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Robert Cusick's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
Robert Cusick
Robert Cusick trained at Stanford University in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and is a Stanford certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) instructor. He studied in the Soto Zen Tradition at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond approach with A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali) and in Spirit Rock’s multi-year Dedicated Practioner’s Program. He ordained in Burma under the world-renowned Burmese Meditation Master, Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied there with him for a number of years. His practice is focused on recognizing and cultivating compassion through the application of mindfulness.
2017-07-18 The Bliss of Blamelessness: Cultivating the Foundation & Framework of Buddhist Practice 53:20
Robert Cusick gave the first talk in a speaker series titled "Living Wisely in the World: Caring for Mind, Family, Society, and Planet". There are many benefits to training in sila or by living in integrity with the precepts. When we recognize and respect the importance of integrity as a foundational underpinning of Buddhism and choose to develop it as a personal daily practice, we access a powerful tool that can be used for both our immediate and complete liberation from suffering. By choosing to train in this way, we create the conditions in our own lives to understand and experience what's known as the "Bliss of Blamelessness." This talk by Robert Cusick is about some of the many different ways people are transformed by living in integrity with the precepts and ultimately changed by the bliss of blamelessness.
In collection: Living Wisely in the World: Caring for Mind, Family, Society, and Planet
2017-07-18 Living Wisely in the World: Caring for Mind, Family, Society, and Planet 3:23:00
with Jennifer Dungan, Lisa Dale Miller, Nikki Mirghafori, Shaila Catherine
A famous verse in the Dhammapada states: “All experience is preceded by mind, led by mind, made by mind. Speak or act with a corrupted mind, and suffering follows, as the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox … Speak or act with a peaceful mind, and happiness follows, like a never-departing shadow.” This guest speaker series will explore the ways in which care for our minds leads to care for our families, societies and our planet.
2016-09-01 Mindfulness 60:44
Robert Cusick gave the third talk in a six-week series titled "Beautiful Mind - Five Faculties." He talked about mindfulness in the service of "getting unstuck." There are two ways to think about mindfulness: 1) as a means of noticing our mental patterns without judgment, and 2) remembering, or returning to, the object of meditation. Cultivating mindfulness helps us see things more clearly. Mindfulness is a means of developing concentration, and subsequently cultivating wisdom.
2015-07-16 The Path to the Ending of Suffering 69:41
This is the second talk in a speaker series titled Fundamental Buddhist Principles 2015. The teaching of the Buddha is not about a belief system; rather, it is about deliverance from suffering. His teaching is verifiable by our own experience. Along with this message comes the method of practice that leads to the ending of suffering, and this method of practice is the Noble Eightfold Path. The eight factors of this Path include right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. Liberation from suffering is the inevitable fruit of cultivating this Path.
In collection: Fundamental Buddhist Principles 2015
2015-07-09 Fundamental Buddhist Principles 2015 2:59:01
with Bob Stahl, Kim Allen, Shaila Catherine
Buddhist tradition offers a rich tradition of wisdom teachings. This series focuses on the philosophy, principles, practices, and instructions that are fundamental to developing a meditative or Buddhist practice. It is intended as an introduction to Buddhism series, with an emphasis on the primary teachings that guide meditators to a liberating understanding of the mind, world, and life.
2014-08-26 When Faith Informs Wisdom 49:44
This talk was given as a part of the series "Where Rubber Meets the Road: A Series on Mindful Living."
In collection: Where Rubber Meets the Road: A Series on Mindful Living
2014-07-01 Where Rubber Meets the Road: A Series on Mindful Living 7:06:03
with Andrea Fella, David Cohn, Jason Murphy, Margaret Gainer, Matthew Brensilver, Misha Merrill, Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, Tony Bernhard
This series of talks provides insight and practical advice as to how to take the wonderful and serene mind that we develop during our meditation practice into our daily lives, into our relationships with others. Sometimes, the deepest grooves in our minds are only stimulated in our relationships to others. Defilements and habits of the mind, such as greed, anger and delusion, arise in ways that they don't in other situations. Fortunately, these daily life encounters offer us opportunities to practice, to see ourselves more clearly, and to become more free. This is the liberating power of awareness and mindfulness.
2013-04-16 Compassion Beyond Fatigue 42:09
Tuesday Talks
2012-06-05 The Interplay of Emotions and Thought 33:30
Tuesday Talks—2012
In collection: Meditation and the Emotional Landscape
2012-05-08 Meditation and the Emotional Landscape 4:42:12
with Doug Slakey, Jennifer Dungan, Leah Weiss, Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen
This collection of talks given at Insight Meditation South Bay discusses the nature of emotions. Topics include how to work with shame, dread, fear and anger.
Tuesday Talks—2012

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