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Dharma Talks
2022-01-16 Understanding the Experience of Freedom, Week 1 – Talk 39:51
Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Weekly Dharma Series

2022-01-16 06 meditation: spaciousness and mettā 21:52
Jill Shepherd
Orienting to the energy of mettā / kindness as a support for more openness and ease in the body, heart and mind
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-16 05 instructions: cultivating spaciousness and metta 13:53
Jill Shepherd
Continuing with the exploration of clinging and release, noticing what gets in the way and what supports more openness and ease, with an invitation to orient to mettā
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-16 Return to a True Shape 52:31
Ajahn Sucitto
The natural shape of the heart when it’s not dragged out by the sense world has the quality of stable well-being to it. This is the highest happiness. Do what you can do from good intention, restraint and kindness. Keep returning to that because that’s your home base where your heart is naturally able to express itself, manifest its values and qualities into your life.
Bandar Utama Buddhist Society :  Well-being Is the Shape of the Heart

2022-01-15 Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public: Celebrating Dr. King's Legacy of Love--(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:25
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Given on Dr. King's birthday, we explore how we can each give rise to bodhicitta and support the realization of justice: the expression of love in public. Kaira Jewel first shares about the personal impact of Dr. King on her life, introducing her father, Al Lingo, who makes a cameo appearance to briefly share about working with Dr. King in the Civil Rights Movement in the South. She then explores the friendship between Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. King and their common effort to build the Beloved Community. Then we look at how caring for ourselves is caring for others and vice versa, and how bodhicitta is an inexhaustible source of energy and confidence, because it helps us clarify what our ultimate concern is. We end with how we can engage in activism, and work on behalf of the world in a way that doesn’t lead to burnout.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2022-01-15 04 talk: Right Effort p1 - the Five Hindrances 50:09
Jill Shepherd
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-15 Q&A 36:36
Ajahn Sucitto
00:40 Guidance on the reclining position; 08:48 Managing energy, not overexerting but staying diligent; 15:06 Samādhi process as a settling “downwards” of the citta; 16:17 How can we meditate on space in the body; 22:08 How to distinguish cultivation from craving to become; 24:27 What weakens resolve; 26:29 Feelings of disappointment and resentment; 31:25 Feeling like the “I” was inclining to drop but felt stuck in recent meditation.
Bandar Utama Buddhist Society :  Well-being Is the Shape of the Heart

2022-01-15 03 instructions: mindfulness of the body 12:36
Jill Shepherd
Beginning to sensitise our awareness to notice the physical symptoms of clinging and release
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-15 Psychology and Neurology 37:53
Ajahn Sucitto
The theme of mindfulness of breathing is to regulate so our bodily system comes into a moderated state. When heart-mind tunes into that it naturally gives rise to beneficial psychologies – simplicity, generosity, sympathy, warmth. When we begin to take in the qualities of our good actions, it helps to repair our nervous system so it’s no longer so tense, irritable, jumpy or feeling so guilty – things shift. That’s the process. Therefore, we should cultivate this way.
Bandar Utama Buddhist Society :  Well-being Is the Shape of the Heart

2022-01-15 02 meditation: mindfulness of breathing 26:17
Jill Shepherd
Beginning by establishing awareness of the body sitting, and simply receiving the experience of breathing
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

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