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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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2019-07-20 15 talk: wisdom and the three universal characteristics 29:54
How seeing the three universal characteristics of anicca-dukkha-anatta (impermanent, imperfect, impersonal) can support the releasing of anxiety and fear
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness
2019-07-20 14 guided meditation: relaxing the body, stilling the mind 14:56
A short guided meditation beginning with a brief body scan to relax tension, then using the breath to help steady and calm the mind
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness
2019-07-14 13 guided meditation: dyad practice, exploring gratitude and mudita for oneself 23:56
Working in pairs, contemplating gratitude for aspects of one's life, then a short written exercise exploring one's own good qualities
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness
2019-07-14 12 talk: comparing mind (mana) and appreciative joy (mudita) 28:43
Exploring the common tendency of the mind to get caught in comparing, and how the practice of mudita or appreciative joy can be both an antidote and an ally, that helps stop mana from arising in the first place
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness
2019-07-14 11 guided meditation: body and heart-mind 15:23
A short guided meditation attuning to the body and the heart-mind, noticing how we're relating to experience, and inclining in the direction of appreciation and gratitude
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness
2019-07-06 10 guided meditation: dyad practice, mindfulness of mind 21:24
Working in pairs naming mind-states out loud using just one word; separately for four minutes each, then alternating back and forth
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness
2019-07-06 09 instructions: mindfulness of mind 8:37
A short talk offering definitions of different aspects of mental activity, including thoughts, emotions, moods and mind-states
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness
2019-07-06 08 talk: Second Noble Truth, craving for sense pleasures, compassion 26:10
Returning to the Second Noble Truth, exploring clinging to sense pleasure as a common reaction to unpleasant emotions, and how compassion and self-compassion offer a more skilful way of navigating anxiety
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness
2019-07-06 07 guided meditation: body, breathing, choiceless awareness 14:46
A short guided meditation beginning with physical sensations and the breath, opening to choiceless awareness, orienting to kindness and metta
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness
2019-06-29 06 guided meditation: exploring physical sensations of anxiety and the antidote of metta 31:54
Working in groups of three, each person taking three minutes to name out loud the physical sensations of social anxiety; then a short guided metta meditation before continuing to name out loud the physical sensations associated with metta/kindness
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

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