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2022-05-25 Practicing with Fear 3 66:03
Donald Rothberg
We start by acknowledging the mass shooting in Texas that occurred yesterday, in the context of our practicing with fear, following up an earlier guided meditation and sharing (not recorded) related to the shooting. We then look generally at the three core ways of practicing with fear, going into some depth on each: (1) cultivating mindfulness and clear seeing (wisdom), (2) working with the heart practices, and (3) acting skillfully. We then focus on how the process of awakening typically involves at each new stage an opening to fear, and also mention some of the dynamics of the "Dark Night of the Soul." Lastly, we look at how to explore and work with fear related to our social world, in terms of the three ways of practicing with fear. There follows a period of discussion.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-05-24 Wholeheartedly Connecting through Overcoming Ill Will 24:33
Brian Lesage
Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community FIMC Monday Night Talks

2022-05-23 Dancing with the Way Things Are: Impermanence 53:45
Susie Harrington
Impermanence is the nature of things, in our practice we have the opportunity to see it and learn to dance with this fundamental aspect of our experience.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Finding Refuge, Finding Home: A Retreat in Nature

2022-05-22 05 talk: facing up to impermanence, endings, loss 15:27
Jill Shepherd
Following a reading on the passing of the Buddha, reflecting on the truth of impermanence and how none of us are immune to it; moving into a ritual to acknowledge recent losses, and strengthen inner qualities to be able to navigate change with more ease
Auckland Insight Meditation 2022 Vesak celebration for Auckland Insight

2022-05-22 04 talk: awakening mutuality 16:09
Jill Shepherd
Exploring what Awakening or Nibbāna means, then exploring some words by Thomas Hubl to explore how sangha or community can develop mindfulness, mutuality and mirroring as a support for insight
Auckland Insight Meditation 2022 Vesak celebration for Auckland Insight

2022-05-22 03 talk: introduction to the life of the Buddha 7:39
Jill Shepherd
Finding points of commonality in our own lives with the life of the Buddha, then moving into relational practice exploring what motivated us to step out of the "palace of delusion"
Auckland Insight Meditation 2022 Vesak celebration for Auckland Insight

2022-05-22 02 meditation: cultivating gratitude 22:23
Jill Shepherd
Orienting the heart-mind towards gratitude as a support for muditā, appreciative joy
Auckland Insight Meditation 2022 Vesak celebration for Auckland Insight

2022-05-22 01 talk: What is Vesak? 5:56
Jill Shepherd
A brief introduction to what Vesak is, and the structure of this day of practice
Auckland Insight Meditation 2022 Vesak celebration for Auckland Insight

2022-05-21 Opening Identification 1:35:45
Nathan Glyde
Regarding the aggregates of existence (form; preferences; perceiving; mental activity; knowing) as areas we can open around. Shifting from identification and ownership to just happening activities for greater freedom and well-being.
Gaia House Online Dharma Hall - May 2022

2022-05-19 talk: connecting with the more than human world 16:48
Jill Shepherd
Investigating how our sense of community can be expanded to include the more than human world, closing with some relational practice in pairs, exploring our kinship with all beings
Auckland Insight Meditation Auckland Insight weekly talks 2022

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