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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-03-07 The Second Foundation of Mindfulness: Practicing with Feeling-Tone (Vedana—Pleasant, Unpleasant, and Neutral) (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:59
  Donald Rothberg
After some further examination of the nature of mindfulness, we explore the Second Foundation of Mindfulness, first pointing to the central importance of the practice of being mindful of the “feeling-tone.” As articulated in the teaching on Dependent Origination, we study the sequence, that occurs when there are not mindfulness and wisdom, of (1) contact; (2) feeling-tone; (3) wanting the pleasant (or aversion to the unpleasant, and unawareness of the neutral), and (4) grasping the pleasant (or pushing away the unpleasant, or continued unawareness of the neutral). We look at the experiential nature of the pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral, and suggest a number of ways to practice with feeling-tone.
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-06 Balanced Energy, Wise Effort (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:00
  Oren Jay Sofer
Meditation practice is a process of cultivating healthy, skillful qualities in the mind. This talk explores two essential factors for the practice: balanced energy, and wise effort through the lens of the “Four Great Efforts.” How we practice is often more important than what technique we use. What qualities are you bringing to bear on your experience as you practice?
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-06 Brahma Vihara: Metta (Lovingkindness) 2: Metta Mandala Guided Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 42:13
  Heather Sundberg
This "Sacred Circle of Well Wishing" Guided Meditation includes visualization & somatic metta practice working with the main categories in Metta Practice - Self, Benefactor, Good Friend, Familiar Stranger, Difficult Person and All Beings.
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-06 From the Habitual Ordinary Mind to the Buddha-Mind 1: Ten Aspects of the Habitual Mind and How to Practice with Them 62:15
  Donald Rothberg
After a brief review of the last two weeks' theme of the seven stages of the spiritual journey, we focus on how practice develops through transforming ten aspects of the "habitual ordinary mind," including our ways of thinking, how we relate to the body and heart, our senses of self, time, and "external" world, and so on.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2019-03-05 The Hindrances: An Opportunity for Discovery and Clarity (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:42
  DaRa Williams
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-05 Brahma Vihara: Metta (Lovingkindness) 1 (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:49
  Donald Rothberg
An overview of metta practice and two methods of practicing metta (through phrases and through “radiating metta”), followed by a guided practice period and a few Q&A.
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-04 Awakening through the Body: First Foundation of Mindfulness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:07
  Heather Sundberg
The Talk explores the traditional teachings of First Foundation of Mindfulness through personal stories & modern perspectives - emphasizing the elements of Calming the Bodily Formation & nervous system practices, the 4 Postures of Awakening, and the aspects of impermanence & not self in the Wisdom Refrain of the Sutta.
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-04 Monday Night Dharma Talk - Healing/Liberation through Mindful Loving Awareness 1:10:59
  Jack Kornfield

2019-03-03 On Entering Solitude (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 48:42
  Sharda Rogell
As we let go of the things we usually take as our refuge, the three refuges of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha begin to take on new life.
March Insight Meditation 1-Month

2019-03-03 Racial Healing and Non-Harming - Talk 54:58
  Ruth King
Additional Teacher: Mark Nunberg

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