The teachings of the Buddha (Dharma) and the practices of Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and loving-kindness meditation (metta) are at the heart of all the programs we offer at Spirit Rock. Practicing Insight Meditation develops mindfulness, the capacity to pay attention to each moment of life and to see clearly the truth of our experience. Studying the Dharma provides insights into the conditions that define and limit our experience of life. And cultivating an attitude of loving-kindness allows us to stay present to what's true and what's difficult in our lives with compassion for ourselves and others. Ultimately, our relationship to life is transformed as we learn to live more wisely and kindly.
Sylvia Boorstein: Tenderness and a Tribute to Thich Nhat Hanh
1:11:38(Spirit Rock Meditation Center)
Brian Lesage: 1st Day Morning Instructions
41:49(Spirit Rock Meditation Center)
Bonnie Duran: Practicing in the Body for Insight : Impermanence
42:57(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) This talk gives information about practicing with the 4 Elements and with Vedana/Feeling tone for insight into impermanence.
Grace Fisher: Sangha and the Extended Heart
23:05(Spirit Rock Meditation Center)
Sylvia Boorstein: Supporting Equanimity: I Talk to My Friends.
1:56:03(Spirit Rock Meditation Center)
Gulwinder Singh: The Five Recollections and the Cultivation of Metta in Daily Life--(Retreat at Spirit Rock)
1:07:19(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) This Dharma Talk reflects on the 5 subjects for frequent recollections (also called the 5 remembrances): (1) I am of the nature to age, I have not gone beyond aging, (2) I am of the nature to sicken, I have not gone beyond sickness, (3) I am of the nature to die, I have not gone beyond dying (4) All that is mine, beloved and pleasing, will become otherwise, Will become separated from me (4) I am the owner of my kamma, heir to my kamma, born of my kamma, related to my kamma, abide supported by my kamma. Whatever kamma I shall do for good or for ill, of that I will be the heir. This is offered as a chant as a way to connect the teaching to the heart and the body. The talk then explores the liberative idea of Kamma (Karma) where we have more and more agency through the practice to seed our intentions so that our acts of body, speech and mind are more wholesome, skillful, and leading to the alleviation of suffering for ourselves and others. The talk then explores various strategies for the cultivation of mettā in daily life.
Kaira Jewel Lingo: Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public: Celebrating Dr. King's Legacy of Love--(Retreat at Spirit Rock)
59:25(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) Given on Dr. King's birthday, we explore how we can each give rise to bodhicitta and support the realization of justice: the expression of love in public. Kaira Jewel first shares about the personal impact of Dr. King on her life, introducing her father, Al Lingo, who makes a cameo appearance to briefly share about working with Dr. King in the Civil Rights Movement in the South. She then explores the friendship between Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. King and their common effort to build the Beloved Community. Then we look at how caring for ourselves is caring for others and vice versa, and how bodhicitta is an inexhaustible source of energy and confidence, because it helps us clarify what our ultimate concern is. We end with how we can engage in activism, and work on behalf of the world in a way that doesn’t lead to burnout.
Donald Rothberg: Metta and Forgiveness--(Retreat at Spirit Rock)
1:01:14(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) We first explore several important themes in metta practice: (1) how metta practice can be seen as a training in learning to “lead” with the heart; (2) ways of working with difficult experiences, such as anger, fear, and the presence of the judgmental mind, that can arise in the “purification” process connected with metta practice; (3) how metta practice opens us to our radiant depths; and (4) the nature of metta practice with the “difficult person” and its connection with forgiveness practice. Then we explore the nature of forgiveness—clarifying what it is and isn’t; distinguishing between forgiveness as an outer, interpersonal and social process, giving several examples, including from the Heiltsuk indigenous tradition and South Africa, and forgiveness as an inner practice; and identifying some of dynamics of inner forgiveness practice.
Gulwinder Singh: Metta & Equanimity (Retreat at Spirit Rock)
55:29(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) Reflections on how the cultivation of Metta is a cornerstone of building equanimity in which the mind is impartial. When we cultivate a mind that can radiate metta to the Stranger and the Enemy with the same wholeheartedness as to the benefactor and friend that same quality of mind can meet any experience with ease of heart and balance of mind.
Heidi Bourne : Intention, Commitment & Determination: Balancing the 3 Legged Stool
1:31:00(Spirit Rock Meditation Center)