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2021-11-04 Showing Up for Reality with Humility and Grace: Terry Patten's Last Teaching 50:16
James Baraz
Beloved Philosopher, Teacher and Sacred Activist Terry Patten sadly passed away a few days before this talk. His last book, A New Republic of the Heart, is an inspiring teaching on how to face the global crises we are in. As he went through his own final journey he shared how one can face death with courage, wonder, grace and trust. It was a blueprint for how to meet the pain and sorrow of the world with those same qualities. This talk includes a powerful, clear, deeply moving clip excerpt of Terry's last teaching a week before he passed plus some of his teachings that have touched so many.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2021-10-17 One Great Bow of Acceptance 26:26
Ayya Medhanandi
As the witness of our suffering, we gain new eyes to see. A doorway to knowing non-duality opens - where there is no you, no me. We are in the realm of no separation in one moment - gone beyond opinions, beyond wanting, beyond our pains and brokenness, and our enslavement to all that we are so driven by. We see them as empty and powerless apart from the power we give them. Knowing this directly, intuitively, the mind turns to unconditional love. We let things be. We give up the struggle. The clarity of knowing and listening deepens. We ascend the Everest within.
Sati Saraniya Hermitage

2021-09-20 Forgiving Heart | Monday Night Talk 53:08
Jack Kornfield
There’s a truth and reality deeper than conflict. We are not the stories we tell ourselves. How do we touch our measure of suffering? With a forgiving heart. Step out of the tyranny of self-judgment. Forgive yourself for being a learner in this life. Three principles of wise forgiveness of others: 1. Forgiveness is not weak, naïve. It’s not "forgive or forget." It takes real courage. Forgiveness does not condone what happened nor allow it to continue. 2. Forgiveness is not quick. It is often a long, difficult, tender process of the heart digesting the pain of what happened. 3. Forgiveness is not for them—it’s for you. It’s about our own heart not being chained to the past. Sometimes it's your loving heart that opens your broken heart. We can let go. We can put down the burden of resentment. We can live with a gracious heart.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-09-17 Reflections on How to Work With Discomfort and Pain; Guided Meditation 50:10
Ajahn Jutindharo
Gaia House Exploring the Brahmaviharas: Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity

2021-09-10 On meditation, citta bhāvanā and khema, breath meditation, Q&A 1:23:28
Bhante Sujato, Bhante Akāliko
Bhante Sujato on meditation – "citta bhāvanā" – leading towards independence, responsibility, wisdom – "khema", safety, a sanctuary. Breath meditation guided by Bhante Sujato. Bhante Akāliko on how to deal with those parts of us we don't like. Q+A: two different meanings of 'paṭigha'. Vipassana. Pain in meditation. Awareness conditioned by hindrances, or their absence. Puthujjana.
Lokanta Vihara

2021-08-28 40 instructions: compassion practice 14:23
Jill Shepherd
An introduction to compassion practice, with some suggestions of how to stay balanced when connecting with pain, distress, dukkha
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Connecting through silence, solitude, stillness: cultivating the heart of freedom

2021-08-14 Kamma – Leaving Pain and Misery for a Divine Abiding 48:47
Ajahn Sucitto
There is such a thing as good and evil and they give rise to fortunate or unfortunate consequences. Good and evil not as value judgments, but as particular energies that have consequences. The heart opens as a consequence of skillful energies, like generosity and love. This is the key to the celestial domains of the Sacred Cosmos, where gods are void of judgment and keen on Dhamma as a way to happiness.
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies The Sacred Cosmos

2021-08-09 16 instructions: working with pain 12:53
Jill Shepherd
Some different approaches to working skilfully with pain in meditation
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Finding the Heart of Freedom

2021-08-09 Well-being is the shape of heart 43:03
Ajahn Sucitto
The heart takes shape based on certain activations. We can train to avoid certain intentions and actions that make for either a shaky insecure heartone or one stuck with pain. A wise person concerned for their welfare cultivates a citta that is open, spacious, not hankering, not resisting. We begin to reset how our world feels and how we feel about ourselves. This is our treasure.
Sunyata Buddhist Centre :  Open Stability

2021-08-07 Q&A 47:26
Ajahn Sucitto
Q1- How to deal with strong floods of sankhāra, in dealing with my role and identity as a Mother. Q2 – Are the qualities of the heart conditioned in the same way as intellectual abilities or physical strength. Q3 – I have a 17 year old dying cat. She suffers a lot and rejects the comforting medicine of the vet. Is this cat wisdom? Q4 What would be a sequence for a daily meditation practice? Q5 Are dharma and dhamma the same? Q6 Can we use the 5 indriyas to solve the 5 hindrances? Q7 How to deal with a band of pain around the back. Q8 Healthy attachment is important for example in childhood development. How do we know if it is OK to have an attachment or not.
Sunyata Buddhist Centre :  Open Stability

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