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Sharda Rogell's Dharma Talks
Sharda Rogell
My focus in teaching is to provide the support that students need to turn their life to the dharma, to truth, and to find ways to come out of their pain and suffering. The retreat experience is an invaluable aid to this exploration; however, what matters more is how one integrates this under- standing into everyday life.
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2007-01-01 Control: How Much Do I Have? 52:10
'Doing' can create a lot of stress. As I examine and let go of habitual patterns, I open to the freshness of not knowing and experience a wise and direct engagement with life
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-12-28 Including Suffering (Dukkha) 47:27
Mindfulness practice is a confrontation with what is true in each moment--we examine the ways we defend against painful experience so that we can open to the richness of being alive.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-10-11 Our Potential When Suffering Ceases 57:01
Freedom is the cessation of craving (tanha). What is tanha, how can we recognize it and what happens when it ceases.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta & Vipassana Intensive
2006-10-04 Five Difficult Mind States 60:01
When we are identified with these five mind states they are called hindrances to seeing the way things actually are. Each one is explored along with skillful antidotes to help overcome them.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-09-21 Turning The Mind Towards Awakening 56:51
Using the Buddha's teaching on the Four Ways of Undertaking Things, we can examine what the basis is for our choices. Is it ego that imposes an idea of what is right or wrong? Or can we listen more deeply to our inner wisdom?
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2006-09-01 Dukka And Its End 51:24
Every moment is a revelation of the Four Noble Truths. What kind of suffering do we have influence over? Once we deeply understand the nature of impermanence, freedom from suffering is close at hand.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-07-20 Anatta And Our Personality 56:36
Understanding Anatta. Our personality doesn't have to dissolve in order to understand the not-self nature of who we are.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-07-11 Metta: Freeing The Heart From Clinging 51:16
What keeps our heart from expressing pure lovingkindness? Understanding "tanna" or clinging, that gives rise to attachment & aversion, is the obstacle.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-06-17 Refuge in Awareness 38:07
There is no need to be afraid of our personality....embracing all the condtions of our experience brings us to deeper levels of understanding. By recognizing times of deep contentment in ourselves, we plant a cellular memory of happiness that allows us to more easily find a natural resting place for the mind.
Gaia House Insight Meditation and Contemplative Inquiry
2006-06-15 Restraint and Spontaneity 43:13
How do we express ourselves authentically, without falling into the extremes of indulgence and repression, where our ego is out of control, where we withdraw, hide behind our Buddhist practice, and lose touch with our vitality and our awakeness?
Gaia House Insight Meditation and Contemplative Inquiry

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