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Jose Reissig's Dharma Talks
Jose Reissig
After decades of practice and teaching, what inspires me are those moments when I can see the habitual as if it were for the first time. If such moments occur while I'm giving a talk, then the teacher in me can hear its own words imbued with the freshness imparted by those who truly listen -- the multiple aspects of myself being part of the audience as well. Thanks for your participation in the process.
2006-11-18 Indra's Net 36:33
The net in Indra's palace is said to contain countless gems, each reflecting all others. As a metaphor for humanity, it reminds us that we too reflect each other.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties
2006-11-17 Loneliness As Teacher 41:10
Rather than trying to elude feelings of loneliness, we need to go into them in order to learn.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties
2006-08-06 Life Is Teeming: Let's Teem With It 39:56
For inner peace to take we must first be willing to get out of our mental Green Zones and join in the compost of life.
Garrison Institute
2006-08-05 The Path Is Laid Down In Walking 34:14
Let us shift the emphasis from things and names to processes--from nouns and pronouns to verbs.
Garrison Institute
2006-08-04 The Hand In Touch 43:33
An invitation to be in touch with ourselves and with others.
Garrison Institute
2006-03-26 Going Where Frames Of Reference Can't Go 36:31
The most serious drawback of our frames of reference is that we end up imagining that they offer a comprehensive description of reality, and this keeps us from going beyond them. This talk is an invitation to go beyond.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties
2006-03-25 The Lure Of The Frames Of Reference 36:37
Most of what comes our way (time, history, ideas, etc.) tends to be used as raw material for building mental frames of reference. While these mental structures bring a simulacrum of stability to our lives, in the end they are most unhelpful because we tend to cling to them. We'd do well to hold them loosely.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties
2006-03-24 Choice And Its Fallacy 49:13
Choice has been acclaimed by our culture as the key to happiness. However, our picking and choosing frenzy does little to allay our dissatisfaction. Rather, this frenzy becomes a tool for the ego. The talk examines alternative ways of finding happiness.
Dominican Sisters center at Saugerties
2005-08-07 Passing Away 35:32
This talk addresses the passing away of experiences, like that of a retreat, of a relationship, or of self. They become unproblematic when clinging ends, when the "thingness" of experience drops out.
Garrison Institute
2005-08-06 The Middle Way Is Not The Ostrich Way 41:03
In our efforts to avoid the trap of polarities—like pleasant/unpleasant, or good/evil— we may fall into the trap of avoidance, i.e. of ignorance. The true Middle Way results from the wisdom of a well-trained mind, capable of seeing through deception whether initiated by self or by other.
Garrison Institute

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