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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2016-01-07 Impermanence: Beyond the Rise and Fall of Things that Change 51:14
  Shaila Catherine
This talk by Shaila Catherine is the first in the speaker series "Doorways to Insight." Shaila Catherine describes the importance that is placed on recognizing and contemplating impermanence. This is one of the three main characteristics that we observe in insight meditation practices. We see and know that things change. Everything is changing—thoughts, emotions, feelings, perceptions, sensations, tastes, and emotions. But when we don't see the impermanence of things, we tend to grasp and cling to them. We tend to want to make them to last, and thereby we identify and become attached. As a result of attachment, we suffer, because they are changing anyway. Can we see beyond things that change, and realize what might be called changeless or deathless, to awaken with insight, to realize nibbana?

2016-01-03 Translations, Numbers, and the Anguttara Nikaya -- Shaila Catherine Interviews Pali Scholar John Kelly About His Work on the English Translation of the Numerical Discourses 48:24
  Shaila Catherine & John Kelly
This is a recorded dialog between Shaila Catherine and John Kelly. Shaila is a Dharma Teacher in San Jose, California who leads local and online sutta study courses; John Kelly is a Pali Scholar in Australia. John assisted Bhikkhu Bodhi on the production of the English translation of the Numerical Discourses. Shaila and John share their impressions and insights regarding of this ancient text, highlighting the practical relevance of these teachings for contemporary lay people.

2015-12-10 Right Concentration 57:25
  Shaila Catherine
This talk by Shaila Catherine is the fifth in a speaker series titled "Eight-Fold Path of Awakening." The Buddha said that we should develop concentration, because one who is concentrated understands things as they really are. Concentration is the ground for wisdom to arise. When we concentrate the mind, we learn to steady and strengthen the mind. That concentrated mind has the capacity to see the nature of things more deeply and clearly, leading to liberating insight.
In collection Eight-Fold Path of Awakening

2015-11-19 Right Action 45:53
  Angie Boissevain
This is the fourth talk in a speaker series titled "Eight-Fold Path of Awakening." Every moment, we are asking, "now, what do I do?" Right action is the guidance to that question. It is a list of the precepts: no killing, no stealing, no lying, no sexual misconduct, no taking of intoxicants to cloud the mind. It is asking us to live our lives with integrity and in harmony with others.
In collection Eight-Fold Path of Awakening

2015-11-12 Right Mindfulness 37:29
  Dawn Neal
This talk by Dawn Neal is the third in a speaker series titled "Eight-Fold Path of Awakening." Mindfulness is an important component of the Eightfold Path and supports the development of the other Path factors. By practicing Right Mindfulness, we can become aware of any state of mind and soften habitual reactions such as blame and inner criticism.
In collection Eight-Fold Path of Awakening

2015-11-05 Right View 54:50
  Lisa Dale Miller
Lisa Dale Miller gave this is the second talk in the speaker series titled “Eight-Fold Path of Awakening.” The first path factor of the Buddha’s Eightfold Noble Path is right view, also known as wise understanding. Though right view is the first of the Eightfold path factors, it represents the fruition of the succeeding seven path factors. Right view and right intention (the second path factor) together produce a supreme training in wisdom designed to awaken the faculty of penetrative understanding. The Buddha defined right view as understanding dukkha, the inherent unsatisfactoriness of all experience, its origin, cessation, and the path leading to its cessation. He also defined right view as wisely comprehending Dependent Origination—the Buddha's topology of mind and the cognitive-affective perceptual mechanisms that cause us to misapprehend self and world as separate, autonomous and permanent. The Buddha taught that wrong view is the greatest source of unwholesome mind states and by extension, unwholesome decisions and behaviors. The fruition of right view is a heart-mind liberated from avidyā, the delusion of suffering.
In collection Eight-Fold Path of Awakening

2015-10-15 Right Speech 44:21
  Chris Clifford
This is the first talk in a speaker series titled Eight-Fold Path of Awakening. Right Speech belongs to the ethical aspect of the Noble Eightfold Path. It includes abstaining from lying, devisive speech, harsh speech, and idle chatter. Can we stay mindful when we speak? What is our intention when we speak?
In collection Eight-Fold Path of Awakening

2015-10-15 Eight-Fold Path of Awakening 4:00:13
This series explores the Noble Eight-fold Path as a liberating practice. The Eight-fold Path is among the most practical and powerful core teachings of the Buddha. If offers practitioners a comprehensive approach for training the mind in the context of meditation, action, relationship, and life.

2015-10-13 Nondual Mindfulness 42:34
  Ronald Purser
In this talk, Ron Purser presents that there is an original wholeness in our true nature. However, because of our dualistic thinking, we suffer from the sense of self. This creates a sense of separation from our original wholeness. Seeing things as they really are is to see, embody, and actualize this original wholeness.

2015-09-24 Voices for a Contemplative Life in Silicon Valley 29:35
  Shaila Catherine & Pastor Erik Swanson
Pastor Erik Swanson and Shaila Catherine discuss how we can nurture sacred and contemplative lives in the midst of the pressure and demands that are characteristic of Silicon Valley. They share their experiences in Christian and Buddhist traditions of contemplation, meditation, and prayer.

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