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Guy Armstrong's Dharma Talks
Guy Armstrong
I have always enjoyed working with practitioners who are continuing to deepen their practice. In the many long retreats I teach at both IMS and Spirit Rock, I feel free to pass on the deepest pointings I’ve found in the teachings of the Buddha in the Pali Canon. Those are my guiding lights in practice and understanding.
2005-02-03 Impermanence 58:55
It's very helpful to reflect on the way we experience change in the course of our human life, including our own aging and death. But even more freeing is discovering the direct insight into the momentary arising and passing of all phenomena through our practice of mindful observation.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2004-12-10 Karma & The End Of Karma 62:19
The talk explores action and its results. It also looks at how karma and not-self are a mutually necessary way to understand personality and the path of practice leading to the end of karma.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2004-11-26 Fear And Fearlessness 63:13
This talk explores fear as a form of craving and also several particular fears, such as death, judgement, and emptiness. It concludes with practical instructions on working with fear in meditation, which can lead to a fearlessness with all difficult states.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2004-10-26 Impermanence: A Characteristic Of Existence 60:58
Although humans have a bias toward falsely seeing permanence, we can develop the insight into the truth of impermanence. In the depths of meditation, we are able to discern the moment to moment dissolution of our experience at the six sense doors.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2004-07-15 Brahma Viharas And The Vicissitudes Of Life 53:01
This talk proves an overview of the Brahma Viharas, or divine abodes, with special emptiness on the qualities of compassion, joy and equanimity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2004-02-17 Healing And Freedom 59:52
Dharma practice has two functions: First it makes us healthy, then it makes us free. The talk explores both these phases, as well as their accompanying attitudes, and explores the process of healing in relation to fear.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2004-01-08 Metta: Purity And Purification 61:55
When we engage with metta practice we receive either metta (purity) or the inner obstacles to metta, which provide the material for the purification of heart. This talk describes how to relate with self-judgement and fear through metta, as well as the supportive factor of concentration, another aspect of innate purity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-11-28 The Power Of Metta 58:52
The practice of metta brings five wonderful qualities into our Dhamma practice. It makes the heart softer and more responsive; it purifies the heart; it brings us into connection with all of life; it develops concentration; and it leads to happiness. Lovingkindness is the quality of friendliness toward oneself and others developed through the practice of metta. This talk describes how the practice works as a protection, a healing, a purification of heart, and a boundless state of mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-11-14 Awakening Concentration 56:33
This talk discusses the nature of samadhi, or concentration, in our practice and how to recognize its presence. It also touches on the benefits of samadhi and ways to develop this wholesome quality.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-11-07 Judging Ourselves 57:16
Harsh judgements of ourselves in practice and in life may be connected to an underlying sense of not being good enough. The talk explores remedies in the moment (mindfulness and reflection) and long term (metta, selflessness).
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

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