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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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2022-01-16 06 meditation: spaciousness and mettā 21:52
Orienting to the energy of mettā / kindness as a support for more openness and ease in the body, heart and mind
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace
2022-01-16 05 instructions: cultivating spaciousness and metta 13:53
Continuing with the exploration of clinging and release, noticing what gets in the way and what supports more openness and ease, with an invitation to orient to mettā
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace
2022-01-15 04 talk: Right Effort p1 - the Five Hindrances 50:09
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace
2022-01-15 03 instructions: mindfulness of the body 12:36
Beginning to sensitise our awareness to notice the physical symptoms of clinging and release
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace
2022-01-15 02 meditation: mindfulness of breathing 26:17
Beginning by establishing awareness of the body sitting, and simply receiving the experience of breathing
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace
2022-01-15 01 instructions: developing mindfulness and steadiness of mind 20:51
Developing sati / mindfulness and samadhi / steadiness of mind, to sensitise us to what supports ease, and what gets in the way
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace
2022-01-06 34 meditation: equanimity 23:08
Starting with the usual anchors of body, physical sensations and sounds, then opening to choiceless attention and cultivating an attitude of equanimity or non-reactivity in relation to whatever we're experiencing
Sydney Insight Meditators :  Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom
2022-01-06 33 instructions: equanimity 11:52
A short introduction to equanimity as a support for the ending of the retreat
Sydney Insight Meditators :  Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom
2022-01-06 32 meditation: mudita as appreciation for outer conditions and inner qualities 29:13
Beginning by acknowledging what we can appreciate about the outer conditions of being on retreat, then orienting to the skilful inner qualities that have been strengthened, specifically the seven factors of awakening
Sydney Insight Meditators :  Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom
2022-01-06 31 instructions: mudita p2 6:57
As the retreat comes to a close, noticing the tendency for the mind to go into future thinking, and come back to abiding in the skilful qualities that have been developed here, specifically mudita as a form of appreciation or gratitude
Sydney Insight Meditators :  Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom

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