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1999-03-14 The Liberating News Of Impermanence 53:41
Sylvia Boorstein
Everything arises and passes away, like the breath. How to not be frightened by this or experience "existential angst" from inevitable loss in connection is often what brings us into practice. Liberation is in the heart that is wide enough to hold joy as well as the greatest pain of loss. In managing inevitable loss, we become kinder, softer, gentler and much more careful. To liberate "fixed point of view," we stay awake and attentive, always open for new insights to our stories about ourselves and others. Views change, bodies change, relationships change, but what does not change is the capacity of the heart to respond with compassion and lovingkindness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

1997-12-14 Healing Our Own Pain 45:31
Yanai Postelnik
Gaia House Gaia House Retreat

1997-08-15 Compassion 50:25
Sharda Rogell
what is compassion? can we open to the painful element of life without recoiling in fear?
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

1997-04-05 It Shouldnt Be This Way Recognizing The Grasping Mind 60:04
Ajahn Amaro
Embracing our natural painful feelings with a peaceful heart.

1996-12-01 True Letting Go 50:01
Sharda Rogell
Can we really let go, or is true letting go the by-product of understanding the pain of holding on? What does it mean to let be?
Gaia House

1995-07-23 Clear Cutting Of Difficulties 59:21
Steve Armstrong
dealing with those conditions in our lives which provoke painful emotions
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

1995-05-28 Living On This Earth With Caring 58:06
Michele McDonald
touching our pain and joy with compassion and equanimity
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center 22 Day Metta and Vipassana Retreat

1995-04-06 Healing 46:16
Christina Feldman
opening to our personal pain
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center 7 Day Women's Retreat

1995-03-18 Three Kinds Of Dukkha: The Value Of Zero 55:40
Ajahn Sucitto
understanding the manifestations of Dukkha: change-ability, conditionability, physical and emotional pain
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

1995-02-03 The Difficulties Of Loving Beings 57:28
Sylvia Boorstein
In this Dharma talk, given at a Metta Meditation residential retreat, Sylvia examines some of the key blocks we come up against that keep us from living in our true nature of joyful, loving, compassionate beings. Illustrating with stories, both poignant and humorous, she demonstrates that, our awareness to the contrary, we repeatedly fall away from living in our true nature, because we may forget who we really are. We may continue, for various reasons she discusses, to hold onto grievances that lock us into our own prisons of pain and suffering. It is through the liberating knowledge of meditation practice that we can free ourselves from this pattern. That is, in fact, the "edge" of this practice: that we can fall away into a sense of separateness, and that we are able to bring ourselves back to the truth of our oneness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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