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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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2023-08-27 20 instructions: self-compassion 29:15
Acknowledging the inevitable ups and downs of being on retreat, making space for those changing conditions and orienting to self-compassion as needed for support to stay steady
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Two-week insight meditation retreat
2023-08-25 17 talk: Muditā or appreciative joy 24:06
Exploring different aspects of muditā: as happiness for others' happiness; as appreciation or gratitude; as recognition of our own strengths or good qualities, as in the Buddha's instructions to Mahanama
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Two-week insight meditation retreat
2023-08-24 12 instructions and meditation: pleasant unworldly vedanā and mettā 41:12
Exploring pleasant worldly and unworldly vedanā as a support for mettā; guided meditation orienting to the embodied energy of warmth and kindness, and inviting that energy to pervade in all directions
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Two-week insight meditation retreat
2023-08-23 10 instructions and meditation exploring feeling-tone or vedanā 24:34
How feeling-tone conditions reactivity when there's no mindfulness, then exploring vedanā in relation to the sense doors of seeing, hearing and the body
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Two-week insight meditation retreat
2023-08-22 08 talk: the four brahmavihāra as supports for releasing the hindrances 28:39
An overview of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity, and how they can be used as antidote to the hindrances
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Two-week insight meditation retreat
2023-08-21 04 instructions: Mindfulness of the body and mindfulness of breathing 50:29
Establishing a strong foundation of embodied awareness as an antidote to the tendency to be lost in the mind
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Two-week insight meditation retreat
2023-08-19 01 opening talks and guided meditation 53:38
with Elizabeth Day, Jill Shepherd, Willa Thaniya Reid
Welcome and orientation to the retreat structure and purpose, with guided standing and sitting meditation
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Two-week insight meditation retreat
2023-08-12 08 talk: Q&R and closing reflections 25:55
with Elizabeth Day, Jill Shepherd, Willa Thaniya Reid
Auckland Insight Meditation Online meditation day: Understanding the citta (heart/mind)
2023-08-12 07 meditation: further development of mettā and muditā as supports for freeing the citta 31:59
Auckland Insight Meditation Online meditation day: Understanding the citta (heart/mind)
2023-08-12 04 meditation: continuing attuning to the quality of the heart-mind 32:45
Auckland Insight Meditation Online meditation day: Understanding the citta (heart/mind)

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