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2022-03-06 Working with pain and the gift of working with vedana 54:34
DaRa Williams
Pain a body and emotions is a part of opening. Understanding the importance and usefulness of including Vedana in practice
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Opening to Wisdom and Love: Insight Meditation Retreat

2022-02-10 Guided Karuna/Compassion Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 42:48
Tempel Smith
Every being experiences loss, pain and fear, and often feels the additional suffering of isolation. Our process of waking up gives us increasing awareness of our own vulnerability and that of others. Practicing compassion strengthens our hearts to stay conscious and even move lovingly towards ourselves and others when we are in pain.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Insight Meditation 1 Month Retreat

2022-02-06 Second Vipallasa 66:42
Ayya Santacitta
Seeing what is painful (dukkha) as pleasant (sukha). This recording also includes Laura Bridgman
Gaia House Penetrating the Veils ~ Exploring the Four Distortions of Perception (Vipallasa)

2022-01-18 Q&A 41:11
Ajahn Sucitto
00:06 Mind in body or body in mind; 01:31 Citta voice and thinking mind voice – how to bring them together; 03:12 Mind storm leads to confusion, compulsive thoughts; 05:51 Sleeplessness, especially accompanied with anxiety; 08:02 how to ensure qualities like love are not coming from self-centeredness or craving; 11:09 Fear around upcoming surgery; 13:34 Losing the balance of mind when overcome with pain; 20:22 Others means of practice in addition to meditation; 21:59 Practicing meditation with the aim of attaining jhānas; 27:04 Getting a sense of pīti during meditation; 34:55 If there's no self who inherits the karmic residues from past lives; 36:51 discernment vs judgment.
Bandar Utama Buddhist Society :  Well-being Is the Shape of the Heart

2022-01-18 13 meditation: compassion 21:56
Jill Shepherd
Beginning by steadying the body, heart and mind, then cultivating kindness and care in relation to pain
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-18 12 instructions: compassion 11:35
Jill Shepherd
Compassion as the second of the four brahmavihāra practices, building on a foundation of mettā or good will then extending that kindness to meet all forms of pain, stress, distress and suffering
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-16 Q&A 54:26
Ajahn Sucitto
00:53 Please explain the idea of the pāramī; 04:59 Letting go of thinking/expectation; 07:44 Using the sound of silence in practice; 15:58 How Qigong connects to practice; 24:47 Tension in tongue and jaw; 25:03 Remaining “upright and joyful”; 29:23 Family does not agree with my practice; 34:13 Dealing with pain; 38:10 Experience of a deep horrific fear; 43:45 Out of body experiences while meditating; 45:19 Relationship between release of somatic knots and releasing the citta; 48:55 Regrets and resentment; 50:13 Can you speak about the āsava? 53:37 Difference between peace, serenity and tranquility? Pīti and sukha?

2022-01-01 11 instructions: mindfulness of the body part 2 15:57
Jill Shepherd
A short exploration of working with physical pain, then instructions for relational practice exploring physical sensations in the body
Sydney Insight Meditators :  Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom

2021-12-13 WHY what AND how TO Forgiveness 46:25
Tere Abdala-Romano
A few notes on how forgiveness means in other cultures. Overview of general forgiveness, How the healing process starts right the moment we were hurt. Why we do forgive to free our own hearts from the pain, not to forget the deeds, to avoid further harm and hopefully to forget.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center The Practice of Choosing Forgiveness

2021-12-12 On the Threshold of Pure Presence 14:54
Ayya Medhanandi
The Dhamma summons us to let virtue be purified so that we can hasten to higher ground. What will give us peace in our suffering moments? What will calm the mind in all of life’s struggles? No one is immune. But having known a glimpse of pure presence, the heart follows that true way home, to the ending of pain, to the unexcelled bliss of its freedom.
Portland Friends of the Dhamma :  Full Catastrophe Compassion

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