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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2020-12-04 Friday Afternoon Session 1:50:02
Thanissara & Kittisaro
"Essence: Accessing Peace Within Uncertain Times" with Kittisaro and Thanissara

2020-12-04 Friday Morning Session 2:47:42
Thanissara & Kittisaro
"Essence: Accessing Peace Within Uncertain Times" with Kittisaro and Thanissara

2020-12-03 Thursday Afternoon Session 1:49:12
Thanissara & Kittisaro
"Essence: Accessing Peace Within Uncertain Times" with Kittisaro and Thanissara

2020-12-03 Thursday Morning Session 2:38:02
Thanissara & Kittisaro
"Essence: Accessing Peace Within Uncertain Times" with Kittisaro and Thanissara

2020-12-02 Wednesday Afternoon Session 1:48:27
Thanissara & Kittisaro
"Essence: Accessing Peace Within Uncertain Times" with Kittisaro and Thanissara

2020-12-02 Practicing with Views 2 1:18:14
Donald Rothberg
We continue to explore the important, complex, and often challenging theme of practicing with views (or beliefs)--a central theme of individual practice and a vital area in the contemporary collective context. We first review the teachings of the Buddha on views, mentioning several key texts in which it's clear that he takes a highly pragmatic approach to views; views are helpful if they are conducive to awakening and traditional Indian metaphysical views are both not helpful and not ultimately resolvable in terms of their validity. An approach to views is unskillful if based on reactivity, on grasping or fixating, on the one hand, or pushing away in aversion, on the other. We also explore how many social views are the result of manipulation and control, as in propaganda and the social construction, often for reasons of manipulation, of many of our most central concepts and views. In the last part of the talk, we explore several ways of practicing with views, including (1) developing mindfulness of views, (2) inquiring into fixed views (we outline a number of methods), and (3) cultivating listening and empathy. The talk is followed by discussion, with comments and questions.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-12-02 Wednesday Morning Session (Part 1) 1:11:17
Thanissara & Kittisaro
"Essence: Accessing Peace Within Uncertain Times" with Kittisaro and Thanissara

2020-12-02 Wednesday Morning Session (Part 2) 68:04
Thanissara & Kittisaro
"Essence: Accessing Peace Within Uncertain Times" with Kittisaro and Thanissara

2020-11-30 Exploring the Buddha's Core Teaching: "I teach Dukkha and the End of Dukkha" 64:48
Donald Rothberg
The Buddha famously said, “I have dukkha and the end of dukkha.” Yet it can be confusing to know what the Buddha might have meant. One reason for the confusion is that there are multiple accounts of dukkha in the discourses; we explore four of them, finding that, for the first three, it doesn't make sense to speak of the "the end of dukkha." Only for the fourth sense of dukkha, which we find both in the teaching of the Two Arrows (or Darts) and in the teaching of Dependent Origination does "the end of dukkha" make sense. On this basis, we then explore the nature of dukkha, interpreted especially as reactivity, which we find in two forms--grasping and pushing away. We lastly explore eight core ways of practicing with dukkha.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-11-25 Creating a Culture of Gratitude, a Culture of Reciprocity 1:52:18
Heidi Bourne
Monday and Wednesday Talks

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