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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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2023-01-26 Embracing the Well of Grief 58:03
Grace Fisher
Begins with a 30m meditation followed by a Dharma Talk
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2023-01-22 Receive and Release the Breath 29:49
Nikki Mirghafori
BIPOC Voices - Series

2023-01-22 The Crucial and Everyday Practice of Wise Speech: What Questions Should We Ask Ourselves? 45:38
Nikki Mirghafori
BIPOC Voices - Series

2023-01-19 Cultivating Stillness and Patience 57:23
Grace Fisher
Begins with a 30m meditation followed by a Dharma Talk
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2023-01-15 Day 5 Evening Talk: Metta Practice and the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 63:28
Donald Rothberg
On Dr. King's birthday, we explore three broad areas connecting metta practice, Buddhist wisdom teachings, and other heart practices, with the life and approach of Dr. King: (1) the deep resonance between metta practice and the grounding in love and the beloved community that is central for King; (2) the close parallels between the development of non-reactivity aiming at the end of dukkha in Buddhist practice and the teachings and practices of nonviolent action; and (3) the other aspects of the awakened heart central for Dr. King, including empathy, compassion, forgiveness, joy, and equanimity. Included is the playing of three short recordings of Dr. King speaking.
Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2023-01-15 Day 5 Brahmavihara Practices: Mudita Appreciative Joy (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 32:02
Beth Sternlieb
Gratitude and Joy nourish us on the Path.
Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2023-01-14 Day 4 Metta and Compassion, the Activity of Wisdom (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:11
Beth Sternlieb
Metta is more than a feeling. it is an intention that arises from wisdom... the understadning of inter-being and cause and effect..
Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2023-01-14 Day 4 Morning Sit with Instructions: Mettā for the Neutral Person (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:47
Gullu Singh
Some reflections about working with the neutral person, also refetred to as the stranger or the friendly stranger.
Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2023-01-13 Day 3 Reflections on Mettā, Equanimity & Purification in Metta Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:34
Gullu Singh
This talk explores the intersection of mettā practice and equanimity, in particular how the mettā training process creates and impartiality of mind that is the cornerstone of equanimity. The talk also explores the Buddha's teaching that with the cultivation of mettā no limiting action remains and how the practice naturally reveals the places where the heart is limited and the fruitfulness of investigating the energies in this so-called purification process.
Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2023-01-13 The first noble truth is really true, or the principal beneficiary of well wishing is the wisher. Or the only response to suffering is compassion! 44:22
Sylvia Boorstein
Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

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