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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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2011-10-26 Getting Down to Direct Experience III 63:07
  Donald Rothberg
Building on the last two sessions, we explore three inter-related aspects of ignorance or confusion: 1. How we move away from direct experience, especially because of reactivity. 2. How we develop, personally and collectively, unconscious material;and 3. How we do not fully understand impermanence, the roots of suffering and the nature of the self. We suggest ways to practice with all three forms of ignorance.
2011-10-31 Into the Mystery 58:22
  Mark Coleman
What does it mean to see through the veil that clouds our perception and to sense, perceive and know the mystery in all it manifestations.
2011-11-02 Getting Down to Direct Experience IV: How Can We Relate Skillfully to Thinking? 58:49
  Donald Rothberg
After reviewing the emphasis on grounding in more direct experience, we explore how to be skillful as we move away from indirect experience with our thinking, focusing on (1) having our thinking connected with direct experience and (2) using "views" wisely. Includes Q and A.
2011-11-07 Attachment to Views 55:31
  Mark Coleman
The Buddha taught about 4 kinds of attachment - one of those is attachment to views & opinions. This talk explores understanding views & how to work with our attachment to them.
2011-11-09 Getting Down to Direct Experience V: And practicing with views, concepts, and stories. 60:28
  Donald Rothberg
We again review briefly the meaning of "getting down to direct experience" and then explore how to use concepts and views skillfully as we are somewhat away from direct experience.
2011-11-14 Quiet your mind & then live Fully.. 66:41
  Jack Kornfield
A Dharma talk with Jack Kornfield and Pascal Auclair
2011-11-21 Bodhisatva 66:33
  Jack Kornfield
2011-11-30 Mindfulness and Ethics 63:03
  Donald Rothberg
In the context of the accelerating application of mindfulness in "secular" settings, we can ask questions about whether mindfulness is sometimes presented as a mere technique. We look at the nature of "nature" or "right mindfulness" (samma sati) and the importance of connecting mindfulness to the awakened heart, wisdom, and to ethics. In this talk, we focus especially on mindfulness and ethics.
2011-12-05 Clinging to Self 58:49
  Mark Coleman
What is the self, how is it constructed - Who do you take yourself to be. This talk explains how to examine the nature of self - the attachment to self image/identity & how a mindful relationship to it can bring much clarity & peace.
2011-12-07 Mindfulness and Metta 61:41
  Donald Rothberg
We continue to look at how mindfulness can be understood in the larger context of connection with ethics, wisdom, and the awakened heart. Here we explore how mindfulness and metta can be sometimes seen as separate, but how both practices point to a mature integration-loving awareness, mindful caring, the mindful and wise heart.
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