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Retreat Dharma Talks

Monday and Wednesday Talks

Regular weekly talks given at the lower Spirit Rock meditation hall

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2007-07-11 The Path Of The Bodhisattva - part 1: Intention - Vow And Patience 59:12
Donald Rothberg
The path of the Bodhisattva is both a traditional and contemporary way of connecting inner practice and helping others. After an overview of the Theravada and Mahayara roots, we explore the practice of (1) intention - vows, and (2) patience.
2007-07-16 Factors Of Enlightenment 61:13
Jack Kornfield
The Factors of Enlightenment: A reminder to the heart of our natural awakening.
2007-07-18 The Path Of The Bodhisattva - part 2 53:16
Donald Rothberg
In this second session, we first review the path of the Bodhisattva, exploring both the Theravada and Mahayara roots and the qualities (paramis, paramites) developed. We focus on vow – intentions, patience, and meditation, looking at how to make the Bodhisattva training real in our daily lives.
2007-07-25 The Path Of The Bodhisattva - part 3 56:33
Donald Rothberg
After an overview of the Bodhisattva path, and of the perfections of vow – intention, patience, and meditations, we look at the perfections of wisdom and skillful action. We end with an experiential exercise designed to a different situation.
2007-07-30 Sacred Journey 57:57
Jack Kornfield
2007-08-01 The Path Of The Bodhisattva - part 4 and the Vow Ceremony 58:09
Donald Rothberg
We review the nature of the Bodhisattva, in its archetypal expression, its manifestation in extraordinary and ordinary human exemplars, and in ourselves. We focus on the qualities of wisdom and skillful action especially and end with a short ceremony in which the participants develop their own version of the Bodhisattva, and express some of them publicly.
2007-08-20 Sanctuary 62:28
Jack Kornfield
Making your meditation, your heart and your life a sanctuary.
2007-08-27 Wisdom & The Characteristics Of Life 64:00
Jack Kornfield
How to live with a wise heart in the midst of impermanence; with ease amidst the dance of life.
2007-09-03 Take The One Seat 60:10
Jack Kornfield
How to find the great heart of compassion and freedom in the midst of it all.
2007-09-05 The Basics Of Our Practice - Reflections On 3 Weeks In Mountain Retreat 56:28
Donald Rothberg
As we begin a new cycle after Labor Day, it’s helpful to identify the basics of our practice, which I do with reference to a just-completed 3 weeks on retreat in the mountains. We look at 1. Foundations – ethics, intentions, creating a space away from habits. 2. Development of concentration and awareness. 3. Heart – practice and 4. Integration in our everyday lives.
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