The greatest gift is the
gift of the teachings
Mary Grace Orr's Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Mary Grace Orr
Lately, my own practice is moving more and more into the monastic world. As I teach out of that nourishment, I find people hungry for the traditional, solid forms of the Dharma. I see people's lives changing when they engage in these forms. Certainly, as I deepen my own Sutta study, I find the traditional ideas so helpful it encourages me to delve further.
2010-12-10 Melting the Judgmental Heart 48:55
The judgmental mind is painful and difficult. We can bring the practicies of the Brahma Viharas to it, to melt away the judgment and to develop a kind and spacious heart.
Insight Meditation Retreat
2010-12-08 The Surprise of Unfolding 48:57
We come to retreat seeking refuge. Developing curiosity, confidence and contentment and in resting in the surprises of our unfoldment.
Insight Meditation Retreat
2010-11-03 Tending the garden of the heart and mind 50:52
Just as we garden, tending out plants and pulling weeds, so we need to cultivate the ground of heart and mind. Uprooting obscurations and dealing with hindrances are part of this work.
Mindfulness of the Body
2010-03-23 The Freedom of Truth 48:22
How do we hold all of the joys and sorrows, skillful and unskillful actions, wounds and blessings that we see when we practice intensely.
March 2010 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2010-03-16 Knowledge and Vision of Things as They Are 49:28
A continuation of the series on transcendental dependent origination-the beginnings of insight.
March 2010 Month Long
2010-03-09 Following Faith to Liberation 48:39
The Buddha teaches both about the cycle of suffering and another cycle leading to liberation. When we willingly encounter our suffering directly, conviction arises and leads us deeper into our practice.
March 2010 Month Long
2009-11-19 Opening the Doors of the Heart 56:04
How can we open our hearts? This talk explores the practices of forgiveness and compassion, as well as that of gratitude. The Metta Sutta provides the background for this exploration.
Insight Meditation Retreat
2009-11-17 Curiosity, Confidence and Contentment 45:48
We need places of refuge in our lives and we need an inner place of stillness. Curiosity, confidence and contentment as we develop mindfulness can be useful in developing inner refuge.
Insight Meditation Retreat
2009-09-26 Tearing Down the House 45:58
We often live inside of our stories and react from them. When we begin to perceive our experience as it is, we can respond rather than react and end the cycle of suffering. Lots of good stories!
Standing firm in that which you are: Mindfulness of the body
2009-09-24 Refuge from the Fires 44:12
Finding refuge in our lives and in our practice
Standing firm in that which you are: Mindfulness of the body

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