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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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2020-06-09 21 instructions: practising compassion 2:30
A short introduction to practising compassion and self compassion
Auckland Insight Meditation Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue seven-day retreat
2020-06-08 16 talk: befriending the mind 43:27
Exploring Mindfulness of the Mind as a means to develop a friendlier and more skilful relationship with our thoughts, emotions, moods and mind-states
Auckland Insight Meditation Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue seven-day retreat
2020-06-08 15 guided meditation: opening to sounds 28:49
Beginning with mindfulness of breathing to steady the awareness, then opening to physical sensations throughout the body, then opening to the experience of hearing, staying present to sounds as they arise and pass away
Auckland Insight Meditation Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue seven-day retreat
2020-06-08 14 instructions: opening up the field of awareness to include hearing 11:48
Incorporating sounds into mindfulness practice
Auckland Insight Meditation Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue seven-day retreat
2020-06-06 07 talk: mindfulness and clear comprehension 24:08
Exploring a variety of definitions of mindfulness, highlighting the aspect of clear comprehension as a support for insight, ending with dyad (pairs) practice investigating the experience of mindfulness in the moment
Auckland Insight Meditation Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue seven-day retreat
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

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