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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-06-05 Gratitude Can Hold the Suffering and the Joy (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:53
  Jane Baraz
Awakening Joy

2019-06-05 Day 2 Experiential Practice: Introduction of Metta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:10:36
  Howard Cohn
Exploration and guided "practice" of the boundless heart quality of Metta.
Awakening Joy

2019-06-05 Day 2 Morning Instructions: Mindfulness of Body (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:45
  Debra Chamberlin-Taylor
A guided meditation on mindfulness of body.
Awakening Joy

2019-06-05 From the Ordinary Habitual Mind to the Buddha-Mind 7: Transforming Our Ordinary Sense of Self 1 61:05
  Donald Rothberg
After situating today’s theme in the context of the nature of the “ordinary habitual mind” and how it is transformed, we look at the fourth parameter of transformation: the nature and sense of self. We start by recognizing the often conceptually confusing nature of this area, and then proposing a primarily practical way to approach the area. We first identify the conditioned sense of self as permanent, independent, and separate, how this sense of self manifests in various ways and why this can be a problem, connected with suffering. , We then briefly suggest how the elements of such a conditioned sense of self are absent in an awakened being and how other positive qualities are present. Finally, while recognizing a number of complexities, including developmental issues, we look at two practical ways to explore and transform the conditioned sense of self: (1) by looking out for and being mindful of when there is a “thick” or “big” sense of self, and (2) finding various ways, in the flow of daily life as well as in formal meditation, to “thin” out the self, developing ways of experiencing with no or much less of a sense of self.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2019-06-05 Basic Mindfulness Instructions and a Guided Meditation on Exploring the Nature of the Self 36:10
  Donald Rothberg
Basic Mindfulness Instructions and a Guided Meditation on Exploring the Nature of the Self
Awakening Joy

2019-06-04 Why "Awakening Joy"? (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:42
  James Baraz
The Buddha was called "The Happy One", but often there is more emphasis on overcoming suffering then going for true happiness. It is beneficial to see the teachings in the light of cultivating wholesome states as well - leading to the highest happiness of freedom.
Awakening Joy

2019-06-04 Day 1 Experiential Practice: Self-Compassion: Bringing Kindness to Experience (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:27
  Dawn Mauricio
Awakening Joy

2019-06-04 Day 1 Morning Instructions: Mindfulness of Body and Breath (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:13:30
  Howard Cohn
Mindfulness of Body and Breath
Awakening Joy

2019-06-03 The Dharma of Climate Change - Monday Night Dharma Talk 1:18:32
  Jack Kornfield

2019-05-29 : From the Ordinary Habitual Mind to the Buddha-Mind 6: Opening to the Awakened Heart 2 57:21
  Donald Rothberg
We continue to focus on two core themes related to developing the open, awakened heart: (1) Seeing what blocks the heart and responding skillfully in the moment and over time, and (2) cultivating the open awakened heart in a variety of ways, both in and out of meditation.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

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