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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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2021-08-09 17 meditation: practising with physical discomfort 29:48
Beginning by bringing awareness to physical sensations, practising non-reactivity to discomfort, then exploring how opening to neutral and pleasant feeling-tones can support the mind to stay balanced
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Finding the Heart of Freedom
2021-08-09 16 instructions: working with pain 12:53
Some different approaches to working skilfully with pain in meditation
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Finding the Heart of Freedom
2021-07-29 talk: Wise Mindfulness or sati 30:59
Short talk on what makes mindfulness Right or Wise, then a group guided meditation/contemplation exploring different aspects of sati, based on questions from Gregory Kramer's book A Whole-Life Path
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path
2021-07-15 talk: Wise Effort p2 - cultivating skilful mind-states 18:43
Exploring appreciation and gratitude as aspects of mudita, to support the development of Wise Effort
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path
2021-07-15 meditation: opening to appreciation and gratitude 26:03
orienting to appreciation and gratitude as a support for gladdening the mind, an aspect of Wise Effort
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path
2021-07-04 06 meditation: mindfulness of the body and thinking 14:25
Short meditation establishing mindfulness of the body, then noticing the effect of getting caught in thinking and returning the awareness to relaxing physical tension
Auckland Insight Meditation Right View – Wrong View – Self View – No View What is the point of view in Buddhism?
2021-07-01 talk: Wise Effort part 1 27:17
Looking at Wise Effort generally, how it is supported by Wise View, and some of the common challenges of maintaining momentum in daily life practice
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path
2021-06-17 talk: Wise Livelihood 24:50
A beginning exploration of how "livelihood" includes every aspect of how we live our lives, grounded in the orientation to non-harming
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path
2021-06-03 talk: Wise Action part 2 15:07
short talk looking at the second aspect of Wise Action, not stealing or taking what is not freely offered, in relation to our individual lives and our collective impact
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path
2021-05-30 05 talk: spiritual friendship 8:59
A short intro exploring the challenges and rewards of spiritual friendship as the foundation of sangha or community
Auckland Insight Meditation one-day celebration of Vesak and the Auckland Insight community

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