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Oren Jay Sofer's Dharma Talks
Oren Jay Sofer
Developing a clear understanding of the teachings and learning to fully inhabit the body have been core parts of my Dhamma practice. These areas, as well a strong emphasis on the heart, inform and shape my teaching. The few years I spent training as an Anagarika in the Thai Forest monasteries broadened my understanding of the Buddha's teachings and instilled a profound respect for the Bhikkhu and Bhikkhuni Sangha. All along the way, I've been particularly interested in how other modalities like Nonviolent Communication and Somatics can support our growth in awakening.
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2022-06-13 Monday Night Dharma Talk - Progress on the Spiritual Path and Finding a Teacher 69:53
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2022-06-08 The Power of Rest 55:25
Nature flows through a cycle of rhythms, but modern life disconnects us from the natural rhythms of our world. When activity (physical or mental) is not balanced with rest, we burn out. Join Oren for an evening of meditation as we learn about what supports and hinders our ability to rest, and how rest can be the hidden key to unlocking your meditation practice.
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
2022-05-20 Metta instructions in guided meditation 58:14
Overview of Metta practice with instructions for working with the benefactor
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat
2022-04-07 Guided Meditation: Joy 61:10
A guided meditation beginning with a reflection on gratitude, opening to joy, and then cultivating Mudita - joy in the happiness of others.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Steadying the Heart: Refuge through the Four Sublime States
2022-04-03 Our Best Home and the Path of Awakening (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:22
Reflections on the path of awakening, the Brahma Viharas, and advice for retreat.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Steadying the Heart: Refuge through the Four Sublime States
2022-02-13 Revealing the Clear Mind 55:10
An overview of how the path cultivates clarity of mind, through mindfulness and knowing the obscurations.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Clear Mind, Open Heart: An Introduction to Insight Meditation
2022-01-12 Training the Heart 0:00
(Recording not available) 
How do we meet the challenges of our times? This talk reflects on how we can shape and train the heart-mind to have access to qualities that enrich our potential and resilience.
2022-01-12 Guided Meditation: Nourishing the Heart 54:06
Guided meditation on noticing and dwelling on what's uplifting in the heart.
2021-12-20 Guided Meditation & Instructions 62:06
Building on Samatha practice, we begin to include physical sensations and sound in our practice. This meditation also offers pointers on working with unpleasant sensations.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center "Winter Solstice Retreat: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light" with Heather Sundberg, Oren Jay Sofer, SEP and Dawn Scott
2021-12-03 Wisdom and Insight 56:01
As the path unfolds, mindfulness and concentration lead naturally to the development of wisdom. Wisdom understands the difference between what is skillful and unskillful, perceives things as they are and knows suffering and its end.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration and Insight

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