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Matthew Brensilver's Dharma Talks
Matthew Brensilver
Matthew Brensilver, MSW, PhD, serves on the Guiding Teachers Committee and Board of Directors at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was previously Program Director for Mindful Schools and for more than a decade, was a core teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Each summer, he lectures at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center on the intersections between mindfulness, science and mental health. Before committing to teach meditation full-time, he spent years doing research on addiction pharmacotherapy at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine. He is the co-author of two books about meditation during adolescence.
2019-06-05 Equanimity and Samadhi 51:30
Substantial overlap with previous talk on samadhi.
Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center Wisdom and Compassion for Our Time
2019-06-04 Guided Meditation: How the world impacts the emotional body 46:40
Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center Wisdom and Compassion for Our Time
2019-06-02 Guided Meditation: Body Settling, Pleasure of the Breath 30:18
Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center Wisdom and Compassion For Our Time
2019-03-25 Monday Night Dharma Talk 59:30
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-03-08 Compulsive Thinking, Concentration & Equanimity 60:15
Meditation practice cultivates a diverse set of attentional, emotional and introspective skills. Central to the practice of mindfulness is the stabilization of attention. But before our attention stabilizes, practice can be overstimulating. This talk will explore the process through which the mind comes to rest. In developing this steadiness, equanimity (the capacity to fully permit the flow of both pleasure and pain) is a vital skill. We will see how concentration and equanimity reinforce each other and support a deeper understanding of ourselves. And how this stability, in turn, makes space for the heart to respond with joy and compassion.
New York Insight Meditation Center NYI Regular Talks
2019-03-08 guided meditation 36:52
Meditation practice cultivates a diverse set of attentional, emotional and introspective skills. Central to the practice of mindfulness is the stabilization of attention. But before our attention stabilizes, practice can be overstimulating. This talk will explore the process through which the mind comes to rest. In developing this steadiness, equanimity (the capacity to fully permit the flow of both pleasure and pain) is a vital skill. We will see how concentration and equanimity reinforce each other and support a deeper understanding of ourselves. And how this stability, in turn, makes space for the heart to respond with joy and compassion.
New York Insight Meditation Center NYI Regular Talks
2019-02-28 Technology as an Existential Threat to Mindfulness - Matthew Brensilver and Randy Fernando 3:01:59
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-12-10 Monday Night Dharma Talk 55:53
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-11-24 Sila as Our Practice in the World (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 45:15
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Thanksgiving Retreat
2018-11-23 Sitting with Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 11:28:52
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Thanksgiving Retreat

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