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2021-08-03 The Wisdom and Complexity of Gratitude 26:35
Brian Lesage
Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community FIMC Monday Night Talks

2021-07-31 Doing, Not Doing, Undoing 1:17:50
Nathan Glyde
Exploring the skilful application of effort and energy in relationship to engagement of insight and samadhi, and the receptive modes of letting go. Is 'not doing' as powerful as insight and samadhi to undo dukkha?
Gaia House Online Dharma Hall - Jul 2021

2021-07-29 talk: Wise Mindfulness or sati 30:59
Jill Shepherd
Short talk on what makes mindfulness Right or Wise, then a group guided meditation/contemplation exploring different aspects of sati, based on questions from Gregory Kramer's book A Whole-Life Path
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path

2021-07-28 Deepening Daily Life Practice 3: Practicing with the Eight Worldly Winds 68:43
Donald Rothberg
We begin with a review of the last two sessions related to deepening daily life practice, including identifying some of the challenges of contemporary daily life practice and some basic ways of deepening such practice, the importance for such practice of mindfulness of the body, and the centrality of practicing with reactivity (based on looking closely at the sequence from contact to grasping or pushing away). We then, for the rest of the session, explore the teaching of the Eight Worldly Winds (pleasure or pain, gain or loss, fame or disrepute, and praise or blame) as a way of looking out for eight specific experiences that are likely to lead to reactivity. In all of this, we focus on how we might learn from and respond skillfully to such challenging situations rather than simply react in a largely unconscious and habitual way. The talk is followed by a discussion.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-07-28 Deepening Daily Life Practice 3: A Guided Meditation: Settling, Practicing with Pleasant and Unpleasant and Tendencies to Reactivity, Practicing with the Eight Worldly Winds 37:48
Donald Rothberg
In this guided meditation, we start with about 10 minutes of settling. We then attend to when there is a moderate or greater pleasant or unpleasant feeling-tone, bringing some investigation as to what occurs in ones' experience, including tendencies to reactivity (grasping or pushing away). Toward the end of the guided meditation, there's an invitation to track for those forms of reactivity coming after one of the Eight Worldly Winds (pleasure or pain, gain or loss, fame or disrepute, and praise or blame).
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-07-21 Ways of Knowing 54:11
Rebecca Bradshaw
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2021-07-21 Understanding Impermanence Liberates the Mind From Suffering 69:23
Sylvia Boorstein
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-07-19 Crossing the Flood 31:11
Brian Lesage
Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community FIMC Monday Night Talks

2021-07-19 Meditation: Listening with the Heart | Monday Night 23:59
Jack Kornfield
Direct mindful loving awareness to the mind. The mind secretes thoughts, stories and memories. You are the loving awareness that feels the stream of the mind, that knows it—all the busyness, hopes, and ideas. Listen now to the wisdom mind. It has a message for you. It has wisdom that you need just now. Now let the field of loving awareness open, so the heart knows you can listen to the world around you with tender care. By listening with a compassionate heart and a wisdom mind, your understanding can grow.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2021-07-19 Listening with the Heart | Monday Night Talk 50:31
Jack Kornfield
We are each other's bond. We are each other's community. We are each other's family. What we most want, perhaps, is to be listened to in the deepest way, to be met with the heart. When we learn to rest in awareness, there’s both caring and silence. There is listening for what’s the next thing to do and awareness of all that’s happening, a big space and a connected feeling of love. When there is enough space, our whole being can both comprehend the situation and be at ease. We see the dance of life, we dance beautifully, yet we’re not caught in it.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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