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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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2024-05-23 Think Your Thoughts With Care 57:16
Grace Fisher
Includes meditation & dharma talk
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2024-05-22 Engaged Buddhism: instigating systemic changes 31:30
JD Doyle
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Spirit Rock - Rainbow Sangha

2024-05-22 Developing Concentration (Samadhi) 2 65:57
Donald Rothberg
We review some of the main themes from last week's talk on developing concentration (samadhi), including the importance of such practice for the Buddha and his teachings; without samadhi, the Buddha says, there is no freedom. We examine ways of practicing (including outside of formal meditation) and look at some of the factors that indicate a deepening of samadhi (the jhanic factors). We then review the main challenges of developing samadhi, particularly over-active minds, sleepiness and low energy, and over-efforting. We also explore further challenges to the development of samadhi, including working with background thoughts, the ways that more unconscious material can surface in cultivating samadhi, and attachment to concentrated states. The talk is followed by discussion.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2024-05-22 Guided Meditation: Developing Concentration (Samadhi) 2 35:36
Donald Rothberg
After a short overview about the nature of concentration (samadhi), there is basic guidance on cultivating samadhi along with some more advanced instruction in the last third of the guided meditation.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2024-05-20 Equanimity: Resting the Mind before it falls into Extremes 1:29:46
Kamala Masters
Includes meditation & dharma talk
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2024-05-16 Abiding in Reciprocity 56:49
Grace Fisher
Begins with a 30m meditation and is followed by a Dharma Talk
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2024-05-16 Closing Session (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:35:33
Cara Lai, Brian Lesage, Matthew Brensilver
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Spring Insight: Understand the Mechanisms of the Salutary Effects of Mindfulness

2024-05-15 Developing Concentration (Samadhi) 1 64:02
Donald Rothberg
There are two main forms of meditation as taught by the Buddha: Developing concentration and developing insight. We explore how they go together, the nature of concentration (samadhi), and the different ways of developing samadhi. We also look at some of the typical challenges of developing samadhi, particularly over-active minds, sleepiness and low energy, and over-efforting. Throughout there is an emphasis on finding ways to integrate active effort with ease and relaxation. The talk is followed by discussion.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2024-05-15 Guided Meditation: Developing Concentration (Samadhi) 36:25
Donald Rothberg
At the beginning, there is a short discussion of the nature and importance of cultivating concentration or samadhi, followed by practical meditative guidance at the beginning and during the session.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2024-05-15 Morning Sit with Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 41:12
Cara Lai
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Spring Insight: Understand the Mechanisms of the Salutary Effects of Mindfulness

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