Sunday, 2 June 2019

The Mystery Continues by Wes Nisker

Wes gave this talk at the Spirit Rock Meditation Centre.

It is his musings on evolution as part of the retreat "Evolving Together: Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science".

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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Opening To And Understanding Suffering Is Liberating by Mark Nunberg

Mark Nunberg began his practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Centre in Minneapolis in 1993 with Wynn Fricke and continues to serve as the centre’s Guiding Teacher. Mark has studied with both Asian and Western teachers and finds deep inspiration in the teachings of the Buddha. Mark practised as a monk for five months in Burma and completed four three-month retreats at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Centre, as well as many months of intensive retreat practice at The Forest Refuge. Mark continues to be a grateful student of Buddhist practice.

Talk One

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Talk Two

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Friday, 22 March 2019

Dukkha And The End Of Dukkha by Donald Rothberg and Heidi Bourne

Donald Rothberg, PhD, has practised Insight Meditation since 1976 and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, he currently writes and teaches classes, groups and retreats on meditation, daily life practice, spirituality and psychology, and socially engaged Buddhism. An organizer, teacher, and former board member for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Donald has helped to guide three six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality through Buddhist Peace Fellowship (the BASE Program), Saybrook (the Socially Engaged Spirituality Program), and Spirit Rock (the Path of Engagement Program). He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers.

Dukkha And The End Of Dukkha 1; An Overview Of The Teachings

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Dukkha And The End Of Dukkha 2; Is Suffering Optional By Heidi Bourne

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Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition. She has been guiding groups and individuals in public and private settings since 2005, and from spring to fall offers wilderness meditation retreats. Heidi holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA, is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, and is a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has a background in nursing and has been a small business owner in Arcata, California for 30 years.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Mumons Zen Warnings by Tenshin Roshi

Born in Manchester, England, Charles Tenshin Fletcher Roshi went to the United States in 1979 to study at the Zen Centre of Los Angeles with founder Taizan Maezumi Roshi. In 1994, Tenshin Roshi received Dharma Transmission (authorization to teach) in the White Plum lineage from Maezumi Roshi, and Inka from Genpo Merzel Roshi in 2006 (Zen Master, final seal of approval). He acted as administrator for many years at ZCLA and is now the primary teacher and abbot at Yokoji-Zen Mountain Centre. Tenshin Roshi is one of the few North American teachers officially certified as a Kokusaifukyoshi (Official Foreign Representative), a title appointed in 2009 by the Soto Zen Headquarters in Japan.

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Friday, 8 February 2019

The Three Fetters by Howard Cohn

Howard Cohn has led the Mission Dharma sitting group in San Francisco for over 25 years. He has practised meditation since 1972, has led vipassana retreats since 1985, and is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre.

In this talk, he describes The Three Fetters.

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Saturday, 26 January 2019

How To Deepen Training by Rev Master Daishin Morgan

Here are another two talks by Rev Master Daishin Morgan.

Talk One

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Talk Two

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Friday, 14 December 2018

Acceptance by Rev. Master Daishin Morgan

Reverend Master Daishin Morgan is a disciple of Jiyu-Kennett and has been a Zen monk for thirty-six years and abbot of Throssel Hole since 1982. (At Throssel Hole Abbey, all ranks and both sexes are addressed as 'Reverend' and are referred to as monks and priests.) The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, of which Throssel Hole is a member, describe themselves as being in the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition (Ts'ao-Tung Ch'an in China and Sōtō Zen in Japan) and Buddha Recognizes Buddha is firmly in that tradition, drawing heavily on the teachings of Sōtō founder, Dōgen Zenji (1200 – 1253).

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Friday, 30 November 2018

Afflictive Emotions; Parts 1 and 2 by Joseph Goldstein

Having noticed that we had had only one previous talk from our last speaker, Jack Kornfield, it came as an equal surprise to find that we'd also only had one talk from our current speaker Joseph Goldstein.

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and loving-kindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies.

Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967 he has studied and practised different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. He is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.

Part One


Part Two


Friday, 16 November 2018

The Way Buddha Answered Questions by Jack Kornfield

This is an old Dharma talk by Jack Kornfield from 1984.

The ways that the Buddha answered questions are "an inspiration to connect us with the ancient and timeless endeavour of practice and awakening, and the ways human beings over the centuries have worked with the development of their understanding."

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Friday, 2 November 2018

Generosity by Gil Fronsdal

Gil Fronsdal is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Centre in Redwood City, California; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practised Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975. He was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre where he is part of its Teachers Council. Gil was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Centre in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Centre. He is currently serving on the SF Zen Centre Elders’ Council.

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