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Sally Clough Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981. She moved to the Bay Area in 1988, and worked at Spirit Rock until 1994 in a number of roles, including executive director. She began teaching in 1996, and is one of the guiding teachers of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioner Program.
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2016-09-22 Three kinds of intention. 58:29
To develop any skill, to fully cultivate any qualities in our lives, particularly on the Buddhist path, we need to engage with three kinds of intention that operate on different time frames. Cetana is the moment to moment intention, the urge to do, that we can bring into the field of our mindfulness practice. The next level, Adhitthana, is usually translated as resolve or determination, and is one of the paramis. The highest level is Samma Sankappa, usually translated as right or wise intention. This is the second path factor, after right view, so it is the kind of intention developed by right view. There are three kinds of Right intention - the intention towards renunciation, non-ill will, and non-harming. These skillful intentions can then inform our choices and actions (Adhitthanas) , which we keep in mind through awareness of moment to moment intentions, or cetana.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Part 1
2016-09-15 Living In Samsara 56:30
We live in an imperfect unfixable world, which we constantly try to fix or correct– This leads to suffering! One of the ways we obsess is through a type of thinking called panpanca
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Part 1
2016-08-29 Patterns of Practice 55:52
As we commit to our meditation practice, we can see patterns that are helpful to understand and use to deepen our experience. This is an important part of the training and can give us confidence in the practice and our experience.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2016-08-25 Training the Mind 59:06
Contentment and relaxation are supportive conditions for the development of samadhi. Transforming our relationship to the breath allows us to deepen the connection.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2016-08-21 Opening Night Talk 24:14
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2016-07-19 Day 6 Morning Sit: Metta Practice - The Difficult Person 40:21
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-07-18 Befriending the Mind 60:33
Metta is a powerful tool to work with the tendency to be judgemental or harsh with ourselves and others.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-07-17 Day 4 Afternoon Sit with Instructions: Compassion 42:19
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-07-15 Day 2 Morning Sit with Instructions: Metta for Self and Easy Person 37:29
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat
2016-07-14 The Landscape of the Heart 51:38
Developing lovingkindness takes patience and the willingness to begin again - to choose again and again the intention towards kindness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta Retreat

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