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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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2018-10-13 Day 1, Part 5: Directly Facing Pain with Compassion 32:20
Compassion as a way to meet pain and transform suffering into agency and freedom. How compassion works, what it is and is not, and how to develop self-compassion with chronic pain
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Bringing Ease to Pain: Meditation for Pain Management
2018-10-13 Day 1, Part 3: Direct and Indirect Practices for Pain: Choice is Key 64:50
When working with pain, balance is key. Choosing where to place your attention when experiencing chronic pain helps establish equanimity. How to work with indirect practices and skillful distractions. Guided indirect practices and group reflections.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Bringing Ease to Pain: Meditation for Pain Management
2018-10-12 Oren Jay Sofer and Evan Wong - Supporting those in Pain: Mindfulness Tools for all Caregivers - Part 5 26:44
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-10-12 Oren Jay Sofer and Evan Wong - Supporting those in Pain: Mindfulness Tools for all Caregivers - Part 4 26:38
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-10-12 Oren Jay Sofer and Evan Wong - Supporting those in Pain: Mindfulness Tools for all Caregivers - Part 3 21:56
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-10-12 Oren Jay Sofer and Evan Wong - Supporting those in Pain: Mindfulness Tools for all Caregivers - Part 2 8:54
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-10-12 Oren Jay Sofer and Evan Wong - Supporting those in Pain: Mindfulness Tools for all Caregivers - Part 1 15:24
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-08-05 Learning to be a Friend and an Ally 50:08
When we slow down and look at our own mind things aren't always so pretty. We often find self-judgment, criticism, harshness. One way to understand this path is that we are learning to be a good friend to ourselves, and to others.
Springboard Meditation Sangha (St. Francis Renewal Center) :  The Way of Insight
2018-08-01 Hearing the Call 51:48
What inspires us to take up spiritual practice? This talk explores the process of hearing the call to something deeper in life.
Springboard Meditation Sangha (St. Francis Renewal Center) :  The Way of Insight
2018-07-19 The Spirit of Play in Dharma: Enjoying Your Meditation Practice: 56:24
As a Zen teacher of mine used to say,"Life... very serious joke." Things can get real heavy sometimes - in life, and in contemplative practice. This talk explores the importance of finding some levity and enjoyment in our formal spiritual practice through the lens of play. Enjoy!
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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