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2007-08-21 Enlightenment and Mindful Awareness 62:50
  Lama Surya Das
Unlike the three Western monotheistic religions, Buddhism is not a religion of the book. Rather, Buddhism is based on the Buddha’s enlightened experience. More specifically, among other things, the Buddha was an early scientist. He said that if you reproduce his experiment by cultivating the Eightfold Path, your can replicate the same enlightenment result in yourself. There is no need for any beliefs, cosmology, dogma or creed. Indeed, all sentient beings are endowed by the luminous Buddha nature. The Buddha merely serves as a mirror for us to see our own enlightened nature. However, this means that we need to have the wisdom to see our true nature as it really is. This wisdom is described as the “right view” in the first step of the Eightfold Path. The problem is how can we see things as they really are when our attention is so scattered and our view is so obscured by poisons such as greed, hatred, delusion, pride and jealousy? The answer is through mindful awareness. Indeed, mindful awareness is something that we can learn even the first time we meditate. Eventually, we can reach a state of effortless awareness. This clear seeing allows our mindfulness to create some space between the stimulus and our response. Instead of knee-jerk, blind response, our mind has more time to choose a more skillful, intelligent response, thus, leading to more freedom and proactivity.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley

2007-08-21 The Hidden Treasures In The Hindrances 52:13
  Narayan Helen Liebenson
The Hidden Treasures in the Hindrances
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Your Life is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Retreat

2007-08-20 The Four Noble Truths 54:45
  Michael Grady
Discovering the nature of suffering and liberation
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Your Life is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Retreat

2007-08-19 Acceptance And Transformation 49:49
  Narayan Helen Liebenson
Acceptance and Transformation
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Your Life is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Retreat

2007-08-19 Stranded 42:15
  Jose Reissig
Our apprehension at not being in control often leads us to cast ourselves away from the flow of life. In doing so we end up imprisoned. Alternatively we can choose to be free.
Garrison Institute :  Rhinebeck Sitting Group

2007-08-18 The Theater Of The I 39:52
  Jose Reissig
Theater can mean either a stage for us to perform on, or simply the theater of our operations. In the first meaning we show off, in the second we show up. Which one will it be?

2007-08-18 Opening Talk 50:09
  Narayan Helen Liebenson
Opening Talk
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Your Life is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Retreat

2007-08-18 Equanimity: Freedom In The World 59:19
  Gina Sharpe
Taking the practice into activity in the world.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center People of Color Meditation Retreat

2007-08-18 Guided Meditation and Talk 55:22
  Jitindriya
Gaia House Illuminating the Heart of Awareness

2007-08-17 Trust and Devotion 44:23
  Fred Von Allmen
The significance and the practice of devotion on the buddhist path
Meditationszentrum Beatenberg

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