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Sally Clough Armstrong's Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Sally Clough Armstrong
Sally Clough Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981. She moved to the Bay Area in 1988, and worked at Spirit Rock until 1994 in a number of roles, including executive director. She began teaching in 1996, and is one of the guiding teachers of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioner Program.
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2018-08-27 The Development and Function of Concentration (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:59
The development of samadhi, a collected and unified mind, is central in the Buddha’s meditation training. This talk looks at how we can skillfully deepen concentration, as well as the place of concentration in various suttas and lists that guide us in the development of concentration, and then the function of concentration to lead to transformative insight.
Concentration Retreat
2018-08-23 Developing a Skillful Relationship to Happiness in Practice and in Life (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:57
Though the teachings on dukkha (suffering) are an important part of the Buddhist path, a skillful relationship to sukha (happiness) actually played a significant part in the Buddha's awakening. This talk explores the wise use of happiness and pleasure and the cultivation of beautiful qualities of mind, especially in concentration practice.
Concentration Retreat
2018-07-17 Responding with Kindness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:51
Many of us learn to be judge=mental and critical, especially towards ourselves. Metta is a powerful practice to diminish and even transform the tendency towards judging.
July Metta
2018-07-12 Kindness is What Matters (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:27
The essence of Metta is kindness, to ourselves and to all experience. This talk explores how and why we develop loving-kindness.
July Metta
2018-05-19 Day 6: Big Mind meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 41:06
A guided meditation called Big Mind, based on instructions developed by Joseph Goldstein from the Tibetan book "Liberation through seeing with naked awareness."
Equanimity and Awareness Retreat
2018-05-18 Facets of Equanimity (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:16
Equanimity and Awareness Retreat
2018-05-17 Day 4: Brahma Vihara Guided Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 41:28
Equanimity and Awareness Retreat
2018-05-17 Day 4: Sitting Meditation and Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 41:17
Equanimity and Awareness Retreat
2018-05-16 Day 3: Brahma Vihara Guided Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 43:15
Equanimity and Awareness Retreat
2018-05-15 The roles of mindfulness, metta and equanimity in our practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:59
Equanimity is central to the Buddha's teachings and practices, and so underlies and supports both mindfulness and metta (loving-kindness). For Samma Sati, Right Mindfulness, to develop, equanimity needs to function to keep us connected with experiences even when they are difficult or challenging, to deepen insight into the true nature of reality. In metta practice, equanimity keeps the heart open when conditions are not ideal for kindness - and they are often not ideal!
Equanimity and Awareness Retreat

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