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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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2020-05-26 Talk: Coming Home to the Heart - Strengthening Our Natural Resilience to Meet Life’s Challenges 34:21
Exploring how Buddhist practices such as the four Brahmavihara meditations of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity can be used to strengthen our natural resilience, so that we can navigate life’s challenges with more ease
Sydney Insight Meditators
2020-04-30 talk: seclusion, sangha, samvega (spiritual urgency) 17:16
A short talk exploring how taking refuge in sangha even while we're in seclusion, can strengthen samvega or spiritual urgency. Closes with an invitation to explore in small groups, what's been learned in response to the Covid-19 situation and how it might deepen our dharma practice.
Auckland Insight Meditation
2020-04-30 meditation: slowing, stilling, soothing 28:01
Orienting to the body and the breath to slow down, steady and soothe the heart-mind
Auckland Insight Meditation
2020-04-23 talk: balancing urgency and trust 25:08
Exploring the balancing qualities of samvega, spiritual urgency with pasada, quiet confidence or trust, as support for our capacity to look more fully at the truth of impermanence. Ends with an invitation to briefly contemplate our own mortality.
Auckland Insight Meditation
2020-04-23 meditation: settling in to calm and steadiness 28:45
A short guided meditation orienting the body and heart-mind towards stillness, calm, and ease
Auckland Insight Meditation
2020-04-16 talk: hope, hopelessness and equanimity 26:29
Exploring ways to open more fully to the truth of impermanence and death, then looking at equanimity as an antidote to any tendency to swing between hope and hopelessness
Auckland Insight Meditation
2020-04-16 meditation: steadying the body, the heart, the mind 28:36
Beginning by steadying and stabilising the body and heart-mind, then noticing our relationship to present-moment experience, opening to the simplicity of here ... now ... this ...
Auckland Insight Meditation
2020-04-09 talk: the relevance of mudita, gratitude or appreciation during difficult times 23:28
An exploration of the role of mudita, appreciative joy and gratitude, as a support for equanimity during challenging times. Includes quotes from an interview with Rebecca Solnit on hope https://onbeing.org/programs/rebecca-solnit-falling-together/#transcript
Auckland Insight Meditation
2020-04-09 meditation: mindfulness of breathing, then gratitude at end 26:33
Beginning by settling into the body and the breath, then towards the end, orienting to mudita, appreciative joy or gratitude for a few minutes
Auckland Insight Meditation
2020-04-02 Equanimity as a resource in challenging times 13:56
A short talk on cultivating equanimity: steadiness and balance, as a resource for ourselves and a benefit for others
Auckland Insight Meditation

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