Sunday, April 26, 2015

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



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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.




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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.



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Friday, February 20, 2015

When Faith Informs Wisdom by Robert Cusick

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

This one, "When Faith Informs Wisdom" is by Robert Cusick who has been practicing Buddhist meditationsince 1997 and is a student of Gil Fronsdal. He trained as a Buddhist monk, under the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, at Pa Auk Forest Monastery in southern Myanmar (Burma). He also trained in the Soto Zen tradition at Tassajara Zen Mountain Centre and with A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali) in the Diamond Approach (DH6). Before leaving for Burma, Robert participated in the second Buddhist Chaplaincy training offered through the Sati Centre for Buddhist Studies and he completed the first Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP1) at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre. He subsequently served there, upon his return to the U.S., in the role of Retreats Program Manager. He currently sits on the Board of Directors at the Sati Centre for Buddhist Studies and Pa Auk Forest Meditation Centre, USA.



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Friday, February 13, 2015

Mindfulness in Close Relationships by Matthew Brensilver

This is the eighth 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 Matthew Brensilver, PhD, who began practice in the Tibetan tradition and since 2003, has studied with Shinzen Young. He served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Centre. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine, with whom he teaches at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program. He conducts research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Centre for Behavioural and Addiction Medicine.



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Friday, February 06, 2015

Ashoka the Great - Buddhist Emperor of India

This is taken from the BBC radio 4 program "In Our Time" with Melvyn Bragg.

Melvyn and his guests discuss the Indian Emperor Ashoka. Active in the 3rd century BC, Ashoka conquered almost all of the landmass covered by modern-day India, creating the largest empire South Asia had ever known. After his campaign of conquest he converted to Buddhism, and spread the religion throughout his domain. His edicts were inscribed on the sides of an extraordinary collection of stone pillars spread far and wide across his empire, many of which survive today. Our knowledge of ancient India and its chronology, and how this aligns with the history of Europe, is largely dependent on this important set of inscriptions, which were deciphered only in the nineteenth century.

With:
Jessica Frazier Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent and a Research Fellow at the Oxford
Centre for Hindu Studies.

Naomi Appleton Chancellor's Fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh.









and
Richard Gombrich Founder and Academic Director of the Oxford
Centre for Buddhist Studies and Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Oxford.





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Friday, January 30, 2015

Widening the Path of Practice; Compassionate Service by Margaret Gainer

This is the seventh 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 Margaret Gainer who began Buddhist meditation practice in 1995 and teaches at several San Francisco Bay area meditation groups and churches. Margaret completed Sati Centre Buddhist Chaplaincy Training, and since 2005 has taught a weekly meditation class for women inmates at Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas.

Interestingly, Margaret is a member of the First Congregational Church of San Jose and brings Buddhist teachings and understanding into the life of the church.



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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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