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Various's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
2015-03-10 Eight Great Thoughts 3:58:45
This series is inspired by a delightful discourse that identifies eight thoughts of a great person (Anguttara Nikaya 8:30).
2015-03-10 Fewness of Wishes 45:07
  Misha Merrill
This talk by Misha Merrill was given as part of the series “Eight Great Thoughts” (Anguttara Nikaya 8:30). Another possible title for this talk is “To Want What We Have.” As long as getting more is possible, however improbable, desire will arise to meet it. This brings us to the Four Noble Truths, where dukka or dissatisfaction can be seen as the distance between what we want and what actually is. When we become aware of this thirst, it creates possibility for change. Fewness of wishes, or wanting what we have, is fundamentally a combination of simplicity and renunciation. Fewness of wishes is realizing that there is nowhere left to go but right here. Our wish is actually just to be present. It sounds simple, but is hard to do, because we are preoccupied with the future (i.e., worry) and we are rehashing the past (i.e., regret). Yet the only place that we are free of worry and regret is in this moment, right here, where there is nothing but what is.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
In collection Eight Great Thoughts
2015-03-24 Contentment 39:06
  Jason Murphy
This talk was given as part of the series "Eight Great Thoughts" (Anguttara Nikaya 8:30). Can we be at ease with whatever the situation is, whether it is pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral? In this day and age of discontentment, effort put into this practice gives us hope of realizing contentment. We can realize contentment one breath at a time. We have the power to shape our minds. We have the ability to feel and know suffering and be liberated from it. And it is up to us to do the practice, for one who is content is free from greed, anger and delusion.
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In collection Eight Great Thoughts
2015-04-07 Energetic Effort 46:40
  Ines Freedman
This talk by Ines Freedman was given as part of the series “Eight Great Thoughts” (Anguttara Nikaya 8:30). Energetic effort deals with the effort needed to let go of unskillful and unwholesome mental activities, and to cultivate skillful and wholesome mental activities. It is really about the quality of our mind. We can look at our daily lives, and determine whether we are doing things that are supporting wholesome mental states, such as peace, freedom, kindness and compassion, or doing things that are supporting unwholesome mental states, such as jealous and angry thoughts.
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In collection Eight Great Thoughts
2015-04-14 Mindfulness 54:01
  Janetti Marotta
This talk was given as part of the series "Eight Great Thoughts" (Anguttara Nikaya 8:30). Mindfulness is an aware acceptance of the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness opens us to accept the present moment just as it is, whether it’s pleasant or unpleasant, without either clinging to it or rejecting to it. This acceptance in turns leads to insight into the nature of suffering, impermanence, and non-self. Awareness of our breath and body can ground us in present moment during our meditation.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
In collection Eight Great Thoughts
2015-04-28 Wisdom 53:49
  Nona Olivia
This talk was given as part of the series “Eight Great Thoughts” (Anguttara Nikaya 8:30). Wisdom is realized after following the Noble Eightfold Path. True wisdom is a penetrating vision of phenomena in their rising and passing away. Wisdom arises out of insight, and insight arises out of a still and luminous mind.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
In collection Eight Great Thoughts

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