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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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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.
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2016-04-21 Investigation 30:50
  Sharon Allen
Sharon Allen gave the second talk in a eight-week series titled "Seven Factors of Awakening". She discussed how the power of investigation is essential to letting go of harmful states of mind and to nurturing beneficial states of mind. When we know this for ourselves, we attain increased confidence in the path and are prompted to put more energy into our practice and understanding. This puts us on the path to liberation.
In collection Seven Factors of Awakening

2016-04-19 Sustaining Relationships 44:24
  Diana Clark
Diana Clark gave the second talk in a seven-week series on lesser known Buddhist teachings titled "Thus Have I Heard." This talk emphasizes the importance of good spiritual friends in preparing our minds for liberation. Given this importance, there are four ways to sustain a good relationship: generosity, endearing speech, beneficial actions, and viewing others without bias or prejudice.
In collection Thus Have I Heard

2016-04-14 Mindfulness 64:26
  Janetti Marotta
Janetti Marotta gave the first talk in a eight-week series titled "Seven Factors of Awakening". This talk focuses on what mindfulness is, and how it is considered one of the seven factors of awakening. Three central factors of mindfulness that cultivate the mind are explored: the particular way of paying attention to the present moment, the ability to investigate experience through seeing clearly, and the development of insight into freedom from suffering.
In collection Seven Factors of Awakening

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