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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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2020-01-16 03 instructions: sati and samadhi 14:15
A short exploration of mindfulness (sati) in the context of insight meditation, and how it is supported by clear comprehension (sampajanno) and stability of mind or non-distractability (samadhi)
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre New Year, New Beginnings
2019-12-24 Short guided compassion meditation for the Australian bushfire situation 14:41
A fifteen minute guided compassion meditation, offering compassion for all human beings and all other living beings affected by the current bushfire crisis in Australia
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre
2019-11-29 Perception and Volitional Formations 48:14
Exploring clinging and release with a focus on the clinging-aggregates of perception and volitional formations.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge November 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2019-11-22 Wisdom and Vedana / Feeling-tone 49:00
Exploring clinging and release with a focus on vedana: knowing worldly and unworldly pleasant, unpleasant and neutral feeling-tones, and understanding why the Buddha placed so much importance on the experience of unworldly feeling-tone as a support for the deepening of dharma practice
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge November 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2019-11-15 Wisdom and the Body - Part Two 49:22
Exploring clinging and release with a focus on the body, using three practices from the Satipatthana Sutta as support for developing a wiser relationship to the body: contemplating the body in terms of its anatomical parts; its elemental qualities; and as a corpse in decay
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge November 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2019-11-08 Wisdom and the Body 51:58
Cultivating a wiser relationship to the body through an understanding of the First Noble Truth, focusing on some of the ways we cling to our bodies
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge November 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2019-11-02 Entering into the refuge of the Forest Refuge 47:59
Orienting to six qualities that support us to enter more fully into practicing at the Forest Refuge: safety, silence, solitude, simplicity, slowing down, and stillness
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge November 2019 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2019-10-20 Right Effort and the Middle Way 52:33
An exploration of common ways that effort gets unbalanced, and some suggestions for how to bring it back into balance
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2019-10-13 Equanimity 56:20
An exploration of equanimity as support for - and a fruit of - insight practice
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2019-10-06 Working with Afflictive Thought Patterns 2: Compassion 57:09
An exploration of compassion and self-compassion as Brahmavihara practices, and some suggestions for applying compassion as an antidote to painful mental states
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1

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