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2022-08-17 Guided Meditation: Connect & Continue (Vitakka & Vicara) As Our Two Best Friends in Concentration Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:55
Nikki Mirghafori
In this guided meditation, we explore connecting with our intention, relaxing the body, and then devote ourselves to the first two jhanic factors: vitakka and vicara, initial application and sustained application, or connect and continue. The guidance ends with planting the seeds for gladness and joy by noticing the absence of the hindrances, as taught in the satipatthana sutta.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Cultivating Concentration

2022-08-17 Meditation: Listening to Life 19:03
Tara Brach
The attitude of meditation is one of engaged listening – a relaxed, receptive yet intimate attention. This meditation explores how we can listen to sounds, listen to and feel sensations, and then relax back into the ocean of awareness that includes and perceives the changing waves. In this relaxing back, we realize the peace and freedom of inhabiting our wholeness and essence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-08-17 Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 3: A Mirror 56:39
Tara Brach
This 3- part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of “who am I” that reveals our deepest nature. The three qualities often described as the essence of awareness: wakeful, open, tender.”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-08-17 12 Steps of Breathing Concentration (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:50
Tempel Smith
When the Buddha taught detailed instructions for breath meditation he often used 16 steps from initial meditation to complete freedom. The first 12 steps on the common meditation guidelines to develop stable concentration and experience a mind temporarily free from inner turmoil.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Cultivating Concentration

2022-08-18 Orienting Towards Breath Concentration (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:37
Tempel Smith
After our initial work to begin meditation on in and out breathing we can further relax with total faith into immersion with breathing awareness. Some gentle supporting techniques of counting can be helpful, as well as welcoming an attitude of devotion and patience to support breathing as a sanctuary.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Cultivating Concentration

2022-08-18 Guided Loving-Kindness and Compassion Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:59
Kristina Bare
Loving-kindness and compassion as support for deepening samadhi.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Cultivating Concentration

2022-08-18 Balancing Practice with the Five Spiritual Faculties 58:49
Amana Brembry Johnson
The five spiritual powers are essential accompaniments that guide us into deepened realizations of liberation. Each faculty is an active power that is soverign in its own domain, but also pairs with another to effect balance. As a whole unit, the 5 faculties work together to strengthen our resolve, by establishing inner balance and harmony. In this way, they cultivate our capacity to see each moment clearly without the residue of external conditioning.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Cultivating Concentration

2022-08-18 Talk: introduction to the theme of taking refuge in Dharma 28:51
Jill Shepherd
An exploration of what it means to take refuge generally, and then specifically in relation to dharma, with a brief introduction to the Four Noble Truths and the Four Brahamavihāra of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity
Auckland Insight Meditation Auckland Insight weekly talks 2022

2022-08-19 Metta For The Body 29:45
Devon Hase
Short talk and guided metta body scan
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Your Life Is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Retreat

2022-08-19 Guided meditation on death, Dhamma talk on death 1:30:46
Bhante Sujato
Guided meditation on death: 'Life is uncertain, death is certain'. Dhamma talk on death; how the Buddha talked about death as something knowable, and what happens after death.
Lokanta Vihara

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