Friday, January 23, 2015

Knowing Ourselves Inside and Out by Sharon Allen

This is the sixth 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 Sharon Allen who is a long time practitioner and teacher of mindfulness meditation and different forms of movement. She taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for many years. Sharon leads several on-going meditation groups that explore spiritual development through meditation, study, and reflection. Sharon encourages the integration of mindfulness in dealing with life’s ever-changing events. When it is suitable, Sharon offers the movement practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong to enhance mindfulness. These movement practices can be adapted and are beneficial for people with varied physical capabilities.



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Intention, Motivation and Purpose by Andrea Fella

This is the fifth 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 Andrea Fella who co-teaches with Gil Fronsdal at the Insight Meditation Centre in Redwood City, California. (IMC) is a community-based urban meditation centre for the practice of Vipassana or Insight meditation.



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Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Rebellious Path Of Freedom From Habits Of Mind by Jason Murphy

Jason Murphy has been practicing Vipassana (Insight) meditation since 1994. He is a teacher and counsellor who has been working with youth and families for the past 17 years. Jason has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings and now leads a weekly Mindfulness group for young adults in Santa Cruz. He has assisted at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre and with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) on a number of retreats. Jason has sat residential retreats as well as studied at monasteries in the U.S as well as in Asia.

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



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Friday, November 28, 2014

Working With Psychological Obstacles by David Cohn

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

This talk is by David Cohn who began practice at San Francisco Zen Centre in 1969 with Suzuki Roshi,
later becoming a disciple of Baker Roshi. A residential student at Tassajara, Green Gulch Farm, and City Centre until 1984, he was ordained as a priest in 1977.

The talk has a lot of background noise, especially at the beginning, including, briefly, a motor cycle which I am expertly informed by one of our sangha members is a Harley-Davidson!



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Thursday, November 06, 2014

A Little Attention Makes All the Difference

This is the second 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 Misha Merrill who is a Zen teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi of the San Francisco Zen Center. She received Dharma Transmission from his disciple, Les Kaye, in 1998 and has been the guiding teacher of Zen Heart Sangha on the Peninsula since 1993.





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Friday, October 17, 2014

Roles, Relationships, And Awakening by Shaila Catherine

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

"This series of talks provides insight and practical advice as to how to take the wonderful and serene mind that we develop during our meditation practice into our daily lives, into our relationships with others. Sometimes, the deepest grooves in our minds are only stimulated in our relationships to others. Defilements and habits of the mind, such as greed, anger and delusion, arise in ways that they don't in other situations. Fortunately, these daily life encounters offer us opportunities to practice, to see ourselves more clearly, and to become more free. This is the liberating power of awareness and mindfulness."



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Friday, October 10, 2014

Pet The Lizard, Feed The Mouse, Hug The Monkey by Rick Hanson


This talk is by Rick Hanson, Ph.D., who is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture.

He is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has 100,000 subscribers.



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Friday, August 15, 2014

Buddhist Perspectives on Right View

This is a series of five talks on the subject of "Right View", the first aspect of the Noble Eightfold Path, by Shaila Catherine, founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation centre in Silicon Valley.

She is the author of "Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana."

1 What is Right View



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2 Cultivating Liberating Understanding



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3 Opinions And Truth



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4 What Must Be Known



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5 Danger Of Fixation



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Friday, August 08, 2014

The Hindrances, Restlesness by Andrea Fella

Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and, under Gil Fronsdal's guidance, began teaching meditation classes in 2003. She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number of long retreats, both in the United States and in Burma. During one long practice period in Burma, she ordained as a nun with Sayadaw U Janaka. Andrea is especially drawn to the wisdom teachings of the Buddha. Her teachings emphasize clarity and practicality.



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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Ten Thousand Idiots by Ed Brown


Edward Espe Brown is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest. Edward was ordained in 1971 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who gave him the Dharma name Jusan Kainei, which means "Longevity Mountain, Peaceful Sea." He is famous for also being a chef, co-founder Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, has written many books on "Zen cooking" and in 2007, was the subject of a critically acclaimed feature-length documentary film entitled "How to Cook Your Life", directed by Doris Dörrie.



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