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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2016-10-20 Fourth Noble Truth 50:33
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the fourth talk in a five-week series titled "Four Noble Truth." This talk discusses the Fourth Noble Truth, which is the path leading to the cessation of suffering, known as the Noble Eightfold Path. We not only need to know the path that can lead to the ending of suffering, we have to actually travel this path for ourselves. This practice allows us to live a life that is noble and upright, and helps us to distinguish between what is wholesome (which leads to ending of suffering) and what is unwholesome (which leads to more suffering).
In collection Four Noble Truths

2016-10-13 Third Noble Truth 36:21
  Laura Lin
Laura Lin gave the third talk in a five-week series titled "Four Noble Truths". She talked about the third noble truth, which is the truth of the cessation of suffering. Only by giving up and relinquishing craving, can we end suffering. She also talked about how meditation can be helpful in letting go, because when our mind is calm, we can reach into more subtle layers of attachment, investigate them, and eventually let go into peace and happiness.
In collection Four Noble Truths

2016-10-06 Second Noble Truth 40:09
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the second talk in a five-week series titled "Four Noble Truth." This talk explores the causes and conditions that give rise to suffering, unsatisfactoriness, stress, or dukkha. The causes are based on craving, accompanied by delight and lust. When we are craving for something, we are not being present, because we wanting things to be different then what they really are.
In collection Four Noble Truths

2016-09-29 First Noble Truth 35:05
  Sharon Allen
The First Noble Truth is how Buddha explained dukkha - the truth of suffering. Dukkha refers to the physical and mental stress that human beings encounter in the process of living. But it means something deeper than pain and misery. It is referring to the mental habit of reacting to our experiences. We need to fully recognize and understand when suffering is present as part of the path to liberation.
In collection Four Noble Truths

2016-09-29 Four Noble Truths 2:42:09
No one wants to suffer, and yet we do. The first sermon that the Buddha gave after his awakening addressed the issue of suffering. He articulated four basic tenants that have been remembered as the Four Noble Truths. They include the full understanding of suffering, the abandoning of the causes of suffering, the realization of the end of suffering, and the cultivation of the path leading to the end of suffering. It is through a wise relationship to suffering that freedom will be known.

2016-09-15 Wisdom 54:47
  Chris Clifford
Chris Clifford gave the fifth talk in a six-week series titled "Beautiful Mind - Five Faculties". She talked about how our faculty of wisdom grows, as we gain insight into anicca, dukkha, and anatta (Note: these are the Pali terms for impermanence, suffering, and "no self", respectively). It is an ongoing ability to discern how to respond wisely to experience moment-to-moment, with less suffering.

2016-09-01 Mindfulness 60:44
  Robert Cusick
Robert Cusick gave the third talk in a six-week series titled "Beautiful Mind - Five Faculties". He talked about mindfulness in the service of "getting unstuck". There are two ways to think about mindfulness: 1) a means of noticing our thinking, and seeing what's there, without any judgment, and 2) remembering, or coming back, to the object of meditation. Cultivating mindfulness helps us see things more clearly. And mindfulness is a means to developing concentration, and subsequently, cultivates wisdom.

2016-08-30 Joy On Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within 1:43:47
  Chade-Meng Tan
Chade-Meng Tan, author of the best selling book, "Search Inside Yourself", and known as Google’s “Jolly Good Fellow” introduces his latest book, "Joy On Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within.” In this special author event at Insight Meditation South Bay, Meng guides us through a simple series of exercises for collecting the mind, enhancing loving kindness, and accessing an immediate feeling of happiness. He then presents three effects of practicing these techniques: 1) joyful experiences become more joyful, 2) neutral experiences become more joyful, and 3) painful experiences become more manageable.

2016-08-11 Five Qualities Leading to Spiritual Maturity 32:23
  Philip Jones
Philip Jones gave this talk using the Meghiya Sutta (Anguttara Nikaya 9.3 / Udana 4.1) as a framework for exploring the importance of spiritual friends. Having good spiritual companions leads to the development of virtue, to hearing and engaging in talk on the Dhamma, to practicing with Right Effort and to the development of wisdom through directly knowing the impermanent nature of all conditioned experience. Spiritual friendship is the means for passing the Dhamma from one person to another, generation after generation.

2016-08-10 Windows on the World: Self-View and the Four Noble Truths 33:53
  Philip Jones
Philip Jones gave this talk on self-view (or identity-view) and the Four Noble Truths. What does self mean in terms of our own individual lives and how does one let go of it, beginning with self-view? These questions are explored using the metaphor of windows to illustrate the difference between viewing our experiences from the position of self and with the Four Noble Truths. You are invited to investigate this in your own experience.

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