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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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2012-08-20 Meeting Life with Kind Presence 45:23
  Mark Coleman
This talk explores how the qualities of Mindfulness & Kindness are essential ingredients for meeting experience with wisdom, clarity & love...that allows us to hold ourselves, and difficult times with greater ease and compassion.
2012-08-22 Self and Not Self VI--Integration and Review 59:21
  Donald Rothberg
We explore in this integrative sessions, how a "thick" sense of self appears in various ways, and how we open to experience with progressively "thinner" senses of self. We also look at how anxiety and disorientation may arise at each stage, and how to understand what skillful uses of self are.
2012-08-29 Self and Not-Self VII-Self and Not-Self in the context of Global Crisis. 69:46
  Donald Rothberg
With the background of the last weeks exploration of our individual practice to see self and open increasingly to not-self, we connect that practice with our responses to global crisis, particularly global climate disruption. We see its roots in part in individualist models of self, and point to the importance of dharma practice in our responses to crisis.
2012-09-05 Relating Wisely the Sense of Self 33:10
  Heather Sundberg
Talk explores the 5 aggregates and the 3 characteristics using stories, suttas and practical exercises to develop relating wisely to the sense of self.
2012-09-10 Natchiketa & the Lord of Death 67:43
  Jack Kornfield
Initiation, Forgiveness & the Timeless Realm
2012-09-17 The Buddhas Last Teachings 66:08
  Jack Kornfield
The story of awakening and how we can find justice, compassion & wisdom where we are...
2012-09-19 Here's to Life: Dharma Liberation 57:05
  Sylvia Boorstein
2012-09-26 A New Beginning--Guided Reflections 45:59
  Donald Rothberg
On Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, and inspired by our practice of beginning again moment-by-moment, we explore and reflect on what is most important, where we are out of alignment or integrity, forgiveness, and re-dedication to our deeper aspirations.
2012-10-01 Living with change - The 8 Worldly Winds 49:23
  Mark Coleman
This talk explores how to work & live with the changing nature of life...
2012-10-03 The Foundations of Mindfulness-An Overview 62:26
  Donald Rothberg
What is mindfulness? Why is it important? How does its practice bring us toward freedom? We look generally at mindfulness and then at how we practice mindfulness of 1. the body 2. feeling tone 3. thoughts and emotions (citta) and 4. larger patterns of experience (dhammas).
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