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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-09-18 Practicing with Conflict 4 1:12:15
  Donald Rothberg
In our fourth exploration of how to practice with conflict, we examine four practice resources, inviting listeners to keep in mind, as we explore the resources, a conflict (whether an inner conflict, an interpersonal conflict, or a larger social conflict); conflict is understood as a difference of, or tension between, positions or values or needs. The first resource is that of the tools of our inner practice: mindfulness practice, heart practices such as compassion, lovingkindness, and forgiveness, and ways to work with difficult emotions and thoughts such as anger, fear, sadness, frustration, the judgmental mind, etc. The second resource is that of the "win-win" or "both-and" model of conflict transformation, in which the aim is to move from an "either-or" or "win-lose" framework toward the "win-win" way of meeting the underlying values or needs of both sides; at times, we may need to move away from the "win-lose" framework through "avoidance" (time outs, cease-fires, etc.) or compromise, on the way, if possible, to "win-win." The third resource is that of empathy, taken as a practice central to working with conflicts of any kind. The fourth resource is that of working with attachments to fixed views that typically arise in conflict situations of any kind, especially through through mindfulness, inquiry, empathy, and heart practices.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2019-09-18 Day 2 Meditation on Head Hair, Body Hair, Nails, Teeth and Skin (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:33
  Bob Stahl
Meditation on first 5 parts of the 32 Parts of the Body Meditation.
Finding Freedom in the Body

2019-09-17 Within This Fathom Long Body: An Introduction to the 32 Parts of the Body Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:45
  Bob Stahl
What brings us to practice? The wisdom of the body ...
Finding Freedom in the Body

2019-09-17 Guided Metta -- You Got Love Coming (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:24
  Vinny Ferraro
Natural Liberation

2019-09-16 Monday Night Dharma Talk 60:27
  Phillip Moffitt

2019-09-12 Day 2 Dharma Talk: Paddling to the Far Shore (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:53
  Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
Mindfulness & Heartfulness for Insight & Liberation

2019-09-11 Thursday 26:23
  Grace Fisher
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2019-09-11 Day 1 Afternoon Sit with Instructions: Building our relationship with physical pain (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:27
  Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
Mindfulness & Heartfulness for Insight & Liberation

2019-09-11 Practicing with Conflict 3 64:20
  Donald Rothberg
We review what we’ve explored so far about practicing with conflict, including our conditioning and stereotypes about conflict (typically with views of conflict as negative), ways to bring our meditation practice into working with the “inner” states (emotions, thoughts, bodily states) that arise with conflict, and the “both-and” or “win-win” perspective on approaching conflict. We then bring in a further important resource—empathic understanding of another—outlining a simple way to “practice” empathy. We then work with an exercise bringing empathy to someone with whom one is in conflict. Then we discuss all of this.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2019-09-02 Awake in the Wild - Meditation in Nature 4:15:52
  Mark Coleman

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