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2020-02-26 From the Ordinary Habitual Mind to the Buddha Mind 15: Working with Our Psychological Conditioning 2 52:45
  Donald Rothberg
We continue to explore the role of working with transforming psychological conditioning and unresolved material (incomplete developmental tasks, developmental wounds, trauma, limiting beliefs, etc.) in a contemporary path of awakening. Using the concepts of unconscious material and of the “shadow” (individual and collective), we point to how the Buddha faced his own shadow (the four heavenly messengers that he found outside of his conditioning in the palace). We then explore some tools and ways to open to and work with unconscious or shadow aspects of ourselves, both in and out of formal meditation.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-02-26 From the Ordinary Habitual Mind to the Buddha Mind 15: Working with Our Psychological Conditioning 2 0:00
  Donald Rothberg
(Recording not available) 
We continue to explore the role of working with transforming psychological conditioning and unresolved material (incomplete developmental tasks, developmental wounds, trauma, limiting beliefs, etc.) in a contemporary path of awakening. Using the concepts of unconscious material and of the “shadow” (individual and collective), we point to how the Buddha faced his own shadow (the four heavenly messengers that he found outside of his conditioning in the palace). We then explore some tools and ways to open to and work with unconscious or shadow aspects of ourselves, both in and out of formal meditation.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-02-25 Day 24 Afternoon Instructions: Upekkha (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:23
  Beth Sternlieb
February Monthlong

2020-02-24 Everything Leans (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:12
  Susie Harrington
An exploration of the infinity contingent emptiness of all phenomena.
February Monthlong

2020-02-24 Day 23 Afternoon Instructions: Mudita (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:48
  Gulwinder Singh
February Monthlong

2020-02-23 You Are Loving Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:27
  James Baraz
Mindful awareness creates spaciousness for love to naturally shine through -- your true nature. The talk includes reminisces of Ram Dass, major benefactor of the insight meditation community, who passed away Dec. 2019 and whose practice was "I am loving awareness."
February Monthlong

2020-02-22 Inner Beauty and the Two Guardians of the World (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:36
  Kamala Masters
In the Dharma, it is said that there are Two Guardians of the world. They are actually inner guardians, or attitudes of mind, that support non-harming in our speech and behavior. This is a powerful cause for liberation to mature, resulting in a beautiful mind/heart.
February Monthlong

2020-02-21 Streaming vs Clinging (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:27
  Tempel Smith
We are in an ever changing universe, yet conventionally don't understand this. Mindfulness brings us so much intimacy with things as they truly are that we wake up to this streaming nature. We have to let go of old habits of clinging to align with the stream we are in.
February Monthlong

2020-02-21 Day 20 Afternoon Instructions: Mudita (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:01
  James Baraz
February Monthlong

2020-02-20 Letting Go (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 48:01
  Beth Sternlieb
Fear of letting go and trust in the dharma
February Monthlong

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