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Dharma Talks
2022-07-29 Dharma Talk 36:00
River Wolton
Gaia House Rainbow Dharma: a retreat for the LGBTQI+ community

2022-07-29 Metta practice with an easy being 39:16
Chas DiCapua
Self and good friend
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation Retreat for 18–32 Year Olds

2022-07-29 The hindrances as protectors 45:27
Rebecca Bradshaw
Mindfulness is our best protection!
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation Retreat for 18–32 Year Olds

2022-07-28 Mindfulness 41:55
Chas DiCapua
What mindfulness is? Why it's important, and what role does it play in the Buddha's path to awakening
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation Retreat for 18–32 Year Olds

2022-07-28 Self-Care for Parents Dharma Talk (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:04
Diana Winston
Most parents are exhausted, over-committed, guilty, and burnt out. This talk explores how to increase our capacity for self-care using principles of the dharma. We explore the challenging voices that prevent us from being self-compassionate, and how we can work with them. We then talk about how to increase "outer self-care" -- practical things parents can do, and then "inner self care"-- increasing joy as a radical act and finding a depth of well-being no matter what is happening in life.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center The Family Retreat

2022-07-27 Meditation: Befriending and Opening to Life 28:56
Tara Brach
This meditation establishes a gentle and caring presence through bringing the image and felt sense of a smile to various domains in the body. We deepen the intention to befriend and relax with whatever arises moment-to-moment, letting life be just as it is. We offer a brief lovingkindness reflection, sensing our heart and mind, and offering whatever wish most resonates to ourselves and others.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-07-27 Awakening from the Landlocked Self 53:04
Tara Brach
The Buddha taught that our suffering arises from forgetting who we are. This talk explores the trance of identifying as Somebody, and the compassionate witnessing that allows us to discover the freedom of our natural being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-07-27 Non-Harming and Abortion - It's Complicated! 52:06
Betsy Rose
An exploration of the complex emotional, medical, social and ethical issues surrounding reproductive justice. What did the Buddha actually teach about non-harming? How does heated public discourse create false binaries, and push people into extreme positions? What is the way of the compassionate and wise heart as we navigate this heart-wrenching and challenging life situation?
Assaya Sangha

2022-07-27 Developing Equanimity and Compassion Together 68:53
Donald Rothberg
We begin by examining again the nature of equanimity, identifying seven core qualities of equanimity, including a kind of faith or confidence, illustrated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of his midnight "cup of coffee" experience. We point to two typical distortions of equanimity--being overly cool and cut off some from the awakened heart, and disconnecting from action. We then look at the nature of compassion, and see how the development of compassion helps us to respond to these two distortions. In a parallel way, we see how several typical distortions of compassion, such as pity (the "near enemy"), burnout, and confusion (or lack of wisdom), are remedied by the development of equanimity! Together, they help us develop wisdom and the awakened heart, supported by courage (as we learn from the Vietnamese Buddhist tradition).
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-07-27 A Guided Meditation Cultivating Equanimity and Compassion 37:48
Donald Rothberg
After basic instructions in (1) settling and stabilizing attention, and (2) practicing mindfulness, there is 5-minute period of settling and stabilizing. Then there are several practice suggestions for cultivating equanimity, especially by noticing and exploring reactivity and any appearances of the "Eight Worldly Winds." After another 10 minutes or so, there is also guidance in two main ways of developing compassion, through opening in mindfulness to what is difficult or painful, and through a three-step self-compassion practice from Kristin Neff.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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