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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2022-07-10 Soldier of Love (Sade): Weapons of Mass Construction Metta, Karuna, Mudita and Upekkha 61:54
Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith
Talk/meditation includes references to the song "Soldier of Love" by Sade. It is recommended that you listen to this song to receive the most out of these teachings.
BIPOC Voices - Series

2022-07-09 Forgiveness: reflections and guided practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:34
Kristina Bare
Releasing the heart from resentment and anger while honoring accountability and emotional boundaries.
July Lovingkindness Retreat

2022-07-08 Simple Mettā Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:08
Tempel Smith
Setting up and devoting ourselves to a steady mettā (loving kindness) meditation practice, we start where it is easiest and where we can keep it simple. With a basis of blending a sense of ease and relaxation with patient steady attentiveness, we invite mettā to arise in our hearts supported internally by images and phrases. Though it takes some experimenting to find balance with these tools, the repetition of mettā phrases keeps directing our attention to the purpose of mettā practice. These phrases are so very helpful when we live into more complex or challenging situations.
July Lovingkindness Retreat

2022-07-07 Working with Hindrances to Mettā Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:25
Tempel Smith
As we practice mettā meditation we will have waves where the practice feels easy, intuitive and validating; and we will all have waves where we struggle. There are five very common states which visit us in meditation practice called the "five hindrances". These are commonly named in English as craving, aversion, dullness, restlessness, and doubt. For steady mettā practice our first response to these challenges is to practice more carefully with patience determination. The second response is to offer ourselves kindness and compassion during challenging times. For mettā meditation and for the other three brahmaviharas, our third response to challenging times is to turn wakefully towards the qualities of the challenge and see them as only temporary conditions. We can greatly reduce the experience of suffering in the hindrances when we have mindful experience of them.
July Lovingkindness Retreat

2022-07-07 Patience for Times Like These 69:43
Grace Fisher
Begins with a 30m meditation followed by a Dharma Talk
Thursday Morning Women’s Group

2022-07-06 Nurturing the Soil; Generosity, Morality & Renunciation 1:32:52
Heidi Bourne
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-07-06 Simple Mettā Breathing and Body Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:03
Tempel Smith
There are so many ways to practice formal mettā (loving kindness) meditation, and they all benefit from a relaxed mind and body. The proximal cause for samadhi (concentration) to arise is from a deepening sense of happiness, calm, and contentment. Many practitioners are drawn to use will and force to concentrate their attention, and this leads to agitation, frustration, and fatigue. With mettā breathing and body awareness we can cultivate the ease so useful for our hindrances to subside.
July Lovingkindness Retreat

2022-07-06 Turning the Light Inward 52:34
Daigan Gaither
Spirit Rock - Rainbow Sangha

2022-07-04 Dharma and Democracy: A Talk on the Fourth of July 67:15
Donald Rothberg
On the Fourth of July, we look at the relationship between the freedoms opened up by the dharma, the teachings and practices of awakening, and by the promise and actuality of democracy, at this time of peril for democracy in the U.S. and elsewhere. Can we imagine a spiritually-grounded democracy? To respond to this question, we examine the vision of democracy, remembering both some of the words of the founders and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "America is essentially a dream, a dream as yet unfulfilled. It is a dream of a land where people of all races, all nationalities and all creeds can live together as brothers and sisters." We also explore the vision of dharma and awakening, including the Buddha's creation of a community separate from the prevailing caste system of his time. Yet we also need to look at the many "shadows" of both democracy and dharma, which obscure the vision and prevent its full realization. We end by pointing to a number of ways to renew, develop, and practice our visions of "spiritual democracy" in the different parts of our lives.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-07-02 Cultivating the Seeds of Metta (Loving Kindness) (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 41:39
Kabir Hypolite
Cultivate seeds of loving kindness with intention, care, and patience in the garden of your heart.
Returning to Wholeness: Finding Refuge in the Buddhadhamma

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