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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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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

2020-02-11 The Seven Factors of Awakening 1:24:10
The Seven Factors of Awakening offer an effective framework for cultivating the mind, overcoming the hindrances, and balancing the energetic and calming forces that develop through meditation. When these seven factors are well developed, the mind is ripe for awakening. This series will explore each factor to reveal its importance, function, and role in the process of awakening.

2020-02-11 Investigation 48:30
  Kim Allen
What is meant by investigation (damma vicaya in Pali) and how do we prepare ourselves to undertake it.
In collection The Seven Factors of Awakening

2020-02-04 Suffering and Its End 46:32
  Shaila Catherine
In this talk, Shaila Catherine addresses the great teaching of the Buddha known as the four noble truths: 1) suffering, 2) the cause of suffering is craving, 3) the end of suffering, and 4) the path leading to the end of suffering. Shaila Catherine explores each of the four truths through inspiring sutta references and daily life examples that show how we can live our daily lives from the perspective of liberating wisdom. Rather than engage in endless philosophical speculations or become attached to views and opinions, the Buddha taught a practical path based on the recognition of the fundamental unsatisfactory characteristic of experience. When we recognize dukkha (suffering), we can realize the end of dukkha (suffering).
In collection Buddha's Core Teachings: Finding True Happiness Through the Four Noble Truths

2020-02-04 Mindfulness of the Body: A Guided Meditation with Sequential Touch Sensations 25:16
  Shaila Catherine
In this guided meditation, Shaila Catherine introduces a practice of mindfulness of the body by observing a sequence of touch sensations. This meditation guides practitioners to gradually move attention through a series of bodily locations where the feet, buttocks, hands, lips, and eye lids touch. At each location we pause to experience the present sensations that are known at that place of touching. After exploring touch points, we broader the field of attention to the whole body sitting. By alternating the focus of attention between precise and clear points of contact, and broad, restful, receptive awareness of the whole body, the meditator nurtures a clear bright balanced mind that can meet the present moment as it is.
In collection Featured Guided Meditations

2020-02-02 Guided Body Scan 28:35
  Sharon Allen
Sharon Allen guides the listener through a body scan meditation to bring a gentle clear attention to the body from head to toe. The body scan practice is not just a practice for beginning meditators, or as a stress-reduction tool. It serves as a key foundational practice for all meditators who are earnest about following the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and strengthening mindfulness of the body.
In collection Featured Guided Meditations

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