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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2010-03-02 Seeing the Body as a Body-Guided Meditation 5:18
  Janet Taylor
This short, guided meditation emphasizes visualizing the body parts that are involved in breathing.
Meditating on the Body A Five Week Speaker Series

2010-03-02 Seeing the Body as a Body 46:31
  Janet Taylor
This talk is an overview of the contemplative practices of the first foundation of mindfulness—mindfulness of the body—with particular focus on the 32 body parts contemplation. Contemplating the body parts can break the enchantment with the body and the belief that it is beautiful, and bring about insight into not-self. Seeing the body as a conglomeration of parts and processes reveals its empty nature because a self cannot be found. Contemplating the body processes, which includes the brain, reveals that preferences for certain experiences are no more than physiological reactions based on past and present conditions. By clearly seeing what the body is, we see what it is not: it is not a self.
Meditating on the Body A Five Week Speaker Series

2010-03-02 Meditating on Breaths - Bodily Experience 5:18
  Janet Taylor
Guided meditation, meditation instructions
In collection Featured Guided Meditations

2010-02-23 An In Body Experience 46:32
  Kim Allen
A Dharma talk about the experience of a 6-day human dissection course.
Meditating on the Body A Five Week Speaker Series

2010-02-16 Somebody Anybody Nobody-Guided Meditation 19:38
  Lila Kate Wheeler
Meditating on the Body A Five Week Speaker Series

2010-02-16 Somebody Anybody Nobody 41:16
  Lila Kate Wheeler
Meditating on the Body A Five Week Speaker Series

2010-02-09 Meditating on the Body 3:36
  Shaila Catherine
Guided meditation, meditation instructions
In collection Featured Guided Meditations

2009-11-10 Meditation for Life 47:11
  Martine Batchelor
Meditation is not an idea of getting to a mystical state but of helping us to release. It is not an exotic practice but it is more like eating, brushing our teeth - it is a way to nourish ourselves and to open and finally to let go. It is a lifelong journey where we learn to let go and stop grasping as we become aware of our life in each moment, accept each moment as it is. Meditation can help us to be more in the world, by being here and now we can be skillful and respond to whatever happens in the present. We develop clarity, we see the changing nature of things. When we are engulfed by feelings we can step back and say ‘how long will this last?’ We do not have to feed the feelings, we just need to be with them and watch them as they change. We can bring creative awareness to everything that we do and use it to be fully where we are, to be in our relationships in our life.

2009-06-09 Equanimity 41:43
  Shaila Catherine
This talk explores equanimity as the fourth of the four qualities called Brahma Viharas. Previous talks in this series addressed loving kindness, compassion, and appreciative joy. Equanimity allows us to remain present and awake with the fact of things—equally close to the things we like and the things we dislike. It is important to develop equanimity in two arenas: 1) in response to pleasant and painful feelings, and 2) regarding the future results of our actions. Equanimity develops in meditation and in life. We can use unexpected events that we cannot control to develop this quality. Our job is not to judge our experiences, but to be present and respond wisely. Equanimity is a beautiful mental factor that can feel like freedom, but if "I" and "mine" still operate, there is still work to be done. Many suggestions are offered for cultivating equanimity.
Four Brahma Viharas
In collections Four Brahma Viharas The Ten Paramis

2009-06-02 Appreciative Joy 44:02
  Shaila Catherine
Appreciative joy (sympathetic joy, mudita) is the third of four qualities called Brahma Viharas (divine abodes) which are the subjects for this 4-part lecture series. Appreciative joy is presented as an extension of the loving kindness (metta) practice. Joy refers to the ability to delight and rejoice in the success and good fortune of others. Mudita overcomes the hindrances and obstacles of conceit, comparing, envy, avarice, jealousy, aversive criticism, resentment, competitiveness, and boredom.
Four Brahma Viharas
In collection Four Brahma Viharas

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