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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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2018-06-02 Guided Meditation: Gratitude, Ease, and Steadiness 32:46
(2 of 15) A short guided meditation focused on developing inner resources. Includes brief instructions at end for walking meditation focused on developing ease.
White Heron Sangha :  Equanimity in Difficult Times
2018-06-02 Introduction to Equanimity 42:13
(1 of 15) Opening talk and overview of equanimity as an essential mental factor on the Buddhist path to awakening.
White Heron Sangha :  Equanimity in Difficult Times
2018-05-23 Taking the Practice Home (Closing Reflections) 13:47
Reflections from Oren on taking the practice home (excerpt of closing session).
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat
2018-05-22 The Company We Keep: Reflections on Friendship 55:43
The development of the path depends on the relationships and friendships in our life. This talk explores "spiritual friendship" - its many meanings and benefits
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat
2018-05-21 Metta For All Groups 69:28
Instructions, guided meditation, plus Q&A
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat
2018-05-18 Guided Metta (Benefactor and Self) 56:29
A short guided practice, plus Q&A
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat
2018-05-09 Building on Retreat, Taking the Practice Home 20:07
Closing Session (part 4): Short reflections on taking the practice home and deepening insights (with comments from Bart van Melik).
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Relational Dharma: Waking up Together
2018-05-09 A Meditation for Difficult Conversations: Guidance from the Suttas 2:37:27
Closing Session - part 1. In this short teaching and guided meditation, we explore how to use the meditation instructions in the Simile of the Saw (Kakchupama Sutta, MN. 21) as preparation and cultivation for difficult conversations.
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Relational Dharma: Waking up Together
2018-05-05 Reflections on Right Speech 25:45
Brief reflections on right speech and the ethical guidelines offered by the Buddha.
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Relational Dharma: Waking up Together
2018-05-05 Guided Meditation: Embodied Kindness 36:34
A loving-kindness meditation rooted in bodily awareness.
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Relational Dharma: Waking up Together

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