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2020-11-18 Your Innate Nobility; Wise Livelihood 1:23:16
  Heidi Bourne
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-11-11 Practicing with Views 1:10:56
  Donald Rothberg
Practicing with one's views or opinions or beliefs is central both to traditional Buddhist practice and to what is needed in a society polarized by views; it is also central to relationships and skillful communication, especially in difficult or conflictual situations. We establish in this session a foundation for such practice, by identifying both the core teachings on views by the Buddha and three basic ways of practicing with views. We explore the core teachings on views especially by looking at five key passages from the Buddha's discourses, getting a sense of how attachment to views can be problematic. We also identify three ways of practicing with views: (1) becoming mindful of one's views, (2) inquiring into one's views when one notices an opposition with the views of others, and (3) listening and developing empathy in relationship to the views of others. After the talk, we discuss together many questions and points related to these teachings and practices.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-11-04 Practicing after Election Day 1:10:00
  Donald Rothberg
The morning after Election Day in the U.S., with the result in the Presidential election still uncertain, we explore a number of ways of practicing--in both a more inner and a more outer way. Participants, who include several from outside the U.S., share some of what they are experiencing, and we explore several ways of working with challenging emotions, thoughts, and body-states. We emphasize the importance of compassion for self and others, empathy--including across lines of difference, working with one's own views, participation in a community, and connection with traditions and approaches--such as that of the bodhisattva--that give one resources for the "long haul." Eve Decker brings in a vital further resource--song--three times during the session, with "Sending You Light," "We Who Believe in Freedom," and the dedication of merit from the Chinese Pure Land tradition.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-10-21 Finding Ground in Turbulent Times, Befriending Our Lives 1:32:11
  Heidi Bourne
Monday and Wednesday Talks

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

2020-10-08 Tuere Sala and Matthew Brensilver in dialogue about wisdom 54:53
  Matthew Brensilver and Tuere Sala
Dharma Talk
Fall Insight Meditation Retreat with Phillip Moffitt, MA, SEP; Matthew Brensilver, PhD; Tuere Sala and Dawn Scott

2020-10-08 Guided Reflection & Meditation: Grief & Compassion 30:54
  Matthew Brensilver
Guided Meditation
Fall Insight Meditation Retreat with Phillip Moffitt, MA, SEP; Matthew Brensilver, PhD; Tuere Sala and Dawn Scott

2020-10-08 "The Three Groupings Meditation for Deeper Understanding of the Paramis” 51:04
  Phillip Moffitt
Guided Meditation
Fall Insight Meditation Retreat with Phillip Moffitt, MA, SEP; Matthew Brensilver, PhD; Tuere Sala and Dawn Scott

2020-10-07 "A New Method for Working with the Paramis in Your Practice" 54:33
  Phillip Moffitt
Dharma Talk
Fall Insight Meditation Retreat with Phillip Moffitt, MA, SEP; Matthew Brensilver, PhD; Tuere Sala and Dawn Scott

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

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