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2020-06-24 Buddhist Practice and the Transformation of Racism 2 65:20
  Donald Rothberg
Traditional Buddhist training occurs through development in wisdom, ethics, and meditation. We use this model to help us to understand Buddhist practice that aims to transform racism. We start by reviewing briefly the first three perspectives offered in the previous week, which fall under training in wisdom. Then we look at how ethical practice and in particular the practice of non-harming can be the basis for action, based on an understanding of ethical practice as guiding both one's personal behavior and one's responses to harm in one's communities and society. Lastly, we explore meditative training and how in particular mindfulness and compassion play central roles in the transformation of racism.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-06-17 Buddhist Practice and the Transformation of Racism 1: Five Perspectives 66:26
  Donald Rothberg
We open up five perspectives, the first three of which have more to do with understanding and the last two of which have more to do with practice and action. The five perspectives are: (1) remembering the Buddha's elimination of caste within his community; (2) understanding how greed, hatred (including racism), and delusion are not just personal but are also institutionalized; (3) understanding through looking at US history how race is a construction (with terrible consequences)-- both initially in the 17th century and later, commonly linked with divide-and-conquer strategies by those with economic and political power; (4) how our ethical practice calls us not just not to harm in our personal actions, but also not to let harm be done by others; and (5) the identification of different dimensions of transformative practice. The talk is followed by discussion.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-06-16 Keeping the practice simple...Keep going (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:09
  Alexis Santos
Reflection and guided sitting
Awareness and Wisdom: An Insight Retreat in the Style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya

2020-06-16 Awareness and wise attitude (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:00
  Carol Wilson
Reflection and sitting
Awareness and Wisdom: An Insight Retreat in the Style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya

2020-06-15 Aware of Awareness (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:54
  Andrea Fella
Guided Reflection
Awareness and Wisdom: An Insight Retreat in the Style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya

2020-06-15 How Momentum Builds in our Awareness Practice (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:40
  Mark Nunberg
Guided Reflection and Talk
Awareness and Wisdom: An Insight Retreat in the Style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya

2020-06-14 Morning instruction (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:44
  Carol Wilson
Reflections and sitting
Awareness and Wisdom: An Insight Retreat in the Style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya

2020-06-14 Neurodharma: Science, Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness 4:13:06
  Rick Hanson

2020-06-13 Understanding Wise Effort (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:45
  Mark Nunberg
Guided Reflection and Talk
Awareness and Wisdom: An Insight Retreat in the Style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya

2020-06-13 Morning instruction (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:08
  Alexis Santos
Awareness and Wisdom: An Insight Retreat in the Style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya

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