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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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2020-12-17 meditation: breathing, then contemplating the benefits of sangha 27:02
A guided meditation for the end of year, beginning with settling into the body breathing, then after some silence, reflecting on the year as it ends, attuning to and acknowledging any benefits that have come from practising together in community
Auckland Insight Meditation
2020-12-03 talk: the clinging-aggregate of consciousness 22:39
Finishing the series of talks on the five clinging-aggregates with a short overview of consciousness as a clinging-aggregate
Auckland Insight Meditation Deepening Insight - a series of talks for Auckland Insight
2020-12-03 meditation: body then mind and mental activity 29:10
Beginning by settling attention in the body, then bringing awareness to the mind, noticing mental activity centred around a sense of "I"
Auckland Insight Meditation Deepening Insight - a series of talks for Auckland Insight
2020-11-19 talk: the clinging-aggregates of perceptions and mental formations part 2 26:55
Looking at the role of perceptions and mental formations in creating self-referencing thoughts, and some ways to help these constructs release
Auckland Insight Meditation Deepening Insight - a series of talks for Auckland Insight
2020-11-19 meditation: mindfulness of mind 29:32
Opening to mental activity, particularly noticing if/when the mind gets caught in I AM thoughts
Auckland Insight Meditation Deepening Insight - a series of talks for Auckland Insight
2020-11-16 15 meditation: recognising the hindrances of desire for sense pleasure, and aversion 19:49
A short meditation exploring the hindrances of sensual desire and aversion or ill will, together with their antidotes
Auckland Insight Meditation Introduction to Insight Meditation
2020-11-16 14 talk: a short introduction to the five hindrances 24:33
A short overview of the five hindrances, particular mental qualities that get in the way of clear seeing
Auckland Insight Meditation Introduction to Insight Meditation
2020-11-09 13 meditation: mindfulness of thoughts and emotions 20:31
Beginning with stablising mindfulness in the body, then opening to sounds, thoughts, and any emotions that might be present
Auckland Insight Meditation Introduction to Insight Meditation
2020-11-09 12 talk: mindfulness of mind, including emotions 18:25
A short overview of working with emotions in meditation
Auckland Insight Meditation Introduction to Insight Meditation
2020-11-07 14 meditation: recognising skilful states 15:15
A short meditation tuning in to skilful qualities of heart and mind
Auckland Insight Meditation Cultivating resilience in challenging times: Learning from the "heavenly messengers"

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