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I try to convey that the wisdom and compassion we are looking for is already inside of us. I see practice as learning how to purify our mind and heart so we can hear the Buddha inside. In doing so, we naturally embody the dharma and help awaken that understanding and love in others we meet.
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2006-02-14 Happiness - part 2: Opening To Suffering As Well As To Joy 59:27
Opening to suffering is essential if we are to find true happiness. The Buddha's teaching on how suffering can lead to faith, gladness, joy and freedom is explored. Gratitude as a way to hold our suffering is also discussed.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2006-02-08 Happiness - part 1: Wise Effort And Wholesome States 55:43
Where does happiness lie? In this first of 4 talks we explore the intention to be happy particularly with regard to developing and increasing wholesome states. Wise effort in terms of Dharma practiced is explored.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-09-05 Aligning Our Life With The Dharma 1:12:43
This closing talk from a silent retreat points to the integration of our practice in daily life, with mindfulness as the golden thread that runs through all things.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-09-04 The Power Of Intention 53:16
Intention is the source of all karma. Accessing the sincerity of heart that fuels our practice and inclining it towards freedom is the basis for profound awakening.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2005-07-11 Forgiveness: The Doorway To An Open Heart 61:37
In order for metta to flow unobstructed, we need to be able to forgive—ourselves for ways we don't measure up to our high standards or unskillful actions, others for past hurts and life for the disappointments we experience. This talk explores these different levels of forgiveness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-05-25 Wise Effort 58:04
Wise Effort is a key issue in Dharma practice. Am I doing enough or too much. This talk explores how to develop balance with regard to effort as well as the classical Four Right Efforts pertaining to wholesome and unwholesome states.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2005-04-24 Wise Intention (Sutta On The Two Kinds Of Thought) 45:52
Working consciously with intention is the key to creating wisdom and happiness in our lives.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-04-22 Five Spiritual Faculties: How Awakening Happens 64:46
How the process of awakening unfolds in meditation practice starting with faith and culminating in wisdom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-02-21 Sudden Awakening, Gradual Cultivation: The Purification Process 60:37
Although freedom is found in the moment, there is a continual process of purifying the heart and mind. This process is discussed including facing our fears, deepening our commitment, learning to love ourselves while seeing through our sense of self, culminating in practice being our gift to the world.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2005-02-16 Trusting Your Buddha-Knowing 61:34
The source of our awakening is right inside us. As we learn to listen deeply to the wisdom and purity of heart that is connected to the truth we are following the Buddha's instructions to be "be a lamp unto yourself."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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