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2015-07-29 Peace is Possible in this Very Everyday Life 64:23
  Sylvia Boorstein
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2015-07-28 How Conduct Bears Fruit: Training in Not Killing 37:52
  Shaila Catherine
This is the second talk in a speaker series titled Ethics, Action, and the Five Precepts. This talk explores kamma (karma) and the training precept to refrain from killing. The Abhidhamma presents a detailed analysis of both wholesome and unwholesome mental states to explain how some actions lead to suffering, and other actions lead to happiness. The conditions that surround an action, the intentions that instigate it, and the reflective understanding of potential consequences will influence the intensity of the patterns that affect our options. If you find that you have killed a living being, perhaps an insect, notice your mental state. Was hatred or greed present? Learn what happens in the mind to enable killing, and what happens in the mind when you refrain from killing. The act of restraint is a particularly potent action. When virtue (sila) is pure, reflections on the abstention from killing can be a source of joy. The potency of wholesome restraint can be increased by reinforcing it with the wisdom that understands the causes and end of suffering—right view of the path.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley

2015-07-27 Awareness 62:14
  Will Kabat-Zinn
Monday Night talk
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2015-07-25 Taking the Practice Home 43:09
  Pascal Auclair
Learning to take care of this psycho-physical little system. Hopefully we learn to take care of the bigger systems we are part of-Systems of oppression included.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Insight Meditation Retreat

2015-07-25 Presence, Intention and Attention 61:35
  Oren J. Sofer
Barre Center For Buddhist Studies The Path of Wise Speech: Living the Teachings

2015-07-23 Emptiness, Luminosity, Responsiveness 58:40
  Joseph Goldstein
When compassion and emptiness are both present, enlightenment is unavoidable.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Insight Meditation Retreat

2015-07-22 Distortions of Perception, Mind & View 51:17
  Anushka Fernandopulle
Vipallasa Sutta: Understanding perception and the ways in which we have errors in understanding of the three characteristics (anicca, anatta, dukkha) and asubha that keep us spinning in delusion. Doggies and empty boats.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Insight Meditation Retreat

2015-07-22 That Bird Got My Wings 1:17:46
  Tara Brach
This talk looks at how we are imprisoned by a limited sense of who we are, and how the wings of mindfulness and heartfulness enable us to realize the spirit that is our essence. We then look at how we can bring the wings of freedom to our engagement with others. The talk’s title is the name of a book written by Jarvis Masters, a deeply wise and inspiring African American man currently on death row at San Quentin prison.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2015-07-22 Practicing the Fourth Precept 2 - Empathy 68:35
  Donald Rothberg
In the context of our ethical practice we took a look at a second aspect of speech practice - practicing empathy through an overview and a practice with guidance in the last part of the session. Roughly 68 minutes in duration.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2015-07-21 Precepts: The Gift of Fearlessness 28:24
  Shaila Catherine
This talk is the first in a speaker series titled Ethics, Action, and the Five Precepts. It offers an over view of the five precepts (sila) as training tools for bringing mindfulness and restraint into our actions, relationships, and daily life activities. These basic guidelines for living an ethical life, and the power of restraint are as relevant in the modern world as they were in ancient India. Taking care with our actions can be a source of joy and happiness. When our actions are clear, the mind is free from regret, guilt, and remorse; we gain self-respect, self-esteem, and confidence. The four bases of success (iddhipadas) can be used to strengthen these training precepts. With the support of desire, energy, consciousness, and investigation we can fully commit to abstain from unwholesome actions, and develop wholesome states, thereby gaining sovereignty over our own mind.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley

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