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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2013-02-09 Awakening 42:31
  Shaila Catherine
Awakening is the profound aim of the spiritual life. Awakening is not described as a mystical goal, we wake up to the four noble truths. We look squarely at the world and recognize that we cannot fix it, and through this clarity we realize the end of suffering. Enlightenment does not imply a separation from life, instead, it brings us to face the reality of lived experiences without resistance. Profound realization brings a deep equanimity and peace into every encounter; it is defined as the ending of greed, hatred, and delusion. Awakening is known through the result—the end of defilements, craving, and ignorance. This talk teases out the meaning of several difficult "D" words: disenchantment, dispassion, detachment. These terms do not imply an aversive response to experience, instead they play a vital role in the process of awakening. The talk explores profound spiritual experiences. It considers the danger of arrogance and conceit arising, clinging to, and corrupting enlightenment experiences. It discusses how to express, describe, and speak about our spiritual awakenings without identification.
Saturday Talks - 2013

2013-01-01 The Two Guardians 30:19
  Drew Oman
This talk presents the two guardians, hiri and ottappa in Pali, as lenses for self-examination from the original texts, and as supports for the cultivation of sila in our everyday lives. Hiri, is more inwardly directed; it's our inner moral compass. Ottappa, is more outwardly directed; it comprises of notions such as social conscience or a collective sense of morality. Together, they guard our minds from going too far astray. The audience are divided into pairs to explore how each of these concepts can be used in investigate both wholesome and unwholesome thoughts and actions, helping us to deepen our understanding of what it means to live ethical lives.
Tuesday Talks

2012-09-25 Facing Our Biggest Fears 41:06
  Ayya Santussika
This talk explores an ancient Tibetan method to confront your fear and turn it into an ally. She reviews the method from Lama Tsultrim book "Feeding your demons" in the context of the first three of the four noble truths. search words: four noble truths, feeding your demons, fear, anxiety, gratitude, change your brain
Tuesday Talks—2012

2012-07-31 The Liberating Path 29:32
  Shaila Catherine
This talk explores the Nobel Eightfold Path and the Three Trainings of virtue (sila), concentration (samadhi), and wisdom (panna). We look at how the trainings lead directly to liberation.
Tuesday Talks—2012

2012-07-24 Karma: Reframing An Imponderable 32:50
  Tony Bernhard
Tuesday Talks—2012

2012-07-17 Clarifying the Mind 47:51
  Kim Allen
The Buddha likened the Five Hindrances to impurities and disturbances in a pool of water. In this talk, we examine the grosser and finer manifestations of each hindrance, down to subtle levels.
Tuesday Talks—2012

2012-07-10 Insight Meditation and the Nature of Things: The Three Characteristics 48:27
  Noa Ronkin
Tuesday Talks—2012

2012-07-03 Freeing Ourselves From the 8 Worldly Dharmas 42:19
  Carla Brennan
Tuesday Talks—2012

2012-06-26 Embrace, Let Go, Stop, Act! - The Four Noble Truths - Guided Meditation 33:46
  Drew Oman
Tuesday Talks—2012

2012-06-26 Embrace, Let Go, Stop, Act! - The Four Noble Truths 37:38
  Drew Oman
Tuesday Talks—2012

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