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Dharma Talks
2022-01-16 Inspiring People: The Dharma of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & bell hooks 1:33:30
Eugene Cash
San Francisco Insight Meditation Community SFI Sunday Nights

2022-01-16 07 instructions: mindfulness of the body in terms of the four elemental qualities 22:00
Jill Shepherd
An introduction to experiencing the body in terms of the elemental qualities of earth, water, fire and air
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-16 06 meditation: spaciousness and mettā 21:52
Jill Shepherd
Orienting to the energy of mettā / kindness as a support for more openness and ease in the body, heart and mind
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-16 05 instructions: cultivating spaciousness and metta 13:53
Jill Shepherd
Continuing with the exploration of clinging and release, noticing what gets in the way and what supports more openness and ease, with an invitation to orient to mettā
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-15 Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public: Celebrating Dr. King's Legacy of Love--(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:25
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Given on Dr. King's birthday, we explore how we can each give rise to bodhicitta and support the realization of justice: the expression of love in public. Kaira Jewel first shares about the personal impact of Dr. King on her life, introducing her father, Al Lingo, who makes a cameo appearance to briefly share about working with Dr. King in the Civil Rights Movement in the South. She then explores the friendship between Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. King and their common effort to build the Beloved Community. Then we look at how caring for ourselves is caring for others and vice versa, and how bodhicitta is an inexhaustible source of energy and confidence, because it helps us clarify what our ultimate concern is. We end with how we can engage in activism, and work on behalf of the world in a way that doesn’t lead to burnout.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2022-01-15 04 talk: Right Effort p1 - the Five Hindrances 50:09
Jill Shepherd
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-15 03 instructions: mindfulness of the body 12:36
Jill Shepherd
Beginning to sensitise our awareness to notice the physical symptoms of clinging and release
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-15 02 meditation: mindfulness of breathing 26:17
Jill Shepherd
Beginning by establishing awareness of the body sitting, and simply receiving the experience of breathing
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-15 01 instructions: developing mindfulness and steadiness of mind 20:51
Jill Shepherd
Developing sati / mindfulness and samadhi / steadiness of mind, to sensitise us to what supports ease, and what gets in the way
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-14 Metta and Forgiveness--(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:14
Donald Rothberg
We first explore several important themes in metta practice: (1) how metta practice can be seen as a training in learning to “lead” with the heart; (2) ways of working with difficult experiences, such as anger, fear, and the presence of the judgmental mind, that can arise in the “purification” process connected with metta practice; (3) how metta practice opens us to our radiant depths; and (4) the nature of metta practice with the “difficult person” and its connection with forgiveness practice. Then we explore the nature of forgiveness—clarifying what it is and isn’t; distinguishing between forgiveness as an outer, interpersonal and social process, giving several examples, including from the Heiltsuk indigenous tradition and South Africa, and forgiveness as an inner practice; and identifying some of dynamics of inner forgiveness practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

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