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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2001-04-25 Taking Difficulties as a Path 64:34
  Donald Rothberg

2001-04-25 Taking Difficulties as a Path 63:49
  Donald Rothberg

2001-04-18 Paramita Meditation 67:53
  Sylvia Boorstein

2001-04-18 Holding Hands 30:10
  Sylvia Boorstein
In thinking about the path of awareness and the refining of the heart that is the purpose of Buddhist philosophy, Sylvia suggests that she would like to amend the Eightfold Path to be the "Ninefold Path," adding Right Relationship as the ninthfold. Right Relationship is the sense of connection we feel in the world that holds us up. Hand holding is the metaphor Sylvia uses to symbolize this connection. Hands take us from the womb, and they put us in the grave. In between, it is one big "hand holding."
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2001-04-17 Trust In Being The Knowing 67:43
  Ajahn Sumedho
Using reason and logic, that is, acquired knowledge, we get caught in dualistic positions: right and wrong, good and bad, etc. We tend to establish a fixed view about things. In this talk Ajahn Sumedho is trying to get us to a place beyond such dualistic thinking, beyond taking sides. He says that intuitive awareness involves a one-pointedness (ekaggata) that includes, rather than excludes. It is not dualistic. Transcendence is a matter of “being” it, not thinking about it.

2001-04-15 The Fierce First Step 35:51
  Arinna Weisman
How to practice in our daily lives.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Angela Center)

2001-04-14 The First Noble Truth: What's Noble About Dukkha 66:46
  Ajahn Sumedho
The Buddha's teachings are all about awakening to the truth of suffering, or dukkha, and finding the end to it. Our potential for awakening begins to be realized when we shift our attitude to take an interest in suffering, learning from the way it is, and understanding how it gets created. Opening to the truth about suffering, we also open our awareness to something greater -- the ultimate reality.

2001-04-09 The Heart of Matter 60:46
  Ed Brown

2001-04-09 The Heart of the Matter 58:35
  Ed Brown

2001-04-02 Enlightenment 63:53
  Jack Kornfield

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