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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2022-03-02 Balancing the Mind in the Middle of Sorrow 1:28:18
Sylvia Boorstein
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-03-01 The Frame Around Insight Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:52
Winnie Nazarko
This talk was offered at a month long insight meditation retreat, where most of the day is devoted to sitting and walking practice. The discussion acknowledges and explicitly points out the larger framework within which these meditations are done. It briefly reviews the 4 Noble Truths and the 8 Fold Path, especially focusing on Mundane Wise View and Wise Intention. These place in context, and inform, why and how these practices support the heart/mind in finding release.
March Insight Meditation One Month Retreat

2022-02-28 Compassion in a Time of War Meditation | Monday Night 25:27
Jack Kornfield
May your struggles and sorrows be eased. May you hold yourself in great compassion. May you be safe and protected. May your heart be at peace. May your life be at peace.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-02-28 A Peaceful Heart In A Time Of War And The Legacy Of Thich Nhat Hanh | Monday Night Talk 54:40
Jack Kornfield
Tonight I had planned to talk about Thich Nhat Hanh, the great and wise Zen master and teacher who died recently at age 95. But it seems critical to also acknowledge the grief of the war in Ukraine. As it says in the Buddhist teachings (and in other wisdom teachings), in this world, hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed. There has to be a better game than war for human beings. We have to look at the war within ourselves as well. Thich Nhat Hanh’s instruction was to stop—stop making enemies. Make prayers. Make blessings. This is our moral task.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2022-02-28 Introduction to Metta and Guided Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:33
Greg Scharf
March Insight Meditation One Month Retreat

2022-02-28 Morning Instructions: Intimacy with Experience (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 69:17
Andrea Fella
March Insight Meditation One Month Retreat

2022-02-27 First Morning Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:00
Winnie Nazarko
This is the initial sitting meditation instruction for a month long retreat. It supports people in settling in, finding the body and its sensations, and identifying a primary object/anchor.
March Insight Meditation One Month Retreat

2022-02-25 The Three Trainings to be in the Stream of Freedom (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 65:45
Tempel Smith
Sariputta equated the stream of liberation to being the very same 8 fold path of the Buddha's main teachings. The 8 fold path can be summed up as the three higher trainings: training in Sīla, Samādhi, and Pañña. To stay in the stream which only flow in one direction - liberation - we only need to embrace Sīla (ethical attunement), Samādhi (cultivating beautiful aspects of heart), and Pañña (living with wise perspective). Whether you wear robes on the outside of your body or if you are a lay person, we want to ordain our hearts to wear the inner robes of Sīla, Samādhi, and Pañña.
February Insight Meditation 1 Month Retreat

2022-02-24 Your Practice is Not Just for You (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:10
James Baraz
Your practice affects everyone around you. When you see your practice in this wider context, it evokes a whole dimension of inspiration and “joyful responsibility“ to cultivate wisdom and compassion within us. In this world with so much suffering—including the climate crisis and injustice in the world—more than ever we need to keep this in mind and see ourselves as “bodhisattvas in training“.
February Insight Meditation 1 Month Retreat

2022-02-23 Ne stressez pas! (Don't make things more complicated.) 1:27:54
Sylvia Boorstein
Monday and Wednesday Talks

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