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Dharma Talks
2022-08-31 23 meditation: mindfulness of mind 28:55
Jill Shepherd
Beginning with mindfulness of breathing, physical sensations and sounds, then bringing awareness to mental activity
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom

2022-08-31 Guided Meditation Exploring Reactivity and Feeling-Tone 35:00
Donald Rothberg
After brief basic meditation instructions related to stabilizing attention with an anchor, and then being present to the anchor or whatever else is predominant, there is an 8-minute or so period of settling and stabilizing. Then there is guidance to notice and be mindful of any kinds of reactivity (manifesting in the body, emotions, and thoughts), if in the workable range. After another 10 minutes or, there is guidance to notice a moderate or greater level of the pleasant or unpleasant (as long as it is workable), staying with the sense of pleasant or unpleasant, noticing any tendencies to reactivity (wanting and grasping, or not wanting and pushing away, at the levels of body, emotions, and/or thoughts).
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-08-31 "I Teach Dukkha and the End of Dukkha"--2 63:43
Donald Rothberg
This is the second of three talks in successive weeks on the "dukkha and the end of dukkha," at the center of the Buddha's teachings. Last week was an introduction and focused on individual practice; this week gives a review and then focuses on relational practice, with others. In the review, we once again point to the multiple meanings of "dukkha" in the Buddha's discourses, all but one of which don't help us to make sense of the "end of dukkha.". Rather, only an interpretation of dukkha coming out of the teachings of the Two Arrows and Dependent Origination, in which dukkha is understood as reactivity, as grasping or pushing away habitually in a variety of ways, can help us understand what "the end of dukkha" means (see the attached PDF file on the sequence from contact to grasping in the teaching of Dependent Origination). We then look at a number of ways of practicing with reactivity, and open to exploring the nature of reactivity in relational contexts, followed by pointing to a number of ways of practicing with reactivity in our relationships. The talk is followed by discussion.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
Attached Files:
  • The Sequence of Contact to Grasping in the Buddha’s Teaching on Dependent Origination by Donald Rothberg (PDF)

2022-08-31 Meditation: The Presence Beyond Thoughts 17:33
Tara Brach
We spend many life moments in a trance of thinking. This meditation awakens the senses through a body scan, and attention to sound. We then rest in the presence that can come alive in the gap between thoughts—the presence that is our true home.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-08-31 Survival of the Nurtured – Our Path to Belonging 54:54
Tara Brach
We flourish when nurtured with love and understanding. Yet for so many, the violence of our society and lack of attuned caretakers has severed trust and belonging. This talk explores how meditation and conscious relating with each other can restore the connections so vital to healing and spiritual freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-08-31 Satipatthana: Kontemplation der Vedanas - Der zweite Pfeil 61:01
Yuka Nakamura
Vedanā - die Gefühlstönung jeder Erfahrung - hat einen großen Einfluss auf unsere Entscheidungen und Verhaltensweisen und spielt eine entscheidende Rolle bei der Entstehung von Leiden. Aus diesem Grund ist es wichtig, sich ihrer gewahr zu werden. Ausgehend von der Salla-Sutta, der Lehrrede über den Pfeil, erläutert der Vortrag, wie sich der Geist in Reaktivität verfängt und so weitere Schichten des Leidens hinzufügt. Durch das Verstehen der unbeständigen und bedingten Natur der Vedanās entwickelt der Geist Gleichmut und erlangt Befreiung von diesen reaktiven Mustern.
Meditationszentrum Beatenberg

2022-09-01 Putting our mind in our Body (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:23
Howard Cohn
First Morning of the retreat instructions
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat

2022-09-01 27 instructions: compassion 19:31
Jill Shepherd
A brief exploration of some of the challenges to practising compassion, and ways to help stay balanced
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom

2022-09-01 28 meditation: compassion and self-compassion 21:45
Jill Shepherd
Beginning with compassion for a good friend, then oneself
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom

2022-09-01 Guided Metta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 31:06
Leslie Booker
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat

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