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Jean Esther's Dharma Talks
Jean Esther
Jean Esther, MSW has been practicing meditation since 1975 and teaching in the dharma since the early 90’s. She is one of the Guiding Teachers at True North Insight in Canada and teaches locally in the Northeastern US. Trained in Jungian transpersonal psychology and Somatic Experiencing she has been a practicing psychotherapist in Western MA since 1981 with a specialization in the healing of trauma. Her passion is attuning to and supporting the liberating intersection of body, mind and heart and helping others of all ages do the same.
2023-03-21 Eightfold path – taking the practice into our lives 46:00
Wise view and wise thought, and ethical conduct are elucidated as guides for living a life with wisdom and compassion
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Two Wings of the Dharma: Infusing Our Lives with Wisdom & Compassion
2023-03-21 Morning Instructions: feeling tones (vedana) 52:18
These instructions highlight how to identify feeling tones in meditation, practice, and the importance their identification plays in the release from being lost in aversion, desire, and disconnection
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Two Wings of the Dharma: Infusing Our Lives with Wisdom & Compassion
2023-03-20 Guided compassion practice 46:13
A guided practice of compassion for someone in our life, followed by a guided practice of compassion for ourselves
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Two Wings of the Dharma: Infusing Our Lives with Wisdom & Compassion
2023-03-19 Five hindrances as a doorway to release. 52:07
An introduction to the five hindrances, how they are experienced in the mind and body, and practices that lead to release from their grip.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Two Wings of the Dharma: Infusing Our Lives with Wisdom & Compassion
2023-03-19 Morning Instructions: the value of anchoring attention. 58:02
A brief explanation of why anchoring attention in the body is foundational, followed by suggestions as to how to practice in this way
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Two Wings of the Dharma: Infusing Our Lives with Wisdom & Compassion
2023-03-18 Introduction to Brahma Vihara practice 46:21
A brief explanation of the four Brahma Viharas and their near and far enemies. Followed by a guided, loving-kindness practice for an easy person.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center The Two Wings of the Dharma: Infusing Our Lives with Wisdom & Compassion
2022-02-13 Morning Instructions: Meeting our Emotions with Wisdom 39:33
These guided instructions within formal meditation practice are also applicable in meeting our emotions in our everyday lives.
True North Insight Meeting Our Emotional Life with a Dharma Heart
2022-02-12 Compassion: An Organic Response to Wise Understanding 60:53
As we discover the 3 characteristics of life in our meditation practice, we begin to recognize their truth in all aspects of life beyond our mediation practice. Through this clear understanding, compassion for self and others emerges organically. The cultivation of compassion practice directed towards our own or others suffering can also strengthen this quality in our minds and hearts. This talk includes some guided practice.
True North Insight Meeting Our Emotional Life with a Dharma Heart
2022-02-12 Morning Instructions: Rooting in Embodiment: 61:02
Guided instruction in bringing one’s attention to body, breath and sound as foundational for meditation practice.
True North Insight Meeting Our Emotional Life with a Dharma Heart
2021-12-04 Loving kindness practice with the "neutral person" 42:12
Description of the importance of working with a neutral person and strengthening the capacity of non-discriminating loving kindness. Includes a guided practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Freedom of Heart and Mind: Insight Meditation Retreat

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