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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

2006-06-07 The Inner Landscape Of Compassion 59:18
Kamala Masters
This talks lays out what compassion is, how it benefits us, and what the near and far enemies of compassion are.
2007-01-03 What Comes Next In Our Wild, Precious Lives? - part 1 57:24
Donald Rothberg
In our lives we often ask: "What comes next?" in my practice, in my life. We may feel stuck, or energized but not know how to manifest concretely in our lives. We explore the nature of our wold unfolding and some practical ways to tune into "what wants to come next?"
2007-01-17 The Dharma And Martin Luther King, Jr 52:39
Donald Rothberg
At this time of King’s birthday, we use the Vietnamese Buddhist recent understanding of three core areas of the Dharma- wisdom, compassion and courage with each we examine both the teachings of the Buddha and the life and work of King, playing several of his talks.
2007-01-31 Mindfulness And Papanca - part 2 57:37
Donald Rothberg
We focus, in this record of two talks, on the nature of Papanca or “conceptual proliferation” its roots in compulsive craving and aversion, and a number of different ways to work skillfully with Papanca.
2007-02-26 The Path Of Meditation And Nature 49:15
Mark Coleman
What is the relationship of Nature in our Dharma practice? This talk explores how nature is a preeminent teacher that brings peace, joy and wisdom.
2007-03-14 Transforming Judgment - part 1 53:55
Donald Rothberg
Working with judgments is a kind of “royal road” of transformation, taking us into our deep and often unconscious views, sense of self and pain. We look at the importance of this work, and the speaker tells personal stories illustrating four ways of working with judgments: 1. mindfulness 2. seeing core patterns of mind and heart 3. metta, compassion, joy – using heart practices, and 4. deep inquiry.
2007-03-21 Transforming Judgment - part 2 47:28
Donald Rothberg
We review some of the main themes of transforming judgments – the nature of judgments and four main ways of working with judgments, using mindfulness, inquiry, and heart practices. We add some exploration of the cultural dimension of judgments and how to combine inner work on judgments with outer response and how to combine inner work on judgments with outer response.
2007-03-26 The Ten Thousand Idiots 38:52
Ed Brown
The Ten Thousand Idiots are alive and well. Compassion flowers. Let your loneliness cut more deep. And so forth.
2007-03-28 Developing Energy In Our Practice: Wise Effort - part 1 46:42
Donald Rothberg
Developing energy and effort in our practice is crucial. In its mature form, effort becomes “effortless” but on the way, we need to support our practice’s energy both generally and moment-to-moment. We look at the traditional teaching of the four “wise efforts,” adding some contemporary metaphors, especially drawn from Kayakins.
2007-04-02 On Meditation - part 1 65:33
Jack Kornfield
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