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05/27/2012 – Metta

Wendy offered a presentation on Metta this morning, which included portions of these recorded dharma talks:

John Teasdale
The Significance of Kindness and Care
http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/238/talk/12371/

Adrianne Ross
Guided Loving Kindness Meditation
http://dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/3/8168.html

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5/13/2012 – Sharing Joy

Joey led us in reflecting on the third of the Brhama Viharas, Sympathetic Joy, by sharing a talk from Christina Feldman, which Joey heard on a recent retreat.  Though that talk is not available online, here is a link to another of Christina’s talks, simply titled “Joy,” from November 19, 2009, which covers the same ground and offers the same encouragements.

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/44/talk/10583/

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5/06/2012 – Compassion

Anne directed our reflections on Compassion, the second of the Brahma Viharas, with a portion of a talk by Sally Armstrong

http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/153/talk/13479/

and guided our meditation, reading from Jack Kornfield’s book Wise Heart, pages 33-34.

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4/29/2012 – Equanimity

Jackie brought our focus to the fourth Brahma Vihara, Equanimity, centering on a talk titled “Equanimity – Meeting in the Middle, by Joseph Goldstein, from April 2012, at the Forest Refuge.

http://dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/96/15863.html

As with all the Brahma Viharas, the meditative practice which fosters equanimity often makes use of the heartfelt iteration of traditional phrases.  Here are phrases for the cultivation of equanimity, should you wish to explore them.

Equanimity phrases

Joy and sorrow arise and pass away. This is part of the journey.

Whether I understand it or not, things are unfolding according to a lawful nature.

Things are just as they are right now.

May I accept this just as it is.

May I accept/open to how it is right now.

No matter how I might wish things to be otherwise, things are as they are.

May my heart be at ease with the outer/inner changing conditions of life.

May my heart incline towards equanimity.

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04/22/12 – Further Concentration

To explore further dimensions of concentration, Michael used a part of a talk by Joseph Goldstein as well as extracts from Henapola Gunaratana’s book on the jhanas, “Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English.”  Joseph’s talk is one of a series of 46 that he gave over the years, methodically going through the Satipatthana Sutta, the basic text on mindfulness (all of which can be found at <dharmaseed.org>.  We listened to minutes 14:26 – 44:37.

Concentration II – from Factors of Awakening, Joseph Goldstein

http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/3552/

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04/15/12 – Concentration

Joey brought ou focus to concentration this week with and excerpt from a talk by Guy Armstrong, who has a number of talks on concentration available at <dharmaseed.org>.

Awakening concentration – Guy Armstrong

http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/79/talk/2434/

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04/08/12 – Big Mind

Nancy focused our practice with a guided meditation on “Big Mind”.  Joseph Goldstein once described this as a meditation with a Tibetan Buddhist style, a Zen name, developed and most often taught by Vipassana teachers.    There are many versions by many teachers available to stream or download at <dharmaseed.org>

Here is the link to one by Joseph.  Click the title or paste in the link below

Big mind

http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/4213/

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04/01/12 – Daily Practice of the Path

Michael hosted a discussion on opportunities and frameworks for enhancing our daily practice of the Eightfold Path, centering on an excerpt from a dharma talk titled “Crossing the Flood” by Andrea Fella.  We listened from minute  1:16 through minute 20:14.  The entire talk can be found at

http://dharmaseed.org/talks/?search=crossing+the+flood&sort=-rec_date

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03/25/12 – Mindfulness

Margaret framed our reflections on Mindfulness with some telling quotations, and then played a recorded dharma talk.

Here are the framing quotations:

“Mindfulness is that quality of attention which notices without choosing, without preference; it is choiceless awareness that, like the sun, shines on all things equally.” –p.23, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: the Path of  Insight and Meditation; Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, Shambhala, 2001.)

“In essence it is being in the here and now.  But there is more to it than that. . . Right mindfulness leads to insight, leads to letting go, leads to disidentification. . . Mindfulness has to be combined with clear comprehension to achieve “right mindfulness”.–Sally Clough Armstrong quoted from a talk titled “What is Mindfulness”?  given at the Insight Meditation Retreat, Spirit Rock Meditation Center 2012-02-02

We then listened to most of talk by Christina Feldman – here is the link (we listened from about the 26 minute mark):

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/44/talk/10813/

Christina Feldman reads the poem “Mindful” by Mary Oliver, near the beginning of the talk – but if you want another link to it:

http://mindfulheart.blogspot.com/2009/03/mindful-by-mary-oliver.html

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Welcome to the new site

Welcome to the new site! We are currently transitioning our content to this site, so please focus on your breath until the internet bell rings (you may need to wait a few weeks).

Currently we are posting titles and links for Sundays, working backward from the present.  Thanks for your patience.

Metta.