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2022-01-15 01 instructions: developing mindfulness and steadiness of mind 20:51
Jill Shepherd
Developing sati / mindfulness and samadhi / steadiness of mind, to sensitise us to what supports ease, and what gets in the way
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-15 Commitment to Integrity 38:34
Ajahn Sucitto
Heart-mind will be shaped by whatever we put our attention into, so aim to shape it with supportive influences. A commitment to integrity will shape the mind to be steady, strong, confident, reliable. Shape it around refuges and precepts, for your own welfare and the welfare of others.
Bandar Utama Buddhist Society :  Well-being Is the Shape of the Heart

2022-01-14 Metta and Forgiveness--(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:14
Donald Rothberg
We first explore several important themes in metta practice: (1) how metta practice can be seen as a training in learning to “lead” with the heart; (2) ways of working with difficult experiences, such as anger, fear, and the presence of the judgmental mind, that can arise in the “purification” process connected with metta practice; (3) how metta practice opens us to our radiant depths; and (4) the nature of metta practice with the “difficult person” and its connection with forgiveness practice. Then we explore the nature of forgiveness—clarifying what it is and isn’t; distinguishing between forgiveness as an outer, interpersonal and social process, giving several examples, including from the Heiltsuk indigenous tradition and South Africa, and forgiveness as an inner practice; and identifying some of dynamics of inner forgiveness practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2022-01-13 Metta & Equanimity (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:29
Gulwinder Singh
Reflections on how the cultivation of Metta is a cornerstone of building equanimity in which the mind is impartial. When we cultivate a mind that can radiate metta to the Stranger and the Enemy with the same wholeheartedness as to the benefactor and friend that same quality of mind can meet any experience with ease of heart and balance of mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2022-01-12 Training the Heart 0:00
Oren Jay Sofer
(Recording not available) 
How do we meet the challenges of our times? This talk reflects on how we can shape and train the heart-mind to have access to qualities that enrich our potential and resilience.

2022-01-12 How to Meet Obstacles in Metta Meditation--(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:42
Kaira Jewel Lingo
We begin with metta as heart training, a practice of awakening and growing our heart and explore how our practice of metta can also support and help to transform others. Then we move into obstacles to metta meditation and how to practice with them, covering when metta feels mechanical, distractions, grief, doubt, anger, and struggling to offer metta to ourselves. We close looking at how metta can be a protection and also how the Earth can be a source and inspiration for metta.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2022-01-12 Equanimity: balanced intimacy 58:49
Dawn Scott
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2022-01-12 Compass of Our Heart 50:24
Tara Brach
All of our actions, our entire life experience, arises from the energy of intention. While it’s natural that our intentions are shaped by egoic wants and fears, when we bring this into conscious, compassionate awareness, we can discover the deep aspiration that guides and energizes our awakening hearts and minds. This talk explores the movement from egoic intention to liberating intention…the movement from “my will” to “my heart’s will” (a favorite from the archives).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-01-12 Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness (20:04 min.) 20:03
Tara Brach
When we fully inhabit our body, we discover the space and wakefulness of awareness itself. In this meditation, we rest in this open awareness, and when the attention narrows into thoughts, we practice relaxing back into the openness that includes passing sounds, sensations and feelings. We close with a brief offering of lovingkindness to our own hearts and our world (with community OMs – no bell at end).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2022-01-12 Introduction to Buddhist Awareness Practice, Week1 - Meditation 29:10
Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Introduction to Buddhist Awareness Practice

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