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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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2016-11-28 Sally Armstrong at Spirit Rock - Living in an Imperfect World 62:41
Dharma Talk from the Monday Night Meditation class at Spirit Rock on Monday, November 28th 2016.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2016-08-29 Patterns of Practice 55:52
As we commit to our meditation practice, we can see patterns that are helpful to understand and use to deepen our experience. This is an important part of the training and can give us confidence in the practice and our experience.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2016-08-25 Training the Mind 59:06
Contentment and relaxation are supportive conditions for the development of samadhi. Transforming our relationship to the breath allows us to deepen the connection.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2016-08-21 Opening Night Talk 24:14
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2016-07-19 Day 6 Morning Sit: Metta Practice - The Difficult Person 40:21
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-07-18 Befriending the Mind 60:33
Metta is a powerful tool to work with the tendency to be judgemental or harsh with ourselves and others.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-07-17 Day 4 Afternoon Sit with Instructions: Compassion 42:19
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-07-15 Day 2 Morning Sit with Instructions: Metta for Self and Easy Person 37:29
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-07-14 The Landscape of the Heart 51:38
Developing lovingkindness takes patience and the willingness to begin again - to choose again and again the intention towards kindness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-04-08 Equanimity and Kamma 55:53
There are two main aspects to equanimity as a Brahma Vihara: first, a balanced, spacious mind, which is a mental factor we can know and cultivate. Secondly, an understanding of the nature of reality, known in Buddhist teachings as the dhamma, or truth, which is expressed here in the teachings on kamma (karma in Sanskrit.) Kamma simply means action, and refers to the universal laws of cause and effect and conditionality. In this teaching, the Buddha highlighted the importance of intentions in our actions. We come to understand that our lives are shaped by our choices, and the importance of bringing mindfulness and wisdom to our choices and intentions. We also should be aware that, even with good intentions, our actions can have harmful impacts, especially as we live, work and practice in communities with people with different cultural, racial, economic, gender identifications, sexual orientations, or other diverse experiences.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Equanimity: Seeing with Quiet Eyes

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