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Dharma Talks
2022-08-24 Taking Joy, & Appreciating It To Give Back More 46:48
Nathan Glyde
Exploring the teaching of Muditā
SanghaSeva The Heart Unbound

2022-08-24 "I Teach Dukkha and the End of Dukkha"--1 69:18
Donald Rothberg
The Buddha, at the center of his teaching, taught "dukkha and the end of dukkha." Yet it is not always clear either what "dukkha" means in this context or what "the end of dukkha" means. In this talk, we explore this core teaching in several ways. First, we distinguish four different meanings of "dukkha" that can be seen in the discourses of the Buddha, only the last of which, interpreted as "reactivity," helps us to make sense of the "end of dukkha." (See the attached PDF file.) This meaning of dukkha can be reconstructed from two core teachings, the "Two Arrows" and Dependent Origination (see the attached PDF file). We then look at several ways of practicing with reactivity, including understanding and working with the common complexity of there frequently being some kind of insight or something important being "mixed" with reactivity, as, for example, when I am very reactive about injustice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
Attached Files:
  • Four Meanings of Dukkha by Donald Rothberg (PDF)
  • The Sequence of Contact to Grasping in the Buddha’s Teaching on Dependent Origination by Donald Rothberg (PDF)

2022-08-24 Guided Meditation Exploring Feeling-Tone and Reactivity 37:48
Donald Rothberg
After brief basic meditation instructions related to stabilizing attention with an anchor, and then being present to the anchor or whatever else is predominant, there is a 10-minute period of stabilizing. Then there is guidance related to noticing a moderate or greater level of the pleasant or unpleasant (as long as it is workable), staying with the sense of pleasant or unpleasant, noticing any tendencies to reactivity (wanting and grasping, or not wanting and pushing away, at the levels of body, emotions, and/or thoughts). Near the end, there is some further guidance on staying with moderately unpleasant sensations for 2 minutes or so.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-08-24 Meditation Instructions 4: Compassion 60:56
Zohar Lavie
SanghaSeva The Heart Unbound

2022-08-23 Letting Go: Learning to Set Aside 37:26
Brian Lesage
Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community FIMC Monday Night Talks

2022-08-23 Guided Meditation: Mettā and Karuṇā to Subtilise Sensations 43:54
Nathan Glyde
Offering a wide, welcoming, and interested, good will or care to more challenging or more neutral sensations, and seeing what unfolds from that way of relating.
SanghaSeva The Heart Unbound

2022-08-23 Guide metta: loving kindness for self, friend, and enemy 45:33
Matthew Hepburn
A brief story on development of metta for the enemy followed by guided practice for three categories using phrases
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Your Life Is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Retreat

2022-08-23 Compassion 50:40
Zohar Lavie
SanghaSeva The Heart Unbound

2022-08-23 Mindfulness of thoughts 34:14
Devon Hase
Short teaching and guided meditation on mindfulness of thoughts and thinking.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Your Life Is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Retreat

2022-08-23 Breathing In and Out in All Conditions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:11
Tempel Smith
At the beginning of breath awareness practice we can feel our attention is either with the breath or distracted. As we deepen out faith and dedication to mindfulness of breathing we learn to breath in and breath out in all conditions. The breath becomes a sanctuary to accompany us in all conditions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Cultivating Concentration

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