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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2016-05-26 Equanimity, Our Greatest Friend 39:23
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the seventh talk in a eight-week series titled "Seven Factors of Awakening." This talk explores how the stability and the balance provided by equanimity can make our mind our friend, something that we can trust. When equanimity is strong, if there is pain we won't tend to react with aversion; if there is pleasure, we won't tend to react with grasping and clinging. The mind will be balanced, present, and aware of experience as it unfolds.
In collection Seven Factors of Awakening

2016-05-24 Buddha's Practical Advice for Maintaining Material Gains and Wealth 27:23
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the seventh talk in a seven-week series on lesser known Buddhist teachings titled "Thus Have I Heard." This talk revolves around a teaching in the Anuttara Nikaya (AN 4:255) that expresses the Buddha's very practical advice for protecting one's material goods and wealth. He recommends that people 1) look for things that are lost, 2) repair things that are broken, 3) be moderate in consuming food and drink, and 4) place a virtuous person in the position of authority.
In collection Thus Have I Heard

2016-05-19 Concentration 1:14:50
  Margaret Gainer
Margaret Gainer gave the sixth talk in a eight-week series titled "Seven Factors of Awakening." She compares and contrasts meditation techniques that lead to insight and concentration, and focuses on applying concentration to develop one-pointedness.
In collection Seven Factors of Awakening

2016-05-17 Discerning a Trustworthy Teacher 45:13
  Nona Olivia
Nona Olivia gave the sixth talk in a seven-week series on lesser known Buddhist teachings titled "Thus Have I Heard." This talk explores how to choose a trustworthy teacher.
In collection Thus Have I Heard

2016-05-10 Becoming Freedom 48:31
  Andrea Fella
Andrea Fella gave the fifth talk in a seven-week series on lesser known Buddhist teachings titled "Thus Have I Heard." This talk discusses early teachings by the Buddha contained in the Sutta Nipata, wherein the Buddha addressed suffering and its causes, such as clinging to sense pleasures and views.
In collection Thus Have I Heard

2016-05-05 Joy 57:09
  Fa Jun
Fa Jun gave the fourth talk in a eight-week series titled "Seven Factors of Awakening". This very informative talk explores the four stages of meditation and the two main hindrances to meditation, torpidity and excitation, and how we can overcome these hindrances by learning to cultivate joy.
In collection Seven Factors of Awakening

2016-05-03 Scared-in-the-Woods to Liberated 46:03
  Kim Allen
Kim Allen gave the fourth talk in a seven-week series on lesser known Buddhist teachings titled "Thus Have I Heard." This talk explores how practice can be difficult, especially when it helps us become aware of the dark corners of our minds such as fear and dread. Fortunately, the Buddha taught us to train our minds so we won't give in to those tendencies, and instead live a skillful life with wholesome qualities such as generosity, virtue, and loving kindness.
In collection Thus Have I Heard

2016-04-29 Proliferation of Planning 47:38
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave this talk on planning tendencies of the mind. Papanca is a Pali term that means proliferation. A lot of our planning is not preparation for action. Rather, it's a form of dukkha: chronic planning may be a manifestation of anxiety, restlessness, worry, or obsessive thinking about "who I will be." Planning is fuel for self-becoming, self-grasping; restless planning perpetuates the fantasy of a future we think we can control or predict, but such future may never happen. Instead of habitually indulging in planning tendencies, we can train our attention to be mindful of life as it actually unfolds. We can thus learn to calm fantasies that distract the mind, let go of expectations, and gradually strengthen concentration to be more fully present. We can also curb the tendency to become lost in imagined scenarios of hope and fear about life's events.

2016-04-28 Effort 59:28
  Ayya Sobhana
Bhikkhuni Sobhana gave the third talk in a eight-week series titled "Seven Factors of Awakening". The focus of the talk is the enlightenment factor of "viriya," i.e., what the early suttas advise for arousing energy, skillfully steering our efforts, and going beyond what we have done before.
In collection Seven Factors of Awakening

2016-04-26 Lessons from the Quarrel at Kosambi 39:23
  Tony Bernhard
Tony Bernhard gave the third talk in a seven-week series on lesser known Buddhist teachings titled "Thus Have I Heard." This talks discusses the problems surrounding quarrels and disputes, and the suffering that results from clinging to views.
In collection Thus Have I Heard

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