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Diana Winston's Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Diana Winston
My work since 2006 through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center ( emphasizes making mindfulness teachings accessible to all, regardless of background, yet without losing depth practice. In recent years I have been teaching on Natural Awareness— the effortless, objectless, and spacious side of awareness practices. Socially engaged Buddhism is a thread woven through many of my talks-- how can we end suffering both internally and externally? Having worked with teens and young adults for many years, some of the talks are geared to young people. Finally as a mom of a tween, I'm deeply inspired by the transformative power of daily life and family practice.
2016-06-21 Day 2: Morning Instructions - Working with Pain (REVISED 7/7) Retreat at Spirit Rock 61:42
This guided meditation focuses on using mindfulness to work with pain.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2015-06-24 Self Compassion and Hindrances 59:23
This talk weaves together the theme of self-compassion with how to work with hindrances that arise when we practice. We explore working with our minds, cultivating kindness for ourselves, and the recognition of our shared humanity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness Facilitators Retreat
2014-06-27 The 12 Myths of the Mindfulness Movement 56:32
Including the myths that Mindfulness is for everyone, Mindfulness is ethically neutral and diversity is not relevant to Mindfulness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness Facilitators Retreat
2014-06-24 So What is This Thing Called Mindfulness? 48:00
This talk explores the practice and theory of mindfulness from the perspective of attitude, attention and intention.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness Facilitators Retreat
2014-04-04 The Ups and Downs of Practice 51:55
How do we navigate the challenges of our meditation practice and what are the potential fruits of practice? Good for beginners.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation for the Curious
2013-04-05 The Power of Mindfulness 57:00
This talk explores the benefits of mindfulness, the scientific research behind it, and the obstacles that get in the way as we practice. The talk also covers how mindfulness can be used to cultivate more self-compassion. Good for beginners.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Vipassana for the Curious Retreat
2012-07-27 Cultivating Self-Compassion 53:47
This talk explores the three components of self-compassion: 1. mindfulness to deal with self-critical thinking; 2. loving kindness, to increase our sense of love for ourselves; 3. and shared humanity, the recognition that we are not alone.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness in Education - A Retreat and Training
2012-07-26 Teaching from Presence 28:17
This talk, given at a retreat for educators, is geared toward people who wish to share mindfulness with others. It is about how to teach from an embodied presence connected to mindfulness, how to recognize it, what gets in the way, and how to repair it.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness in Education - A Retreat and Training
2010-08-30 Secularization and Science of Mindfulness 51:46
This talk discusses how mindfulness can be seen as secular and what is the science behind it.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-08-26 The State of Mindfulness in Education 31:36
This talk, given opening night of the first annual Mindfulness in Education retreat and Training, overviews the current state of mindfulness in education in the U.S. We explore the different ways of delivering mindfulness to teachers and kids, some of the key questions and future visions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness in Education: A Retreat and Training

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