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2020-10-14 Begin at the Beginning & Begin Again and Again and Again 2:02:30
  Heidi Bourne
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-10-07 Deepening Our Practice in the Pandemic 9--Wise Speech 6--Practicing with Difficult Speech Situations 4 49:00
  Donald Rothberg
We focus, in the context of difficult or challenging communication, on the integration of individual, inner practice and skillful speaking. After a review of eight general guidelines for skillful speech and how we do inner practice related to, but separate from, such challenging communication, we look at ways to bring inner practice in speaking and relating. We also focus on several more "outer" skillful ways of speaking to bring about mutual understanding, including using relatively neutral observations free of interpretations, and cultivating the practice of empathy. We then look at how to integrate more inner and more outer dimensions of practice in the context of several challenging situations.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-09-30 Deepening Our Practice in the Pandemic 8: The Foundations of Wise Speech 5: Becoming More Skillful with Difficult Speech Situations 3 1:11:01
  Donald Rothberg
We review eight important capacities that help us to be skillful in difficult and challenging situations involving speech and communication. We then continue to explore how we might combine more "inner" and more "outer" responses, here focusing especially on "inner work" with difficult emotions (we look at working with anger and fear), thoughts and narratives (we look particularly at those connected with the judgmental mind), and body states. A discussion follows the talk.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-09-24 Creatively Imagining Collective Liberation 50:16
  Kate Johnson
Dharma Talk
No Part Left Out: A Meditation Retreat for Self-Identified Womxn

2020-09-23 Deepening Our Practice in the Pandemic 7: The Foundations of Wise Speech 4: Becoming More Skillful with Difficult Speech Situations 2 1:10:06
  Donald Rothberg
After a brief review of the foundations of wise speech and the eight guidelines for skillful speech when there are difficult or challenging situations, we explore the connection of inner practices with such situations. We look at two dimensions of such practice: (1) looking at and transforming conditioning that makes it hard to engage in such situations, such as related to negative views about conflict and anger, and discerning when there is spiritual bypassing in relationship to difficulties; and (2) bringing mindfulness, inquiry, and investigation to difficult emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, etc.,and to thoughts and narratives (especially generated by the judgmental mind). We will continue this exploration, including of difficult body states, next time..
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-09-23 Meeting Strong Emotions 58:17
  Kate Johnson
Dharmette & Guided meditation
No Part Left Out: A Meditation Retreat for Self-Identified Womxn

2020-09-21 Our Women Ancestors: Finding a Way Out of No Way 51:03
  Pamela Weiss
Dharma Talk
No Part Left Out: A Meditation Retreat for Self-Identified Womxn

2020-09-16 Deepening Our Practice in the Pandemic 6: Wise Speech 3: Practicing with Difficult Speech Situations 68:21
  Donald Rothberg
After reviewing three foundations of Wise Speech--the four ethical guidelines for skillful speech, presence and mindfulness during speech, and the practice of empathy--we explore, on the basis of these foundations, how to be skillful during difficult or challenging situations of speech and communication, whether involving two individuals, a group, or a larger society. We identify eight perspectives, practices, and capacities that support skillful speech during such difficult situations.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-09-11 Dharma and Recovery 1:23:24
  Kevin Griffin

2020-09-09 Strength, Steadiness & Courage; The Practices of Renunciation & Faith - Part 2 1:40:39
  Heidi Bourne
Monday and Wednesday Talks

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