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Renee Burgard's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
Renee Burgard
Renée Burgard is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, consultant, and educator in private practice at Mindfulness & Health in Palo Alto. She teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs for schools, nonprofits, and corporations in the SF Bay Area and serves as a senior MBSR instructor and mentor for teachers and psychotherapists in Northern California. She received training in MBSR from Jon Kabat-Zinn, is currently in training for certification in Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dan Siegel, MD, and is an expert contributor on the topic of mindfulness for She received ordination as a lay monastic from Thich Nhat Hahn. (, and
2017-06-20 Mindful Self-Compassion 45:25
Renee Burgard gives a talk on mindful self-compassion.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
2016-06-30 Working with Emotions and Mental States 45:57
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.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
In collection: Cultivating Mindfulness
2016-06-09 Cultivating Mindfulness 3:48:42
with Renee Burgard, Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen
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.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
2015-08-13 Emptiness and Non-Self 54:40
This is the sixth talk in a speaker series titled Fundamental Buddhist Principles 2015. In this talk, Renee Burgard explores how beings are empty of a separate self; there is nothing to attach to.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
2012-05-29 Mindfulness of the Body 48:03
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley Tuesday Talks—2012

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