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Dharma Talks
2021-11-29 Week 7, Part 2 31:42
Juha Penttila
Guided Meditation
Gaia House Exploring Anatta (online series)

2021-11-30 Guided Meditation: Anchoring Attention and Settling (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:13:47
Oren Jay Sofer
Morning instructions of Day 1 offering an overview of how and why to use an anchor to support settling and collecting
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration and Insight

2021-11-30 Evening Dharma Talk (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 64:09
Dawn Scott
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration and Insight

2021-12-01 The Seven Factors of Awakening 2: Cultivating Mindfulness and Equanimity in Formal Meditation and in Daily Life 69:14
Donald Rothberg
Our practice aims at awakening (and awakened beings help others awaken). We review briefly the nature of awakening for the Buddha and later Buddhist traditions, and the centrality of the teaching of the Seven Factors of Awakening. We then explore the two foundational factors--mindfulness and equanimity--identifying their core qualities, as well as how to practice to cultivate each of these factors, both in formal meditation and in the movement of daily life. There is a talk and then discussion.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-12-01 Introduction to Metta practice 40:17
Jean Esther
Short description of metta as an antidote to ill will followed by a guided practice with a focus on a benefactor or easy person
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Freedom of Heart and Mind: Insight Meditation Retreat

2021-12-01 Hindrances and Distractions: Portals to the Path (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 64:39
Susie Harrington
The path of practice has many challenges. How we meet those and turn toward them and learn form them is possibly the most important aspect of our practice. This talk looks at these challenges in the retreat setting and suggests ways of meeting them.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration and Insight

2021-12-01 Insight Into Feeling Tone (Vedana) 51:32
Walt Opie
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2021-12-01 Preparing Our Hearts for the Holidays 51:05
Tara Brach
While the holidays can be times of loving celebration, they can also highlight relational conflicts and challenges. This talk explores how, given the stress of the season, we can bring grace and openheartedness to ourselves and others. Tonight’s class closes with special music: “Love is the Answer” by Len Seligman (with his permission). You can learn more about Len and listen to his latest offerings at https://www.lenseligman.com
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2021-12-01 Heart Meditation: Taking in the Goodness (24:31 min.) 24:34
Tara Brach
Taking in the Goodness: Rumi said, “Whenever some kindness comes to you, turn that way – toward the source of kindness.” This meditation guides us to look for the source of loving and to turn in that direction. It begins with a lovingkindness practice that spreads the image of a smile into the body, then continues with a practice of seeing the goodness of ourselves and others.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2021-12-01 Refuge in Sangha - Meditation 34:08
Shelly Graf
Common Ground Meditation Center Weekly Dharma Series

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