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2022-01-15 Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public: Celebrating Dr. King's Legacy of Love--(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:25
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Given on Dr. King's birthday, we explore how we can each give rise to bodhicitta and support the realization of justice: the expression of love in public. Kaira Jewel first shares about the personal impact of Dr. King on her life, introducing her father, Al Lingo, who makes a cameo appearance to briefly share about working with Dr. King in the Civil Rights Movement in the South. She then explores the friendship between Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. King and their common effort to build the Beloved Community. Then we look at how caring for ourselves is caring for others and vice versa, and how bodhicitta is an inexhaustible source of energy and confidence, because it helps us clarify what our ultimate concern is. We end with how we can engage in activism, and work on behalf of the world in a way that doesn’t lead to burnout.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2022-01-15 04 talk: Right Effort p1 - the Five Hindrances 50:09
Jill Shepherd
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-15 03 instructions: mindfulness of the body 12:36
Jill Shepherd
Beginning to sensitise our awareness to notice the physical symptoms of clinging and release
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-15 02 meditation: mindfulness of breathing 26:17
Jill Shepherd
Beginning by establishing awareness of the body sitting, and simply receiving the experience of breathing
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-15 01 instructions: developing mindfulness and steadiness of mind 20:51
Jill Shepherd
Developing sati / mindfulness and samadhi / steadiness of mind, to sensitise us to what supports ease, and what gets in the way
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Deepening into stillness, opening to peace

2022-01-14 Metta and Forgiveness--(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:14
Donald Rothberg
We first explore several important themes in metta practice: (1) how metta practice can be seen as a training in learning to “lead” with the heart; (2) ways of working with difficult experiences, such as anger, fear, and the presence of the judgmental mind, that can arise in the “purification” process connected with metta practice; (3) how metta practice opens us to our radiant depths; and (4) the nature of metta practice with the “difficult person” and its connection with forgiveness practice. Then we explore the nature of forgiveness—clarifying what it is and isn’t; distinguishing between forgiveness as an outer, interpersonal and social process, giving several examples, including from the Heiltsuk indigenous tradition and South Africa, and forgiveness as an inner practice; and identifying some of dynamics of inner forgiveness practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2022-01-13 Metta & Equanimity (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:29
Gulwinder Singh
Reflections on how the cultivation of Metta is a cornerstone of building equanimity in which the mind is impartial. When we cultivate a mind that can radiate metta to the Stranger and the Enemy with the same wholeheartedness as to the benefactor and friend that same quality of mind can meet any experience with ease of heart and balance of mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2022-01-12 Training the Heart 0:00
Oren Jay Sofer
(Recording not available) 
How do we meet the challenges of our times? This talk reflects on how we can shape and train the heart-mind to have access to qualities that enrich our potential and resilience.
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2022-01-12 How to Meet Obstacles in Metta Meditation--(Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:42
Kaira Jewel Lingo
We begin with metta as heart training, a practice of awakening and growing our heart and explore how our practice of metta can also support and help to transform others. Then we move into obstacles to metta meditation and how to practice with them, covering when metta feels mechanical, distractions, grief, doubt, anger, and struggling to offer metta to ourselves. We close looking at how metta can be a protection and also how the Earth can be a source and inspiration for metta.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart

2022-01-12 Equanimity: balanced intimacy 58:49
Dawn Scott
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

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