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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2001-02-24 Spiritual Passion: The Iddhipadas (Bases Of Power) 59:49
  James Baraz
Passion is often considered to be an unspiritual quality, but if used wisely, actually is the basis of spiritual power. What are the four sources of passion that motivate our spiritual practice?

2001-02-14 Stop 63:07
  Sylvia Boorstein
How to use "stopping" as a tool in wise practice. Kindness and goodness are parameters to measure our practice. Stories of the Buddha including "a wise ape teaches kindness." Discussion of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

2001-02-12 Wise Effort 49:48
  Jack Kornfield

2001-02-08 Cemetery Contemplations, Old And New 56:14
  Sylvia Boorstein
Sharing reflections on wisdom and compassion, and the cemetery contemplations of the Mahasatipatthana Sutta.

2001-02-07 Untying The Knots 60:18
  Sylvia Boorstein
Referencing her own experiences, Sylvia explores the stories we make up for ourselves to substantiate or justify certain views (opinions) that we hold about things -- some to the point of making them into "truths." After considering the possible origins of these views, Sylvia exposes the profound suffering caused by holding these views and the stories around them. Taking it a step further, she wonders: What is the relationship between hope and opinion? Is it wrong to hope or is it part of the nature of the human organism? Perhaps, she concludes, it is the solidified view we hold around a hope that causes suffering.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2001-02-05 Right Livelihood 57:57
  Jack Kornfield

2001-01-29 Wise Action 62:08
  Jack Kornfield

2001-01-24 Thoughts on Renunciation 44:55
  Sylvia Boorstein

2001-01-21 Metta 2 50:14
  Sylvia Boorstein

2001-01-17 Anger 59:43
  Donald Rothberg

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