Please support Dharma Seed with a 2022 year-end gift.

Your donations allow us to offer these teachings online to all.


The greatest gift is the
gift of the teachings
 
Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
‹‹ previous      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ... 37 38 39 40
2022-11-22 Advice to the Dying: Don’t Cling to Anything 22:04
Shaila Catherine
This guided meditation offers a comprehensive training in non-attachment and letting go. The instructions list various objects and perceptions that one might be attached to, and recommend that we train ourselves to not cling to each item. It follows the advice that Venerable Sariputta offered to the lay disciple Anathapindika on his deathbed. It is essentially a reading of the discourse of Advice to Anathapindika (Middle Length Discourses 143) with some comments.

2022-04-12 Beyond Distraction: Five Practical Ways to Free the Mind 29:30
Shaila Catherine
On the occasion of the publication of her third book, Beyond Distraction: Five Practical Ways to Free the Mind, Shaila Catherine shares a progressive series of strategies to overcome the hindrances of restlessness, obsessive thinking, and rumination; dispel thoughts of anger, hatred, and anxiety; and curb habitual distractions. By freeing the mind from the fetter of restlessness, meditators can calm their minds, develop tranquility, strengthen concentration, create the conditions for jhana, comprehend the nature of the mind, experience emptiness, and incline the mind toward liberating insight and nibbana. These teachings are based on two suttas (19 and 20) in the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha.

2022-04-12 Guided Meditation: Beyond Distraction — Five Strategies to Remove Distracting Thoughts 23:57
Shaila Catherine
In this guided meditation, Shaila Catherine introduces a progressive series of strategies to overcome restlessness, obsessive thinking, rumination, and habitual obstacles and hindrances. By freeing the mind from the fetter of restlessness, meditators calm their minds, develop tranquility, strengthen concentration, create the conditions for jhana, and incline the mind toward liberating insight and nibbana. These teachings are based on two suttas (19 and 20) n the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha.

2021-10-14 Mindfulness with Breathing: Observing the Long & Short Breaths 0:00
Shaila Catherine
(Recording not available) 
In this guided meditation, Shaila Catherine leads you through the first step of Anapanasati, also known as mindfulness with breathing. This first step is a great way to settle yourself during a meditation session, or out in the world.

2021-05-11 Practical Dharma 42:19
Lila Kate Wheeler
The Buddha’s teachings are often compared to a finger pointing to the moon. Without that finger, we might never lift our gaze and see for ourselves. Tonight’s talk offers encouragement to stay present and awake as a lived experience so that we can lead a more centered, caring, ethical life. As Dharma practitioners, we make efforts to be more present for the experiences in ourselves and others. As we do so we’ll surely hear and see things we didn’t expect or want. Here, the teaching of the five hindrances supports us to shift our gaze yet again, recognize more clearly and respond differently when wisdom and caring are weakened. With these skills, we will know for sure there is no bad habit or difficult situation that cannot be softened and worked with—even liberated.
Tuesday Talks

2021-05-04 Emptiness and Suchness 43:09
Heather Sundberg
When we understand that direct experience is not solid/not separate, we can embrace experience in its changing conditionality with the heart of compassion and inclusion born of non-clinging. This is the inter-weaving of the teachings of emptiness and suchness, and the talk will explore teachings and practices which support us to live from this wiser view.

2021-04-20 Relating Wisely to this Sensual World 1:12:40
Mark Nunberg
The Buddha’s teachings encourage us to cultivate an intimate ongoing mindful presence, a deep respect for cause and effect, and a profound equanimity as we live our sensual embodied lives. The Buddha asks us to directly discern the very real experience of gratification, the inevitable stress that arises with any attachment to sensuality, and the deepening insight of the heart’s release from the burning of craving and dependence that we experience in our wiser moments.

2021-04-06 Refraining from Intoxication 22:44
Shaila Catherine
This talk explores the fifth precept: the commitment to refrain from intoxicating the mind through the use of alcohol, drugs, or addictive desires. Originally this precept highlighted the dangers of home-brewed alcohol, but can be expanded to address the many ways we may seek to excite, dull, distort, or intoxicate our minds. By working with this precept, we not only strengthen our capacity for restraint, but importantly, we investigate how the force of craving may be affecting our decisions and actions.

2021-03-23 Deepening in Emptiness 66:43
Guy Armstrong
Emptiness has been one of the most important themes in Buddhist teachings since their very beginning. This talk will explore how the realization of emptiness unfolds in us through dharma practice to lead to greater and greater degrees of freedom.

2021-03-09 Refraining from Sexual Misconduct 35:21
Shaila Catherine
This talk addresses the third ethical precept — refraining from sexual misconduct. Practicing with the precepts involves becoming mindful of our actions, recognizing the effects that our actions have on ourselves and others, learning to respond to our thoughts and feelings with wisdom, kindness, and restraint, and honoring our commitments. This precept provides opportunities to work with the movement of sexual desire and sensual lust. The views of sexuality that were prevalent in ancient India differ from contemporary norms, however, we can apply the underlying intention toward non-harming to contemplate and purify our own conduct. Shaila Catherine offers suggestions forgiving past unskillful actions, and strengthening our capacity for restraint.
In collection: Ethics, Action and the Five Precepts

‹‹ previous      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ... 37 38 39 40
Creative Commons License