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2012-04-30 Opening Our Hearts 59:25
Yanai Postelnik
We can at times feel our hearts closed or hardened into a sense of distance, or disconnection from life. As we feel deeply into our experience, we can learn to meet our pain, fear, anger and reactivity, with acceptance, kindness, and courage. In this journey, our heart naturally begins to soften, revealing its natural sensitivity and the profoundly connected openness of our life.
Gaia House Insight Meditation and Yoga Retreat

2012-04-16 The Art of Mindfulness 48:18
Mark Coleman
What did the Buddha actually teach about mindfulness? How does it differ from a simple attention? This talk explores mindfulness in the context of the Buddhist Path and it leading from pain to peace.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2012-04-04 Beyond the Prison of Beliefs 1:13:33
Tara Brach
Most of us have core fear beliefs that obscure our true nature and bind us in repeating patterns of painful emotions and behavior. This talk looks at the beliefs that limit us and the freedom that is possible when we investigate them with a kind, mindful awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2012-03-25 Riding the Eight Worldly Winds 60:35
Heather Sundberg
"Pleasure/Pain; Gain/Loss; Praise/Blame; Fame/Disrepute". Talk offers equanimity wisdom teachings and practical tools for "riding the eight worldly winds."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long

2012-03-24 The Tender Heart of Compassion 30:46
Mark Coleman
Human life requires much tenderness and vulnerability to work with inevitable pain and suffering - the practice of compassion is a wonderful vehicle for this orientation.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2012-03-04 Suffering and Freedom from Suffering 54:04
Donald Rothberg
We explore the nature and roots of suffering, using in part the teaching of the Two Arrows to help distinguish "pain" and "suffering" linking the latter with reactivity. Being mindful of suffering and reactivity, and learning to experience pain without suffering opens us to greater freedom. We also explore further the nature of freedom and other ways that freedom may be experienced.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long

2012-02-15 The Heart Of Compassion 50:27
Mark Coleman
Compassion is an essential quality on the path of life - how do we cultivate this, what gets in the way and how does the caring heart move in the world in openness to pain.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat

2011-12-31 Playing with Pain - Talk and Guided Meditation 33:10
Amma Thanasanti
Shakti Vihara Touching the Earth: Embodiment, Renewal and Letting Go

2011-12-15 Cultivating a Bodhisattva Heart 55:06
James Baraz
We don’t have to wait to take Bodhisattva vows to practice the Bodhisattva attitude of being there for another’s suffering. In this talk we explore principles and practices to cultivate compassion—the heart of the Bodhisattva ideal—including 1) developing a caring heart towards those we may not feel an affinity and 2) holding the pain we feel at another’s suffering with wise discernment.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2011-11-20 I Sit Here in Blessing 10:58
Ayya Medhanandi
How can we care for ourselves and each other, using our formal meditation practice as a template for daily living? As we sit for meditation, mark an intuitive pathway through painful, burdensome mind states, teaching the mind to purify itself with every breath. Gradually, we overcome our sufferings. We glimpse the peace, happiness, clarity and freedom of heart that are within our reach.
Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto

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