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2020-02-23 Puja – Resounding Meaning 19:17
  Ajahn Sucitto
Puja is the act of praising, honouring, lifting up particular spiritual values. It’s not limited by what one can or can’t do. The heart can be lifted to feel spiritual qualities – awakening, purity, generosity. This shifts one’s centre from the world back to one’s own heart.
Emoyeni Retreat Center :  Clearing and Renewal

2020-02-22 Inner Beauty and the Two Guardians of the World (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:36
  Kamala Masters
In the Dharma, it is said that there are Two Guardians of the world. They are actually inner guardians, or attitudes of mind, that support non-harming in our speech and behavior. This is a powerful cause for liberation to mature, resulting in a beautiful mind/heart.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-22 Dharma Talk 60:42
  Leela Sarti
Gaia House Embodied Freedom

2020-02-22 Guided Meditation – Body Sweeping 32:02
  Ajahn Sucitto
Body sweeping meditation encourages attention that gathers around an object. Rather than absorbing into phenomena, attention remains broad and open, like a loop.
Emoyeni Retreat Center :  Clearing and Renewal

2020-02-22 Whatever the Content, Establish the Container 35:19
  Ajahn Sucitto
Mindfulness replaces self as the container and arbiter if experience. Self finds it difficult to be with the disagreeable, the crazy, the chaotic, the out of control. Self searches for success, and dreads failure. Mindfulness can handle real life: no success, no failure.
Emoyeni Retreat Center :  Clearing and Renewal

2020-02-22 Cultivating The Mind 62:37
  Alexis Santos
How the practice of meditation allows the wholesome states of mind to arise.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Developing the Mind and Heart: Insight Meditation Retreat

2020-02-22 Guided Lovingkindness (Metta) Meditation 38:31
  Leela Sarti
Gaia House Embodied Freedom

2020-02-22 Clearance of the Energetic (Causal) Basis 48:01
  Ajahn Sucitto
The basis of body, mind and heart is a field of interconnective energies. Clear the body through breathing and posture; clear the mind by disengaging. The heart naturally opens in this healthier atmosphere. The field is now primed to ventilate difficult emotions allowing renewal to occur.
Emoyeni Retreat Center :  Clearing and Renewal

2020-02-22 Walking Meditation: Keep the Whole Body Open 8:15
  Ajahn Sucitto
Walking meditation is a whole body experience. Set up the upright and lateral frame, and extend the web of energy across the whole body. ‘Listen’ with the skin as you walk, taking in the space. When the body feels its wholeness it becomes more balanced and relaxed, conducing to release.
Emoyeni Retreat Center :  Clearing and Renewal

2020-02-22 Meditation Instructions (Day 2) 35:38
  Leela Sarti
Gaia House Embodied Freedom

2020-02-22 Puja: Brightening the Heart Tone 4:46
  Ajahn Sucitto
Based on an upright, open posture, chanting adds vocal tone to breathing. Breath becomes sound through bodily resonators. The release of breathing out, combined with the resonance and the reference to images of purity and compassion is brightening.
Emoyeni Retreat Center :  Clearing and Renewal

2020-02-22 Refreshing through Posture 23:01
  Ajahn Sucitto
Practice with opening the body as an energetic formation. Muscles can relax on an upright posture, the boundaries of the bodies can relax. Opening into the surrounding space ventilates stale energies, supporting clearer attitudes and a brighter heart.
Emoyeni Retreat Center :  Clearing and Renewal

2020-02-21 Streaming vs Clinging (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:27
  Tempel Smith
We are in an ever changing universe, yet conventionally don't understand this. Mindfulness brings us so much intimacy with things as they truly are that we wake up to this streaming nature. We have to let go of old habits of clinging to align with the stream we are in.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-21 Dharma Talk 55:23
  Leela Sarti
Gaia House Embodied Freedom

2020-02-21 Samadhi and its Role in Cultivating the Eight-Fold Path - Meditation 29:26
  Chas DiCapua
Common Ground Meditation Center Monthly Guest Dharma Talk

2020-02-21 Samadhi and its Role in Cultivating the Eight-Fold Path - Talk 1:12:17
  Chas DiCapua
Common Ground Meditation Center Monthly Guest Dharma Talk

2020-02-21 Metta Chants II 35:43
  Ariya B. Baumann
All the metta chants recited by all the meditators
Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre 6th Annual Metta Retreat - Part 2

2020-02-21 Guided Meditation 32:13
  Leela Sarti
Gaia House Embodied Freedom

2020-02-21 Day 20 Afternoon Instructions: Mudita (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:01
  James Baraz
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-21 Clearing Is Renewal 39:33
  Ajahn Sucitto
We come on retreat to clear the negative, the compulsive, the cluttered. Acknowledging the causal potential to adopt behaviours and attitudes and transmit them to others, there is a need to clear and reset. The warm, safe, cooperative retreat environment allows for new growth after the clearing.
Emoyeni Retreat Center :  Clearing and Renewal

2020-02-21 Meditation Instructions (Day 1) time: 09:30 42:55
  Leela Sarti
Gaia House Embodied Freedom

2020-02-20 Letting Go (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 48:01
  Beth Sternlieb
Fear of letting go and trust in the dharma
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-20 Practising with Death and Dying 2:35:07
  Rob Burbea
CRUCIAL NOTE: It is highly unlikely that this talk will be properly or adequately understood without a prior very good working familiarity and competence – both in actual practice and conceptually – with Soulmaking Dharma teachings and practices, as well as with Insight Meditation. Without this background it may be that the talk will in fact be misunderstood, and it is unlikely that the talk will be helpful. Please note too that much of the material in this series of talks (In Psyche’s Orchard) is based on or continues explorations of material laid out in a particular previous series (Four Circles, Four Parables of Stone and Light). In Psyche’s Orchard was recorded by Rob at his home.
Gaia House In Psyche's Orchard

2020-02-20 Anchored and Independent with Metta – Metta as Virtue 55:25
  Ariya B. Baumann
With metta, one becomes anchored in oneself and independent; a kind, friendly, and benevolent attitude results in virtuous behavior
Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre 6th Annual Metta Retreat - Part 2

2020-02-19 Three Ways of Practicing Morality - Meditation 33:41
  Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Weekly Dharma Series

2020-02-19 Three Ways of Practicing Morality - Talk 52:35
  Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Weekly Dharma Series

2020-02-19 Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You 22:06
  Tara Brach
We begin with a body scan, open to sounds and to listening to and feeling the moment. From spacious awareness the practice is simply to recognize and allow the changing flow of life. The meditation ends with the poem, “Hokusai Says” by Roger Keyes.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2020-02-19 Working with Trauma: Tara Interviews Jim Gordon, MD 57:14
  Tara Brach
Dr. Jim Gordon is author of the new book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma. In this interview with Tara, he talks about his work with populations around the globe struggling with trauma, and some of the most powerful practices that can be done on our own in healing trauma. Jim's non-profit organization is the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC - CMBM.org.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2020-02-19 The Image of Ethics (Part 6 - An Inconclusive Conclusion, or A Prolegomenon) 58:03
  Rob Burbea
CRUCIAL NOTE: It is highly unlikely that this talk will be properly or adequately understood without a prior very good working familiarity and competence – both in actual practice and conceptually – with Soulmaking Dharma teachings and practices, as well as with Insight Meditation. Without this background it may be that the talk will in fact be misunderstood, and it is unlikely that the talk will be helpful. Please note too that much of the material in this series of talks (In Psyche’s Orchard) is based on or continues explorations of material laid out in a particular previous series (Four Circles, Four Parables of Stone and Light). In Psyche’s Orchard was recorded by Rob at his home.
Gaia House In Psyche's Orchard

2020-02-19 The Question Of Birth & Death 34:04
  Ajahn Punnadhammo
Arrow River Forest Hermitage

2020-02-19 From the Ordinary Habitual Mind to the Buddha Mind 14: Working with Our Psychological Conditioning (Talk Begins at 57:07) 2:00:51
  Donald Rothberg
In this session, we explore first in a more general way the complex relationship between transforming our psychological conditioning (including any residues of trauma) and meditative training, pointing to a kind of emerging contemporary map of how these practices come together (and how this map relates to more traditional maps). Near the end of the talk are inquiry questions to help us explore our own unresolved issues of a more psychological nature.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-02-18 Equanimity: Training The Heart, Responding With Love 52:24
  Oren Jay Sofer
How does silent retreat practice apply to our daily life? This talk explores how the Brahma Viharas and equanimity specifically can serve as essential support for meeting the challenges of our times.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart: Lovingkindness Retreat

2020-02-18 Six Sense Spheres/Bahiya Sutta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 45:57
  John Martin
The Buddha taught that the six sense spheres of hearing, seeing, sensing, smelling, tasting and cognizing represent "the all". The Bahiya Sutta points directly to the sense spheres as not-self.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-18 The Image of Ethics (Part 5) 2:11:02
  Rob Burbea
CRUCIAL NOTE: It is highly unlikely that this talk will be properly or adequately understood without a prior very good working familiarity and competence – both in actual practice and conceptually – with Soulmaking Dharma teachings and practices, as well as with Insight Meditation. Without this background it may be that the talk will in fact be misunderstood, and it is unlikely that the talk will be helpful. Please note too that much of the material in this series of talks (In Psyche’s Orchard) is based on or continues explorations of material laid out in a particular previous series (Four Circles, Four Parables of Stone and Light). In Psyche’s Orchard was recorded by Rob at his home.
Gaia House In Psyche's Orchard

2020-02-18 Motivation, Disillusionment, and Release 45:03
  Winnie Nazarko
The motivation for practice changes as our initial ideas about what we "get" out of it, meet frustration. As delusion is exposed and let go of, real practice begins.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart: Lovingkindness Retreat

2020-02-18 Metta leben - Mettapraxis im Alltag 47:02
  Yuka Nakamura
Im Alltag bieten sich unzählige Gelegenheiten um Metta, die Qualität der Freundlichkeit und des Wohlwollens, zu üben und zu manifestieren. Dazu gehören Gesten der Grosszügigkeit, ethisches Handeln, Freundlichkeit in unseren Worten etc. Letzlich lässt uns Metta die Nicht-Getrenntheit von allen Wesen erkennen und entsprechend handeln.
Meditationszentrum Beatenberg

2020-02-18 Staying in Touch with What’s Meaningful 18:42
  Ajahn Sucitto
We are encouraged to stay in touch with relationships to values, virtues, that which we hold sacred. Regular recollections of the following are recommended: relationship with the sacred, with one’s body, with other people, with the Earth.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-18 Not-Self 53:28
  Chas DiCapua
Understanding Not Self through the lens of change and interconnectedness
Twin Cities Vipassana Collective Winter 2020

2020-02-18 Day 17 Afternoon Instructions: Compassion (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:25
  Kamala Masters
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-18 Chanting: Buddha’s Words on Lovingkindness 3:16
  Ajahn Sucitto
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-18 Meaning and Use of Refuges and Precepts 19:49
  Ajahn Sucitto
The end of retreat brings the occasion to recollect our good actions and results. This is both in terms of what we do and what we refrain from. We also take the opportunity to align to refuges and precepts as a reminder to stay awake.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-18 Instructions and guided meditation cultivating equanimity 39:17
  Jill Shepherd
Using the "reciting phrases" method of practice to develop equanimity for a difficult or so-called "sticky" person, someone who we would like to be different in some way, or someone we wish our relationship with them was different in some way
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart: Lovingkindness Retreat

2020-02-18 Endnotes on Meditation 34:32
  Ajahn Sucitto
Cultivation of heart and mind extends beyond sitting on the cushion. This core practice of being in your body is a touchstone for sanity and for happiness. Through this we can discharge qualities that can’t be dealt with in daily life. It can be practiced in any posture. Know where the stress is arising, and meet it with a spacious body and accepting heart.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-17 Anatta: Understanding No Permanent, Abiding Self (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:23
  Susie Harrington
The Buddha's teaching leading to the freedom from the clinging to I, Me and Mine.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-17 Buddhist Studies - Anatta: The Impersonal Nature of Experience - Week 6 66:35
  Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Buddhist Studies Course - Anatta: The Impersonal Nature of Experience

2020-02-17 The Image of Ethics (Part 4) 1:51:51
  Rob Burbea
CRUCIAL NOTE: It is highly unlikely that this talk will be properly or adequately understood without a prior very good working familiarity and competence – both in actual practice and conceptually – with Soulmaking Dharma teachings and practices, as well as with Insight Meditation. Without this background it may be that the talk will in fact be misunderstood, and it is unlikely that the talk will be helpful. Please note too that much of the material in this series of talks (In Psyche’s Orchard) is based on or continues explorations of material laid out in a particular previous series (Four Circles, Four Parables of Stone and Light). In Psyche’s Orchard was recorded by Rob at his home.
Gaia House In Psyche's Orchard

2020-02-17 Metta & Forgiveness 56:24
  Ariya B. Baumann
Genuine metta includes forgiveness; however, a strong grudge or a deep resentment can be overcome with a forgiveness practice
Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre 6th Annual Metta Retreat - Part 2

2020-02-17 Q&A 2 46:06
  Ajahn Sucitto
Environmental crisis; addictive patterning; kamma; firm center; fear and pragmatic security.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-17 Instructions and guided meditation cultivating mudita 44:23
  Jill Shepherd
Using the "reciting phrases" method of practice to develop mudita for a good friend whose life is currently going well
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart: Lovingkindness Retreat

2020-02-17 Day 16 Afternoon Instructions: Metta Instructions for All Beings (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:14
  John Martin
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-17 How I Became a Monk 40:04
  Ajahn Sucitto
In response to yogi questions, Ajahn Sucitto recounts how he became a monk.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-17 Compassion Teaching and Guided Meditation 60:51
  Oren Jay Sofer
Overview and introduction to compassion, with a guided meditation.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart: Lovingkindness Retreat

2020-02-17 Day 16 Morning Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:31
  Kamala Masters
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-17 Addressing the Causal (Energy) Field 65:52
  Ajahn Sucitto
Commands and pressure compress energy. The result is the cannonball drive through life – unreceptive, driven and numb. Learn to cultivate energy properly. Go to the body – extend, widen, soften. View the causal field as it is, not as self.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-17 Guided Meditation: Sweeping Energy & Space around the Body 35:47
  Ajahn Sucitto
It takes time for the bodily energy to unfold upon waking. Don’t go into your mind. Give attention to extending and spreading the body’s energy field. Pay particular attention to the sense of space.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-16 Dukkha as a Path to Awakening (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:53
  James Baraz
Dukkha is an inevitable part of life, the 1st Noble Truth. How we meet it and work with it is a key issue of practice. If understood, it can be a doorway to liberation.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-16 The Image of Ethics (Part 3) 2:22:29
  Rob Burbea
CRUCIAL NOTE: It is highly unlikely that this talk will be properly or adequately understood without a prior very good working familiarity and competence – both in actual practice and conceptually – with Soulmaking Dharma teachings and practices, as well as with Insight Meditation. Without this background it may be that the talk will in fact be misunderstood, and it is unlikely that the talk will be helpful. Please note too that much of the material in this series of talks (In Psyche’s Orchard) is based on or continues explorations of material laid out in a particular previous series (Four Circles, Four Parables of Stone and Light). In Psyche’s Orchard was recorded by Rob at his home.
Gaia House In Psyche's Orchard

2020-02-16 Recognizing Joy as Part of Life 52:25
  Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Common Ground February Residential Retreat

2020-02-16 Abhidhamma Analysis of Consciousness 39:21
  Ajahn Punnadhammo
Arrow River Forest Hermitage

2020-02-16 Three Kinds of Dukkha (Suffering) 61:02
  Rebecca Bradshaw
The Suffering of painful, pleasant, and neutral experiences and the freedom of letting go
Twin Cities Vipassana Collective Winter 2020

2020-02-16 Awareness Has No Boundaries 65:30
  Ajahn Sucitto
Meditation is based on the fact that mind can open and encompass the whole world of experience. Gathering energy and awareness into the here and now, and unhooking from the contents of consciousness establishes a very firm center that is also open. The result is unbound awareness.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-16 Instructions and guided meditation using the “radiating energy“ method of metta practice 45:05
  Jill Shepherd
Cultivating the embodied energy of warmth and kindness, radiating it in different directions then all directions simultaneously to “encompass the entire world”
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart: Lovingkindness Retreat

2020-02-16 Day 15 Morning Instructions: Big Mind (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 48:23
  James Baraz
All experience arises and passed in the vast space of awareness. This meditation, adapted from Tibetan text, directs attention to awareness itself rather than the objects within the awareness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-16 The Causal Field and the Escape from It 54:23
  Ajahn Sucitto
All experience is caused by something – it’s conditioned. We act based on these causes and conditions, reinforcing their hold. But there are particular actions that can bring about release from this causal continuum.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-15 Teachings on Impermanence (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:47
  Kamala Masters
Two Views of the nature of impermanence: The moment-to-moment view, and the infinite immensity view.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-15 The Image of Ethics (Part 2) 2:05:41
  Rob Burbea
CRUCIAL NOTE: It is highly unlikely that this talk will be properly or adequately understood without a prior very good working familiarity and competence – both in actual practice and conceptually – with Soulmaking Dharma teachings and practices, as well as with Insight Meditation. Without this background it may be that the talk will in fact be misunderstood, and it is unlikely that the talk will be helpful. Please note too that much of the material in this series of talks (In Psyche’s Orchard) is based on or continues explorations of material laid out in a particular previous series (Four Circles, Four Parables of Stone and Light). In Psyche’s Orchard was recorded by Rob at his home.
Gaia House In Psyche's Orchard

2020-02-15 Overview of the Four Brahmavihara qualities 44:21
  Jill Shepherd
Exploring how kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity work together to heal afflicted mind-states
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart: Lovingkindness Retreat

2020-02-15 Content and Container 64:41
  Ajahn Sucitto
All content needs a container. Content of heart shapes the container of experience. Supportive tones/perceptions are skilful content. They encourage a generous, spacious and cool container that allows tangled mental content to unravel.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-15 Conditionality 45:11
  Chas DiCapua
How the conditioned nature of things gives rise to anicca, sukkah and anatta
Twin Cities Vipassana Collective Winter 2020

2020-02-15 Introduction To Lovingkindness 54:06
  Oren Jay Sofer
An overview of Metta practice and a guided meditation on lovingkindness for a benefactor and oneself.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart: Lovingkindness Retreat

2020-02-15 Walking Meditation: Open and Moored to a Firm Center 5:08
  Ajahn Sucitto
Practice with keeping the front center of the body open, as if the skin boundary is feeling and reading the movement through space. Mind opens, drops some of its congestion. Thought patterns can be ventilated. Most important is to remain open and moored to a firm center.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-15 Instructions and guided meditation practicing mindfulness of breathing 32:35
  Jill Shepherd
Settling into retreat by beginning with mindfulness of breathing, to steady the awareness before we move into Metta practice
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart: Lovingkindness Retreat

2020-02-15 Day 14 Morning Instructions: Review (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:13
  Beth Sternlieb
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-15 5 Indriya 39:11
  Ajahn Sucitto
The mind gets taken over by defective programs causing imbalance. This imbalance is called dukkha. The Buddha introduced a graduated way to shift this imbalance. This process brings up indriya, spiritual faculties. These help to mediate the tendencies of craving and clinging and result in a greater sense of harmony and balance.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-14 Vedana-The 2nd Foundation of Mindfulness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 64:34
  Tempel Smith
In every moment of subjective experience there is a quality of pleasure, displeasure or neutrality. Bring mindfulness to the quality of Vedana trains us how not to add suffering when pain arises or pleasure fades.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-14 The Image of Ethics (Part 1) 2:12:55
  Rob Burbea
CRUCIAL NOTE: It is highly unlikely that this talk will be properly or adequately understood without a prior very good working familiarity and competence – both in actual practice and conceptually – with Soulmaking Dharma teachings and practices, as well as with Insight Meditation. Without this background it may be that the talk will in fact be misunderstood, and it is unlikely that the talk will be helpful. Please note too that much of the material in this series of talks (In Psyche’s Orchard) is based on or continues explorations of material laid out in a particular previous series (Four Circles, Four Parables of Stone and Light). In Psyche’s Orchard was recorded by Rob at his home.
Gaia House In Psyche's Orchard

2020-02-14 Developing a wise relationship with thoughts 42:26
  Caroline Jones
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge February 2020 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2020-02-14 Understanding how Joy Supports our Practice 58:44
  Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Common Ground February Residential Retreat

2020-02-14 A Good Heart & Selfless Caring 51:00
  Ariya B. Baumann
To have a good heart is another expression for metta which results in selfless caring
Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre 6th Annual Metta Retreat - Part 2

2020-02-14 Q&A 1 64:12
  Ajahn Sucitto
Physical pain; draining tension through the body; meeting the agitation of being on retreat; dealing with demons and emotional chaos; are liberation practices and goodwill compatible; is goodwill readily available through study and reflection; what thoughts to let pass, what to examine; definition and experience of full knowing; is noting necessary for Vipassana?
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-14 Day 13 Afternoon Instructions: Metta for Difficult Person (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 41:03
  Beth Sternlieb
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-14 Liberation and Structures 58:35
  Ajahn Sucitto
Our personality patterning can be very intense and driven. We’ve got to build in something that holds it back, slows it down, tames it. We use a combination of structures and tonality to create new patterns, ones that keep us from holding on.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-14 Dharma and Recovery with Kevin Griffin 1:28:30
  Kevin Griffin
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2020-02-14 Day 13 Morning Meditation Instructions - Mindfulness of Vedana and Intention (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:22
  Tempel Smith
From the basis of our simple practices we can include mindfulness of how intentions and actions arise in reaction to what is pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral (vedana). The unconscious actions we take in response to vedana are the conditioning circumstances for our suffering. It behooves us to raise awareness to how our reactivity to vedana further conditions our patterns of craving, aversion, and ignorance.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-14 Rising Energies and Tonalities 36:15
  Ajahn Sucitto
Citta gets shaped into particular forms based on causes and conditions. Over time it can get locked into distorted forms constricting the natural nature of citta which is flexible, bright and expansive. With a mind of unconditional acceptance, energetic patterns can be cleaned and released through body.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-13 Exploring Time and the Timeless 56:49
  Donald Rothberg
Four Practices
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2020-02-13 Self Compassion (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:27
  Beth Sternlieb
Compassion - Mindfulness, Kindness and Our Common Humanity
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-13 Pain, as Void and as Sacrament 2:34:37
  Rob Burbea
CRUCIAL NOTE: It is highly unlikely that this talk will be properly or adequately understood without a prior very good working familiarity and competence – both in actual practice and conceptually – with Soulmaking Dharma teachings and practices, as well as with Insight Meditation. Without this background it may be that the talk will in fact be misunderstood, and it is unlikely that the talk will be helpful. Please note too that much of the material in this series of talks (In Psyche’s Orchard) is based on or continues explorations of material laid out in a particular previous series (Four Circles, Four Parables of Stone and Light). In Psyche’s Orchard was recorded by Rob at his home.
Gaia House In Psyche's Orchard

2020-02-13 Develop a Forcefield of Goodwill 7:36
  Ajahn Sucitto
In recollection we use thought more slowly than usual. Capture the meaning and touch the heart. This is a way to reset the heart, making it strong so it doesn’t go into resentment, grudges and other unpleasant states.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-13 Hold the Heart Steady against the Push of Ill-Will 43:56
  Ajahn Sucitto
The general mode is to change the outside world to please the heart, but this can never satisfy. We practice instead to change the heart, to make it strong enough to withstand the push of ill-will. Refuges include the Triple Gem, brahmavihāras, mindfulness of body and precepts.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-13 Day 12 Afternoon Instructions: Radiating Metta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 41:06
  Susie Harrington
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-13 Deep Attention – Referencing Uplifting Tones 54:09
  Ajahn Sucitto
In any cultivation there is a referencing that occurs. In Dhamma practice we refer back to uplifting tones – integrity, respect, appropriateness. These invite skillful qualities to arise making it possible to unseat demons of violence, greed and efficiency.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-13 Making the Mind Fit 21:13
  Ajahn Sucitto
The nature of mind is what you give attention to will grow. We use recollection to generate uplifting tones in the heart, to increase bright energy. This makes the mind fit to meet afflictive patterns and energies.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-13 Closing Ceremony 1:39:51
  DaRa Williams
With Shelly Graf, Tuere Sala, Nakawe Cuebas, and Pamela Weiss
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Clarity, Compassion and Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat

2020-02-13 Direct Practice: Sound Opens the Silence 31:31
  Ajahn Sucitto
This is an exercise in direct practice, using sound to train the mind. Making a sound from one’s own voice, we use it to lengthen attention over one particular phenomenon rather than jumping onto the next thing. It opens the silence where the mind is poised, listening.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-12 Facing Fear (Part 1) - Awakening Your Fearless Heart 52:40
  Tara Brach
Fear is a natural and universal part of our incarnation, and, when it goes on overdrive, we get imprisoned in the suffering of separation. These two talks explore how the RAIN meditation can help us face fear, and discover the boundless loving awareness that includes but is not contracted by currents of fear.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2020-02-12 Meditation: Open-Hearted Presence 23:52
  Tara Brach
This meditation establishes a kind attention by bringing the imagery and felt sense of a smile into the body scan and then, with the breath as a home base, opens the attention to changing experience. We end with a brief loving kindness reflection.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2020-02-12 The Ontology of the Soul, and the Soul of Ontology ( ... inevitably) 2:09:55
  Rob Burbea
CRUCIAL NOTE: It is highly unlikely that this talk will be properly or adequately understood without a prior very good working familiarity and competence – both in actual practice and conceptually – with Soulmaking Dharma teachings and practices, as well as with Insight Meditation. Without this background it may be that the talk will in fact be misunderstood, and it is unlikely that the talk will be helpful. Please note too that much of the material in this series of talks (In Psyche’s Orchard) is based on or continues explorations of material laid out in a particular previous series (Four Circles, Four Parables of Stone and Light). In Psyche’s Orchard was recorded by Rob at his home.
Gaia House In Psyche's Orchard

2020-02-12 Guided Meditation: Body Sweeping – Staying Open but Focused 23:07
  Ajahn Sucitto
In meditation we use the thinking mind minimally, placing greater emphasis on the listening mind. This guided meditation gives practice in lengthening the listening, lingering mind.
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

2020-02-12 4 Basic Postures 34:43
  Ajahn Sucitto
An overview of the 4 basic postures for meditation: sitting, standing [14:00], walking [17:05] and reclining [25:45].
Buddhist Retreat Center, Ixopo, South Africa :  Ajahn Sucitto, Firm Center Open Heart Retreat

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