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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2016-04-14 Seven Factors of Awakening 9:07:51
These seven qualities offer an effective framework for cultivating the mind, overcoming the hindrances, and balancing the energetic and calming forces that develop in meditation. When cultivated and balanced, the mind is ripe for awakening. This series will explore each factor to reveal its importance, function, and role in the process of awakening.

2016-04-12 Two Bright Qualities: Shame and Dread (hiri and ottappa) 50:06
  Sean Feit Oakes
Sean Feit gave the first talk in a 7-week series on lesser known Buddhist teachings titled "Thus Have I Heard." This talk explains moral shame and moral dread (translated from Pali terms hiri and ottappa, respectively) as non-negative qualities. Rather, the Buddha called them the "two bright qualities." These terms can also be translated as conscience and concern, respectively. Hiri (translated as moral shame or conscience) refers to a sense of healthy regret for past unskillful ethical actions. This healthy regret is accompanied by ottappa, moral dread or concern for the future (i.e., "May I not act like that in the future"). Hiri and ottappa together support reflective awareness of action and its results, directed towards the past and directed towards the future. This embodies intention towards wise action.
In collection Thus Have I Heard

2016-04-12 Thus Have I Heard 5:01:09
The Pali Canon includes over 5,000 discourses that document conversations and encounters that occurred during forty years of the Buddha's ministry. Over the centuries, certain teachings have risen to the surface with popularity and come to characterize our impression of what the Buddha taught. However, the vast collection of source material reaches beyond these well known teachings. For this speaker series, IMSB has invited teachers to focus on teachings that have been largely neglected by contemporary Buddhist groups. Each talk will share a lesser-known teaching, event, or instruction that will enrich our comprehension of what the Buddha taught. We will discover whether broadening our source material reinforces the dominant view of Buddhist practice or paints a different picture of meditation and the path of liberation.

2016-04-07 Skillful Paths of Mind 38:42
  Jenny Wilks
This is the third talk in a 3-part speaker series titled "Pathways of Skillful Action". Jenny Wilks talks about how, according to Buddhist ethical psychology, the mind is the source of speech and action, and that there are three specific skillful qualities of mind to be cultivated.

2016-04-05 Mindfulness Externally: Compassion in Action 39:46
  Jenny Wilks
This is the second talk of a two-part talk titled "Mindfulness, Insight, and Compassion."

2016-03-31 Skillful Paths of Speech 50:55
  Jenny Wilks
This is the second talk in a 3-part speaker series titled "Pathways of Skillful Action". Jenny Wilks talks about the importance of skillful speech in our practice of ethics, and about four kinds of skillful speech, which, according to the Buddha, involve avoiding false, divisive, harsh or meaningless speech. Jenny also discusses cultivating the opposites of these types of speech.

2016-03-29 Mindfulness Internally: Insight and Freedom 39:56
  Jenny Wilks
This is the first talk of a two-part talk titled "Mindfulness, Insight, and Compassion." According to Jenny Wilkes, "mindfulness" is becoming such a commonly used term that its depth and liberating potential may be underestimated or misunderstood. The Buddha's teaching on establishing mindfulness (the Satipatthana Sutta) invites us to cultivate mindfulness both "internally" i.e., a deep awareness of our inner experience in order to cultivate liberating insight; and "externally" i.e., an open-hearted awareness of others in order to cultivate an ethical and compassionate response. The two-part talk explores how together these can support our mindfulness practice so that it becomes, as the Buddha described, a "direct path to awakening."

2016-03-17 Skillful Paths of Bodily Action 49:33
  Jenny Wilks
This is the first talk in a 3-part speaker series titled "Pathways of Skillful Action". Jenny Wilks provides an overview of what we mean by ethics, and how the Buddha's list of ten paths of skillful action expand on the traditional five precepts and encompass body, speech, and mind. This talk focuses on the body and the first 3 precepts.

2016-03-03 Concentration and Insight 48:37
  Richard Shankman
This is the fifth talk in a 5-part speaker series titled "Balanced Practice." Richard Shankman begins by exploring the nature of the liberation and awakening pointed to by the Buddha, and then examines how meditation supports us on that path.
In collection Balanced Practice

2016-03-01 Recollection of Heavens 48:43
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the sixth talk in a series on Recollective Meditations. This talk explores the practice of devanusatti — contemplating the good qualities that lead to happiness in this life and future lives. This practice emphasizes five specific qualities: faith, virtue, learning, generosity, and wisdom. One first reflects on the superior qualities of the devas, and then contemplates those same qualities within oneself. By contemplating the success of celestial beings, we might realize that success is also possible for us. This practice can inspire us to develop those beautiful qualities of heart and mind.
In collection Recollective Meditations

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