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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2020-05-21 5 Spiritual Faculties: How the Practice Enfolds (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:11
  James Baraz
Meditation and Dharma practice can be understood as a natural process of developing five qualities starting with Faith/Trust and culminating in Wisdom. This talk describes how that process unfolds.
The Magic of Awareness - Online

2020-05-21 Thursday Morning Dharmette and Instructions (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:42
  Anam Tubten and Trudy Goodman
The Magic of Awareness - Online

2020-05-17 Your Face: The Gaze, Self-view, Intimacy and Letting Go (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:11
  Matthew Brensilver
Spring Insight: Dharma, Care and Community in Uncertain Times - Online

2020-05-14 Vulnerability, Porousness, Equanimity & Love (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 43:22
  Matthew Brensilver
Spring Insight: Dharma, Care and Community in Uncertain Times - Online

2020-05-13 Unfurling the Leaves of Our Spiritual Life (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 45:55
  Brian Lesage
This talk offer reflections on the skill of opening to the wholesome and onward-leading aspects of our lives.
Spring Insight: Dharma, Care and Community in Uncertain Times - Online

2020-05-13 From the Ordinary Mind to the Buddha Mind 18: Transforming Reactivity 2 69:47
  Donald Rothberg
We first review the main themes from last time: (1) the nature of reactivity, and dukkha as reactivity in the Buddha's teachings, (2) the nature of awakening and freedom as liberation from reactivity, and (3) four main ways to practice with reactivity. We then look more deeply, noticing that very commonly reactivity is mixed with insight, discernment, intelligence, or something important or valuable, as when I become reactive when someone doesn't keep an agreement, or at social injustice. We explore how to transform reactivity by separating out what is valuable from the reactivity, in a number of ways, so that we can keep the insight or intelligence, and use it as the basis for wise, compassionate action. We close the talk with Eve Decker singing, "Simple Truth," about skillful ways to work with reactive self-judgment, and then have a period of discussion, including questions.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-05-12 Dialectics of Practice - Opening and Protection (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 42:48
  Matthew Brensilver
Spring Insight: Dharma, Care and Community in Uncertain Times - Online

2020-05-09 Four Brahma Viharas Practice in Daily Life, Part 2 (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 25:14
  Tempel Smith
To bring forward the highest heart quality of Equanimity we need to understand all four brahma viharas (heavenly dwellings: friendliness, compassion, celebration, and balance) and how the work together in beautiful harmony.
Equanimity Retreat - Online

2020-05-08 Morning Instructions on Working with Thoughts (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:21
  Sharda Rogell
A short dharma talk with a guided meditation on investigating mental activity: thoughts and images
Equanimity Retreat - Online

2020-05-07 Balancing Our Heart with Equanimity (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:12
  Sharda Rogell
Given during COVID -19, how to find balance within our heart and mind when emotions are strong.
Equanimity Retreat - Online

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