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Dependent Origination: Contact

2013-06-17 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 15m 52s

Think of the senses as six channels that are constantly flooding the brain with raw data while the brain attempts to coordinate this barrage of input into a meaningful presentation of events. The brain selects what data it will focus upon and leaves the rest out. When the particular sense data is allowed to make its way into consciousness, we call that, "contact," which is the sixth link in Dependent Origination. After contact is made various formations of mind encircle the contacted sense impression with perception, recognition, and memory. Now the contact becomes connected to all the other data, and actions are taken in relationship to the definition the contact (now the focus of experience) is given. Is this significant or not, how does this fit within my worldview, and shall I approach or avoid? If there is unconscious contact, we will likely see unconscious action, and if there is conscious contact then the action will not come from the past conditioning of the mind but spontaneously from what is. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/630/Default.aspx…

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Dependent Origination: The Six Senses

2013-06-03 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 57m 0s

One of the questions answered by Dependent Origination is where our information about the world comes from, and what it is based upon.  As we have seen, much of what we know is what the past allows us to know. By reflecting on the moment and commenting continually about it, we use past memories as our pathway to move forward.  This imagined response (meaning these ideas we hold about reality are not based upon what is true here and now) is being organized by the brain. To show conclusively the difference, the Buddha in his famous Sabba Sutta (SN 35.23), stated that formed reality holds the six senses only: the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect and ideas. "That is all (there is in form)," he said, "there is nothing that can be added or subtracted from this." The Buddha is specifically showing us that all our added responses from the past about the present are actually one of the six senses arising, as all the senses do, in the present moment.  This arising of ideas in the present also includes the person who seems to be receiving those very sensations.  Not spoken about in this sutta is the unformed, commonly referred to as sati or awareness. Awareness holds a direct wordless knowing, which does not refer to the mental way we usually know something by giving it a name.  There is space between this wordless knowing and the formation of words in the mind. Thoughts from the mind encircle this wordless knowing when, under the veil of ignorance, the two forms of knowing are perceived as one and the same. Ignorance enmeshes form with the formless, confusing the sacred with the mundane. Once this occurs we have only the sense data and our accompanying commentary to give us the information needed to navigate the world, the wordless discernment of awareness is no longer perceived. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/629/Default.aspx…

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Guest teacher talk

2013-05-23 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Will Kabat-Zinn)
Length: 1h 9m 4s

Will sat with us before a weekend retreat. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/628/Default.aspx…

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Dependent Origination: Name and Form

2013-05-20 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 18m 39s

Consciousness processes the mental formations by labeling and calling them something. Suddenly from a vague appearance arises the names and forms of life as we know it. Nama Rupa (name and form) arises from the fertile ground of mental formations and consciousness whose empty nature is confused by ignorance. To be called something, content requires information imparted about its nature. For example, we say an object is round, red, smooth, and small. Having recognized those traits through memory, we amass the data and call the object an  "apple." The name we give separates it from the rest of the content before us. When we are hungry, "apple" rises to the forefront of all other forms. When we are not, it falls back and is barely noticed. The mental formations that encircle the words determine the object's importance to us. Consciousness is now ready to develop a narrative about the relative relationships between the objects, and where there is a story there will be a storyteller. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/627/Default.aspx…

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Dharma Talk

2013-05-13 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Ajahn Sucitto)
Length: 16m 0s

This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/626/Default.aspx…

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Spiritual Sincerity

2013-05-06 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Tim Geil)
Length: 1h 2m 24s

This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/625/Default.aspx…

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Dependent Origination: Consciousness

2013-04-29 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 1h 2m 43s

The third link in Dependent Origination is Consciousness.  Consciousness springs forth from the fertile ground of ignorance and mental formations. We might think of this expression of consciousness as "egoic consciousness," the sense that "I am conscious of..."  Different traditions use various definitions for the term, consciousness.  In Buddhism there are different consciousnesses for each sense door. To get a sense of what this means, image you are standing on the ocean shore. If you focus exclusively on sight, certain memories and sense impressions will flood your mind, but if you concentrate exclusively on smell, there will be a whole new set of sense impressions and accompanying memories that may be very different from your visual consciousness. So too with each sense door - hearing, tasting, thinking, touching - each evokes a different set of memories and mental formations. The mind collates these separate consciousnesses into a single consciousness with "me" as the central casting figure.  When each person speaks of "my consciousness or my mind" they usually mean the summation of all the separate consciousnesses falsely organized (ignorance) as a single conscious entity. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/624/Default.aspx…

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Dependent Origination: Formations of Mind (2)

2013-04-15 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 55m 54s

We continue our exploration of the second link of Dependent Origination, Mental Formations. Mental formations consist of everything "formed" by the mind. We can understand why some spiritual traditions call these displays "dreamlike" and "illusory" when they come from nothing and seem to form into something meaningful, but the meaning is an internal response to the image and not intrinsic to the image itself. We can directly observe their transparency, and yet at the same time be fooled by their presentation.  In the same way we become mentally enmeshed in the rapid succession of two dimensional celluloid still pictures (called a movie), likewise we translate our mental formations into our life's story. The reality we give life is derived from these mental images. They form us and the world and establish a hunger (called desire) to reconnect with what is true and lasting.  At first we attempt to discover this through our worldly pursuits, but we eventually awaken to the fact that  what is true and lasting cannot be found within those images. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/623/Default.aspx…

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Self-Compassion and Not-Self

2013-04-08 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Keri Pederson)
Length: 6m 13s

We are often encouraged to develop greater compassion for ourselves while at the same time let go of our identification with an independently existing sense of self.  These two paths can seem contradictory and are often treated as quite distinct (the path of the heart and the path of wisdom), but this talk explores how they constantly support and inform each other, and how both are necessary for a fully integrated awakening. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/622/Default.aspx…

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Dependent Origination: Mental Formations (1)

2013-03-25 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 1h 1m 8s

Sankharas or karmic formations, the second link of causality within Dependent Origination, appear only within the environment of ignorance (first link). In other words, sanskaras form when our back is turned in denial or aversion or when we do not look beyond conventional meaning. Using the analogy of the sky, as clouds form and we are conscious of what is occurring, we do not take the clouds to be anything other than the formation of moisture in air. If there is a lapse of awareness and the cloud shapes itself into a recognizable form, we will no longer just see the cloud as a cloud but could easily lose ourselves in the shape it has now taken. So too, like a Rorschach inkblot test, ignorance or the lack of awareness brings our conditioned mental tendencies forth and configures each moment as a personal representation of our past. We then fall in line and behave as the formation dictates. If it says we are sad, we assume the posture of sadness, never questioning how this filter is coloring our experience. If we infuse enough belief into the formation, assumptions and attitudes create the sense of a personal truth that we then play out in action. The only tool we have to free ourselves from these false assumptions is awareness, and it is all we need to break their hold. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/616/Default.aspx…

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Dependent Origination: Ignorance

2013-03-11 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 8m 34s

Ignorance, or "ignoring" the facts, begins the conditioned chain of events known as Dependent Origination. Our refusal to acknowledge and look is the essential first cause of the sequencing of conditions that leads to struggle and separation. To reverse this process all we have to do is be amenable to seeing what is in front of our eyes. This, together with our willingness not to turn away from the implications of what we see, are the sole requirements necessary for the interruption of the links of causality. Awareness ends the belief that the world is static and fixed. We usually gloss over the continual unfolding and disarray we call, "our living experience," so we can use ignorance as a life preserver and steady our position by fixing it within the world.  How much of this unfixed universe we are willing to see will be determined by our sincerity, but the seeing, and therefore the ending of struggle, is always possible. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/614/Default.aspx…

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The Vedanas: Working with Pleasure and Pain

2013-03-04 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Lyndal Johnson)
Length: 1h 19m 13s

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Elements of Love (4 of 5)

2013-03-02 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Steve Armstrong)
Length: 24m 4s

How can we prepare the mind to facilitate a loving relationship with each moment's experience?…

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Insight on Love (5 of 5)

2013-03-02 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Steve Armstrong)
Length: 21m 14s

Love is a conditioned experience.  Realistically, in order to love we need insight into love's nature and the three characteristics it shares with all phenomena.…

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Love - with Baggage! (1 of 5)

2013-03-01 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Steve Armstrong)
Length: 13m 44s

Learning to be open to all elements of our own experience of love, including those elements which cause difficulty and suffering.…

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What is Love? (2 of 5)

2013-03-01 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Steve Armstrong)
Length: 19m 38s

As we keep looking, we see that many ideas about love are at play in our hearts and minds.…

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Long-term Domestic Love (3 of 5)

2013-03-01 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Steve Armstrong)
Length: 23m 46s

In a long term relationship there needs to be some sense of safety.  How do we reconcile this with the necessity to be vulnerable to what is real and alive?…

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Understanding Love: Experience, Awareness & Insight

2013-02-28 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Steve Armstrong)
Length: 1h 13m 42s

We all experience moments of unconditional metta (lovingkindness) and love of members of our immediate family. The joy and pain of falling into the euphoria and romance of erotic love may be well known to you too. Then by adding a spiritual practice to your life, you will have been introduced to the possibility of a spiritual dimension to love. Learning to recognize the similarities and distinctions of the varieties of love is essential to successfully walking the householders’ path of liberation. Instruction in mindful awareness and recognition of the elements of love will be offered. Suitable for everyone who has experienced love or who has been enthralled, curious or disappointed by it. Come and see how it is for your self. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/611/Default.aspx…

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Dependent Origination: Co-Dependent Arising 2

2013-02-18 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 1h 3m 8s

As we move through the links of Dependent Origination, one of the key areas for exploration are the linkages of craving, clinging, and becoming. What starts out as a simple feeling of pleasantness suddenly erupts into a needy and tumultuous sense-of-self. Dependent Origination explains the causal factors and conditions that led to full addiction and the reaction that followed.  D.O. shows us how we carry over the remembrance of previous encounters that sets us up for our current display. Once the present is colored with the past, we carry the momentum of the past into that current relationship. An object is no longer seen for what it is (always neutral) but for what it has become through memory.  We then chase after our memory like a cat would chase his tail, believing that the object is the same as the memory. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/610/Default.aspx…

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Dependent Origination: Co-Dependent Arising

2013-02-04 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 56m 51s

Dependent Origination asks us to see the world from a vastly different perspective than our normal understanding. It exerts that fundamentally nothing exists independently, and everything is co-dependent upon everything else.  Most of us do not see the world in this configuration. Normally we think of ourselves and all other objects as having separate existences. Let us loosen our grasp on seeing life as separately existing and ease ourselves into the symphony at play. Notice that coincidences and chance occurrences are part of the wonderment of inseparability. Nothing is happening randomly by accident.  Although even a philosophical understanding of this eases our individual burden, it is the realization of tis fact that dramatically effects our lives. When we see we are not separate from the world around us, we release the need for a personal and binding narrative, and the formless sacred comes into view. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/609/Default.aspx…

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Dependent Origination: Causality

2013-01-21 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 1h 0m 57s

Dependent Origination is the way the Buddha understood the arising of individuated forms in the world. The question D.O. attempts to answer is how the world and the sense-of-self come into existence. That is, what are the causal conditions of separation? Why do we see the world as we see it? The first two talks in this series are overviews of the sequential unfolding of D.O. and the remaining talks examine each of the twelve individual link within this chain. Conditioned causality is the fact that many conditions conspire to allow a single internal or external event to arise.  Western thought usually focuses on a single cause, but with increased insight we see that causal factors are limitless.  No one person or one event "made us angry," the whole universe was the reason that anger arose. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/603/Default.aspx…

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Practice in Daily Life

2013-01-19 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Anushka Fernandopulle)
Length: 26m 55s

The practice of cultivating our heart and mind is up to us. Let the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, be our guide. For more information about Anushka: http://www.anushkaf.org.…

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The Way to Happiness: Catching the Right Thought Train

2013-01-17 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Anushka Fernandopulle)
Length: 1h 4m 35s

This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/604/Default.aspx…

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Fundamentals of the Dharma: Embodied Action

2013-01-07 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 1h 30m 22s

Insights remain a dormant potential but not a formative actuality until they are put into action. Action validates the insight and establishes our intention to move in line with its truth. Action overcomes doubt and aligns our cognitive system with our spiritual transformation. It is the essential component for moving our spiritual journey forward. Too often our insights get lost within our conditioned habits and are never brought into the light of day, and therefore never fully position our mental and physical systems to the Dharma. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/601/Default.aspx…

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Questions and Answers

2012-12-31 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 1h 40m 38s

Rodney answers questions from the sangha. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/599/Default.aspx…

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Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart (7 of 9)

2011-10-16 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

 A study/practice retreat on "Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart" - An exploration of the paramis (perfections) of Generosity (Dāna), Ethics (Sīla), Renunciation (Nekkhamma), Insight (Paññā), Energy (Viriya), Patience (Kha…

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Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart (8 of 9)

2011-10-16 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

 A study/practice retreat on "Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart" - An exploration of the paramis (perfections) of Generosity (Dāna), Ethics (Sīla), Renunciation (Nekkhamma), Insight (Paññā), Energy (Viriya), Patience (Kha…

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Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart (9 of 9)

2011-10-16 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

 A study/practice retreat on "Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart" - An exploration of the paramis (perfections) of Generosity (Dāna), Ethics (Sīla), Renunciation (Nekkhamma), Insight (Paññā), Energy (Viriya), Patience (Kha…

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Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart (1 of 9)

2011-10-15 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

A study/practice retreat on "Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart" - An exploration of the paramis (perfections) of Generosity (Dāna), Ethics (Sīla), Renunciation (Nekkhamma), Insight (Paññā), Energy (Viriya), Patience (Khanti), …

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Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart (2 of 9)

2011-10-15 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

 A study/practice retreat on "Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart" - An exploration of the paramis (perfections) of Generosity (Dāna), Ethics (Sīla), Renunciation (Nekkhamma), Insight (Paññā), Energy (Viriya), Patience (Kha…

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Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart (3 of 9)

2011-10-15 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

 A study/practice retreat on "Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart" - An exploration of the paramis (perfections) of Generosity (Dāna), Ethics (Sīla), Renunciation (Nekkhamma), Insight (Paññā), Energy (Viriya), Patience (Kha…

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Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart (5 of 9)

2011-10-15 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

 A study/practice retreat on "Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart" - An exploration of the paramis (perfections) of Generosity (Dāna), Ethics (Sīla), Renunciation (Nekkhamma), Insight (Paññā), Energy (Viriya), Patience (Kha…

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Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart (4 of 9)

2011-10-15 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

 A study/practice retreat on "Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart" - An exploration of the paramis (perfections) of Generosity (Dāna), Ethics (Sīla), Renunciation (Nekkhamma), Insight (Paññā), Energy (Viriya), Patience (Kha…

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Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart (6 of 9)

2011-10-15 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

 A study/practice retreat on "Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart" - An exploration of the paramis (perfections) of Generosity (Dāna), Ethics (Sīla), Renunciation (Nekkhamma), Insight (Paññā), Energy (Viriya), Patience (Kha…

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Dimensions of Desire

2011-10-14 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

Christina Feldman discusses some of the different dimensions of desire set forth in Buddhist teachings. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/524/Default.aspx…

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Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: The Spirit of Questioning

2011-10-11 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

Questions are the life's blood of the dharma. If we are willing to follow wherever the question takes us, then the question will take us out of our beliefs and opinions into something new and unexplored. Something will end in us and will not arise again i…

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Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: Independent Seeing

2011-09-27 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

The Kalama sutta fits very nicely into the discussion on freeing awareness completely from any inward or outward authority. In the most radical statement possible the Buddha severs all ties from any dependency, essentially saying that freedom is not possi…

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Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: The Lion’s Roar

2011-09-13 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

Accessing the Fourth Foundation is as easy as abiding in wonder. A question that is interesting to you but does not immediately resolve itself into an answer holds that wonder. When you hold a question without trying to immediately find the answer, you …

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Satipatthana Sutta: Questions and Answers

2011-08-30 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

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Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: An Overview (2 of 2)

2011-08-16 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

A quality of awareness is discernment, which can be active or passive. Passive discernment is seeing, "just this" without doing anything about it, while active discernment is uncovering what is hidden and unconscious. It uses an energetic and curious prob…

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Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: An Overview (1 of 2)

2011-08-02 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness is the ability to discern what limits freedom and to see the value of open awareness when it is not limited. It encourages a complete examination and investigation of mind until there is existence without obstructions.…

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The Four Noble Truths

2011-07-23 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Sharon Salzberg)

In this talk, Sharon Salzberg reviews the Buddha's teaching of the Four Noble Truths: the recognition of suffering, the undoing of its cause, the possibility of its end, and the means to walk the path to its end. Sharon gave this brief talk as part of th…

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Real Happiness

2011-07-22 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Sharon Salzberg)

Happiness that is not shaken by conditions begins with imagining that such stable and open happiness exists, and that it can exist for us. We also need wisdom in order to know how to make such happiness real. This implies patience, perspective, and an abi…

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Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: The Personal and Impersonal

2011-07-12 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

The personal evolves into the impersonal with time and exposure to awareness. The less "you" do about this process, the quicker it happens on its own. Simply say when a state of mind arises, "Is this about me?" In one way it is, in another way it is not. …

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Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Division Through Arrogance

2011-06-28 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

Arrogance is a remnant from the pain of the self that wants to be seen and heard as special and privileged. It is our spiritual work to watch not only the subtle grasping and aversive formations of self but its gross manifestations like arrogance as well.…

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Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Division Through Boredom

2011-06-14 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

Boredom tries to convince you that you must wait for life to be interesting enough to live and that now is not worth paying attention to.  Boredom has you bypass the present for the excitement of a future possibility. Ask yourself when boredom arises…

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Letting Go Of and Letting Go Into

2011-06-07 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Jude Rozhon)

Jude Rozhon reminds us how the practice of mindfulness and concentration leads us on the spiritual path of letting go of and letting go into.…

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Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Division Through Worry

2011-05-24 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

Worry attempts to protect us from every contingency. It becomes a pattern and view of life where I am the guardian and protector of my security. Worry is actually a process of  self-affirmation because we keep affirming our power over what life bring…

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Happiness of the Buddha

2011-05-20 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Howard Cohn)

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Celebrating the Three Jewels

2011-05-17 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Jude Rozhon)

Jude Rozhon celebrates the "birthday" of the Buddha with a reflection on the three jewels: the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha.…

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Satipathana Sutta: Feelings Unleashing Thoughts

2010-11-23 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

Feelings move quickly into a narrative that captures our attention and promotes further images all with their own feelings and further story. The sense of "I" arises and we are surrounded by feelings and reactions to feelings giving us a sense of ourse…

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Satipatthana Sutta: The Second Foundation: Neutral Feelings

2010-11-09 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

Neutral feelings pervade our life when we try to maintain a high level of intensity for our life's purpose and meaning. Busyness is an indication of this dependency, but as soon as the energy decreases below an established threshold, our mind wonders and …

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Satipatthana Sutta: The Second Foundation: Unpleasantness Leading to Divisiveness

2010-10-26 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

Once a moment is avoided a world view of division and separation springs forth accompanied by a compelling narrative that justifies the aversion. Now we are in full armor with the world as our adversary, tying us to a ceaseless argument with it. This talk…

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Satipatthana Sutta: The Second Foundation: The Pain of Pleasure

2010-10-12 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

Once pleasure becomes a determined pursuit, the world divides itself into a pleasure/pain polarity.  We now pursue pleasure both to sustain a pleasant feeling and to avoid the discontent of pain.   This talk is also presented in video here: ht…

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Seven Factors of Awakening (5 of 8)

2010-10-10 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

In this framework the Buddha offered a path that focusses upon the ennobling and awakening qualities of heart that can be cultivated and brought to fruition. They are the qualities that lead to the uprooting of struggle and suffering and bring about a hea…

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Seven Factors of Awakening (6 of 8)

2010-10-10 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

In this framework the Buddha offered a path that focusses upon the ennobling and awakening qualities of heart that can be cultivated and brought to fruition. They are the qualities that lead to the uprooting of struggle and suffering and bring about a hea…

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Seven Factors of Awakening (7 of 8)

2010-10-10 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

In this framework the Buddha offered a path that focusses upon the ennobling and awakening qualities of heart that can be cultivated and brought to fruition. They are the qualities that lead to the uprooting of struggle and suffering and bring about a hea…

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Seven Factors of Awakening (8 of 8)

2010-10-10 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

In this framework the Buddha offered a path that focusses upon the ennobling and awakening qualities of heart that can be cultivated and brought to fruition. They are the qualities that lead to the uprooting of struggle and suffering and bring about a hea…

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Seven Factors of Awakening (1 of 8)

2010-10-09 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

In this framework the Buddha offered a path that focusses upon the ennobling and awakening qualities of heart that can be cultivated and brought to fruition. They are the qualities that lead to the uprooting of struggle and suffering and bring about a hea…

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Seven Factors of Awakening (2 of 8)

2010-10-09 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

In this framework the Buddha offered a path that focusses upon the ennobling and awakening qualities of heart that can be cultivated and brought to fruition. They are the qualities that lead to the uprooting of struggle and suffering and bring about a hea…

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Seven Factors of Awakening (3 of 8)

2010-10-09 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

In this framework the Buddha offered a path that focusses upon the ennobling and awakening qualities of heart that can be cultivated and brought to fruition. They are the qualities that lead to the uprooting of struggle and suffering and bring about a hea…

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Seven Factors of Awakening (4 of 8)

2010-10-09 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

In this framework the Buddha offered a path that focusses upon the ennobling and awakening qualities of heart that can be cultivated and brought to fruition. They are the qualities that lead to the uprooting of struggle and suffering and bring about a hea…

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Contentment

2010-10-08 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Christina Feldman)

Guest teacher Christina Feldman offers a talk on the cultivation of contentment. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/457/Default.aspx…

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Satipatthana Sutta: The Second Foundation: Leaning Into Feelings

2010-09-28 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)

The Second Foundation of Feelings is most easily held within the First Foundation of Body. The body gives clues to the mind's feelings. Postures such as physically leaning toward, away, or wandering in confusion show that the body is moving in alignmen…

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Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: The Effort to Discern

0000-00-00 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 1h 6m 9s

What is a skillful or unskillful state of mind? What do those terms mean--skillful for what purpose? Even to know something at this most basic level requires active discernment. The Buddha may have said certain states were skillful or unskillful, but that…

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Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: Application of Discernment

0000-00-00 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 56m 23s

Applying discernment requires an honesty of intent. That honesty is the discernment at work. If you need skillful means to help balance the energy, use it. It can be helpful to back up to the First Foundation and see how the state of mind is affecting the…

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Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: Discerning the Self

0000-00-00 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 1h 7m 28s

Discernment must ultimately understand the nature of self completely. Awareness saw in the Third Foundation how the self was born from a feeling and elaborated on with thought forming the story and image of "I." Even though that process is now understood …

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Experience vs. Your Interpretation

0000-00-00 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Phillip Moffitt)
Length: 52m 23s

Phillip Moffitt talks on "Experience vs. Your Interpretation: Reflections on an Often Overlooked Aspect of the Five Aggregates." This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/BrowseTalks/DharmaTalk/tabid/90/TalkID/542/Default.…

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Satipatthana Sutta, Fourth Foundation: Discernment and the Hindrances

0000-00-00 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 47m 27s

Struggling with the hindrances draws us back into form. Each hindrance has to be thoroughly understood so that when it arises we no longer invest reality into its appearance. Discernment is the only tool that can reveal the truth of its emptiness. In seei…

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Bringing Mindfulness and Wisdom to Changes and Transitions (Day 2)

0000-00-00 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Phillip Moffitt)
Length: 32m 51s

In this talk, Philliip Moffitt reminds us that our practice is usually not filled with endless peaks, but long plateaus. The key, he says, is to learn how to foster patience and endurance for this journey, so we may stay strong and attentive on the path o…

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Bringing Mindfulness and Wisdom to Changes and Transitions (Day 1)

0000-00-00 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Phillip Moffitt)
Length: 50m 10s

Philip Moffitt reflects on the notion of life stages and transitions between stages, as discussed in Daniel J. Levinson's "The Season's of a Man's Life." Specifically, Moffitt discusses how the Buddhist understanding of anicca (impermanence), as well as o…

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Fundamentals of the Dharma: Moving Toward the Struggle

0000-00-00 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 1h 0m 8s

Why did the Buddha say he only taught suffering and the end of suffering? If this is the core of what he taught, how diligently do we practice it? Do our practices attempt to understand the nature of anguish, or do they sidestep that issue and attempt to …

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Fundamentals of the Dharma: Death and Denial

0000-00-00 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Rodney Smith)
Length: 59m 50s

In this series we open an exploration of a few fundamental dharma principles. Students will already have some familiarity with many of these topics, and some may seem trivial. But the reality is there is no trivial truth. Any and all truths can only take …

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The Power of Resolve

0000-00-00 :: webmaster@seattleinsight.org (Kamala Masters)
Length: 1h 7m 19s

Kamala Masters explores the energy of resolve, in the context of the Ten Paramis.  What is resolve?  How is it experienced?  And how does it connect to the resolution being carried out? (The recording begins as Kamala is already speaking.) …

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Recent Dharma talks given to the Seattle Insight Meditation Society by senior western Vipassana and Zen teachers. Seattle Insight Meditation Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and welcoming community devoted to offering the Buddha’s teachings on wisdom and compassion to all those who seek them. SIMS encourages an ongoing investigation of our lives for the liberation of all beings and the stewardship of the planet. Find more at http://seattleinsight.org.

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