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Dharma Talks given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2020-08-24 Monday Night Dharma Talk w/Q&A 1:24:57
  Jack Kornfield

2020-08-19 Deepening Our Practice in the Pandemic 4: The Foundations of Wise Speech 1: Cultivating Empathy 66:30
  Donald Rothberg
We start with a brief review of the three previous talks on deepening practice during the pandemic (and other crises), including clarifying three broad areas of practice: Formal meditation practice, daily life practice, and work, service, and/or activism as practice. In this session, we explore the foundations of Wise Speech as practice, mentioning three foundations. The first two include (1) the ethical guidelines given by the Buddha regarding skillful speech, and (2) developing presence and mindfulness during speech (including listening). We focus most of the time on the third foundation of cultivating empathic connection with another, clarifying the difference between empathy and compassion, giving some of the findings of studies in neuroscience about empathy, and examining what blocks empathy. We then work with a simple (yet powerful) empathy practice of tuning into (1) emotions, and (2) what matters, and move into a period of discussion.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-08-03 Monday Night Dharma Talk 36:46
  Amana Brembry Johnson

2020-07-29 Deepening Our Daily Life Practice in the Pandemic 3 66:09
  Donald Rothberg
After a brief review of what we've explored in the last two sessions, in terms of ways of deepening daily life practice in terms of formal practice, informal practice, and one's work, service, and/or activism, we go more deeply into two areas. We look at how to practice with exploring and seeing intentions, and some ways to make connections between formal and informal practice--in the flow of daily life. The talk has a few references to the life of Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights activist and Congressperson, who died on July 17, 2020, and is followed by discussion..
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-07-22 Deepening Our Daily Life Practice in the Pandemic 2 67:09
  Donald Rothberg
We begin with a brief review of the previous week's talk and discussion, in which we explored a number of ways to deepen (1) our formal practice; (2) our informal (daily life) practice; and (3) our service, work, and/or activism as practice. This exploration points to a broadened sense of practice. We then examine in some depth three inter-related foundational areas for deepening practice in all three areas: (1) developing mindfulness of the body; (2) working to transform reactivity (here as a translation of "dukkha"), including as it manifests in challenging or difficult experiences; and (3) pausing and setting intentions. Our discussion particularly goes into being skillful with challenging experiences.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-07-20 Monday Night Dharma Talk w/Q&A 1:18:49
  Jack Kornfield

2020-07-15 Deepening Our Practice in a Pandemic: Discussion, Q&A 17:41
  Donald Rothberg
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-07-15 Deepening Our Daily Life Practice in the Pandemic 1 38:28
  Donald Rothberg
Our current crises present both challenges and opportunities. We look at three main ways to deepen our practice at this time, focusing on (1) formal practice; (2) more "informal" (or "daily life" practice); and (3) our work, service, and/or activism. For each of these areas, a number of suggestions are made, inviting the listener to discern the one or two or three ways that most resonate and connect with one's own edge of learning.
Monday and Wednesday Talks

2020-07-06 Monday Night Dharma Talk 58:04
  Eugene Cash

2020-07-05 Morning Meditation 59:20
  Noliwe Alexander
Cultivating the Wisdom of the Heart - Annual People of Color (POC) Retreat

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