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Sally Armstrong's Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Sally 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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2021-10-18 Monday Night Dharma Talk - Mudita and Uppekha (Joy and Equanimity) 60:21
2021-08-24 Brama Vihara Meditation: Karuna (Compassion) 46:24
Concentration and Awareness
2021-07-11 Mudita practice 46:19
The practice of Mudita or Appreciative Joy cultivates an open and joyful heart that naturally inclines towards connecting with what is uplifting and beautiful in others and in our own lives. It works to counteract the subtle or not-so-subtle tendency towards envy, which tells us that we are deficient in some way.
"July Lovingkindness Retreat" with Tempel Smith, Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH, John Martin, Sally Armstrong, Marcy Reynolds and Kristina Baré, MFT, SEP
2021-07-08 Supports for Steadying the mind: The Jhana Factors 56:20
There are five factors that are supported for deepening concentration, known as the jhana factors. These factors are developed in any kind of intensive meditation practice but are particularly supportive of the development of concentration. They also serve to counterbalance the hindrances. When the hindrances are not active, the mind and heart can be steady and open.
"July Lovingkindness Retreat" with Tempel Smith, Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH, John Martin, Sally Armstrong, Marcy Reynolds and Kristina Baré, MFT, SEP
2021-02-09 Practicing with Vedana or feeling tone 46:50
Every experience has the quality of being pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. When we can bring mindfulness to this aspect of the experience, we have the potential of not falling into greed, aversion, or delusion.
February Insight Meditation Retreat: A Retreat for Experienced Students with James Baraz, Sally Armstrong, Kamala Masters, Andrea Fella, Dawn Scott, Bob Stahl, PhD, Louije Kim and Martha "Rasika" Link
2021-02-06 Metta for the neutral person 42:49
Developing metta for the neutral person, someone we don't know very well
February Insight Meditation Retreat: A Retreat for Experienced Students with James Baraz, Sally Armstrong, Kamala Masters, Andrea Fella, Dawn Scott, Bob Stahl, PhD, Louije Kim and Martha "Rasika" Link
2021-02-03 Mindfulness of Body, Breath, and Sounds 44:15
Basic instructions on mindfulness practice
February Insight Meditation Retreat: A Retreat for Experienced Students with James Baraz, Sally Armstrong, Kamala Masters, Andrea Fella, Dawn Scott, Bob Stahl, PhD, Louije Kim and Martha "Rasika" Link
2019-02-24 The Four Noble Truths (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:35
The Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths – the truths of suffering, the cause of suffering , the end of suffering and the path to the end of suffering – not as a philosophy, but as practices that we can use here and now to understand why we suffer and how to find release. Using this template to gain insight into our lives can bring a radical shift to the way we relate to our experience.
February Monthlong
2019-02-17 The Seven Factors of Awakening (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:41
The seven factors of awakening develop and strengthen naturally as we practice, but knowing this map helps us incline towards them.
February Monthlong
2019-02-17 Day 15 Guided Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:47
Last Day of Morning Instructions
February Monthlong

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