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Dharma Talks
2023-08-09 Morning sit with instruction (Retreat at Spirit Rock) - Water Element 41:23
Alex Haley
First 7 minutes are announcements by Dana DePalma.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center The Elements: Cultivating an Embodied Experience of Emptiness and Fullness

2023-08-09 Cultivating Wise Speech 3: Review of the Foundations of Wise Speech, and Bringing Wise Speech into Difficult or Challenging Interactions 66:45
Donald Rothberg
We first review four foundations of wise speech: (1) developing presence in the midst of communication; (2) working with the four guidelines for skillful speech developed by the Buddha; (3) bringing our mindfulness and skillful responses to our thoughts, emotions, and body states into our speech practice; and (4) empathy practice, tuning into others' and our own emotions and sense of "what matters." We then explore the importance of being with challenges and difficulties in our practice generally, and do two exercises exploring a difficult or challenging interaction with another, including working with an "empathy map." Discussion follows. (Materials on emotions [or feelings], needs, and an "empathy map" are given below, under "documents.")
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
Attached Files:
  • Feelings Inventory from NVC by NVC (added by Donald Rothberg) (PDF)
  • Needs Inventory from NVC by NVC (added by Donald Rothberg) (PDF)
  • Empathy Map by Donald Rothberg/Oren Jay Sofer (PDF)

2023-08-09 Guided Meditation - Lightening the Self Sense 44:47
Zohar Lavie
Gaia House Expanding the Heart

2023-08-09 Metta - Guidance 55:10
Kamala Masters
Hindrances to metta practice. How to offer to a person we are having difficulty with.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Sure Heart's Release

2023-08-09 Dharma Talk - What Is It For ? 52:18
Nathan Glyde
Gaia House Expanding the Heart

2023-08-09 The Domain of Release – the Deathless is now 58:05
Ajahn Sucitto
The aim of cultivation is the release from the stress, craving, and fear that sense consciousness creates.
Cittaviveka 2023 Dhamma Talks

2023-08-09 We Have to Accelerate Our Own Transformation Now! 49:29
Ayya Santacitta
Short Reflection & Guided Meditation | Earthworm Practice for the Anthropocene | Online Wednesday-Mornings
Aloka Earth Room

2023-08-09 Practice Not Complaining 62:09
Gullu Singh
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2023-08-09 Meditation: Relaxing Back into the Mystery 18:10
Tara Brach
All true meditation guides us back to presence, and the mystery that is our source. In this guided meditation we awaken the senses, collect with the breath, and when lost in thought, practice relaxing back into the aliveness and awareness that is always here. We close with a beautiful poem from poet Danna Faulds.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2023-08-09 Part 2: Rewiring for Happiness and Freedom 52:52
Tara Brach
The Buddha said, “I would not be teaching this (a path of awakening) if genuine happiness and freedom were not possible.” While this is our potential, we each have deep conditioning to get stuck in feelings of fear, deficiency and separation from others. These talks explore the two interdependent pathways of undoing the conditioning that blocks our potential. In Part I we will look at how we can intentionally arouse states of well-being, and with practice, develop them into ongoing traits that bring presence and joy to our lives. In Part II, we will investigate how to cultivate an unconditional presence, and the radical acceptance and love, that are the grounds of true happiness and inner freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

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