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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

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2009-03-02 Joy 58:43
Mark Coleman
The beauty of Joy. How dharma teachings and practice supports the awakening of joy. This talk also explores joy as mudita - the appreciative joy.
2009-03-09 Equanimity 61:04
Mark Coleman
What is Equanimity? Why is it so difficult to be at ease in difficult circumstances. What supports this beautiful quality of the heart and how does it relate to metta (love), compassion and appreciative joy.
2009-03-11 Practicing Compassion, I 58:28
Donald Rothberg
The practice of compassion can occur both as a formal practice - one of the four practices of the Brahmaviharas - and as an everyday practice in the context of our lives. Compassion practice works because it helps us to to open to our deeper being. Yet to do this, we have to learn also to open to pain - and suffering - understood as the reaction to pain.
2009-03-16 The Wisdom of Insecurity 49:58
Nina Wise
In this time of economic uncertainty, how do we cultivate equanimity and well being. Guidance for transforming hard times into good times.
2009-03-18 Practicing Compassion, pt II 56:58
Donald Rothberg
We continue to explore the practices to develop, examining the nature of compassion - its relationship to the other brahmaviharas, the receptive and active dimensions of compassion, the near and far enemies; how we might practice compassion in the world - interpersonally and socially; and the relationship of compassion and wisdom.
2009-03-25 Cultivating Mudita (Appreciative Joy) pt I 49:16
Donald Rothberg
We explore the practice of Mudita in the context of the other three Brahmaviharaas; seeing how it goes again both self-centered joy and tendencies to focus on problems or what is "wrong" in a situation. There is some guidance in the formal mudita practice, as well as more general cultivation of joy.
2009-03-30 Awake In Nature 58:46
Mark Coleman
How does our meditation practice relate to the natural world? How does nature support our awakening. This talk explores how nature supports us to be more aware & develop awe, wonder, love, appreciation, peace and connectedness.
2009-04-01 Sylvia Boorstein in dialog with Rabbi Jeff Roth 58:28
Sylvia Boorstein
Dialogue between Rabbi Jeff Roth and Sylvia Boorstein about the expression of Dharma truths using a Jewish idiom. Rabbi Roth is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioner Program.
2009-04-13 Aliveness & Awareness 8:30
Jack Kornfield
2009-04-15 Mudita, pt II 63:12
Donald Rothberg
Mudita practice both opens us to joy and extends that joy beyond our usual boundaries, transforming our conditions that limit joy to a limited circle and focus on the negative. We explore some of the roots of this personal and social conditioning and end by identifying some of the qualities of mature joy.
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