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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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2017-05-18 Guided Mindfulness Practice 1:20:53
Basic Instructions for Mindfulness
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat
2017-05-08 The Beauty of Integrity, Monday night drop-in class at Spirit Rock 54:43
Monday night drop-in class at Spirit Rock
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-03-26 A Path of Happiness: The Gradual Training (Morning Session) 1:33:12
Many are drawn to Buddhism and spirituality with a keen interest in meditation. Yet before offering any meditation instructions, the Buddha guided his disciples in a progression of practice known as The Gradual Training. This training provides a step-by-step approach to living a life of meaning and inner happiness, and culminates in the highest fruit of contemplative practice – Awakening. During this day of integrated practice, we explored these essential aspects of the Buddhist path as a ground for happiness and the foundation of meditation.
New York Insight Meditation Center
2017-03-26 A Path of Happiness: The Gradual Training (Guided Meditation) 23:22
Many are drawn to Buddhism and spirituality with a keen interest in meditation. Yet before offering any meditation instructions, the Buddha guided his disciples in a progression of practice known as The Gradual Training. This training provides a step-by-step approach to living a life of meaning and inner happiness, and culminates in the highest fruit of contemplative practice – Awakening. During this day of integrated practice, we explored these essential aspects of the Buddhist path as a ground for happiness and the foundation of meditation.
New York Insight Meditation Center
2017-03-22 Five Ways to Transform your Meditation Practice 54:00
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
2017-03-20 Compassion, Willingness and Courage 53:40
We are deeply connected to one another and all of life. When we are willing to meet pain and suffering with awareness, to feel what is present in our hearts, the door to compassion and awakening can open.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart, Cultivating Kindness: Metta Retreat
2017-03-19 Instructions: compassion practice 58:33
Compassion is the ability to meet pain with caring tenderness. Formal practices strengthen and heals the heart. (Includes question and answers)
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart, Cultivating Kindness: Metta Retreat
2017-03-18 The strength of Kindness 58:16
Our hearts and minds can be shaped and trained to meet experience with kindness. Metta offers strength as a resource and a doorway to happiness and connection.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart, Cultivating Kindness: Metta Retreat
2017-03-18 Metta Practice: Basic Instructions 2:37:45
Cultivating the ground, using phrases for metta practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart, Cultivating Kindness: Metta Retreat
2016-12-17 Oren J. Sofer and Miki Kashtan - Spirit Rock - Leadership on the Bodhisattva Path Integrating Power and Love - morning session 2:02:58
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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