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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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2021-10-07 Metta as a Doorway to Belonging 28:08
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-10-06 The Seven Factors of Awakening 68:45
Donald Rothberg
After a brief review of the last two sessions that Donald has offered on traditional teachings about awakening and contemporary maps of the path of awakening, we explore the core teaching of the Seven Factors of Awakening: mindfulness, investigation, resolve or energy, joy or rapture, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity. We look both individually at each of the seven, and also suggest a number of ways of practicing with this teaching, whether in a particular meditation session, in daily life, or over a sustained period of time. At the end, there is some discussion.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-10-06 Guided Meditation: The Factors of Awakening 36:31
Donald Rothberg
A lightly guided meditation, linked with today's talk, inviting one or more of the Seven Factors of Awakening.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-10-04 The Nature of Awakening: Traditional and Contemporary Maps 1:11:48
Donald Rothberg
While much of our interest in practice may be focused on finding some degree of peace and understanding, or on making workable challenging states of body, mind, and heart, it's helpful to keep the vision of how practice aims at awakening (bodhi). In this talk, we explore how the Buddha understood awakening and the path to awakening, as well as perspectives on the lived experience of awakening from later Buddhist traditions. We then ask the question about whether a contemporary path of awakening simply follows the traditional path of awakening. We explore how it's important also to include as parts of the path of awakening teachings and practices that help us work with both more psychological material (such as connected with difficult early experiences, trauma, limiting beliefs, etc.) and with our social conditioning (such as around race, gender, sexuality, class, age, etc.), areas that may not be adequately transformed only with the resources of traditional paths of awakening.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-10-01 Dialogue on aspects of freedom. 52:03
Matthew Brensilver, Phillip Moffitt, Tuere Sala
Fall Insight Meditation Retreat

2021-10-01 Letting go mediation 42:58
Phillip Moffitt
Inspired by the Venerable Sumedhu, the "letting go" meditation is a simple but powerful meditation practice. It is an effective anti-dote to Thinking mind challenges
Fall Insight Meditation Retreat

2021-09-30 Tranquilizing side of the 7 Factors: Agitation and temporal density. 48:46
Matthew Brensilver
Fall Insight Meditation Retreat

2021-09-30 Things Don’t Always Work Out 23:45
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-09-30 "Water is Life" 58:51
Pamela Weiss
A talk on the Water element, exploring the qualities of fluidity, cohesion, connectedness and healing.
"No Part Left Out"

2021-09-30 Morning Instructions- Thoughts 42:20
Tuere Sala
Fall Insight Meditation Retreat

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