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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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2019-03-21 Meeting the Buddha: Commentary on Sutta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 54:25
  Sharda Rogell
This talk is an offering of one of the discourses from the Majjhima Nikaya 140 where the Buddha gibes Pukasati a powerful teaching on the destruction of all suffering.
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-20 Mature Mindfulness, Emptiness, and Release (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 64:43
  Heather Sundberg
Offered on the Spring Equinox Full Moon, the Talk opens with stories & metaphors of the Moon, and then moves into exploring a map of practice from the Thai forest tradition from the perspectives of theory, practical application and guided practice. Sati (Mindfulness) - MahaSati (Great Mindfulness) - Sati-Panna (Mindfulness Wisdom) - Panna-Vimutti (Wisdom which leads to Release).
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-18 Practicing to Investigate Anatta (Not-Self) (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:24
  Donald Rothberg
After a brief overview of the “three ways of seeing that liberate” (into anicca, dukkha, and anatta, or impermanence, reactivity or suffering, and not-self), and how to practice investigating anicca and dukkha, we explore a practical way to understand and investigate anatta or not-self. We focus on two ways of investigation: (1) noticing when the sense of self is “thick,” and studying it; and (2) learning in a number of ways to be with the flow of experience with less or little or no sense of self, as we “thin” the self.
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-18 Monday Night Dharma Talk 57:29
  Teja Fudo Myoo Bell

2019-03-17 Right Understanding (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:57
  Oren Jay Sofer
For the practice to be effective we must integrate the proper understanding, known as "Right View." This talk explores right view in three ways: as a foundation for the practice through understanding our everyday life, as a view of all events as a natural unfolding of causes and conditions, and as the liberating understanding of the Four Noble Truths.
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-17 An Evening with Planetwalker Dr. John Francis (environmentalist, founder, and author of Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking, 17 Years of Silence and The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World). 1:59:49
  John Francis

2019-03-15 Bringing Intentions Into Action: Embodying Wise Kindness 1:20:37
  Rev. Keiryu Lien Shutt

2019-03-14 Being with Dukkha: The Truth of our Humanity (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:06
  Sharda Rogell
Understanding the truth of suffering, or that things are generally unsatisfactory, we can loosen our grip and open more sensitively and respectfully to how things are.
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-13 Guardians of our Energy 0:00
  Grace Fisher
(Recording not available) 

2019-03-13 Cycles of Deepening Insight Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:00
  Heather Sundberg
This Talk explores how deepening stages of Insight practice lead to awakening. Beginning with the ground of Sila (ethical conduct), supporting the development of Samadhi (concentration) which provides the power & pliancy of mind for Panna (seeing clearly) practice. The Three Characteristics (impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, not self) are explored, as well as working with cycles of purification. With continuous practice a new cycle into mature Equanimity can emerge as a jumping off point to further awakening.
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

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