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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. Sally has always been inspired by the depth and the breadth of the Buddha’s teaching, as presented in the suttas of the Pali Canon, because the truth and power of the Buddha’s words still speak to us today. Her intention in teaching is to make these ancient texts and practices accessible and relevant to all levels of practitioner, from the very new to the dedicated meditator.
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2021-02-03 Mindfulness of Body, Breath, and Sounds 44:15
Basic instructions on mindfulness practice
Spirit Rock Meditation Center 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 56:05
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.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center 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.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-17 Day 15 Guided Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:47
Last Day of Morning Instructions
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-12 Day 10 Brahma Vihara Guided Meditation - Metta for the Difficult Person (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 45:37
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-11 Judging, Fixing & Comparing (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:45
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-10 Day 8 - Morning Sit w/ Instructions - Mindfulness of the Mind 52:52
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-07 Day 5 Sit with Morning Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 42:13
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-04 A Venn Diagram of Practice(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:33
As we begin the journey of a long retreat, it is helpful to consider different ways to frame our practice .I offered an overview with a diagram that depicted this, and how we might talk about our practice in meetings with teachers. This begins with the biggest frame - wise attitude or wise view, supported by our intentions and aspirations. the next frame is continuity of mindfulness that supports whatever practice or technique we might be cultivating.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
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.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat

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