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Jill Shepherd's Dharma Talks
Jill Shepherd
Wisdom and compassion are two themes that inform my current exploration of the dharma, and I aspire to integrate these as fully as I can in both formal practice and daily life.
2017-02-24 24 short instructions: working with pain 7:13
Various suggestions for working with "pain," to help maintain a balanced relationship to physical discomfort
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Seven-day insight meditation retreat
2017-02-24 23 short instructions: breath-counting 3:56
Introduction of the technique of breath-counting in sets of ten, as a support for concentration
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Seven-day insight meditation retreat
2017-02-23 22 talk: Right Effort 31:37
Right Effort as the sixth factor of the Noble Eightfold Path, with an overview of the Four Great Efforts
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Seven-day insight meditation retreat
2017-02-23 21 guided meditation: metta for benefactor 28:15
Guided meditation beginning with connection to one's own well-being, then metta for the benefactor using the reciting phrases method of practice
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Seven-day insight meditation retreat
2017-02-23 20 instructions: metta practice 11:45
An overview of metta practice, with instructions for working with the category of benefactor
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Seven-day insight meditation retreat
2017-02-23 19 guided meditation: mindfulness of thoughts and emotions 25:28
Guided meditation beginning with mindfulness of breathing, opening to physical sensations, sounds, thoughts, and emotions
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Seven-day insight meditation retreat
2017-02-23 18 instructions: Mindfulness of Mind 15:14
Introduction to the Third Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Mind, and skilful ways of relating to thoughts
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Seven-day insight meditation retreat
2017-02-22 17 talk: Vedana, Right Thought, Metta and Compassion 41:09
Exploring vedana or feeling-tone as the building block of reactivity, and metta or good will and compassion or harmlessness as aspects of Right Thought
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Seven-day insight meditation retreat
2017-02-22 16 instructions: concentration and feeling-tone (vedana) part 2 16:35
Brief introduction of Right Concentration and the potential for pleasant feeling-tone (vedana) to support ease
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Seven-day insight meditation retreat
2017-02-22 15 guided meditation: mindfulness of breathing, physical sensations, sounds 25:42
Guided meditation: mindfulness of breathing, physical sensations, then opening to sounds
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Seven-day insight meditation retreat

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