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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2022-09-15 Recipe for Freedom: Concentration, Insight, Love, and Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 52:28
Diana Winston
This talk includes the ingredients needed for deepening practice and finding freedom. It explores how our practice can begin with concentration, add insight into the mix, requires a sprinkling of self- love, and when cooked, opens to the nature of awareness itself. Added bonus: A few quotes from Ted Lasso.
Mindfulness for Everyone: The Basics and Beyond

2022-09-15 Your Body as Your Best Friend 53:17
Grace Fisher
Begins with a 30m meditation followed by a Dharma Talk
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2022-09-14 Meditation is Good! (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 54:28
Eugene Cash
As we practice we see each moment is Good whether whatever it is. We recognize the Goodness of each moment, the Goodness of being alive, the Goodness of Discover the truth and the Goodness of awakening to freedom. The whole dharma is sitting right here and it is Good!
Mindfulness for Everyone: The Basics and Beyond

2022-09-14 Religious Imagination: An event can be true even if it did not happen! 1:43:12
Sylvia Boorstein
Monday and Wednesday Talks
Attached Files:

2022-09-13 Lovingkindness Meditation for Beginners (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 43:29
Diana Winston
This recording includes a 51 minute overview introducing the theory and practice of loving-kindness. Then a 20 minute guided loving-kindness meditation focusing on easy person and self.
Mindfulness for Everyone: The Basics and Beyond

2022-09-13 Getting Started with Mindfulness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 68:34
Diana Winston
This meditation is excellent for beginners, establishing them in their anchor or focus point, with several options of breath, sound, and body.
Mindfulness for Everyone: The Basics and Beyond

2022-09-11 Cultivating Conditions That Support a Strong Practice 1:11:48
Tuere Sala
BIPOC Voices - Series

2022-09-07 Dukkha and the End of Dukkha 3: Practicing in the Social Realm 67:22
Donald Rothberg
In this third of three talks on "Dukkha and the End of Dukkha," perhaps the core teaching of the Buddha, we first review what was covered in the first two talks, starting with examining the multiple meanings of dukkha in the Buddha's teaching and the fact that most meanings of dukkha don't help us make sense of "the end of dukkha." Only a sense of dukkha as reactivity, as taught in the Two Arrows and in Dependent Origination suggest what the end of dukkha means. We then review ways of practicing with reactivity in individual practice, and in our relationships. On this basis, we then go further exploring the nature of reactivity in the larger social context, whether in individuals' reactivity or in various forms of institutionalized reactivity. We then look at two ways of practicing, first exploring our various forms of social conditioning, typically linked with reactivity, and then looking at how nonreactivity in Buddhist practice maps very closely onto the traditions of nonviolence from Gandhi, King, and others. This is followed by discussion, in which we in part look at some of the complexities and challenges of this approach.
Monday and Wednesday Talks
Attached Files:
  • Slides on Nonviolent Movements by Donald Rothberg (PDF)

2022-09-07 Guided Meditation Exploring Reactivity 38:27
Donald Rothberg
After initial instructions for settling and stabiliizing, and then for basic mindfulness, there are about 10 minutes for stabilizing, followed by brief instructions to track reactivity, and about 10 minutes later for exploring moderate or great levels of pleasant or unpleasant (when in the workable range for mindfulness), noticing any tendencies toward reactivity.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-09-03 Metta Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 32:10
James Baraz
Some aspects of metta practice along with metta for self, loved one, neutral and all beings
Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat

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