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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2016-07-07 Ethics, Action and the Five Precepts 4:20:07
This series will explore virtue as the indispensable foundation of Buddhist practice. The series will emphasize the five training precepts, and explore action, ethics, kamma, and cause-effect dynamics. The precepts are not rules to be obediently followed; they serve as guidelines for the intentional development of compassion, mindfulness, and wisdom. These five precepts offer us a joyful method to cultivate the heart, nurture harmony in relationships, and free the mind from inner forces of greed and anger that if unrestrained may cause suffering to ourselves and others.

2016-06-30 Working with Emotions and Mental States 45:57
  Renee Burgard
Renée Burgard, LCSW, of Mindfulness & Health in Los Altos gave the fourth talk in a four-week series titled "Cultivating Mindfulness". This talk offers mindfulness practices for working with emotions and mental states. Renée introduces tools for becoming aware of and cultivating positive emotions. The tools include ways to counteract our human "negativity bias" with a "Taking in the Good" practice, i.e., staying with positive experiences for a bit longer than is our habit. She introduces "Mindful Self-Compassion" and mindful breathing and body awareness/movement practices for fostering kindness in the presence of difficult emotions.
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2016-06-23 The Place for Skillful Thoughts in Meditation 40:26
  Sharon Allen
Sharon Allen gave the third talk in a four-week series titled "Cultivating Mindfulness". She discussed the place for skillful thoughts in meditation, and why knowing how to foster mindfulness in thinking is an important foundational practice for any meditator.
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2016-06-16 Mindfulness of the Body 68:30
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the second talk in a four-week series titled "Cultivating Mindfulness." Shaila explored a number of ways to practice mindfulness of the body according to the Buddhist teachings. These methods include (1) using the body as a way of grounding our attention in the present moment, (2) working with mindfulness of the breath as an aspect of the body, (3) working with sensory experiences, (4) reflecting upon death, (5) seeing the body in terms of the four elements (earth, fire, wind and water) and (6) observing the body as anatomical parts. Methods 5 and 6 allow us to view the body as material constructions. From this perspective we no longer conceive our body as "I" or "mine;" thereby, attachment and ignorance dissolve.
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2016-06-09 Mindfulness with Breathing 1:13:48
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the first talk in a four-week series titled "Cultivating Mindfulness." This talk focused on using the breath as the meditation object. When we observe our breath, our mind is free from unwholesome states, such as anger, greed, or doubt, because we are simply connecting with the very ordinary experience of breathing. We are not being pushed or pulled by desire or aversion. In fact, when we connect with the breath, we experience ease and happiness.
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2016-06-09 Cultivating Mindfulness 3:48:51
This series is an introduction to the meditative development of mindfulness through which we refine our ability to focus and bring clear attention to all aspects of experience. We will cultivate mindfulness of breath, sensations, emotions, thoughts and actions. This series includes exercises that enhance mindfulness, support the establishment of a daily meditation practice, and highlight balanced awareness in work and home life.

2016-05-26 Equanimity, Our Greatest Friend 39:23
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the seventh talk in a eight-week series titled "Seven Factors of Awakening." This talk explores how the stability and the balance provided by equanimity can make our mind our friend, something that we can trust. When equanimity is strong, if there is pain we won't tend to react with aversion; if there is pleasure, we won't tend to react with grasping and clinging. The mind will be balanced, present, and aware of experience as it unfolds.
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2016-05-24 Buddha's Practical Advice for Maintaining Material Gains and Wealth 27:23
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the seventh talk in a seven-week series on lesser known Buddhist teachings titled "Thus Have I Heard." This talk revolves around a teaching in the Anuttara Nikaya (AN 4:255) that expresses the Buddha's very practical advice for protecting one's material goods and wealth. He recommends that people 1) look for things that are lost, 2) repair things that are broken, 3) be moderate in consuming food and drink, and 4) place a virtuous person in the position of authority.
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2016-05-19 Concentration 1:14:50
  Margaret Gainer
Margaret Gainer gave the sixth talk in a eight-week series titled "Seven Factors of Awakening." She compares and contrasts meditation techniques that lead to insight and concentration, and focuses on applying concentration to develop one-pointedness.
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2016-05-17 Discerning a Trustworthy Teacher 45:13
  Nona Olivia
Nona Olivia gave the sixth talk in a seven-week series on lesser known Buddhist teachings titled "Thus Have I Heard." This talk explores how to choose a trustworthy teacher.
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