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Various's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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.
2016-07-07 Refrain From Intoxication 59:50
  Angie Boissevain
Angie Boissevain gave the first talk in a six-week series titled "Ethics, Action and the Five Precepts". Her talk addresses the fifth precept: refraining from intoxication. She discusses the impact of drug and alcohol use on relationships and how restraint can promote harmony.
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2016-07-14 Refrain from Stealing 51:52
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the second talk in a six-week series titled "Ethics, Action and the Five Precepts." When we undertake the training of refraining from taking that which is not given and practice generosity, we are improving our mind. More specifically, we are purifying our mind of greed. In fact, not stealing and giving are conditions that contribute to the realization of nibbana.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
In collection Ethics, Action and the Five Precepts
2016-07-21 Refrain From Sexual Misconduct 50:39
  Drew Oman
Drew Oman gave the third talk in a six-week series titled "Ethics, Action and the Five Precepts." He expands upon the third precept: refraining from sexual misconduct. He explores its relation to the other four precepts and to the four noble truths.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
In collection Ethics, Action and the Five Precepts
2016-07-28 Refrain from False Speech 29:28
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the fourth talk in a six-week series titled "Ethics, Action and the Five Precepts." Speech is given particular importance in the Buddhist path because wrong speech can cause tremendous harm, and right speech can be profoundly beneficial. Practicing right speech is given emphasis because it's a very vivid way of applying our practice to daily life. When we lie based on delusion and greed, our intention usually is to benefit ourselves. When we lie based on delusion and hatred, our intention is usually to harm others. Even when we lie to cause less harm than would be caused if we spoke the truth, we should be aware of the potential karmic consequences.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
In collection Ethics, Action and the Five Precepts
2016-08-04 Refrain From Killing 68:12
  Ayya Santussika
Ayya Santussika gave the fifth talk in a six-week series titled "Ethics, Action and the Five Precepts." She takes an in-depth look at the first precept: refraining from killing. She explores harming, how to live a life of non-harming, and facing difficult situations non-violently.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
In collection Ethics, Action and the Five Precepts

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