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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2019-10-01 Right View Comes First 47:57
  Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Thanissaro Bhikkhu reviews the Four Noble Truths as the categorical teaching of the Buddha - true and always beneficial. He describes the duties that enable us to fully understand and comprehend them and how the three characteristics - Dukkha, Annica, Anatta - are used in support of these duties and this understanding.

2019-09-10 Listening as a Spiritual Practice 52:55
  Daniel Bowling
Daniel Bowling describes the many ways that we filter what we hear, which prevents us from really listening. By recognizing when we are listening through our sense of self and our conditioned thoughts and reactions, we can become aware of, and short-circuit, the patterns that disconnect us from life. This enables us to follow the Buddha's instructions to Bahiya -"there will be only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the sensed in reference to the sensed, only the cognized in reference to the cognized."

2019-09-03 The Joy that leads to Enlightenment 37:35
  Ayya Santussika
Ayya Santussika describes the Six Recollections taught by the Buddha and how they may benefit our meditation and practice.

2019-08-13 Every Day is a Gift 34:29
  Misha Merrill
Misha describes the alternatives to dealing with hardship when it inevitably comes. Ignoring, despairing or delusionary optimism are unskillful; instead she discusses a kind of wise hope based on deep investigation of the heart.
In collection Meditation in Hard Times

2019-08-06 Dukkha as a Chronic Illness, with Tony Bernhard 48:26
  Tony Bernhard
Tony covers the four noble truths and the 8-fold path with many modern metaphors. He suggests the dharma is like an inoculation against the suffering we tend to add on top of the inevitable pain that comes with living a human life. He describes how a vedana meter can be a useful means of bringing attention to the range of feeling tones evoked by experiences and thereby sharpening insight into the way things are.
Saturday Talks
In collection Meditation in Hard Times

2019-07-23 Illness as a Doorway to Freedom 43:24
  Nikki Mirghafori
Nikki Mirghafori shows us that illness and hardship are not just to be endured, they can actually be our teachers on the path.
Saturday Talks
In collection Meditation in Hard Times

2019-07-16 Taking the Problem out of Pain 47:45
  Shaila Catherine
In this talk, Shaila Catherine encourages practitioners to view illness and pain as opportunities to practice equanimity, patience, and mindfulness of the body. When we are sick or in pain, we can still practice being attentive to present conditions, and reflect that all beings are all also subject to illness and death. Illness is not wrong; it is inevitable. The more we resist this fact, the more mental suffering we add to our physical difficulties. When we learn to be present with both pleasant and unpleasant feelings, we will know an experience of profound peace.
In collection Meditation in Hard Times

2019-07-16 Meditation in Hard Times 3:42:33
An IMSB series dealing with stress, life transitions, traumas, and tragedies.

2019-07-16 Realizing Resilience 48:24
  Diana Clark
Diana talks about how to develop resilience in the face of difficulties. By practicing noticing one’s thoughts and emotions, starting with the easier and gradually moving toward the more difficult can be a compassionate and skillful way to develop strength. She talks about how this resilience creates the conditions that can allow one to help others as well as oneself.
In collection Meditation in Hard Times

2019-06-19 Intention and the Power of Thought 46:18
  Shaila Catherine
How are we using our minds? Where do our thought incline? The Buddha's teachings focus on the practical application of intention and the power of thought, rather than ritual, as the potent force behind action. Working with thought, we see how habits and tendencies develop and form patterns known as kamma (karma). We must be honest with ourselves and see any conceit, agitation, anger, greed, or restlessness that might be lurking as tendencies of mind. We can learn to use our thought skillfully, and guard the mind with diligent mindfulness. Wholesome and unwholesome thoughts are explored. There is nothing to fear from wholesome thoughts such as intentions toward renunciation, letting go, loving kindness, compassion, and generosity, and yet a concentrated mind will bring deeper rest. The path of liberation and awakening includes the development of morality and virtue, and also calmness, concentration, and wisdom.

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