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Jill Shepherd's Dharma Talks
Jill Shepherd
Wisdom and compassion are two themes that inform my current exploration of the dharma, and I aspire to integrate these as fully as I can in both formal practice and daily life.
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2021-11-18 Wise View p2 16:48
A short talk looking at how views are formed, starting with contact at the sense doors, moving into perceptions and mental formations. Includes a brief guided meditation exploring seeing.
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path
2021-10-31 04 talk: challenges to mettā practice 27:48
An overview of some of the difficulties that can get in the way of cultivating mettā, and some strategies for working with these
Auckland Insight Meditation Brahmavihāra workshops
2021-10-24 02 meditation: mettā for the benefactor or easy being 21:15
Beginning by establishing ease in the body, then offering mettā to a benefactor using reciting phrases and radiating energy
Auckland Insight Meditation Brahmavihāra workshops
2021-10-20 Befriending the Mind 42:02
One common misperception of meditation is that it aims to stop thinking, but the true purpose of insight meditation is to develop a more skilful relationship to every aspect of our experience, including our thoughts and emotions. During this talk, we will explore some ways to let go of unhelpful mental habits and to cultivate helpful ones: states of heart and mind that lead to greater ease, happiness, peace and freedom.
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
2021-10-18 Muditā or gladness as a support for samādhi, unification of mind 24:10
Part two of an exploration of samādhi, unification of mind, and how opening to gladness can support deeper calm and ease
Sydney Insight Meditators
2021-10-07 talk: Wise Samadhi 32:35
Finishing our series of talks on the Noble Eightfold Path with an exploration of Wise Samādhi, unification of mind
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path
2021-10-07 meditation: mindfulness of breathing to develop calm and ease 27:12
Settling in to the body then bringing awareness to the rhythm of the breath to support deepening ease and calm
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path
2021-08-28 41 meditation: compassion for a good friend then oneself 24:50
Beginning by settling the body, before orienting to compassion for a good friend, then extending that compassion to oneself, closing with compassion for all beings
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Connecting through silence, solitude, stillness: cultivating the heart of freedom
2021-08-28 40 instructions: compassion practice 14:23
An introduction to compassion practice, with some suggestions of how to stay balanced when connecting with pain, distress, dukkha
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Connecting through silence, solitude, stillness: cultivating the heart of freedom
2021-08-11 27 meditation: choiceless attention 29:10
Beginning with mindfulness of breathing to steady the mind, then letting go of the primary object or anchor to connect with whatever experiences are predominant, using mental noting to help stay present with changing experiences
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Finding the Heart of Freedom

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