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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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2019-08-29 22 talk: sukha and mudita - appreciative joy 43:01
An exploration of how the overall development of the practice is from dukkha (unsatisfactoriness, stress, distress) to sukha (ease, happiness and contentment) and how the brahmavihara practice of mudita or appreciative joy can support this shift
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Freedom Here and Now
2019-08-28 17 talk: impermanence and death 48:34
Exploring the universal characteristic of anicca-impermanence in terms of the body, and beginning to contemplate our own mortality as a way to gradually release fear of death
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Freedom Here and Now
2019-08-27 16 talk: Five Hindrances part 2 - aversion, and the antidote of compassion 46:26
Continuing the exploration of the five hindrances, focusing on ill will or aversion, and how cultivating compassion is both a protection and an antidote to aversion arising
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Freedom Here and Now
2019-08-26 11 talk: the five hindrances, with a focus on desire for sense pleasures 43:02
An overview of what gets in the way of freedom, namely the five hindrances, with a focus on the first one, desire for sense pleasures
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Freedom Here and Now
2019-08-25 07 talk: Befriending the Mind 51:57
An exploration of ways that we commonly struggle with our mental activity, how wisdom and compassion can help release the struggle through practising with the Third Establishment of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Mind, and understanding the three characteristics of anicca-dukkha-anatta
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Freedom Here and Now
2019-08-24 03 talk: sila or ethical conduct as an aspect of generosity 41:51
An overview of the five training precepts in their positive and negative expressions, and how the commitment to ethical conduct is a form of generosity to oneself and others
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Freedom Here and Now
2019-08-08 27 guided meditation: compassion for a good friend, and self-compassion 20:46
Practising with compassion for a good friend who is currently experiencing some challenges, then offering compassion to oneself
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Strengthening the two wings of Awakening: Wisdom and Compassion
2019-08-08 26 instructions: compassion and working with painful emotions 19:43
Some suggestions for working with painful emotions, and using compassion and self-compassion as antidotes to afflictive mind-states
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Strengthening the two wings of Awakening: Wisdom and Compassion
2019-07-27 17 talk: fear of freedom 36:07
Acknowledging that change itself can cause anxiety; exploring some different definitions of Nibbana; and a few suggestions for navigating fear if/when it arises in meditation practice
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness
2019-07-20 16 guided meditation: dyads, exploring fearlessness 25:00
Working together in pairs, taking turns to describe a time of feeling ease, calm, confidence, courage, and noticing the effect this has on the body, heart, and mind
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

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