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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.
2011-02-07 Where Does Happiness Come From? 55:37
The Buddha pointed to at least five routes to different levels of happiness for lay people: sense pleasures, merit, concentration, insight, and awakening.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong Insight Retreat
2010-11-17 Emptiness and Karma 60:13
At first glance it might seem the teaching of karma, in which our actions bring results to ourselves, might be in contradiction to the understanding that our experience is empty of a self. However, the two teachings on emptiness and karma actually need each other for liberation to be possible.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Emptiness: A Meditation and Study Retreat
2010-11-16 The Empty Nature of Awareness 68:12
We can be aware of many objects in meditation. It's also possible to turn our attention to awareness itself. The talk explores what happens when we do this. Is awareness findable? Does it come and go? Is it conditioned? And what is the value of meditating like this?
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Emptiness: A Meditation and Study Retreat
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

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