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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2024-01-13 Reflections on Mettā and Equanimity (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:39
Gullu Singh
Mettā can be a foundation of cornerstone for Equanimity (Upekka). As we cultivate a mind that is more and more impartial the mind where Mettā can shine evenly on everyone the mind becomes less attached to preferences and this quality of mind is more able to meet any moment with ease.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024

2024-01-13 Introduction to Compassion Meditation and Guided Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 4:32:57
Kaira Jewel Lingo
We cover what compassion is and how it can help soothe our pain much better than avoiding or denying it. We distinguish between compassion and pity and then offer a variety of compassion phrases we can use. In the guided meditation, we begin with a dear friend who is undergoing some kind of suffering and then move on to ourselves, offering self-compassion for our own physical or mental suffering.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024

2024-01-12 Metta and Compassion for Self (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:27
Beth Sternlieb
Compassion is the activity of wisdom. We practice because we care. When we offer ourselves compassion, resistance dissolves and like a gentle rain metta permeates our heart down to the roots of our being.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024

2024-01-12 Dharma and Recovery 01/12/2024 69:34
Kevin Griffin
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Dharma and Recovery

2024-01-11 Metta Practice As A Path of Awakening: How Metta Practice Transforms Us and How to Practice with Challenges in Metta Practice 54:45
Donald Rothberg
Metta practice is a wonderful, ancient practice that has parallels in the cultivation of kindness and love in other spiritual traditions; developing the wise heart of kindness is an ancient vocation. There are also parallels with the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his emphasis on bringing love to help transform injustice; we play a brief recording from Dr. King. We also explore different dimensions of Metta practice and how it relates to other pathways of awakening through mindfulness and wisdom. We then look at some of the main challenges of Metta practice, such as distraction, repetitive thoughts, sleepiness, and challenging emotions and body states, and how to practice with them.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024

2024-01-11 More General Guidance on Mettā Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:33
Gullu Singh
In this guided meditation Gullu builds on the instructions for Mettā practice from the morning session.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024

2024-01-11 Resting in the Clearing 57:54
Grace Fisher
Begins with a 30m meditation and is followed by a Dharma Talk
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2024-01-11 Basic Metta Meditation Instructions and Guided Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 52:57
Kaira Jewel Lingo
We cover the 3 elements of metta practice: generating the energy of friendliness, visualizing the person/being you are sending metta to, and repeating the phrases. We offer various versions of the phrases and introduce the first few categories of beings we can send metta to: self, benefactor, and dear friend. In the guided practice we begin by feeling held and loved by others and then offer this to ourselves, then move on to benefactor and dear friend.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024

2024-01-10 Opening of Metta Retreat and Introduction to Metta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:33:42
Donald Rothberg, Beth Sternlieb, Gullu Singh, Jonathan Relucio, Kaira Jewel Lingo
In this Opening talk, the teachers offer a land acknowledgement, introduce themselves, and Kaira Jewel gives a short talk on what metta is, how to practice metta and how we can take refuge in the retreat container.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024

2024-01-10 Clearing a Space: Begin Again 1:45:24
Heidi Bourne
Includes arriving meditation, dharmette & guided meditation + some select discussion
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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