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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2008-10-14 Mindfulness and Social Anxiety 68:45
  Phillipe Goldin
Psychologists Study Mindfulness A three-week series on Recent Research

2008-10-07 Ten Paramis 62:27
  Lama Surya Das
The ten paramis (or perfections) are transformative practices of a Bodhisattva, one who is on the path to liberation. In the Zen school of Buddhism these ten paramis are generosity, ethics, patience, effort, meditation, wisdom, skillful means, spiritual aspiration, higher accomplishment, and awakened awareness. These practices become perfected qualities in an awakened one. The first 6 paramis, starting with generosity and building up to wisdom, are laid out in the Pali Canon, which is said to record the actual words of the Buddha. Later, in Mahayana sutras, these 6 were expanded to 10 to provide the far-reaching, well-rounded principles for living the good life. You can read all about these perfections in Lama Surya Das' book, Buddha Is As Buddha Does

2008-08-26 Practicing with Vedena 38:45
  Andrea Fella

2008-08-19 Eight Wordly Winds 37:00
  Berget Jelane

2008-08-12 Right Concentration 47:43
  Jim Podolske
The Buddhist Path of Awakening: The Eight-Fold Noble Path A nine-week series

2008-07-29 Right Effort 52:10
  Ines Freedman
The Buddhist Path of Awakening: The Eight-Fold Noble Path A nine-week series

2008-07-22 Right Livelihood 44:28
  Kim Allen
Right Livelihood, as the culmination of the virtue, or sila, steps of the Eightfold Path, concerns all aspects of how we sustain our life. It is far more than just our job. This talk examines how we can practice toward a fuller alignment of all aspects of our life.
The Buddhist Path of Awakening: The Eight-Fold Noble Path A nine-week series

2008-07-15 Right Action 38:59
  Misha Merrill
The Buddhist Path of Awakening: The Eight-Fold Noble Path A nine-week series

2008-07-01 Right Intention 40:30
  Janet Taylor
The first division of the Noble Eightfold Path is wisdom, which consists of right view and right intention. This talk introduces right intention, which is the intention of renunciation, of non-harming, and of non-ill-will, and touches on the connection between intention and a sense of self. Intention determines whether our actions are wholesome or unwholesome and whether they lead toward or away from liberation. Time is also given to discussing what actions in our daily lives support right intention.
The Buddhist Path of Awakening: The Eight-Fold Noble Path A nine-week series

2008-04-15 Intensive Retreat 53:10
  Shaila Catherine
This talk explores the practice meditation in silent retreats. What are the reasons and benefits for attending a meditation retreat? How can one undertake retreat most effectively. Retreats offer opportunities for deep relaxation; time to set down our worldly identities; let go of the pressures we place upon ourselves to produce and perform; and deeply rest. In the silence of retreat we meet ourselves as we are; we see our patterns, habits, and tendencies; and we discover the causes of suffering and can glimpse the potential to end suffering. We become aware of subtle internal dynamics and thought patterns; we get to know our own minds. Shaila shares that some of the happiest moments of her life have been on retreat, content with little, present and aware of the simple things happening around her. Having spent more than 7 years in silence, Shaila offers helpful tips about what to expect on retreats regarding schedule, instruction, and interaction with the teachers; how to prepare for a retreat including what to pack or not pack; and how to transition back home after the retreat has ended and integrate the insights gleaned through intensive meditation into the complex encounters of everyday life.

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