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Dharma Talks
2024-02-01 Bodhisattva in Real Life Situation 8:02
Dhammananda Bhikkhuni
Songdhammakalyani Monastery

2024-02-01 Taking Time For Compassion 66:11
Zohar Lavie
Gaia House Online Dharma Hall - February 2024

2024-02-01 Instructions on Open Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:54
Bob Stahl
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat: The Direct Path

2024-02-01 Sudden Awakening, Gradual Cultivation: The Process of Purification 52:56
James Baraz
Sometimes it feels as if our practice is taking one step forward and two steps back. Or two steps forward and two steps back. In this talk I want to explore the process of awakening in the context of understanding the trajectory of practice. Even though it might not seem as if much is happening or that you're truly growing, it's happening anyway. However, there are some things to know about how the process works that can help you develop patience, confidence and inspiration.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2024-01-31 Expansion of Consciousness or A Path into Healing & Wholeness 52:29
Ayya Santacitta
Short Reflection & Guided Meditation | Online Wednesday-Mornings | 36
Aloka Earth Room

2024-01-31 Reflections on the Eight Worldly Winds 54:45
Matthew Daniell
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2024-01-31 Ven. Dhammananda on Being a Vegetarian 13:34
Dhammananda Bhikkhuni
This was a talk given by Luang Mae at Songdhammakalyani Monastery in Thailand. Nicole from Switzerland asks the question about the importance of being vegetarian.
Songdhammakalyani Monastery

2024-01-31 Integrating Metta Practice with Wisdom, Awareness, and Insight Practice 2 64:31
Donald Rothberg
We continue to explore how we might practice metta (and other heart practices) in a way integrated with mindfulness, wisdom, and insight, building on last week's session. We begin looking at some of the ways historically and culturally that the "mind" and "reason" have been separated from emotion, dating from Plato and the Greeks, and continued in the modern world with the understanding of reason and science as separate from emotion (and the body). This has been a major part of our social and cultural conditioning, evident in how mainstream education occurs, and also linked with gender conditioning. We also examine how, dating from Buddhaghosa's text, the Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification), from the 5th century, metta and compassion has been labeled as practices leading to concentration, and not as linked directly with wisdom and awakening. This has been the basis for the 20th century Burmese approaches to metta and mindfulness, which have been the main influences in the West. However, when we look to the Buddha's actual teachings, as well as later Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings, we find much more of a connection between metta, compassion, and wisdom. We can see this in a number of texts which we explore, including ones in which the heart practices are seen as leading directly to wisdom, and development in awakening. In the last part of the talk, we explore ways that we can, in our formal and informal practices, integrate metta and wisdom. The talk is followed by discussion.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2024-01-31 Guided Meditation: Mindfulness, Metta, Radiating Metta, and Metta-Infused Mindfulness 39:03
Donald Rothberg
We begin with about 10 minutes of settling with our mindfulness (or another) practice. This is followed by about 5 minutes of practicing metta where it flows as easily as possible, and then by a guided practice in radiating metta, extended to radiating in a boundless way. We then return to a brief way of practicing radiating metta without visualization, followed by returning to mindfulness, infused with metta.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2024-01-31 Morning Reflection: Ajahn Chah's quote about how the dharma is universal 4:59
Tara Mulay
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge January, 2024

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