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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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2020-07-29 Deepening Our Daily Life Practice in the Pandemic 3 66:09
  Donald Rothberg
After a brief review of what we've explored in the last two sessions, in terms of ways of deepening daily life practice in terms of formal practice, informal practice, and one's work, service, and/or activism, we go more deeply into two areas. We look at how to practice with exploring and seeing intentions, and some ways to make connections between formal and informal practice--in the flow of daily life. The talk has a few references to the life of Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights activist and Congressperson, who died on July 17, 2020, and is followed by discussion..
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-07-22 Deepening Our Daily Life Practice in the Pandemic 2 67:09
  Donald Rothberg
We begin with a brief review of the previous week's talk and discussion, in which we explored a number of ways to deepen (1) our formal practice; (2) our informal (daily life) practice; and (3) our service, work, and/or activism as practice. This exploration points to a broadened sense of practice. We then examine in some depth three inter-related foundational areas for deepening practice in all three areas: (1) developing mindfulness of the body; (2) working to transform reactivity (here as a translation of "dukkha"), including as it manifests in challenging or difficult experiences; and (3) pausing and setting intentions. Our discussion particularly goes into being skillful with challenging experiences.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-07-20 Monday Night Dharma Talk w/Q&A 1:18:49
  Jack Kornfield

2020-07-15 Deepening Our Practice in a Pandemic: Discussion, Q&A 17:41
  Donald Rothberg
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-07-15 Deepening Our Daily Life Practice in the Pandemic 1 38:28
  Donald Rothberg
Our current crises present both challenges and opportunities. We look at three main ways to deepen our practice at this time, focusing on (1) formal practice; (2) more "informal" (or "daily life" practice); and (3) our work, service, and/or activism. For each of these areas, a number of suggestions are made, inviting the listener to discern the one or two or three ways that most resonate and connect with one's own edge of learning.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-07-06 Monday Night Dharma Talk 58:04
  Eugene Cash

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

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