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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2019-02-10 Communication as Daily Practice 50:24
  Oren Jay Sofer
Oren Jay Sofer presents the second talk in a speaker series on The Engaged Buddhist. Here he speaks on our practice off the cushion, pointing out that we spend the vast majority of our days communicating in one way or another. He describes three practices to improve our relationships with others: leading with presence, cultivating the intention to understand the other, and training our focus.
In collection Engaged Buddhism

2019-02-05 Engaged Brahmaviharas 48:55
  Ayya Santussika
Ayya Santussika presents the first talk in a speaker series on The Engaged Buddhist. Here she speaks on the role that each of the four Brahmaviharas play to help and guide us in our engaged actions, whatever they be, to promote wholesome and beneficial outcomes. She discusses lovingkindness, joy in the good fortune of others, compassion and equanimity as well as the near and far enemies of these qualities.
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2019-02-05 Meditating on the Brahmaviharas 29:05
  Ayya Santussika
A guided meditation on practicing the Brahmaviharas.
In collection Engaged Buddhism

2019-02-05 Engaged Buddhism 3:44:38
Meditation instructions are sometimes misinterpreted to imply that one should disengage from activity and suspend all judgment. Buddhist advice on “letting go” can be misunderstood to suggest that problems in the world can or should be ignored. Yet the Pali canon shows that the Buddha taught practical social and economic remedies, and urged monks to travel so they could benefit the largest number of people. Thích Nhất Hạnh coined the term “engaged Buddhism” to describe efforts to respond to the suffering in his country during the Vietnam war, work he saw as part of meditation and mindfulness practice rather than something apart from it. In this series, some local “engaged Buddhists” will share how they personally apply Buddhist wisdom to engage with the suffering around us, in areas such as social action, prison ministry, and environmentalism.

2018-09-26 Refuge 43:54
  Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Thanissaro Bhikkhu speaks about the meaning of refuge in practice. As we strive for wisdom, purity and compassion; develop mindfulness in order to have a solid state of concentration; and strive to fit into the dharma rather than the other way around, we create a foundation that is conducive to attaining nibbana.

2018-09-20 Noting Gone 12:21
  Sharon Allen
Guided meditation, meditation instructions
In collection Featured Guided Meditations

2018-08-14 Finding Freedom from Pain 42:24
  Aishin Leonard
Aishin Leonard talks about coping with pain. She shares her experiences about losing herself due to the inability to do things as a result of debilitating pain. After attempting to practice meditation in an effort to overcome pain, she learns, through heart practice, to harmonize the experience of pain with other factors and conditions.

2018-06-05 The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness, and Awakened Nature 47:00
  James Coleman
James William Coleman’s new book, "The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness, and Awakened Nature," guides us through the profound wisdom of the classic sutras that lay the foundations for all of the different Buddhist traditions. In clear simple language, it explores the three great “Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma.”

2018-05-22 Milestones on the Path to Freedom: Assessing Progress in Practice Wisely 42:14
  Dawn Neal
Dawn Neal gave the last talk in a speaker series titled "Goals in Meditation." Dawn offered a perspective on how to relate to assessments of practice in day-to-day practice, as well as over the arc of a practioner's journey. Beautiful experiences in practice, including great sits, concentration states, and even insight, can be celebrated, and assessed in ways that can nourish confidence in the Dharma and increase spiritual maturity. The same milestones can also become impediments -- dead-weight on the spiritual journey -- if clung to or identified with in an unhelpful way.
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2018-05-15 Not Make Things Worse 34:21
  Tony Bernhard
Tony Bernhard gave the fourth talk in a speaker series titled "Goals in Meditation." Tony explained that the Buddha's insights is captured in the Four Noble Truth. The First Noble Truth points out suffering or dissatisfaction we experience in life. Unfortunately, we make things worse by complaining when we experience things as unpleasant, or wanting more of things that are pleasant. This is the Second Noble Truth, which explains the origin of suffering, namely our clinging and aversion. The Third Noble Truth tells us that we don't have to make things worse for ourselves. And the Fourth Noble Truth tells us how not to make things worse by follwoing the Noble Eightfold Path.
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