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Rodney Smith's Dharma Talks
Rodney Smith
More and more, the teaching practice takes me into the community where I engage directly with students. My focus right now is on bringing the continuity of the Dharma into the market place. Although retreating is an important form for self-knowledge, I find myself less interested in the immediate results of a retreat and more interested in helping students investigate their relationship to the ups and downs of their everyday life.
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2015-07-14 Continua of Practice: From Self-Centeredness to All Beings 58:25
A spiritual journey ultimately takes us beyond a self-focused life where “I” predominate, into a life of inclusion where we are not the center of our world. Moving beyond what is best for “me” seems so implausible as to be impossible, but it only seems that way because we do not know what we are or how we are formed.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Continua of Practice Series
Attached Files:
  • From Self-centeredness to All Beings by Rodney Smith (PDF)
2015-06-30 Continua of Practice: From Denial to Openness 56:05
There is an acceptable tension we each carry and are reluctant to address spiritually. That tension holds our thoughts, attitudes, self-beliefs, and projections together in a systematic self-serving way. It is the collection of aggregates laced together with our narrative that we will protect at all costs, and it is all tied to our current worldview.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Continua of Practice Series
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2015-06-09 Continua of Practice: Adaptation to Surrender 59:41
We start our spiritual journey wanting to change our lives in meaningful ways, but there is only one way that we know how to do that.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Continua of Practice Series
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2015-05-26 Continua of Practice: The Unified Mind 56:01
In the Third Foundation of the Satipatthana Sutta the Buddha asks us not to weigh in and attempt to change or alter the mind no matter what its current disposition. “Notice,” the Buddha says, “When the mind is delusional or not, confused or not, etc.” He does not encourage us to change the mind, just to notice how it is regardless of its configuration. What is the Buddha trying to show us in this instruction?
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Continua of Practice Series
Attached Files:
  • The Unified Mind by Rodney Smith (PDF)
2015-05-12 Continua of Practice: Introduction 62:45
A continuum is a story or narrative about awakening. Myths are spiritual narratives that often can be condensed into a continuum with a beginning and an end and various highs and lows throughout the process. An important point is that though a continuum is depicted as a linear journey it is not a timeline, though from the perspective of the individual it may seem like it is. (These talks are related to the book by Rodney Smith: Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart.)
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Continua of Practice Series
Attached Files:
  • Series Overview by Rodney Smith (PDF)
2014-12-13 Questions and Answers 58:35
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2014-12-11 Understanding States Of Mind 45:38
Using boredom as an example, this talk looks at the formation of states of mind and how to quiet their impact.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2014-12-09 The Counter Intuitive Ground Of Spiritual Practice 45:34
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation and the Heart
2014-03-25 Realm Of Practice and realm Of Abiding 41:31
During our practice phase of development, we learn to adapt and change. During the abiding phase, we are out of the paradigm of adaption into surrender.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge March 2014 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2014-03-18 Releasing Our Imaginary Friend 43:15
This talk explores where the sense-of-self is more important than our spiritual progress and asks questions to unfreeze that location.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge March 2014 at IMS - Forest Refuge

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