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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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2020-04-17 Insight and Resilience during Times of Crisis 43:16
Every generation feels like the world is ending or changing dramatically. When the world comes crashing down, how do we stay grounded and not lose our inner compass? This talk, given online via the Boston Meditation Center, explores three practical aspects of the Buddhist path for handling uncertainty with resilience.
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2020-04-15 Question & Answer 30:35
Open Q&A covering topics such as: anchor vs. choiceless awareness; loss of concentration and self-judgment; patience vs. avoidance.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-14 A Strong and Flexible mind (part 1): Patience 47:09
Patience is said to lead the way to enlightenment. Why? Dhamma practice goes against the grain of ordinary life and against the acquiring tendencies of the mind. This talk explores the value of patience and how to we turn the mind towards the spacious flexibility of patience.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-13 Guided Meditation: Unfolding Patience 30:09
A short reflection and Guided meditation on patience in life and contemplative practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-07 Coming Home in the Body 47:29
Exploring our relationship with the body as a resource for practice and a doorway to liberation. Link to poem read at the end: https://www.orenjaysofer.com/blog/trust
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-06 Guided Meditation: Tone and Learning to be a Good Friend 31:22
In this guided meditation we explore how to find a conducive "tone" or inner orientation for meditation—one of warmth, friendliness, and interest, like being with a good friend. Begins with a short reflection.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-02 Approaching the practice, meeting the truth 45:22
The opening talk for the month of April explores themes of how our practice can be a resource during the pandemic, as well as key suggestions for orienting to practice while living or working at home.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-02 Opening Meditation: A Fox in the Woods 14:06
Short guided meditation on connecting with and being interested in an anchor.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-02-24 Form and Spirit: Meditating Outside of the Box 57:47
Monday Night Dharma Talk at Spirit Rock
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2020-02-18 Equanimity: Training The Heart, Responding With Love 52:24
How does silent retreat practice apply to our daily life? This talk explores how the Brahma Viharas and equanimity specifically can serve as essential support for meeting the challenges of our times.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Strengthening the Heart: Lovingkindness Retreat

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