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Guy Armstrong's Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Guy Armstrong
What has always engaged me is working with practitioners who are deepening their commitment to the Dharma and then seeing them take a quantum leap in their understanding. My contribution to this commitment is working towards conveying a Theravadan practice with a Mahayana spirit.
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2017-05-01 Emptiness: A Practical Introduction for Meditators (Drop-in at Spirit Rock) 62:55
Emptiness, one of the most important concepts in Buddhism, refers to fundamental understandings of our human condition, deep spiritual insight, and the radical experience of liberation.
Monday and Wednesday Talks
2017-02-24 Day 27: Brahma Vihara Instructions 51:08
February Month-long Retreat
2017-02-22 Karma and the End of Karma (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:23
Describes the Buddha's basic teaching on Karma as action with volition. By choosing carefully which volitions to follow, we can guide our practice to great levels of happiness. Also describes the results of action, the relation to the concept of not-self, and explores what leads to the end of karma.
February Month-long Retreat
2017-02-03 First and Second Noble Truths (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:44
The First Noble Truth, that there is suffering in life, has a call to action: this truth is to be fully understood. The Second Noble Truth, that the cause of suffering is craving, also has a call to action: craving is to be abandoned. Abandoning craving moves us to the Third Noble Truth, the end of suffering.
February Month-long Retreat
2016-02-20 Day 20 Morning Instructions: Big Mind Meditation 42:56
February Month-long
2016-02-20 Day 20: Brahma Vihara Practice: Mudita for the neutral person and the difficult person 44:49
February Month-long
2016-02-19 Unentangled Knowing 61:09
Upasika Kee was a wonderful woman teacher in Thailand in the last century. She used "unentangled knowing" to refer to a mind that is not caught up in sense objects, but is keenly aware of its own nature. Dependent origination shows how we get caught and how we can be freed.
February Month-long
2016-02-15 Day 16: Brahma Vihara Instructions: Compassion: Suffering person, benefactor and dear friend 47:13
February Month-long
2016-02-14 The Five Aggregates Are Not Self 58:46
This talk explores the Buddha's teaching on not-self through the schema of the five aggregates. A sense of self is created by grasping at form, feeling, perception, formations or consciousness. What is the experience like when no grasping is taking place?
February Month-long
2016-02-13 Day 14 Brahma Viahara Instructions: Metta - all beings-pervading metta in all directions. 46:15
February Month-long

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