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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2016-12-29 Energy, Effort 58:55
  David Cohn
David Cohn gave the eighth talk in the eleven-week series "Ten Perfections," on the parami of Energy and Effort. David discussed bringing the present moment into awareness, letting go of negative states, and cultivating positive states of mind.

2016-12-22 Determination 41:04
  Chris Clifford
Chris Clifford gave the seventh talk in the eleven-week series "Ten Perfections." Four factors focus our resolve and strengthen our determination, namely discernment, truth, relinquishment and calmness.

2016-12-01 Patience 30:48
  Sharon Allen
Sharon Allen gave the fourth talk in the eleven-week series "Ten Perfections." Mindfulness and patience are important qualities to develop on our path.

2016-11-10 Loving-kindness 54:51
  Kim Allen
Kim Allen gave the second talk in the eleven-week series "Ten Perfections." She discussed loving-kindness, or Metta, a strength of heart we develop through goodwill, both inner and outer. We develop goodwill through interpersonal relationships, and also through complete acceptance of all aspects of ourself. The path to complete Metta is inward through the heart.

2016-11-03 Generosity 35:52
  Drew Oman
Drew Oman gave the first talk in the eleven-week series "Ten Perfections." He began with a brief introduction to the Paramis (Ten Perfections), and then discussed the first perfection, Generosity (Dana), in more detail. He presented material from the suttas and from contemporary research on the relationship between giving and happiness.

2016-10-20 Fourth Noble Truth 50:33
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the fourth talk in the five-week series "Four Noble Truths." This talk discusses the Fourth Noble Truth, the path leading to the cessation of suffering and known as the Noble Eightfold Path. We must know this path and actually travel it. This practice allows us to live a life that is noble and upright, and helps us distinguish between that which is wholesome (which leads to ending of suffering) and that which 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 the five-week series "Four Noble Truths." She discussed the third noble truth, that of the cessation of suffering. Only by giving up and relinquishing craving can we end suffering. She also discussed meditation's role in calming the mind, allowing us to explore more subtle layers of attachment, investigate them, and eventually let go to realize 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 the five-week series "Four Noble Truths." This talk explores the causes of suffering (in Pali dukkha), and explains how conditioned mental and sensory experiences are unsatisfactory and stressful. Craving causes suffering when our perceptions are accompanied by delight and lust. Practicing mindfulness reduces suffering, because when we are present we experience things as they actually are, and do not crave something different.
In collection Four Noble Truths

2016-09-29 First Noble Truth 35:05
  Sharon Allen
The First Noble Truth is the Buddha's explanation of dukkha, or the truth of suffering. Dukkha refers to the physical and mental stress that we encounter in the process of living. Its meaning is deeper than pain and misery, and refers to our reactions to our experiences. We need to fully recognize and understand suffering 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.

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