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Dharma Talks
2022-01-12 Training the Heart 0:00
Oren Jay Sofer
(Recording not available) 
How do we meet the challenges of our times? This talk reflects on how we can shape and train the heart-mind to have access to qualities that enrich our potential and resilience.
Various

2022-01-12 How to Meet Obstacles in Metta Meditation--(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:42
Kaira Jewel Lingo
We begin with metta as heart training, a practice of awakening and growing our heart and explore how our practice of metta can also support and help to transform others. Then we move into obstacles to metta meditation and how to practice with them, covering when metta feels mechanical, distractions, grief, doubt, anger, and struggling to offer metta to ourselves. We close looking at how metta can be a protection and also how the Earth can be a source and inspiration for metta.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2022-01-12 Equanimity: balanced intimacy 58:49
Dawn Scott
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2022-01-12 Compass of Our Heart 50:24
Tara Brach
All of our actions, our entire life experience, arises from the energy of intention. While it’s natural that our intentions are shaped by egoic wants and fears, when we bring this into conscious, compassionate awareness, we can discover the deep aspiration that guides and energizes our awakening hearts and minds. This talk explores the movement from egoic intention to liberating intention…the movement from “my will” to “my heart’s will” (a favorite from the archives).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-01-12 Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness (20:04 min.) 20:03
Tara Brach
When we fully inhabit our body, we discover the space and wakefulness of awareness itself. In this meditation, we rest in this open awareness, and when the attention narrows into thoughts, we practice relaxing back into the openness that includes passing sounds, sensations and feelings. We close with a brief offering of lovingkindness to our own hearts and our world (with community OMs – no bell at end).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-01-12 Introduction to Buddhist Awareness Practice, Week1 - Meditation 29:10
Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Introduction to Buddhist Awareness Practice

2022-01-12 Introduction to Buddhist Awareness Practice, Week 1 - Talk 31:09
Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Introduction to Buddhist Awareness Practice

2022-01-12 Guided Meditation: Nourishing the Heart 54:06
Oren Jay Sofer
Guided meditation on noticing and dwelling on what's uplifting in the heart.
Various

2022-01-12 Liberation Is a Careful, Everyday, Process 37:02
Ajahn Sucitto
Of all the things to be sensitive about, the most urgent and important, is to know how you’re activated and to calm the citta saṇkhāra. We get morphed by what we plug into, so unplug and let go of the unskillful, and plug into what’s necessary for calming and steadying. It takes time for citta to get it. Keep making an effort with friendliness, aligning everything in our lives to support this present awareness.
Cittaviveka 2022 Winter Retreat Opening Group Practice

2022-01-11 The Nature of Metta and Metta Practice--(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:49
Donald Rothberg
Metta practice is one version of the ancient vocation to live from kindness and love, that is found across spiritual traditions. In Buddhist tradition, it is in the family of “heart practices” that are called the brahmavihara: Lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity. In this context, we explore how metta practice both opens us up to this deep kindness and warmth and to what is the way of metta. We also examine some of the challenges of metta practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

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