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Oren Jay Sofer's Dharma Talks
Oren Jay Sofer
Developing a clear understanding of the teachings and learning to fully inhabit the body have been core parts of my Dhamma practice. These areas, as well a strong emphasis on the heart, inform and shape my teaching. The few years I spent training as an Anagarika in the Thai Forest monasteries broadened my understanding of the Buddha's teachings and instilled a profound respect for the Bhikkhu and Bhikkhuni Sangha. All along the way, I've been particularly interested in how other modalities like Nonviolent Communication and Somatics can support our growth in awakening.
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2018-04-26 Exploring Our Experience with Nonviolent Communication 60:41
Teaching, practice and discussion on emotions: where do they come from? How can we express them constructively? Using the form of making observations, stating feelings and needs.
Sacred Stream Center :  Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat
2018-04-26 Guided Metta: Those We Overlook 24:46
A brief guided meditation on cultivating good will towards a "neutral" person or stranger.
Sacred Stream Center :  Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat
2018-04-25 Metta for Other, Metta for Self 20:42
A brief guided meditation offering metta for a good friend or benefactor, as well as for oneself.
Sacred Stream Center :  Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat
2018-04-25 Introduction to Nonviolent Communication: Core Views 39:56
An introduction to the core view of "human needs or values" in NVC.
Sacred Stream Center :  Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat
2018-04-24 Transforming Intention in Spiritual Practice and Relationship 36:02
Reflections on the importance of intention in spiritual practice and in speech, with an emphasis on the Brahma Viharas
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat
2018-04-24 Overview of Mindful Communication & Presence 34:11
A brief overview of the practice of Mindful Communication, with a focus on the first foundation of training in presence.
Sacred Stream Center :  Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat
2018-04-24 Guided Meditation: Relaxed & Curious Body Scan 35:23
A simple body scan, with emphasis on approaching the practice with a relaxed, curious and friendly attitude.
Sacred Stream Center :  Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat
2018-04-23 Introduction to Metta Practice 35:40
A brief overview of the practice of loving-kindness, in particular as it relates to speech and interactive practice. Includes guidance and instructions.
Sacred Stream Center :  Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat
2018-04-20 The Role of Presence in Communication 22:37
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindful Communication: How to Create Real Dialogue & Healthy Relationships
2018-04-20 What is Real Dialogue? 34:39
A brief exploration of "real dialogue" and the Buddha's teachings on Right Speech.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindful Communication: How to Create Real Dialogue & Healthy Relationships

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