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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 60:34
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

1994-02-05 Intention 52:39
Sylvia Boorstein
This Dharma talk given at the beginning of a metta retreat, notes that this is a practice of intention. It asks, "What are our goals? Where are we going with it?" Sylvia reminds us to be mindful of our intention in practice. Clarity of intention is a motivator of zeal. It can help us see where we are going. It can also fortify and strengthen our practice, helping us see through the painful resistance to loving. Sylvia shares some candid stories of her own beginning practice with some suggestions for enhancing our practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
In collection: Complete Metta Retreat

1993-09-25 Holding Our Pain 54:44
Arinna Weisman

1993-05-20 Pain, Impermanence, The Four Elements 63:58
Sayadaw U Janaka
Gaia House Gaia House Retreat

1993-01-01 Making Contact 43:28
Christopher Titmuss
exploring the effects of painful, neutral and pleasurable experiences upon our lives
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center 9 Day New Year Retreat w/ Jack Kornfield

1992-05-23 Ending Personal Pain 47:43
Arinna Weisman

1992-03-23 Pleasure, Pain, Joy 35:21
Narayan Helen Liebenson
opening to all experiences in an intimate way
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

1991-06-22 49 Physical Pain / Mental Distress 59:40
Sayadaw U Pandita
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Two Month Retreat

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