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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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2009-10-14 Mindfulness, Especially Virtue as a Source of Happiness, Part 2 67:46
Sylvia Boorstein
2009-10-21 Emptiness and Compassion Part I 48:00
Donald Rothberg
We examine the teaching of seeing the emptiness of self and things and how this, in its mature expression, is compassionate activity. We suggest simple practices to explore this sometimes confusing teaching, and everyday examples of how emptiness and compassion come together.
2009-10-28 Emptiness & Compassion Part II 64:52
Donald Rothberg
We first review basic perspectives on emptiness and compassion and then explore three basic ways to access emptiness: 1) being with inner flow of experience and seeing where self and fixation occur, 2) opening to the "flow experience" in activities and relationships and 3) cultivating a sense of interconnection
2009-11-04 What the Buddha Really Taught: The Metta Sutta 54:51
Sylvia Boorstein
2009-11-09 The Perfection of Truthfulness 56:43
Jack Kornfield
On knowing the part of Self that "Truly" knows...
2009-11-11 Emptiness & Compassion III 64:01
Donald Rothberg
We review the teachings on emptiness in the context of the broader teachings on the centrality of developing wisdom and compassion, expanding our examination of these teachings from last time. The last part of the session involving doing several exercises, partly explaining experience as a flowing "stream" (and seeing what obstructs the flow) and partly doing a series of four exercises with "ordinary objects" designed to take us out of our ordinary way of constructing things.
2009-11-16 Embracing Our Humanness 53:06
Mark Coleman
How do we open our hearts to the fullness of ourselves, our pain, and the whole human experience...
2009-11-18 Emptiness & Compassion Part IV 61:04
Donald Rothberg
After a short account of emptiness and how we cultivate a deeper understanding of it in very practical ways, we explore the nature of compassion. We look at how it can be developed and what forms it can take, all the time pointing to how mature compassion invloves a deep sense of emptiness and interconnection (and vice versa).
2009-11-25 Distraction 61:52
Donald Rothberg
We look at the nature of distraction- not attending to what is our intended focus- in three main ways, each of which we can respond to: 1) our distraction moment to moment and how we train in mindfulness, 2) our distraction in our everyday lives, and 3) how our lives become distracted in relation to our deeper intentions.
2009-11-30 The Perfections/Paramitas with Kilung Jigme Rinpoche Part 1 8:06
Jack Kornfield
Theravada & Tibetan approaches to the paramitas... Introduction to Rinpoche
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