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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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2022-03-03 talk: Taking Refuge in Sangha p2 - the support of dāna / generosity 26:26
Exploring how generosity is the life-blood of sangha, and how taking refuge in sangha can help strengthen generosity and provide an antidote to some of the toxic effects of capitalism
Auckland Insight Meditation Auckland Insight weekly talks 2022
2022-02-28 meditation: cultivating an attitude of welcome 44:16
Monday morning "start your week well" meditation: cultivating an attitude of welcome to whatever our experience is right now
Auckland Insight Meditation Auckland Insight weekly talks 2022
2022-02-18 32 meditation: spaciousness 30:12
Beginning with the body, then gradually opening up awareness to include the space beyond the body
Auckland Insight Meditation Cultivation and Insight
2022-02-17 27 meditation: compassion 28:51
Meeting dukkha with mindfulness and compassion
Auckland Insight Meditation Cultivation and Insight
2022-02-16 24 meditation: mindfulness of hearing 36:32
Beginning by steadying awareness on the breath, then physical sensations, then opening to sounds
Auckland Insight Meditation Cultivation and Insight
2022-02-16 23 instructions: different modes of mindfulness 8:39
Exploring the quality of mindfulness itself, and the benefits of using different modes of mindfulness to keep the mind in balance
Auckland Insight Meditation Cultivation and Insight
2022-02-15 18 reflection and standing meditation 43:19
Reflecting on the day's themes and practices of mindfulness of the body and dharma confidence, exploring these through the practice of standing meditation
Auckland Insight Meditation Cultivation and Insight
2022-02-14 14 meditation: Well-being 15:39
Beginning by orienting to appreciation as a support for settling the body, heart and mind into well-being (note: due to a technical glitch, the recording stopped after the first set of instructions and the ending instructions weren't included)
Auckland Insight Meditation Cultivation and Insight
2022-02-13 11 meditation: body, breathing 30:07
Establishing awareness of the body sitting, then experience of breathing, attuning to the rhythm of receiving and releasing, and gently letting go of involvement in thinking
Auckland Insight Meditation Cultivation and Insight
2022-02-13 10 reflections: strengthening steadiness and stability 12:10
Short reflections on the preliminary processes of this retreat: orienting to steadiness and stability, and noticing what gets in the way; sensitising ourselves to the stress of self-referencing thought-patterns, and to the ease that becomes available when they're released.
Auckland Insight Meditation Cultivation and Insight

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