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2020-05-01 On the Cross of Our Illusions: A Guided Dying Meditation and Reflections 42:36
  Ayya Medhanandi
To simulate the natural process of death is to experience the impermanence of the five aggregates and a pure awareness that knows the inherent emptiness of things as they truly are. Dying is a potent doorway for liberation of mind and the best death we can die is shattering the ego. Then we can let go of fear once and for all. This guided meditation was given during a death and dying retreat in an Australian church in 2004
Australian Insight Meditation Network

2020-04-30 talk: seclusion, sangha, samvega (spiritual urgency) 17:16
  Jill Shepherd
A short talk exploring how taking refuge in sangha even while we're in seclusion, can strengthen samvega or spiritual urgency. Closes with an invitation to explore in small groups, what's been learned in response to the Covid-19 situation and how it might deepen our dharma practice.
Auckland Insight Meditation

2020-04-30 meditation: slowing, stilling, soothing 28:01
  Jill Shepherd
Orienting to the body and the breath to slow down, steady and soothe the heart-mind
Auckland Insight Meditation

2020-04-30 Your Practice as a Gift to Others 44:49
  James Baraz
Our own centeredness and kind awareness becomes one the greatest gifts we can offer others who are in distress. Without fixing or changing our compassionate presence is healing and a source of our own inner well-being, especially when we do't identify with being "the helper".
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Centering: The Gift to Ourselves and Others - Online

2020-04-30 Closing Session + Q&A 39:36
  Oren Jay Sofer
Closing session for the month of April online teachings at the Forest Refuge, with Caroline Jones.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge Forest Refuge April Retreat Online

2020-04-29 Sheltering In Love (Part 6): Loneliness as a Portal to Sacred Presence (Part 2) 51:05
  Tara Brach
The root of suffering is the pain of separation, the fears and loneliness that arise when we have forgotten our intrinsic belonging to each other and to all of life. These two talks look at the epidemic of loneliness predating the pandemic, and how loneliness is exacerbated in our current global crisis for those living alone, and for those feeling disconnected to themselves and others. We then explore how a courageous practice of compassionate presence - with our inner life, and in relationships - can turn the energy of loneliness into a current of healing and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2020-04-29 Meditation: Vipassana - Seeing Life As It Is 27:36
  Tara Brach
This classic Buddhist meditation trains us to wake up out of thoughts and to attend to our changing experience with a balanced, clear and open presence. Enjoy a bit longer meditation with several quiet pauses.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2020-04-29 Being with Uncertainty in These Times 47:47
  Sebene Selassie
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2020-04-29 Question & Answer 37:55
  Oren Jay Sofer
Open Q&A session, includes such topics as: handling restless thoughts; working with persistent worry; relating wisely to creative thoughts; opening the pain and suffering in the world.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge Forest Refuge April Retreat Online

2020-04-29 Wednesday Morning Instructions 47:00
  James Baraz
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Centering: The Gift to Ourselves and Others - Online

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