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2003-10-16 Forgiveness: The Most Tender Part Of Love 56:31
Myoshin Kelley
Forgiveness as a practice will often take us to the edge of what we can accept. Drawing upon qualities of lovingkindness, compassion and patience we can learn to open to our deepest pain.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2003-03-24 Wanting: The Payoff And The Pain 44:56
Rodney Smith
The whole of desire must be understood—what it gives us and its inevitable pain—in order for it to be put to an end.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

2002-12-22 Desire for Enlightenment 53:00
Shaila Catherine
Desire is usually described as a hindrance to meditation, but to realize deathless liberation we must want to be free. A burning desire to awaken opens the heart and mind to a possibility of freedom otherwise not known. This talk examines the force of desire as both a form of craving that perpetuates suffering, and as a necessary and wholesome factor that supports the realization of nibbana (nirvana) and the end of suffering. We examine hindrances, pain, and obstacles from which we want to be free in order to realize unconditioned awakening. Working with desire has some risks, but it is a powerful force that encourages curiosity, investigation, and openness to possibility—the possibility of discovering a profound fearlessness, and enduring happiness, the possibility of enlightenment.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley Tuesday Talks

2002-12-13 I Just Wanted Some Toothpaste 38:18
Ayya Medhanandi
Birth, aging, death, pain, sorrow, lamentation are all dukkha. There is pain and there is the way out of pain. That is the cultivation of the Noble Eightfold Path. By sitting, accepting and letting go, we walk the Middle Way and follow the laws of Dhamma.
Bodhinyanarama Monastery, Stokes Valley, New Zealand

2002-09-04 Making Peace With Pain 50:38
Tara Brach
Our conditioning to resist pain creates trance—we become identified as a small, victimized, threatened self. We have the capacity, through mindful, kind attention, to discover genuine freedom in the midst of pain.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2002-08-13 Second Foundation Of Mindfulness - Awareness Of Pleasant, Unpleasant And Neutral 45:27
Narayan Helen Liebenson
The second foundation of mindfulness is the awareness of pleasant, painful, and neutral feeling. Awareness of the texture of our experiences brings liberation.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2002-05-01 Feeling Our Pain 61:32
Sylvia Boorstein
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2002-04-08 Following The Pain Line 42:09
Rodney Smith
The first step of spiritual maturity is to move into pain. Holding the pain without explanation or justification allows it to open into emptiness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2002-02-27 Relationships As A Path Of Spiritual Awakening 42:36
Tara Brach
Our human relationships give rise to pain and pleasure, fear, suffering and love. As we bring our experience into the light of mindful awareness, we awaken compassion and discover the truth of our connectedness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2002-01-23 Befriending Difficult Emotions 58:30
Tara Brach
Often without realizing it, painful emotions, like fear or anger give rise to the conviction that "something is wrong". When instead we receive our inner weather with an acceptance and wise attention, we reconnect with our national compassion and wholeness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

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