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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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2004-10-26 Impermanence: A Characteristic Of Existence 60:58
Although humans have a bias toward falsely seeing permanence, we can develop the insight into the truth of impermanence. In the depths of meditation, we are able to discern the moment to moment dissolution of our experience at the six sense doors.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2004-07-15 Brahma Viharas And The Vicissitudes Of Life 53:01
This talk proves an overview of the Brahma Viharas, or divine abodes, with special emptiness on the qualities of compassion, joy and equanimity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2004-02-17 Healing And Freedom 59:52
Dharma practice has two functions: First it makes us healthy, then it makes us free. The talk explores both these phases, as well as their accompanying attitudes, and explores the process of healing in relation to fear.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2004-01-08 Metta: Purity And Purification 61:55
When we engage with metta practice we receive either metta (purity) or the inner obstacles to metta, which provide the material for the purification of heart. This talk describes how to relate with self-judgement and fear through metta, as well as the supportive factor of concentration, another aspect of innate purity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-11-28 The Power Of Metta 58:52
The practice of metta brings five wonderful qualities into our Dhamma practice. It makes the heart softer and more responsive; it purifies the heart; it brings us into connection with all of life; it develops concentration; and it leads to happiness. Lovingkindness is the quality of friendliness toward oneself and others developed through the practice of metta. This talk describes how the practice works as a protection, a healing, a purification of heart, and a boundless state of mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-11-14 Awakening Concentration 56:33
This talk discusses the nature of samadhi, or concentration, in our practice and how to recognize its presence. It also touches on the benefits of samadhi and ways to develop this wholesome quality.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-11-07 Judging Ourselves 57:16
Harsh judgements of ourselves in practice and in life may be connected to an underlying sense of not being good enough. The talk explores remedies in the moment (mindfulness and reflection) and long term (metta, selflessness).
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2003-11-01 The Power Of Mindfulness 53:55
Mindfulness is our doorway to reality, or nature, which reveals its truths to us. The qualities of mindfulness, effort and concentration, are at the heart of the meditative path. As they develop, they bring our hearts and minds ever closer to the awakened mind of the Buddha. Only mindfulness can stem the tide of conditioned thought patterns that sweep us into sorrow.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-05-14 Integrating Vipassana & Dzogchen 48:43
This talk is directed to Vipassana practitioners who wish to include in their meditations the dzogchen practice and theory. It explores ways of integrating the understanding and meditation technique of the two traditions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-05-13 Non-Dual Awareness 62:52
According to the Dzogchen teachings, an aspect of the nature of mind is non-dual awareness. But the Theravada understanding is that these is a distinction between consciousness and it's objects. How can we reconcile these views?
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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