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Dharma Talks
2021-10-21 The 7 Factors of Awakening, Part 2: The Enlivening Factors of Investigation, Effort and Joy 53:57
Tina Rasmussen
This free dharma talk is the second in a series on the "7 Factors of Awakening," which are factors that what we nurture and develop on the path of awakening, as well as being descriptors of the awakened state. Tina gives a series of three talks on the "7 Factors," providing practical descriptions of how to cultivate and recognize these factors in our practice, and in daily life.
Insight Meditation Tucson

2021-10-20 Befriending the Mind 42:02
Jill Shepherd
One common misperception of meditation is that it aims to stop thinking, but the true purpose of insight meditation is to develop a more skilful relationship to every aspect of our experience, including our thoughts and emotions. During this talk, we will explore some ways to let go of unhelpful mental habits and to cultivate helpful ones: states of heart and mind that lead to greater ease, happiness, peace and freedom.
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2021-10-20 Buddhas Teaching on Impartial Kindness: The Metta Sutta 1:29:41
Sylvia Boorstein
The talk references the New Yorker cover from September 6, 2021 and the Karaniya Metta Sutta. Here are links to access them: The New Yorker Cover and Karaniya Metta Sutta
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

2021-10-20 Guided meditation - Troughs, peaks and open stability 53:30
Ajahn Sucitto
In meditation, one might recognize troughs and peaks with regard to feeling. The idea is to smooth these out so we understand what touches us and how we react. Body and mind work together to create a stable, open presence so we don’t get swept away. Widening, opening, receiving activated energies but not the stories. This is the way you can level out the peaks and troughs.
Cittaviveka Cittaviveka 2021 Rains Retreat - Closing Group Practice

2021-10-20 Returning to the source 41:08
Ajahn Sucitto
The protocols for cultivation of citta differ from those that operate in the sense world. Step back from the object and notice how it’s affecting you; notice how the subject is being affected. This leads to a purification in terms of engagement with phenomena, and draws away from clinging and passion. From this place of solidity and strength, turn back to the wisdom of your own heart and act from there.
Cittaviveka Cittaviveka 2021 Rains Retreat - Closing Group Practice

2021-10-19 Signs, distorted or uplifting 38:14
Ajahn Sucitto
In cultivation we’re learning to experience things directly as they really are. We come to understand that we are moved and triggered by signs, not things. A lot of practice is about turning attention away from unskillful signs and cultivating skillful ones – cooperation, generosity, goodness. Then you’ve got something precious that takes you through difficult places and makes you feel comfortable when you’re in a bleak state.
Cittaviveka Cittaviveka 2021 Rains Retreat - Closing Group Practice

2021-10-18 Muditā or gladness as a support for samādhi, unification of mind 24:10
Jill Shepherd
Part two of an exploration of samādhi, unification of mind, and how opening to gladness can support deeper calm and ease
Sydney Insight Meditators

2021-10-18 Buddhist Studies: The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness–Mindfulness of Dhammas, Week 6 - Meditation 35:38
Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Buddhist Studies: The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness–Mindfulness of Dhammas

2021-10-18 Buddhist Studies: The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness–Mindfulness of Dhammas, Week 6 - Talk 55:30
Mark Nunberg
Common Ground Meditation Center Buddhist Studies: The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness–Mindfulness of Dhammas

2021-10-18 Monday Night Dharma Talk - Mudita and Uppekha (Joy and Equanimity) 60:21
Sally Armstrong
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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