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2022-07-04 Dharma and Democracy: A Talk on the Fourth of July 67:15
Donald Rothberg
On the Fourth of July, we look at the relationship between the freedoms opened up by the dharma, the teachings and practices of awakening, and by the promise and actuality of democracy, at this time of peril for democracy in the U.S. and elsewhere. Can we imagine a spiritually-grounded democracy? To respond to this question, we examine the vision of democracy, remembering both some of the words of the founders and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "America is essentially a dream, a dream as yet unfulfilled. It is a dream of a land where people of all races, all nationalities and all creeds can live together as brothers and sisters." We also explore the vision of dharma and awakening, including the Buddha's creation of a community separate from the prevailing caste system of his time. Yet we also need to look at the many "shadows" of both democracy and dharma, which obscure the vision and prevent its full realization. We end by pointing to a number of ways to renew, develop, and practice our visions of "spiritual democracy" in the different parts of our lives.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-07-05 Setting Your Heart on the End of Ignorance 29:54
Ayya Dhammadīpā
A talk on intention, desire, confidence, and cultivation of the Eightfold Path, based on AN 4.178
Dassanāya Buddhist Community

2022-07-05 Purification of view – part one 45:27
Deborah Ratner Helzer
How can we see accurately what is really happening in this moment? What is the actual experience of the body?
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge July 2022

2022-07-06 Simple Mettā Breathing and Body Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:03
Tempel Smith
There are so many ways to practice formal mettā (loving kindness) meditation, and they all benefit from a relaxed mind and body. The proximal cause for samadhi (concentration) to arise is from a deepening sense of happiness, calm, and contentment. Many practitioners are drawn to use will and force to concentrate their attention, and this leads to agitation, frustration, and fatigue. With mettā breathing and body awareness we can cultivate the ease so useful for our hindrances to subside.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Lovingkindness Retreat

2022-07-06 Mindfulness 44:15
Chas DiCapua
What it is and isn't. How it works. How it works with other path factors. How to cultivate it. The role it plays in liberation.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Stillness & Insight

2022-07-06 Citta – the mind and its ways of Knowing 54:57
Akincano Marc Weber
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2022-07-06 Meditation: Cultivating a Gentle, Kind Attention 19:45
Tara Brach
This meditation calls on the image and felt sense of a smile as we scan through the body, and invites a receptive and caring presence, as we open our attention to the changing flow of life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-07-06 Navigating the Dark Ages 43:42
Tara Brach
How do we process and respond to increasing societal oppression and violence? What helps us transform the energies of fear, hatred and delusion? This talk offers ways we can draw on our spiritual path to steady our heart and engage with presence, wisdom and care.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-07-06 Understanding the Experience of Non-Distraction - Meditation 34:47
Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Weekly Dharma Series

2022-07-06 Understanding the Experience of Non-Distraction - Talk 55:20
Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Weekly Dharma Series

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