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2009-04-04 Spring Fever Pt 1. 40:31
Ajahn Amaro
We often relate to arisings and beginnings as intrinsically and wholly good (think kids and puppies, spring flowers...), but surely there's more to the story, for everything in nature tends to create its opposite. This will be a day of reflections and practices on the themes of interest and enthusiasm, and their painful shadow, the obsessive quality of becoming. Most usefully we will explore the ways that the heart can be freed from such obsessive addictions so the cycles of nature can be integrated harmoniously.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Spring Fever

2009-03-28 The Liberated Heart 44:27
Christina Feldman
The heart that is free from the painful aching sense of lack or incompleteness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center A Taste of Freedom: Insight Meditation Weekend

2009-03-20 Unencumbered 19:12
Ayya Medhanandi
Fire is our teacher - the fire of pain, the fire of persevering through difficulty and the fire of going beyond what we think we are capable of. For we are greater that we know and our journey is one of learning to trust what is right and true. When the heart’s compassion, wisdom, and generosity mature, there is no space for fear. All the dross of the world melts away in the silence of pure presence. Here is the absolute sanctity of awareness, unencumbered, and joyous in the knowledge of pure love itself.
Ottawa Buddhist Society (Sisters of St. Joseph Convent)

2009-03-11 Practicing Compassion, I 58:28
Donald Rothberg
The practice of compassion can occur both as a formal practice - one of the four practices of the Brahmaviharas - and as an everyday practice in the context of our lives. Compassion practice works because it helps us to to open to our deeper being. Yet to do this, we have to learn also to open to pain - and suffering - understood as the reaction to pain.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2009-03-09 Guided Meditation: Approaching Pain 39:37
Amma Thanasanti
Working with the second foundation of mindfulness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Heart of Wisdom: Monastic Retreat

2009-02-18 The Divine Abodes: Compassion 1:17:46
Tara Brach
Lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equinimity, are natural expressions of our awakened heart. In this series of four talks, we will examine what arouses these qualities of a wise heart. Each talk will include guided reflections. Compassion naturally arises as we allow ourselves to be touched by suffering--our own, those we know, all beings. As we discover our shared vulnerability, the pain of separation dissolves and our hearts open to widening circles of belonging.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-02-16 The Raw Spot 63:21
Norman Fischer
Loss, pain and suffering leave us raw. But the rawness can bring us to a new birth. How to practice with difficult times, economic uncertainty.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2009-01-30 Facets of the Diamond 41:28
Host & the guest and the fundamental confusion between the two Staying at home, the one that hears the sound and the sound merge Allow the world the come to the heart. Before knowledge Original nature & original split Self structure as defence against original pain of separation
Dharmagiri Original Brightness Retreat

2009-01-27 Kuan Yin - Bestower of Fearlessness 38:07
Turning the state rather than being turned by the state Liberating the orphans of consciousness & being liberated from them Stories of Ajahn Chah – Knowing pain & ‘What About the Rest of Us?’ The man who wanted to hang himself Returning to the Still Bestower of Courage & Fearlessness.
Dharmagiri Original Brightness Retreat

2009-01-23 Turning Into The Skid 60:06
Bob Stahl
Waking up to aging, illness and death. Turning into emotional pain. How to grow a meditation practice that holds it all.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Essential Dharma

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