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Cara Lai's Dharma Talks
Cara Lai
Cara Lai spent most of her life trying to figure out how to be happy, or at least avoid total misery, so she sat still with her eyes closed for the majority of her adulthood. Throughout many consciousness adventures including a few mind-bendingly long meditation retreats, she has explored the wilderness of the mind, chronic illness, the importance of pleasure, and lots of other things that she might get in trouble for mentioning here. In the past, Cara has worked as an artist, wilderness guide, social worker and psychotherapist, but at this point she’s given up on being an adult in exchange for an all-out mindfulness rampage. Her teaching is relatable, authentic, funny and sometimes crass, and is accessible for many people. She teaches teens and adults at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, and UCLA; ultimately hoping to bend spoons with her mind. And to help people be happier.
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2023-08-02 The Four Noble Truths (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:05
The foundational teaching of Buddhism.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Young Adult Insight Meditation Retreat
2023-05-15 When it hits the fan. 59:09
How to practice when things get out of control. This talk was given on a day six of a nine day retreat that got cut short unexpectedly.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Path to Awakening
2023-05-13 Me, you, and everyone, we know (boundless metta) 46:15
A brief talk and guided practice of bringing loving kindness to ourselves and blurring the boundaries between this body and the rest of the world.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Path to Awakening
2022-12-11 Practice for Average People 68:04
Spirit Rock Meditation Center BIPOC Voices - Series
2022-07-11 Monday Night Dharma Talk - Embracing Samsara 61:21
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2022-06-29 Reclaiming Your Attention 44:57
How capitalism is trying to commodify your attention, and how recovering it is a reclamation of your power and purpose in this world.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Teen Retreat
2022-05-19 Opening to Emotions 34:22
How the middle way of the Buddha can teach us to skillfully navigate emotions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Spring Insight Meditation Retreat
2022-05-17 Metta When Stuff is Hard (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 28:41
The basics of the Brahma Viharas and some ways to practice Metta when times are tough and you're not really into it.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Spring Insight Meditation Retreat
2019-12-12 I Return My Life (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:13
Spirit Rock Meditation Center In the Presence of Love: A Metta and QiGong Retreat
2019-11-23 The Power Of Humility 54:25
How admitting to not knowing frees us to live in the wonder of our true nature.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2

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