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Retreat Dharma Talks

Monday and Wednesday Talks

Regular weekly talks given at the lower Spirit Rock meditation hall

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2024-03-04 In the Footsteps of the Buddha 1:44:56
Nikki Mirghafori
2024-03-10 The Power of Intention 1:22:16
Amana Brembry Johnson
2024-03-11 Gratitude and Realistic Optimism 1:44:47
Pawan Bareja
2024-04-01 All Things Coverage on Vedana 1:44:15
Gullu Singh
2024-04-03 Ways of Deepening Practice and Taking One's Next Steps: Reflections on a Four-Week Retreat 51:05
Donald Rothberg
Following four weeks of Donald's personal retreat, he identifies a number of ways of deepening practice that he experienced and that we might bring into our lives. The invitation is to see what one or two or three ways of deepening resonate and seem to call us to our "next steps." Among the ways of deepening are going on retreats (understood as periods of intensive training), staying in touch with and periodically remembering one's deeper intentions, pausing and stopping regularly, clarifying priorities, the importance of working with the subtle energy body, opening to non-doing in meditation and daily life, integrating awareness and metta, and finding ways of regularly coming back if stuck, caught in reactivity, or lost in thought. The talk is followed by discussion.
2024-04-10 Ten Ways of Deepening Practice 66:11
Donald Rothberg
We continue with the main ways of deepening practice identified in the talk from the week before, based on ways of deepening experienced in Donald's March four weeks of retreat. We go into more depth on each of the ten, inviting listeners to choose one or two ways of deepening for the next period of time. The talk is followed by discussion, and there's a downloadable pdf listing the ten ways of deepening practice (see below).
Attached Files:
  • Ten Ways of Deepening Practice by Donald Rothberg (PDF)
2024-04-24 Freeing the Mind that is Held Hostage in Tight Places:The Keys to Liberation 1:33:02
Sylvia Boorstein
Includes guided meditation, dharmettes, & select moments of group discussion
2024-05-06 Fierce Compassion: Addressing Global Moral Crises, Gaza 1:38:22
JD Doyle
This talk explores engaging the practice of fierce compassion to meet global martial crises and references the resource “Gaza, Calling for a Dharma Response” offered by the Sacred Justice Coalition.
2024-05-13 Monday Night Live Talk from Spirit Rock 1:27:04
Mark Coleman
Includes meditation & dharma talk
2024-05-15 Guided Meditation: Developing Concentration (Samadhi) 36:25
Donald Rothberg
At the beginning, there is a short discussion of the nature and importance of cultivating concentration or samadhi, followed by practical meditative guidance at the beginning and during the session.
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