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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2023-12-20 Reaching for a Pillow in the Darkness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:04
Devon Hase
Reflections on Embracing the Dark and Inviting the Light. Stories of fear, delusion, clear understanding and the not knowing that leads to release, freedom and love.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Winter Solstice Retreat: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light

2023-12-20 Samatha Vipassana (and a little Karuna) 46:42
Oren Jay Sofer
The differences between Samatha and Vipassana (calm abiding and insight) practice, with some attention to compassion as a flavor of right attitude.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Winter Solstice Retreat: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light

2023-12-20 The Dharma in Times of Crisis 1:20:00
Donald Rothberg, Stephen Fulder
Stephen Fulder, the founder and senior teacher of Tovana (the Israel Insight Society), is in conversation with Donald Rothberg. We hold the understanding of "crisis" broadly, remembering that we are in the midst of multiple crises, while giving more attention to Israel/Palestine. Such crises are a major challenge to our dharma practice. In this context, we explore a number of different themes, including bringing our practice to difficult experiences that often arise in a crisis, such as fear, emotional pain, reactivity, numbness, and the presence of repetitive negative narratives and views. We also identify, during the conversation, a number of resources, including qualities of compassion, empathy, equanimity, and the importance of finding a "refuge"and deep support in different ways. The conversation is followed by discussion, and a closing guided meditation. [During the conversation, we see a short (3:28) video of Tovana teachers speaking a sentence each about the current crisis, in Hebrew, with English sub-titles. The video can be seen at https://youtu.be/NqKoCm2TMhA?feature=shared.]
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2023-12-19 Receiving Care (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 41:10
Devon Hase
Short introduction to metta with phrases, followed by a guided meditation on receiving care from a caring figure. Includes sending it back to them and offering to the beloved community at the end.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Winter Solstice Retreat: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light

2023-12-19 Samatha Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 26:18
Oren Jay Sofer
Guided meditation plus Q&A on working with anchors and developing calm abiding.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Winter Solstice Retreat: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light

2023-12-18 Cultivation and the Four Noble Truths (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:14
Oren Jay Sofer
Reflections on the path of practice as cultivating skillful qualities and freeing the heart / mind from suffering.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Winter Solstice Retreat: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light

2023-12-18 Guided Meditation: Primary Anchors (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:40
Devon Hase
Introduction to Satipatthana practice and guided meditation on body, sound and breath.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Winter Solstice Retreat: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light

2023-12-16 Closing Ceremony (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:17:31
Nikki Mirghafori, Kim Allen
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Practicing Peace: Bringing Ease into Every Moment

2023-12-15 Guided Meditation: The Four Brahma-Viharas and Beyond (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 32:06
Kim Allen
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Practicing Peace: Bringing Ease into Every Moment

2023-12-15 The Path of Happiness, Leading to Peace in Ourselves and the World (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:03
Nikki Mirghafori
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Practicing Peace: Bringing Ease into Every Moment

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