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Sally Armstrong's Dharma Talks
Sally Armstrong
Sally Clough Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981. She moved to the Bay Area in 1988, and worked at Spirit Rock until 1994 in a number of roles, including executive director. She began teaching in 1996, and is one of the guiding teachers of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioner Program.
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2008-08-21 Falling In Love With The Breath 57:45
Though the teachings on dukkha (suffering) are an important part of the Buddhist path, a skillful relationship to sukha (pleasure) actually played a significant part in the Buddha's awakening. This talk explores the wise use of pleasure and the cultivation of beautiful qualities of mind, especially in concentration practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration
2008-07-15 It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This 54:45
The practice of Mudita or Appreciative Joy cultivates an open and joyful heart that naturally inclines towards connecting with what is uplifting and beautiful in others and in our own lives. It works to counteract the subtle or not-so-subtle tendency towards envy, which tells us that we are deficient in some way.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta
2008-02-27 Growing Goodness 60:16
Many of the Buddha's teachings are counter intuitive - we sit still to find freedom, we let go to receive. Opening to suffering and working skillfully with the kilesas - greed, aversion and delusion - actually bring us greater freedom and happiness. This talk is on the beautiful qualities called the Paramis that directly counter the force of the kilesas.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation 1-month Retreat
2008-02-16 Coming Out Of The Fog Of Delusion 56:31
The distortion of delusion operates in many ways, including when we are disconnected from our direct experience, or only allow in information that doesn't challenge our deluded state of mind. Learning how to recognize when delusion is distorting our experience allows us to wake up out of its spell and discover clarity and peacefulness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation 1-month Retreat
2008-02-10 Choosing Kindness Rather Than Judging 58:58
Many of us have internalized the message that we are not ok. To begin to be free of this distorted view, we need to understand how it became formed and why it no longer serves us. It is important to bring humor and kindness to this practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation 1-month Retreat
2008-02-03 Looking For Happiness In All The Wrong Places 56:31
Because we don't understand what brings us true happiness, we often find ourselves trying to control or resist our experience, in a futile attempt to find relief. Seeing more clearly and working skillfully with our difficulties brings us true peace and calm.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation 1-month Retreat
2007-12-07 Eight Worldly Conditions 58:49
The world spins around the alternating pairs of gain and loss, praise and blame, fame and disrepute, and happiness and unhappiness. When we bring them into our awareness, we see how much of our time and energy is spent trying to create and hold on to the positive ones, and avoid or get rid of the negative ones. If we see with wisdom, we realize that these conditions are always operating no matter what we do, and that the skillful way to respond to them is to come to a clearer understanding of what actually brings us true happiness and a sense of well-being, and to cultivate that, rather than chase after gain, praise, fame, and superficial happiness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2007-11-23 Transcendent Dependent Origination 58:46
In the teaching on Transcendent Dependent Origination, the Buddha gives us a map for our spiritual journey, beginning with the common human condition of suffering, which, when opened to with wisdom, leads to faith and many other beautiful qualities. These qualities support the deepening that leads to liberation.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2007-11-20 Guided Meditation - Mudita 46:28
Mudita or the practice of sympathetic joy opens us to the possibilities of increasing our sense of well-being and happiness. The haqppiness of others when directed towards ourselves, is manifesting as gratitude for the blessings in our life
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2007-11-16 The Seven Factors Of Enlightenment 57:33
The seven factors are beautiful qualities of mind that can be developed to support our meditative practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 2

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