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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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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
Seeing sickness as an opportunity to practice mindfulness of the body, to be present and see that we are all subject to illness and death. The more we push this truth away the more mental suffering we add to our physical situation.
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.

2019-05-07 Equanimity 52:39
  Stephen Fulder
Equanimity is a key spiritual faculty which allows us to face the known and the unknown, the ecstasies and the despairs, with steadiness and lightness. Equanimity helps us engage with life from an unlimited and interconnected perspective. In this talk Stephen Fulder stresses the role of equanimity in our practice and life, how to develop it and use it to let the world in, not keep it out.

2019-03-12 Inner Ecology 54:46
  Kim Allen
In this talk Kim Allen develops an ecological metaphor to help us cultivate our mind and develop our practice. She outlines four approaches to our practice grounded in terms of natural ecologies: 1) Broadening our focus 2) Revising our notions of good and bad 3) Developing a coherent sense of our goal by creating a healthy ecosystem and then letting go 4) Expanding from our inner ecology and balancing with the outer ecology.

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