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Jill Shepherd's Dharma Talks
Jill Shepherd
Wisdom and compassion are two themes that inform my current exploration of the dharma, and I aspire to integrate these as fully as I can in both formal practice and daily life.
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2023-11-03 Reflections on clinging 57:47
Brief exploration of clinging, and how to help it to release
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2023-10-31 Brahmavihara practice: Metta for benefactor and good friend 46:14
Establishing some well-being in the body then cultivating metta for the benefactor or easy being, then a good friend
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2023-10-29 Clinging and release in relation to mindfulness of the body 52:18
Exploring clinging IN the body and clinging TO the body (ie identification with it), and ways to experience release of this clinging
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2023-10-28 Instructions and practice: mindfulness of emotions 58:59
Developing a skillful relationship with emotions, knowing they're impermanent, impersonal nature. Includes a brief introduction of the acronym "RAIN" recognize, allow/accept, investigate, non-identification as nature
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2023-10-19 talk: pāramī of mettā - kindness, good will 20:29
Exploring what supports kindness and what gets in the way, focusing on self-view and clinging to being right; includes a short guided meditation on "practicing being wrong"
Auckland Insight Meditation Auckland Insight weekly talks 2023
2023-10-12 talk: the pāramī of patience and resolve 27:50
Some reflections on how the pāramī of patience and resolve provide crucial support for both regular meditation practice and retreat practice. Includes an exploration of the need to honour natural rhythms, and how metaphorically "lying fallow" allows deeper healing and wisdom to emerge
Auckland Insight Meditation Auckland Insight weekly talks 2023
2023-09-07 talk: Reviewing all ten pāramī, in conversation with Auckland Insight sangha members 46:31
Auckland Insight Meditation Auckland Insight weekly talks 2023
2023-08-31 30 talk: An overview of the Noble Eightfold Path 35:57
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Two-week insight meditation retreat
2023-08-30 27 meditation: exploring the insubstantiality of experience 52:25
Beginning with physical sensations, knowing them as impermanent and insubstantial, then opening to sounds and mental activity; simply recognising experiences being known, without identifying with them as I, me, or mine
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Two-week insight meditation retreat
2023-08-28 25 talk: Exploring the Awakening Factors 31:11
An overview of the seven awakening factors of mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy (pītī), tranquility, samādhi and equanimity, and how these work together to support conducive conditions for insight to arise
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Two-week insight meditation retreat

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