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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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2022-07-25 Guided Lovingkindness Meditation | Monday Night 28:09
Jack Kornfield
There’s no wrong way to do metta or lovingkindness. Sometimes the practice of cultivating lovingkindness is simply to radiate love without words. Sometimes it’s to begin by holding yourself with kindness. Lovingkindness can be an antidote to anxiety and fear. We become more gracious with the difficulties of life as we open the heart.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-07-25 Wise Society | Monday Night Talk 55:48
Jack Kornfield
The inner practice of liberation is not an individual matter. One of the deepest realizations that comes when we meditate, as we pay attention, as we live a life of care and loving awareness, is the growing sense of interdependence. There is no separation between our body and the body of the earth. The minerals of the soil make up our wheat and our bones, the storm clouds become our drinks and our blood, the oxygen from the trees and forests is the air we breathe. The human community is equally interconnected. If we meet together in harmony and respect, care for the vulnerable among us, tend to the environment, and respect our citizens and neighbors, we will thrive and prosper.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-07-21 Map of Wisdom, Part 2 (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 69:04
Joseph Goldstein
Law of karma, right speech, dependent origination, compassion.
July Insight Meditation Retreat

2022-07-21 The Energy of Rest 58:38
Grace Fisher
Begins with a 30m meditation followed by a Dharma Talk
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2022-07-20 Developing Equanimity in Meditation and Daily Life 56:14
Donald Rothberg
Equanimity is a balance and non-reactivity, and a connection to an inner freedom, with whatever is happening. It is a quality deeply needed both in meditation and in daily life, particularly in our challenging times. We explore equanimity first by seeing how it manifests in the lives of some of the most beloved humans who have lived, and then by identifying seven core qualities of equanimity. We identify as well some main ways of practicing to cultivate equanimity, and some of the challenges of such practices. We end with a discussion.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-07-20 A Lightly Guided Meditation to Cultivate Equanimity 35:34
Donald Rothberg
After basic instructions in (1) settling and stabilizing attention, and (2) practicing mindfulness, there is a brief general guidance in practicing to cultivate equanimity, especially by noticing moments of reactivity (semi-consciously or unconsciously grasping or pushing away at the level of body, mind, or emotions), and exploring them. Such guidance is repeated about 15 minutes into the silent practice.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-07-20 Opening the Heart 59:32
Syra Smith
Spirit Rock - Rainbow Sangha

2022-07-17 The Map of Wisdom, Part One (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 65:55
Joseph Goldstein
Essential teachings of the Buddha, and how they relate to one another.
July Insight Meditation Retreat

2022-07-17 When Samsara Hits the Fan: Practicing when the Going Gets Rough 66:28
Mushim Ikeda
BIPOC Voices - Series

2022-07-14 Rest, Burnout, and the Bodhisattva Vow 58:32
Juliana Sloane
Begins with a 30m meditation followed by a Dharma Talk
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

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