Friday, February 05, 2016

Greetings, Sisters and Brothers In Aging, Sickness and Death by Greg Scharf

Greg Scharf began meditating in 1992. He has studied with a variety of teachers both in Asia and the West, and trained as a Buddhist monk in Burma. He has been teaching residential meditation retreats since 2007, including the annual 3 month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society where he is a core teacher. In his teaching Greg emphasizes the understanding that meditation is fundamentally an exploration of nature and natural processes. He also stresses the critical importance of bringing the qualities of kindness, compassion, and a sense of humour to practice. Currently living in the high country of northern Arizona, Greg's love of nature and the outdoors deeply informs both his practice and teaching.


Friday, January 08, 2016

Releasing Our Imaginary Friend by Rodney Smith

This talk by Rodney Smith is delivered in his customary "wake up" style and concerns the Self, our sense of Me, our Imaginary Friend.

Rodney Smith is guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society, an organization he founded in 1993.


Friday, December 11, 2015

A Thousand Thoughts by Ariya B. Baumann

Ariya B. Baumann was born and raised in Switzerland. She started to practise meditation during her training as a music and dance teacher at the conservatory in Zürich. In 1992, she went to Myanmar (Burma) and ordained as a nun under Sayadaw U Janaka and for many years she practised vipassana and metta meditation under his guidance. Later she assisted the Sayadaws by translating talks and interviews for foreign meditators. In 2006, she changed to the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre, Yangon, where she assisted Sayadaw U Indaka as well as teaching the foreign meditators herself.

In 2013, she disrobed and is now based in Switzerland from where she continues to teach vipassana and metta meditation courses worldwide.

She has translated several Dhamma books from Burmese to English and German, including Sayadaw U Indaka’s books on metta and the factors of enlightenment.


Saturday, December 05, 2015

Cultivation Of The Four Efforts by Thanissara

Thanissara, a practitioner since 1975, was a Theravada nun for 12 years in the tradition of Ajahn Chah and has taught internationally the last 20 years. She is co-founder and director of Dharmagiri Hermitage and Outreach in South Africa and spends time between there and the US. She has an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice from Karuna Institute and Middlesex University UK and is currently co-facilitator of the Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock.


Friday, August 07, 2015

The Noble Eightfold Path by Rodney Smith

This is a series of talks by Rodney Smith on the Noble Eightfold Path.

The first talk is on Wise view which is the essential first step, and which he regards as framing the entire path of practice.

(Apologies for the sound quality - they are quite old recordings; the speech is fine but there is some background hiss)

Wise View


Wise Aspiration


Wise Speech


Wise Action


Wise Livelihood


Wise Effort


Wise Mindfulness


Wise Samadhi


Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Five Hindrances by Gil Fronsdal

This is a series of six talks on the Five Hindrances by Gil Fronsdal.

Gil is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Centre in Redwood City, California; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practiced 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 Center in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman.

Introduction to The Five Hindrances


Sensual Desire


Ill Will


Sloth and Torpor






Friday, May 08, 2015

Living In The Present by Michael Grady

This talk, which is also about living in the present moment, is by Narayan's then husband Michael Grady.

Michael was a guiding teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Centre for more than 20 years. He has practiced insight meditation since 1974 and also trained with the late Master Sheng Yen.

He encourages including all of life as an opportunity for awakening.


Friday, April 03, 2015

Living Fully In The Present; The Four Foundations Of Mindfulness

Narayan Helen Liebenson is a guiding teacher of IMS and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and a
regular contributor to Buddhadharma magazine. Her training includes over 30 years in the Theravada tradition as well as in Chan with the late Master Sheng Yen.

This talk is the first in a series on the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and mainly concentrates on the first foundation, mindfulness of the body.

Part One


Part Two


Friday, March 27, 2015

Death by Lila Kate Wheeler

Within this very body, the Buddha declared, we have everything we need to discover the origin and cessation of suffering. Yet we tend to ignore our bodies or pay distorted, unwise attention to them. On this silent retreat beginners and experienced meditators trained in embodied awareness, the direct experience of our physical life. They also practiced living with clearer understanding and a kinder attitude toward our bodies' organic, changing nature.

In this talk Lila Kate Wheeler explores the subject of death as part of this mindfulness of body.

Lila Kate Wheeler began teaching meditation in the mid-1980s and continues to practice with teachers in Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Writing is an important part of her life; she has recently completed a second novel.


Friday, March 06, 2015

Ethical Practices In Cultivating The Dharma Tony Bernhard

This is the last talk in the series "Where rubber meets the road", a series of talks by various speakers on the subject of mindful living.

This one is by Tony Bernhard who is one of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders. He sits on the board of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and on the Spirit Rock Program Committee. He hosts sitting groups in Davis and teaches regularly throughout the Bay Area.