the Divine Abodes - to transform us from small, tight self-concern to the soft vast tenderness of interconnection, which is true freedom.
2009-01-10 Widening Circles: Practicing Metta In The World 64:40
Donald Rothberg
How do we bring our metta practice out from retreat into the world and our everyday lives. We look at (1) some guidelines and ways of practicing metta in our personal formal practice; (2) practicing metta in our relationships with others; and (3) the importance of metta for social healing and transformation.
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