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2021-04-08 Work is Love Made Visible 22:15
  Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-04-07 The Preciousness of Life and Connection 1:49:10
  Sylvia Boorstein
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-04-01 Stonecatchers: Civility and the Dharma 22:30
  Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-03-31 Doing and Not-Doing in Meditation and Daily Life 3 68:17
  Donald Rothberg
We start with a brief review of what we’ve explored in the last two sessions on this theme, including the importance of both doing and not-doing in Buddhist practice and the nature of identification with the “doer” (and the related themes of self, time, and the future). We then go into more depth inquiring into the nature of the “doer,” including a brief guided meditation looking into the experience of “doing” and opening to not-doing in meditation. We lastly further investigate traditions (Jewish, Christian, Taoist, and Buddhist) that point to the importance of a doing coming out of not-doing, and ways that we can experience and explore this doing coming out of not-doing in daily life, including in the experiences of creativity in art and music, and being “in the zone” in sports.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-03-25 Violence & Beauty: How to Hold it All 22:51
  Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-03-24 Cultivating an Appropriate Response to Violence Yet Again 1:19:28
  Heidi Bourne
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-03-18 Wise Mindfulness: Keeping it Simple 30:01
  Syra Smith
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-03-17 What Is Still True 1:53:07
  Sylvia Boorstein
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-03-11 Your Love is Fierce Enough: Wise Action in Challenging Times 24:49
  Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-03-10 Doing and Not-Doing in Meditation and Daily Life 2 69:08
  Donald Rothberg
We briefly review the main themes from last week, including the importance of "doing" and effort in the teachings and practices of the Buddha, the importance also of "not-doing" (through letting go and cultivating receptive mindfulness), and elements of our conditioning to be a "doer." We go in more detail into this conditioning, pointing to ways of practicing and inquiring. Then, finally, we explore how there is an advanced way of being in which doing comes, so to speak, out of non-doing; we look at this in terms of the teachings of Lao-Tzu, Chuang-Tzu, and Dzogchen. We close with a kind of developmental model of the stages of inquiry into the doer.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

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