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Rob Burbea has practiced and studied Buddhism since 1985. Teaching since 2004, he is currently the Gaia House Resident Teacher and a member of its Teacher Council. He is a co-founder of Sanghaseva, an organization exploring the Dharma through international service work, and also a co-initiator of DANCE, the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (www.thedancewebsite.org). Rob is the author of Seeing That Frees: Meditations on Emptiness and Dependent Arising.
2008-08-10 Second Morning Instructions and Guided Meditation 46:19
As we learn to develop concentration in meditation, samatha (calm, tranquility) is also developed, and together these qualities become a powerful means for deep insight and a source of profound well-being. This progressive series of talks, guided meditations and instructions explores in some detail the art of concentration, primarily through different ways of working with the breath and the body to open to deeper and deeper levels of calmness, presence and joy.
Gaia House The Art Of Concentration (Samatha Meditation)
2008-08-09 Talk Two: Understanding the Heart 65:52
As we learn to develop concentration in meditation, samatha (calm, tranquility) is also developed, and together these qualities become a powerful means for deep insight and a source of profound well-being. This progressive series of talks, guided meditations and instructions explores in some detail the art of concentration, primarily through different ways of working with the breath and the body to open to deeper and deeper levels of calmness, presence and joy.
Gaia House The Art Of Concentration (Samatha Meditation)
2008-08-09 First Morning Instructions and Guided Meditation 43:58
As we learn to develop concentration in meditation, samatha (calm, tranquility) is also developed, and together these qualities become a powerful means for deep insight and a source of profound well-being. This progressive series of talks, guided meditations and instructions explores in some detail the art of concentration, primarily through different ways of working with the breath and the body to open to deeper and deeper levels of calmness, presence and joy.
Gaia House The Art Of Concentration (Samatha Meditation)
2008-08-08 Talk One: Introduction to the Art of Concentration (Samatha Meditation) 45:03
As we learn to develop concentration in meditation, samatha (calm, tranquility) is also developed, and together these qualities become a powerful means for deep insight and a source of profound well-being. This progressive series of talks, guided meditations and instructions explores in some detail the art of concentration, primarily through different ways of working with the breath and the body to open to deeper and deeper levels of calmness, presence and joy.
Gaia House The Art Of Concentration (Samatha Meditation)
2008-06-24 Nirvana and Transcendence 65:01
Is this it? Or has transcendence gone out of fashion? An exploration of the Buddha's radical teachings on transcendence and their implications for our practices and for our lives.
Gaia House Tuesday Evening Talks
2008-03-08 Awakening 1:11:34
The Realization of Awakening is absolutely central to the Buddha's Teaching, and yet it has come to have so many different meanings, or none at all. What is our relationship to the idea of Enlightenment or Awakening? How does that affect our life and practice? Can we explore the views, assumptions and emotions surrounding it? And is a radical Awakening possible for us?
Gaia House A Work Retreat: Working And Awakening
2008-03-07 Death 63:39
A free and honest life includes the very real awareness of death. If we can find the courage to deliberately contemplate death, to keep it in mind, this can open our life in a profound way to a nobility, urgency, purposefulness and beauty. The heart grows in compassion and moves toward the Deathless.
Gaia House A Work Retreat: Working And Awakening
2008-03-07 Love/The Difficulties of Love 67:04
This talk begins to explore some of the challenges and difficulties we can sometimes encounter with regard to love. It also examines some possible beliefs and attitudes we may hold around love and particularly romantic love in our lives.
Gaia House A Work Retreat: Working And Awakening
2008-03-05 Opening Talk for Work Retreat - Working and Awakening 37:03
Opening talk for a retreat that looks at how we may create artificial divisions between what seems 'sacred' and what seems 'worldly'; between 'retreat life' and 'everyday life', 'meditation' and work' and so seek transformation through only a small part of our lives. In opening to a profound wisdom that sees beyond such dualities, we can come to know an authentic freedom that is truly boundless.
Gaia House A Work Retreat: Working And Awakening
2008-02-12 The Birth of a Bodhisattva 1:13:46
This series of talks and guided meditations explores the development of the practices of both Lovingkindness and Compassion, with particular emphasis on the radical possibilities of Awakening that they bring. Through these practices we come to develop deep and beautiful qualities of heart as a real resource both for ourselves and the world, and also open ourselves to the profound and liberating understandings that can emerge from this path of love.
Gaia House Lovingkindness And Compassion As A Path To Awakening (2008)

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