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Dharma Talks
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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

1994-12-30 The Five Hindrances 60:54
Guy Armstrong
The five hindrances are difficult and painful forces in the mind, but also potential sources for greater freedom in our lives. We transform ourselves moment after moment not by getting rid of these energies but by learning to wake up within them.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

1994-07-25 Recognizing Suffering 49:45
Anna Douglas
acknowledging the unavoidable pain within life
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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