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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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2012-06-18 Working with Difficult Emotions 60:46
Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center Awareness and Wisdom: An Insight Meditation Retreat
2012-03-22 Morning Instructions - Choiceless Attention 52:39
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation Retreat for Scientists and Educators
2012-03-21 The Three Characteristics 61:20
An exploration of the Buddha's teaching on the characteristics of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and not-self.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Insight Meditation Retreat for Scientists and Educators
2012-02-26 Patterns of Becoming 5: the End of Karma 57:38
The fifth and last in a series of talks discusses the troublesome patterns of mind and volitional action that we identify as self, and how we can step out of them with the tools of dharma practice. The Buddha said that one who is fully awake has found an end to karma, and end to compulsive formations.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long
2012-02-21 Patterns of Becoming 4: Karma and Rebirth 64:42
This fourth in a series pf talks on the formation of self explores how volitional actions, known as karma, occur in repetitive patterns and lead to lawful consequences in this life and even in a future life through rebirth. once we understand them, we can use these patterns to shape our lives in the direction of happiness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long
2012-02-17 Patterns of Becoming 3: Unentangled Knowing 63:18
This third in a series of talks explores the formation of self through the chain of dependent origination, a detailed description of how we suffer. It then outlines approaches in meditation that let us step out of the chain of suffering and into a state of "unentangled knowing" in which we discover the possibility of freedom here and now.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long
2012-02-11 Patterns of Becoming 2: The Five Aggregates 60:41
The second in a series of talks explores the formation of self through the five aggregates, a list which describes our total human experience. The Buddha talked about the activities of "I-ing" and "my-ing" as creating a self view around each one of the aggregates.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long
2012-02-06 Patterns of Becoming 1: Introduction 62:29
The first of a series of talks exploring how the sense of self is generated over and over, creating patterns of limitation and unease; how mediation practice shows us the release from these cycles.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long
2012-01-15 Week 1, Part 2: Introduction to the Suttas 61:22
The most reliable version of the teachings of the historical Buddha is found in the Pali suttas, or discourses, which make up about 20 volumes of texts. These teachings were transmitted orally for 400 years and were first written down around 100 B.C.E. Their survival to the present day in such a complete form is so unlikely that it might be considered as slightly miraculous. By studying these original texts we can discover the tremendous rewards that come from hearing the authentic voice of this amazing teacher. In this 4-week series we will explore a few key texts which contain some of the most important of the Buddha's teachings in their original formulations. In the first class we will offer an introduction to the overall study of these suttas, which present certain challenges given the spiritual, cultural and historical distances involved for us today. Students will be provided with good English translations of all the suttas covered. This series is suitable for experienced meditation students who have some understanding of the Buddha's basic teachings.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Sutta Study Class Series with Guy Armstrong & Richard Shankman
2012-01-15 Week 1, Part 1: Introduction to the Suttas 43:28
The most reliable version of the teachings of the historical Buddha is found in the Pali suttas, or discourses, which make up about 20 volumes of texts. These teachings were transmitted orally for 400 years and were first written down around 100 B.C.E. Their survival to the present day in such a complete form is so unlikely that it might be considered as slightly miraculous. By studying these original texts we can discover the tremendous rewards that come from hearing the authentic voice of this amazing teacher. In this 4-week series we will explore a few key texts which contain some of the most important of the Buddha's teachings in their original formulations. In the first class we will offer an introduction to the overall study of these suttas, which present certain challenges given the spiritual, cultural and historical distances involved for us today. Students will be provided with good English translations of all the suttas covered. This series is suitable for experienced meditation students who have some understanding of the Buddha's basic teachings.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Sutta Study Class Series with Guy Armstrong & Richard Shankman

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