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Dharma Talks
2019-06-05 Meditation: Breath by Breath – Relaxing with Our Life 18:10
  Tara Brach
The breath can be a powerful portal to presence. This meditation guides us in relaxing with the breath, including the breath in a body scan, and then allowing the breath to serve as an anchor when the mind gets lost in thoughts. As we settle with the breath as a home base, we find we can then open to the changing waves of experience with increasing balance, clarity and ease.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2019-06-05 An Appropriate Response: Living from an Awake Heart 51:00
  Tara Brach
Much of our suffering comes from reacting to stressful situations with fear or aggression, rather than responding with wisdom and care. This talk explores the pathway of shifting from reacting to responding: this includes learning to pause, awakening the wings of mindfulness and kindness, and reconnecting with our deepest intention.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2019-06-05 Day 2 Experiential Practice: Introduction of Metta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:10:36
  Howard Cohn
Exploration and guided "practice" of the boundless heart quality of Metta.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy

2019-06-05 Day 2 Morning Instructions: Mindfulness of Body (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:45
  Debra Chamberlin-Taylor
A guided meditation on mindfulness of body.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy

2019-06-05 Equanimity and Samadhi 51:30
  Matthew Brensilver
Substantial overlap with previous talk on samadhi.
Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center Wisdom and Compassion for Our Time

2019-06-05 From the Ordinary Habitual Mind to the Buddha-Mind 7: Transforming Our Ordinary Sense of Self 1 61:05
  Donald Rothberg
After situating today’s theme in the context of the nature of the “ordinary habitual mind” and how it is transformed, we look at the fourth parameter of transformation: the nature and sense of self. We start by recognizing the often conceptually confusing nature of this area, and then proposing a primarily practical way to approach the area. We first identify the conditioned sense of self as permanent, independent, and separate, how this sense of self manifests in various ways and why this can be a problem, connected with suffering. , We then briefly suggest how the elements of such a conditioned sense of self are absent in an awakened being and how other positive qualities are present. Finally, while recognizing a number of complexities, including developmental issues, we look at two practical ways to explore and transform the conditioned sense of self: (1) by looking out for and being mindful of when there is a “thick” or “big” sense of self, and (2) finding various ways, in the flow of daily life as well as in formal meditation, to “thin” out the self, developing ways of experiencing with no or much less of a sense of self.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2019-06-05 Basic Mindfulness Instructions and a Guided Meditation on Exploring the Nature of the Self 36:10
  Donald Rothberg
Basic Mindfulness Instructions and a Guided Meditation on Exploring the Nature of the Self
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy

2019-06-04 Why "Awakening Joy"? (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:42
  James Baraz
The Buddha was called "The Happy One", but often there is more emphasis on overcoming suffering then going for true happiness. It is beneficial to see the teachings in the light of cultivating wholesome states as well - leading to the highest happiness of freedom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy

2019-06-04 Day 1 Morning Instructions: Mindfulness of Body and Breath (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:13:30
  Howard Cohn
Mindfulness of Body and Breath
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy

2019-06-04 Guided Meditation: How the world impacts the emotional body 46:40
  Matthew Brensilver
Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center Wisdom and Compassion for Our Time

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