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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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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.

2008-03-11 Death and Dying: Returning to the Source 48:26
  Misha Merrill
Embracing Aging, Sickness and Death as Heavenly Messengers

2008-03-11 Politics & the Dharma 57:40
  Tony Bernhard

2008-02-26 Re-imagining Aging: An Exploration of Possibility 47:58
  Sandi Peters
Embracing Aging, Sickness and Death as Heavenly Messengers

2008-02-19 Heavenly Messengers—Aging, Illness, and Death 49:16
  Shaila Catherine
We are all vulnerable to aging, illness, and death. Everything born will eventually die. How can we contemplate death in a way that brings us to realize the deathless liberation of mind? How can we go beyond birth and death by facing the reality of our existence? Reflecting on death is one traditional way to contemplate the nature of the body. These meditations include contemplating the decaying corpse, body contemplations, noticing that our friends and loved ones perish. We are all friends who share birth, old age, sickness, and death.
Tuesday Talks

2007-11-27 Faith & Interrelatedness : Practice in Action 43:50
  Ajahn Metta

2007-11-13 Awakening the Heart: The role of trust and devotion in meditation practice 48:30
  Thanissara

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