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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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2015-01-07 Race, Racism, and Spiritual Practice 2 1:10:25
  Donald Rothberg
We continue to explore race and racism and how we respond to these through our practice. We focus on (1) the challenges of responding to collective suffering, (2) exploring the ignorance related to race and social conditioning on many levels, and (3) working with the various emotions and thoughts that arise in exploring race and racism.
2015-01-12 The Dis-ease of Busyness 59:07
  Nikki Mirghafori
2015-01-14 We are Contenting Ourselves 57:21
  Sylvia Boorstein
2015-01-19 The Perfect Gift: On Mindfulness & Metta 58:11
  Heather Sundberg
2015-01-21 The Thinning of the Self 63:55
  Donald Rothberg
Insight into "not-self" (anatta) is one of the core aspects of wisdom. After briefly reviewing some of the challenges of understanding anatta, we look at four practical ways to explore anatta, through focusing on 1) everyday and meditative experiences of "flow", 2) studying the "thick" or strong sense of self when it appears, 3) practicing in other ways to "thin" the self, and 4) opening to awareness without a sense of self or identification with the contents of experience.
2015-01-28 Dharma of Ferdinand 64:54
  Sylvia Boorstein
2015-02-02 The Most Important Thing 64:32
  Mark Coleman
2015-02-04 Sylvia with guest Barbara Bogatin from the San Francisco Symphony 2:04:51
  Sylvia Boorstein
2015-02-11 Thinning of the Self 2 62:09
  Donald Rothberg
We look in more depth at two more ways to "thin" the self, to explore anath: 1. cultivating of "flow" and 2. examining several ways that there is a "thick" sense of self
2015-02-18 Thinning of the Self 3 67:32
  Donald Rothberg
After a brief review of the last two talks - on the general theme of "not-self" and two ways of practicing (opening to the flow of experience, examining the "thick" self) we look at further ways of practicing including being aware of the particular constituents without adding "my" and "mine"; cultivating heart practices such as lovingkindness, compassion, forgiveness and empathy and opening to a "pure awareness" what has been called in the Thai Forest tradition, the "primal" or "radiant" mind.
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