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2007-10-26 The Tenderness Of Compassion 49:25
Sharda Rogell
What is compassion and how do we open to our compassionate heart? And as we let GO OF our self interest AND demands ON LIFE TO BE THE WAY WE WANT IT TO BE and turn toward our own pain and other's pain, compassion can awaken in our hearts.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat

2007-10-16 The Hindrances: Doubt 41:30
Shaila Catherine
Doubt can be an obstacle to meditation or a form of healthy inquiry. It is helpful to ask questions, to ponder, and be willing to doubt our beliefs and opinions. Ask yourself: are my views true? We hold many unexamined beliefs—beliefs about self, about how things should be, about what other people should do. The Kalama Sutta encourages us to question what we think, and to not adopt beliefs based on hearsay or mere tradition. We can use our minds to critically inquire into how things actually are. Doubt as an obstacle, on the other hand, is a painful state that leads to confusion, fear, indecision, and uncertainty. It manifests as obsessive thinking, planning, and anxiety. The Discourse to Malunkyaputta (Middle Length Discourses, M. 63) proposes that if we indulge in speculative thinking we might miss the opportunity to free ourselves from suffering. Specific suggestions are offered for working skillfully with the hindrance of doubt.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley Tuesday Talks

2007-09-30 Eight Worldly Conditions 49:00
Christopher Titmuss
Success and Failure, Gain and Loss, Praise and Blame, Pleasure and Pain can haunt our life. All these wordly conditions weave in and out of each other.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation, Inquiry and the Nondual

2007-03-14 Transforming Judgment - part 1 53:55
Donald Rothberg
Working with judgments is a kind of “royal road” of transformation, taking us into our deep and often unconscious views, sense of self and pain. We look at the importance of this work, and the speaker tells personal stories illustrating four ways of working with judgments: 1. mindfulness 2. seeing core patterns of mind and heart 3. metta, compassion, joy – using heart practices, and 4. deep inquiry.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2007-01-12 Metta For Self, Metta For The World 63:07
Donald Rothberg
Metta to self is traditionally a starting point for Metta practice. Yet this is challenging for many of us as we work with our pain, judgments and demons. As we develop in Metta to self, we bring Metta out into the world, which deeply needs it. This requires a lot of creativity. We end by exploring the coverage needed to bring Metta into the world, and the need for a "tough metta" -- a Metta able to respond to difficult situations, a Metta that is neither passive nor a pushover.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat

2006-12-28 Including Suffering (Dukkha) 47:27
Sharda Rogell
Mindfulness practice is a confrontation with what is true in each moment--we examine the ways we defend against painful experience so that we can open to the richness of being alive.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2006-12-23 Dealing with Pain 44:17
Ajahn Sucitto
Cittaviveka

2005-10-16 Dullness, Lethargy, Restlessness And Pain 62:34
Bhante Bodhidhamma
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge October 2005 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2005-05-18 A Decent Education 18:48
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
The Core curriculum for life: How to Live, How to Die, How to deal with pain, aging, illness, death & seperation.
In collection: Self & Not-Self Series

2005-02-15 Torments Of The Judging Mind 58:52
Myoshin Kelley
Judgement is a painful excruciating state of mind that creates feelings of alienation and separation. This talk explores some of the ways that we experience as well as how to work with it.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge February 2005 at IMS - Forest Refuge

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