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Guy Armstrong's Dharma Talks
Guy Armstrong
What has always engaged me is working with practitioners who are deepening their commitment to the Dharma and then seeing them take a quantum leap in their understanding. My contribution to this commitment is working towards conveying a Theravadan practice with a Mahayana spirit.
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2010-11-16 Big Mind Guided Meditation 44:15
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Emptiness: A Meditation and Study Retreat
2010-11-14 The Emptiness of Phenomena 57:07
All the phenomena of our senses are empty of any solid substance or essence. It may be more appropriate to refer to phenomena as "appearances" rather than "objects." This theme is explored through the Sutta "A Lump of Foam" in the Samyutta Nikaya.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Emptiness: A Meditation and Study Retreat
2010-11-13 Formation of Self-View 1:11:25
The Buddha said many times that no self is to be found in the phenomena of our senses. But still, the sense of a self in us arises over and over. This talk explores through sutta references how this sense of self is created in the moment and how it can cease.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Emptiness: A Meditation and Study Retreat
2010-11-13 Morning Instructions 39:34
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Emptiness: A Meditation and Study Retreat
2010-11-11 Introduction to Emptiness Retreat 49:19
This talk was given on the opening night of the Emptiness Retreat. It introduces the theme of emptiness as a lack of unchanging essence or substance. This retreat encourages us to explore the possibility that things are not as they appear to be.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Emptiness: A Meditation and Study Retreat
2010-10-07 Unentangled Knowing 60:27
Upasika Kee talks about finding in meditation an “inward-staying unentangled knowing.” This talk describes what this means in terms of dependent arising and offers three approaches to meditation that specifically aim at this kind of relationship to sense experience.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2010-10-01 The Factors of Awakening 63:18
The Buddha talked often of seven factors that prepare the mind for awakening. Headed by mindfulness, the factors are balanced between energizing and calming states. This talk discusses each of the factors, how they are developed, and how to balance them.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2010-09-23 Working with Difficult Emotions 60:52
There are four primal difficult emotions that come often in meditation and daily life: grief, anger, desire and fear. When we learn to relate skillfully to these emotions as they appear, there can be a great increase in the sense of freedom and ease in our life and practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2010-09-17 The Sources Of Happiness 57:52
In the Buddha’s teachings, there are five areas of practice that lead to happiness: sense pleasures (for lay people), wholesome actions (or merit), concentration, insight and awakening. Each of these offers a more complete and reliable happiness than the one before it. The talk outlines the ways each of these areas contributes to our happiness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2010-09-12 Starting A Long Retreat 54:46
In beginning a long retreat, it’s helpful to reflect on the inspirations that underlie our spiritual life and how they shape our aspiration. Our inner life emerges through the simplicity of the retreat environment in contrast to an increasingly complex outside world. By trusting in silence and presence we develop the key skills we need to live wisely in both retreat and daily life.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1

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