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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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

2021-03-04 Thursday Morning Women's Group 27:35
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-03-03 Doing and Not-Doing in Meditation and in Daily Life 1 1:10:10
Donald Rothberg
We explore the nature of doing and not-doing, first in dharma practice generally. The Buddha’s teachings seem full of exhortations to diligence, mindfulness, and skillful effort and doing. Yet there also is a clear place for not-doing—for example, in letting go and in cultivating mindful receptivity to experience. We can also see how being a “doer” is so central to many of our identities, whether in our roles or work or even our meditation. Given these dimensions of doing and not-doing, we suggest a number of ways to inquire into and respond to our patterns and habits related to doing and not-doing, both in meditation and daily life.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-02-27 Instructions: Walking Meditation 11:35
Alisa Dennis
Year to Live 2021

2021-02-25 Thursday Morning Women's Group 25:16
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-02-24 Choosing the Path and Taking it: A Manifesto for Practice (with special guest Sylvia Boorstein) 1:26:55
Heidi Bourne
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-02-18 Thursday Morning Women's Group 23:57
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2021-02-17 Intimacy: Healing Division through Deep listening and Letting Go of Views (with Antonio Aversano) 1:27:13
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-02-15 Monday Night Dharma Talk - Practicing Equanimity When the World is on Fire 1:26:08
Kaira Jewel Lingo

2021-02-11 Thursday Morning Women's Group 21:57
Grace Fisher
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

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