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Tempel Smith's Dharma Talks
Tempel Smith
Tempel Smith spent a year ordained as a monk in Burma and teaches Buddhist psychology and social activism in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently part of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program.
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2019-02-16 Day 14 Choiceless Awareness: Guided meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 43:43
A guided practice for letting go of specific objects or sense doors to practice open or choiceless awareness. For some people this is a more natural way of practicing. The intent is to become mindful of one’s mental activity as it is drawn to different experiences arising at any of the six sense doors. From this practice you can gain insight into how the mind works and find freedom no matter what the experience.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-15 Day 13 - Guided Metta (Loving Kindness) for All Beings (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 43:57
Inviting our heart to let go of all reservations and conditions to universal friendliness and kindness. This heart which can hold all beings in kindness becomes a refuge for our own well being and the well being of others.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-14 2nd Foundation of Mindfulness - Vedana (Feeling Tone) (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:30
Continuing from the Anapanasati sutta we turn to vedana, the 2nd foundation of mindfulness. With great courage. we can develop contentment no matter the pleasure, pain or neutrality of any give moment. In not understanding vedana we are forever imprisoned by our wrong views. When we can breath consciously in a greater range of pain, pleasure and neutrality we find the path to non-conditional contentment.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-13 Day 11 - Instruction for Mindfulness of Vedana (2nd Foundation) (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 48:54
Instruction and guided meditation on the 2nd foundation of mindfulness called vedana (feeling tone). This is the factor of each moment of consciousness which is pleasant, unpleasant and neutral. Being able to be mindful of vedana allows us to cut off our reactivity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-08 Day 6 - Morning Instruction on Breath and 4 Elements (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:33
An introduction to a careful and detailed practice of the 4 Elements meditation practice. Focusing on different kinds of body sensations, first independently and then in combination.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-07 16 Meditative Steps in Mindfulness of Breathing - Anapanasati (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 64:55
In many discourses the Buddha gave very detailed instructions on how to develop Mindfulness of Breathing from our first awareness of breathing in and out through calming the mind into samadhi (concentration) and then steps to cultivate liberating insight. These 16 steps also include the cultivation of happiness and contentment as an aspect of the path to freedom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-05 Day 3 - Instruction for Loving Kindness for Oneself (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:48
Practicing metta for an easy being and for oneself, with an emphasis in establishing loyalty to be kind to yourself in all conditions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-03 Day One - Instructions for Mindfulness of Sound, Body and Breath (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 54:22
Settling into mindfulness for the month long retreat. Approaching sounds, body sensations, and the breath as a home base, with ease, patience, and kindness of attitude.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2018-08-10 Day Four, Guided Kindness Meditation-Forgiveness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:48
With the practice of Forgiveness Meditation, we release our hearts from the pain of resentment without losing a healthy sense of boundaries or accountability.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight for Young Adults
2018-08-09 Beginning Insights of Vipassana Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:06
After even a few days of insight meditation, we can begin to see clearly that thoughts are only concepts in the present. We can also see the impermanent and ever changing conditional nature of all of our experiences.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight for Young Adults

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