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Retreat Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Monday and Wednesday Talks

Regular weekly talks given at the lower Spirit Rock meditation hall

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  
2024-04-29 Five Methods for Stopping Distracting Thought 1:59:19
Sean Oakes
2024-05-01 Self Respect, Social Conscience and Radical Responsibility 1:20:00
Heidi Bourne
Includes guided meditation, dharma talk and select Q/A
2024-05-06 Fierce Compassion: Addressing Global Moral Crises, Gaza 1:38:22
JD Doyle
This talk explores engaging the practice of fierce compassion to meet global martial crises and references the resource “Gaza, Calling for a Dharma Response” offered by the Sacred Justice Coalition.
2024-05-08 Self Respect, Social Conscience and Radical Responsibility (Part 2) 1:28:02
Heidi Bourne
Includes guided meditation, dharma talk and select Q/A
2024-05-13 Monday Night Live Talk from Spirit Rock 1:27:04
Mark Coleman
Includes meditation & dharma talk
2024-05-15 Guided Meditation: Developing Concentration (Samadhi) 36:25
Donald Rothberg
At the beginning, there is a short discussion of the nature and importance of cultivating concentration or samadhi, followed by practical meditative guidance at the beginning and during the session.
2024-05-15 Developing Concentration (Samadhi) 1 64:02
Donald Rothberg
There are two main forms of meditation as taught by the Buddha: Developing concentration and developing insight. We explore how they go together, the nature of concentration (samadhi), and the different ways of developing samadhi. We also look at some of the typical challenges of developing samadhi, particularly over-active minds, sleepiness and low energy, and over-efforting. Throughout there is an emphasis on finding ways to integrate active effort with ease and relaxation. The talk is followed by discussion.
2024-05-20 Equanimity: Resting the Mind before it falls into Extremes 1:29:46
Kamala Masters
Includes meditation & dharma talk
2024-05-22 Guided Meditation: Developing Concentration (Samadhi) 2 35:36
Donald Rothberg
After a short overview about the nature of concentration (samadhi), there is basic guidance on cultivating samadhi along with some more advanced instruction in the last third of the guided meditation.
2024-05-22 Developing Concentration (Samadhi) 2 65:57
Donald Rothberg
We review some of the main themes from last week's talk on developing concentration (samadhi), including the importance of such practice for the Buddha and his teachings; without samadhi, the Buddha says, there is no freedom. We examine ways of practicing (including outside of formal meditation) and look at some of the factors that indicate a deepening of samadhi (the jhanic factors). We then review the main challenges of developing samadhi, particularly over-active minds, sleepiness and low energy, and over-efforting. We also explore further challenges to the development of samadhi, including working with background thoughts, the ways that more unconscious material can surface in cultivating samadhi, and attachment to concentrated states. The talk is followed by discussion.
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