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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2021-07-07 Deepening Daily Life Practice 2: A Guided Meditation: Practicing with Reactivity 26:04
Donald Rothberg
In this guided meditation, we start with about 10 minutes of settling. We then attend to when there is a moderate or greater pleasant or unpleasant feeling-tone, bringing some investigation as to what occurs in ones' experience. Toward the end of the guided meditation, there's an invitation to track for any moment of reactivity (grasping onto the pleasant in some way, or pushing away the unpleasant).
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-07-01 Thoughts on Metta and Kindness 26:57
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-06-30 Deepening Daily Life Practice 1 68:12
Donald Rothberg
In an important sense, daily life practice is central and vital; it is where we live! Yet at times in the non-monastic Insight Meditation approach as it's developed in the West, such practice has been somewhat marginalized, with retreat practice and formal meditation practice at the center. We explore first the challenging context of daily life practice for many Western practitioners, including not just such a lack of sustained emphasis on daily life practice, but also the challenges of living in what is often a very busy, "mental" culture and society. We then look at a number of ways to bring more awareness into daily life, inviting the listener to see what one or two ways of practicing might be emphasized in the next period of time. We give a more in-depth focus on one very central way of bringing more awareness into daily life--developing mindfulness of the body. We offer a number of different practices that support such mindfulness of the body.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-06-24 The Balancing Rays of Metta 20:45
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-06-23 Buddhist Practice and Transforming Racism: Nine Reflections from the Last Year 69:33
Donald Rothberg
A year after the massive demonstrations in the US following the killing of George Floyd, we reflect on different aspects of the integration of Buddhist practice and transforming racism, identifying nine key themes.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-06-17 In the Flow of Equanimity 31:14
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-06-16 Loving Well is the Best Response 67:55
Sylvia Boorstein
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-06-14 Summer Solstice | Monday Night Talk 55:50
Jack Kornfield
Here we are in the change of seasons—the great turning. The sun is something for us to pay attention to, something we often take for granted. Notice the way the gift of sunlight streams behind everything—it feeds the plants we eat. We can be grateful for sunlight and trees, for people we love, for moments of goodness, and for the breath within our breast. And as our gratitude grows, we may discover a happiness without cause.

2021-06-14 Q and A: Summer Solstice | Monday Night talk 21:30
Jack Kornfield
Q and A from Monday Night Dharma Talk, Summer Solstice 06-14-2021

2021-06-14 Meditation: Summer Solstice | Monday Night 26:41
Jack Kornfield
May you be at ease. May you be well. May you be healed. May you be happy. As you offer this lovingkindness to yourself, image you can fill yourself with the light of your loving awareness.

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