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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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2022-11-24 Return to Earth: Dharma in Times of Dismemberment 53:57
Thanissara
From separative consciousness to participatory beings within the sacred web of life rooted in Bodhicitta.
Journey Into Refuge, Presence, and Love

2022-11-23 Talk: Taking Everything As An Opportunity for Learning 2 66:18
Donald Rothberg
We explore how to practice with the intention to take everything as the opportunity for learning--an approach which is named in different ways in Buddhist and other traditions, including the Zen saying, "The obstacle is the path," and the Tibetan Lojong teaching, "Turn all obstacles into the path of practice." How do we follow this intention as individuals, groups or communities, or whole societies? We look particularly at ways to take everything as practice as individuals and some of the challenges of such an approach. A key is opening to challenging or difficult experiences when they are in the "workable" range and not overwhelming, with mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion. Out of such a process may come gifts and the "cleaning up" of our residues of compulsive greed, aversion, and delusion!
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-11-23 Guided Meditation: Taking Everything As An Opportunity for Learning 37:28
Donald Rothberg
After foundational mindfulness instructions, there is guidance, just after the core instructions and then briefly twice more during the session, on approaching the silent sitting in the spirit of our talk theme, taking every moment as practice, as an opportunity for learning.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-11-22 The Great Return: A Taste of Peace - Kittisaro 67:55
Kittisaro
Journey Into Refuge, Presence, and Love

2022-11-16 Taking All Experiences as Opportunities for Learning 63:16
Donald Rothberg
One of the central intentions of our practice is to learn from all experiences. This is not easy, both with difficult experiences or with wonderful experiences; we might in both cases revert to habitual forms of consciousness and behavior. We explore ways that we might "turn all obstacles into the path of practice" (as is said in the Tibetan Lojong teachings), or see "the obstacle as the path" (as in Zen). Central is our practice particularly with unpleasant or difficult experiences, studying and transforming our reactivity. We also see how sometimes there are important gifts that come from painful and/or difficult experiences; we share together in the group some of these kinds of experiences. We end with an invitation to practice with this basic intention to learn from everything in the next week!
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-11-13 Samadhi: Training, Benefits, Healing, Pitfalls (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:21:36
Thanissara
Anapanasati Sutta, generating wellbeing, subtle energetic healing, ground of insight.
DPP7#2

2022-11-11 Dharma and Recovery 1:28:13
Walt Opie
Dharma and Recovery

2022-11-10 Listening to Ourselves, Finding Our Truth 55:31
Grace Fisher
Begins with a 30m meditation followed by a Dharma Talk
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2022-11-09 Placing Your Heart Upon Your Practice: Exploring the 5 Spiritual Faculties 1:17:37
Heidi Bourne
Includes meditation & dharma talk
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-11-09 Holding Ourselves and the World with Compassion 66:46
Kimber Simpkins-Nuccio
Spirit Rock - Rainbow Sangha

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