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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

Monday and Wednesday Talks

Regular weekly talks given at the lower Spirit Rock meditation hall
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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2011-09-07 Dharmic Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of September 11 63:40
  Donald Rothberg
Guided by several key teachings, particularly how we might bring together wisdom, compassion, and courage, we explore some of the issues raised in reflection on the last ten years. A focus is the parallel between personal practice and responding to larger social issues.
2011-09-12 9/12 ... Peace Begins Now 69:12
  Jack Kornfield
2011-09-14 Dharmic Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th, Part II--Wisdom, Compassion and Courage in our inner and outer lives 66:13
  Donald Rothberg
Howard Thurman, the great African American activist, mystic, and theologian, once said: “Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” In the spirit of this guidance, we continue exploring how to understand and respond some of the core issues related to the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. We are further guided by (1) understanding the inter-relationships between individual, relational, and collective domains of practice; and (2) taking wisdom, compassion, and courage (and responsiveness) as three touchstones of our practice, both more inner and more outer.
2011-09-19 Offering & Allowing 63:50
  Norman Fischer
When you commit your life to practice, it's beyond personal benefit. You Allow what happens, you Offer your Life...
2011-09-21 Re-dedication to Compassion 55:55
  Sylvia Boorstein
2011-09-28 Beginning the New Year with forgiveness (PLEASE NOTE: False start--2+minutes then paused before real talk began) 52:20
  Sylvia Boorstein
2011-10-05 Getting Down to Direct Experience 59:47
  Donald Rothberg
The essence of our practice is to learn ever better to respond rather than react to experience. Using the model of the "Ladder of Inference," we see how we, when reactive, move away from more direct experience-personally, inter personally and socially. We then explore practices to help us "get down."
2011-10-10 Poetry & Beauty 63:01
  Jack Kornfield
Words, Metaphor and the Dance of Dharma
2011-10-17 Nothing Left Out 59:58
  Jack Kornfield
2011-10-19 Getting Down to more Direct Experience II 57:42
  Donald Rothberg
We look further at the mechanisms by which we move away from direct experience. unskillfully, driven by reactivity and papanca (conceptual proliferation). We point to practices of tracking thoughts, emotions, reactivity-that help us ground in more direct experience, leading to greater freedom and responsiveness-personally interpersonally, and collectively.
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