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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2021-09-16 The Dharma of Decisions 19:54
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-09-15 Compassion, Through Wisdom, Is Liberation From Suffering 1:22:40
Sylvia Boorstein
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-09-11 Sit with Instructions - Last full day 1:16:03
Jeff Haozous
Retreat is Ceremony

2021-09-10 Dharma Talk 61:07
Jeff Haozous
Retreat is Ceremony

2021-09-10 Indigenous Metta with Elvina Charley 35:36
Bruni Dávila
Retreat is Ceremony

2021-09-10 Sit with Instructions: 4 Foundations - Elements 64:33
Bonnie Duran
Retreat is Ceremony

2021-09-09 Opening Ceremony and introduction of teachers. 1:50:19
Bonnie Duran
Includes a blessing by Dean Hoaglin of the Miwok Tribe. Teachers: bruni davila, Jeff Haozous and Elvina Charley introduce themselves.
Retreat is Ceremony

2021-09-09 Exhaustion and Resolve 22:55
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-09-08 Awakening and Paths of Awakening: Traditional and Contemporary 67:03
Donald Rothberg
We first review last week's theme of traditional understandings of awakening and the path to awakening, focused on the teachings of the Buddha, of the Thai Forest tradition, and of Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra. Then we explore the question whether we have need as well of contemporary maps of paths to awakening, to get at dimensions of contemporary greed, aversion, and delusion that are not identified in traditional maps. We suggest the need for such maps, and for integrating traditional understandings with examination particularly of psychological and social conditioning. If not transformed, such conditioning can lead to many problems for all practitioners, including teachers and those with some significant taste of awakening. Discussion follows.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-09-07 The Six Realms: Action and Identity in a Conscious World 47:45
Sean Feit Oakes
The ancient Buddhist map of existence known as the Six Realms is both a vision of the cosmos and all its inhabitants and an elegant psychological model we can use in everyday life. Working with the realms as psychological archetypes (demon, ghost, animal, human, titan, angel) reveals patterns in how we process both harm and help in our personal and collective past, which play out as trauma and privilege in the present. Differently, and maybe more radically, working with them from an Animist framework reveals a conscious universe, where nature of all kinds is interdependent, intelligent, and part of the round of rebirth in which we all participate until full awakening. Seeing in this way challenges our identity, not just as ourselves but as defined by our species.

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