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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2020-10-27 Confidence, Uncertainty and the Five Aggregates 46:00
  Maria Straatmann
In times of uncertainty we tend to reinforce those things that lend themselves to feeling safe and familiar, usually by reaffirming a sense of self that says, “This is right; this is who I am; this is how things should be.” The way we do this is described in Buddhism with the five aggregates, the ways we experience, perceive, and interpret reality. We will discuss understanding and seeing clearly these ways of experience and how awareness of them may lead to freedom from suffering.

2020-10-20 Real Wealth 28:28
  Kim Allen
What kinds of wealth are most sustainable in times of loss? The Buddha defined five kinds of wealth that are especially appropriate for lay practitioners to develop: confidence, ethical conduct, learning, generosity, and wisdom. The inclusion of “learning” is interesting and not often emphasized. We will explore these five qualities in the context of our current times, considering how they can serve both ourselves and others.

2020-09-29 The Present Moment is Not the Goal 34:41
  Thanissaro Bhikkhu
There’s a common understanding that the purpose of meditation is to fully arrive in the present moment. However, the Buddha taught people to focus on the present moment not as a goal, but as a place where work is to be done to go beyond the present. This talk, based on the essay, “The Karma of Now” will explore the Buddha’s understanding of the present moment, and the implications of that understanding, not only for the practice of meditation, but also for Buddhist practice as a whole.

2020-08-25 From Scarcity to Generosity: An Exploration of the “Comparing-mind” From Economic and Buddhist Perspectives 37:27
  Kelli Schonher
In this talk, we compare and contrast economic and Buddhist teachings regarding concepts of prosperity, poverty, wealth, and generosity. Practical steps toward applying these ideas to our relationships with money and livelihood are emphasized.
Attached Files:
  • From Scarcity to Generosity: Kelli Schonher by Kelli Schonher (PDF)

2020-07-21 Healing the Heart: Reconciliation & Metta 49:26
  Bob Stahl
As our meditation practice matures, we may see the importance of relinquishing grudges, judgments and resentments through honest reconciliation. Through these practices we may discover the liberating experience of authentic reconciliation that may lead to greater peace and forgiveness.

2020-07-07 The Four Great Efforts 26:18
  Melissa McKay
The Buddha’s path teaches wise use of energy in life. Wise meaning the energy that will lead to the greatest benefit for ourselves and others and the least amount of suffering. He taught the Four Great Efforts as practical tools and ways of practicing and training the habits of our mind.

2020-06-30 Cultivating Patience 45:06
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine discusses the importance of patience in our practice. This talk explores benefits, opportunities, and challenges that we experience when cultivating this often under appreciated virtue of patience.

2020-06-23 Training in Opposites 36:46
  Kim Allen
This talk focuses on a style of practice that could be called “training in opposites.” We deliberately engage contrasting functions of the mind in order to broaden and stretch, or opposing viewpoints in order to hone our understanding.
Tuesday Talks

2020-06-02 Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns 58:32
  Ayya Anandabodhi & Matty Weingast
Ayya Anandabodhi and Matty Weingast read from their new translation of the Therigatha - The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns.
Tuesday Talks

2020-02-11 Mindfulness 35:38
  Shaila Catherine
Mindfulness (Sati in Pali) is a whole-hearted observation of the present moment with a quality of mind free of desire/aversion. It forms the basis for cultivating all the Awakening Factors.
In collection The Seven Factors of Awakening

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