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Diana Winston's Dharma Talks
Diana Winston
My work since 2006 through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center ( emphasizes making mindfulness teachings accessible to all, regardless of background, yet without losing depth practice. In recent years I have been teaching on Natural Awareness— the effortless, objectless, and spacious side of awareness practices. Socially engaged Buddhism is a thread woven through many of my talks-- how can we end suffering both internally and externally? Having worked with teens and young adults for many years, some of the talks are geared to young people. Finally as a mom of a tween, I'm deeply inspired by the transformative power of daily life and family practice.
2009-04-17 What Is Mindfulness? 57:07
An introductory talk on mindfulness given on a beginners retreat. We learn the basics of mindfulness, what gets in the way, and how to deepen and cultivate it.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Vipassana for the Curious
2009-01-13 The Science Of Meditation For Scientists 46:30
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Scientists Retreat
2008-10-31 Taking Care Of Myself, I Take Care Of The World 58:24
This talk explores the importance of taking care of ourselves, inner cycles of reflection and contemplation, and how our work on the cushion can impact the world. We learn the importance of joy and finding your own unique expression of service.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation
2008-08-05 Eye Of The Storm: The Benefits Of Mindfulness 56:27
A talk for young adults (and others) on mindfulness, how it works, its benefits, what makes it hard, and some of the science of mindfulness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Young Adult Retreat
2008-06-25 The Science Of Meditation 58:57
This talk discusses the current research in mindfulness, including the areas of physical health, attention, mental health, self-compassion, and brain research.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness Training for Yoga Teachers
2007-11-07 You Are Love 48:46
This talk explores the relationship of metta to vipassana, how to deepen your metta practice, and how lovingkindness can become the fundamental ground of your being.
2007-05-19 The Mud And The Gold 53:28
A talk for beginners exploring the difficulties we encounter when we practice (the mud) and the joyful benefits we'll discover as we find more and more freedom (the gold).
2007-04-17 An Ocean Of Metta 52:18
This talk explores Metta as a purification practice – a slow unlayering of the heart. Lots of tips for when we get stuck and how to make it very practical and applicable to our lives.
2006-10-28 The Inseparability Of Practice And Life In The World, With Grove Burnett 62:16
We explore how practice on the cushion translates personally, relationally, and socially. We emphasize compassion, acting without expecting results, and working with anger. Good for activists!
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-10-23 Balance Of Energy And Equanimity 52:27
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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