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Dharma Talks
2019-07-13 Patience and Determination for Metta 54:52
  Bonnie Duran
This talk offers the Paramis to support the strengthening of Metta practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat

2019-07-13 The Gentle Embrace of Compassion 58:53
  Yuka Nakamura
Compassion is a central quality of the heartmind that enables us to meet and to respond to suffering in a skilful way . It is both the ability to deeply resonate with suffering and the motivation to alleviate it - in ourselves and in other beings. Compassion frees the mind from unwholesome mindstates, opens the heart to the interconnectedness with all beings and in this way also supports the unfolding of wisdom.
Pauenhof Center :  Intensive Vipassana Meditation Retreat

2019-07-12 Love In The Time Of Extinction 62:43
  Yanai Postelnik
Reflection on the dharma of responding to the climate and ecological emergency with an open heart.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students

2019-07-11 Anicca the truth of impermanence 50:09
  Kate Munding
The talk is centered around how to bring wisdom to the truth of impermanence. Anicca (impermanence) is a cornerstone truth of existence and one that we all encounter over and over. How we relate to this truth can make the difference between experiencing this natural law with confusion and aversion or living a life with a heart and mind that is at peace. We'll explore how this truth influences our emotional, physical, and relational lives. We'll also take a look at how miss-understanding this truth can be used as a spiritual bypass and hinder our spiritual development.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2019-07-10 The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 1 54:48
  Tara Brach
Cultivating a surrendering presence allows us to release the identity of a small, separate self, and open to the truth and fullness of who we are. These two talks explore misunderstandings about surrender (such as the fear that we will become passive or condone injustice) and the practices that create the grounds for surrender, emotional healing, transformational activism and spiritual freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2019-07-10 Impermanence 48:20
  Leigh Brasington
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2019-07-10 Meditation: Befriending Your Inner Life 16:10
  Tara Brach
This meditation establishes a gentle and caring presence through bringing the image and felt sense of a smile to various domains in the body. We then settle with the breath, and practice relaxing with whatever arises, letting life be just as it is. The underlying intention is to regard all experience with a clear, interested and friendly attention. The gift is a homecoming to our naturally loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2019-07-10 Love in the Time of Extinction: Dharma Practice, Climate, Ecology and Non-Violent Civil Disobedience 65:00
  Yanai Postelnik
How practices of awakening and compassion converge with conscientiously choosing to disobey the law, in responding to the climate and ecological emergency we face. What does dharma practice look like in the face of a Climate and Ecological emergency? How do the Buddha’s wisdom teachings and compassionate practices empower us to meet this crisis? How do we keep our heart open while engaging with our inner responses and the outer situation?
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

2019-07-10 The Second Dart - Recognizing and Understanding Vedana 61:23
  Yuka Nakamura
Vedana - the feeling tone of every experience - has a huge influence on our choices and behaviours and plays a crucial role in the creation and perpetuating of suffering. For this reason it needs to be recognized and understood. Based on the Salla-Sutta, the sutta about the dart, the talk explores how the mind gets caught in reactivity and thus adds further layers of suffering. It is through the understanding of the impermanent and conditioned nature of Vedana that the mind attains liberation from these reactive patterns and finds equanimity with regard to all Vedana.
Pauenhof Center :  Intensive Vipassana Meditation Retreat

2019-07-10 From the Ordinary Habitual Mind to the Buddha-Mind 8: Transforming Our Ordinary Sense of Self 2: The “Doer” 67:01
  Donald Rothberg
Description: We first look briefly at the general framework of this series of talks and discussion; we examine: (1) the conditioning of the “ordinary habitual mind,” understood through examining 10 different parameters of that mind; (2) the nature of the “Buddha mind” in terms of these 10 parameters; and (3) how we practice with a given parameter to enact this transformation. Today’s talk is the second covering the nature and sense of self; we review some what was covered last time. We then take the rest of the session examining one manifestation of the “thick” self—the conditioned sense of the “doer.” We look at a number of ways in which the doer becomes more obvious, as when there is anxiety about not doing anything; we might notice this sometimes on a vacation or in retirement. We also examine the cultural dimensions of the conditioning around finding identity as a doer. We then look at how it’s possible to have our doing come more out of presence and being, with reference to the teachings of the Buddha and Chuang-Tzu especially. We conclude with a series of exercises in which we develop a sense of doing that comes more out of presence and being.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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