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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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2021-03-31 Doing and Not-Doing in Meditation and Daily Life 3 68:17
Donald Rothberg
We start with a brief review of what we’ve explored in the last two sessions on this theme, including the importance of both doing and not-doing in Buddhist practice and the nature of identification with the “doer” (and the related themes of self, time, and the future). We then go into more depth inquiring into the nature of the “doer,” including a brief guided meditation looking into the experience of “doing” and opening to not-doing in meditation. We lastly further investigate traditions (Jewish, Christian, Taoist, and Buddhist) that point to the importance of a doing coming out of not-doing, and ways that we can experience and explore this doing coming out of not-doing in daily life, including in the experiences of creativity in art and music, and being “in the zone” in sports.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-03-25 Violence & Beauty: How to Hold it All 22:51
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-03-24 Cultivating an Appropriate Response to Violence Yet Again 1:19:28
Heidi Bourne
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-03-22 The Sacred Pause | Monday Night talk 52:03
Jack Kornfield
How do we tend ourselves, how do we tend this world? Can we pause, be present, take a step back and be the loving awareness that witnesses it all? We are consciousness itself having a human experience. This is an invitation to pause, to walk among the trees, to take time, to remember the sense of mystery. With mindfulness you may discover a peace that allows you to be present, compassionate and open. Mary Oliver writes: When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily. I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often. Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. And they call again, “It's simple,” they say, “and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.”

2021-03-22 Meditation: The Sacred Pause | Monday Night 26:53
Jack Kornfield
Basic instructions for insight meditation.

2021-03-22 Q and A: The Sacred Pause | Monday Night talk 20:02
Jack Kornfield
Q and A from 03-22-2021 Monday Night

2021-03-18 Wise Mindfulness: Keeping it Simple 30:01
Syra Smith
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-03-17 What Is Still True 1:53:07
Sylvia Boorstein
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-03-11 Your Love is Fierce Enough: Wise Action in Challenging Times 24:49
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-03-10 Doing and Not-Doing in Meditation and Daily Life 2 69:08
Donald Rothberg
We briefly review the main themes from last week, including the importance of "doing" and effort in the teachings and practices of the Buddha, the importance also of "not-doing" (through letting go and cultivating receptive mindfulness), and elements of our conditioning to be a "doer." We go in more detail into this conditioning, pointing to ways of practicing and inquiring. Then, finally, we explore how there is an advanced way of being in which doing comes, so to speak, out of non-doing; we look at this in terms of the teachings of Lao-Tzu, Chuang-Tzu, and Dzogchen. We close with a kind of developmental model of the stages of inquiry into the doer.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

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