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Dharma Talks given at New York Insight Meditation Center
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2018-10-31 The Dharma of #MeToo - guided meditation - INSIDE OUT 35:59
  Lama Rod Owens
A note on the recording: This guided meditation recording took place during Lama Rod talk for Insight OUT sangha. It was extracted from the main reocrindg of this talk to be a stand alone recording. It begun approx. 32 minutes into Lama Rod Owens' talk. Insight OUT Refuge welcomes Lama Rod Owens for this special gathering on the 5th Wednesday of October. Our community is open to students of all Buddhist traditions, as well as those who are in the beginning stages of exploring their meditation practice and have an interest in the Dharma. All those who identify as LGBTQI are welcome. We gather to form a multicultural community in which we can support each other in our practice with a commitment toward social change.

2018-10-30 The Dharma of Consent, Finding a Common Language 1:24:38
  Lama Rod Owens
This is the main track of lama rod dharma talk. During this talk, after thirty two minutes, an approx. 25 minutes guided meditation practice took place. the guided practice was extracted and was made a standalone track which you can access as well. A short small bell sound was inserted to mark the point in which the talk was paused. It then continues seamlessly. However, after the guided meditation, a five minute break in which sangha members were offered to submit written questions, and it is that which lama rod refers to after the short bell sound.

2018-10-30 The Dharma of Consent - guided meditation 24:38
  Lama Rod Owens

2018-10-26 Effortless Mindfulness Embodied with Loch Kelly - TBIF 1:44:04
  Loch Kelly
With wisdom, clarity and care, Loch Kelly offers teachings and practices that directly evolve consciousness and liberate the heart.” 
―Tara Brach, Ph.D. Author of Radical Acceptance In the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition, meditation is taught in two stages. The first is deliberate mindfulness, which includes one-pointed focus and insight meditation. The second practice is called effortless mindfulness, not because no initial effort is made, but because of the discovery of an awareness that is already awake and has natural compassion. Effortless mindfulness is an advanced, yet simple form of mindfulness. Rather than concentrating to calm and focus your mind, we will learn to intentionally shift into our awake aware mind, which is already calm, intelligent, and able to effortlessly focus. This is an important practice to learn for your journey of awakening. Loch’s Award-Winning Book, Shift Into Freedom, and Audio, Effortless Mindfulness Now, can be found HERE.

2018-10-15 21 Day 6 Closing talk: The Smallest Unit in the Cosmos is Two 32:38
  Ajahn Sucitto
When we reflect on the nature of fields, we notice everything is a duality. How we relate in this twosome is the practice. Unskillful latent tendencies are revealed in relationship, giving us an opportunity to clear them. Kalyāṇamitta (spiritual friendship) is essential. It’s only others that can show us what we don’t see in ourselves.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto

2018-10-14 20 Day 5 Evening Puja: Wilderness Training 25:00
  Ajahn Sucitto
We struggle for certainty and clarity, but the true orientation of Dhamma is disorientation from old maps, thereby allowing forms to arise and change with disengaged attention. Then we’re much more alert and agile. This is wilderness training.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto

2018-10-14 19 Day 5 Morning Instructions: Maps that Dispel Differentiation 53:22
  Ajahn Sucitto
The Buddha expounded Dhamma using various maps. The map of the khandhā and dependent origination provide means for understanding and responding to experience without the sense of a fixed self. Meeting and relating to phenomena in the body, free from aversion and resistance, you don’t have to like it, just accept it. This is the way out of suffering.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto

2018-10-14 18 Day 5 Guided Meditation Intention – a Softer Effort 46:47
  Ajahn Sucitto
Using intention in practice means there is a wish, a prayer, an aspiration – subtle movements of energy rather than the push of effort. If we use intention too forcefully we block receptivity. It’s up to us to determine what’s skillful at this time. Perhaps it’s the intention to relax, set aside, widen, soften. Wisdom is our guide, and effort is just to use wisdom to arrive at deeper wisdom. [8:15 Begin Standing Meditation Instructions] Translating Anatomical Descriptions into Felt Sense: We all use anatomical descriptions of the body as a sketch, but the encouragement in this meditation is to translate them into energetic or felt experiences. Beginning with physical experience, guidance is provided to sense into subtler energies and felt tones and meanings.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto

2018-10-14 17 Day 5 Morning Puja: Lingering 54:42
  Ajahn Sucitto
Beginning our day, we make the intention to enter the Dhamma field before entering the hallucinatory field constructed of time and space. Refrain from what’s not needed, linger in what’s needed. What you linger with increases. If you linger in the world of suppositions - ‘got to do, should do’- that increases. Find out what’s truly needed and linger there.
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto

2018-10-13 16 Day 4 Evening Puja: Q&A 67:49
  Ajahn Sucitto
Different ways of presenting Dhamma in Theravada Buddhism (single-pointed, ‘dry insight’; Thai forest). Are there certain thought patterns that are related to nervous energy in the body? How do you do discharge? Metta practice as cultivating non-aversive, non-contractive state rather than a doing/sending out. Clarifying the term ‘fields’. Qi Gong questions (is it normal to get so hot while practicing Qi Gong? Is it good to use wu qi for standing meditation?); Responding to sexual awareness in the presence of others. Skillfully handling trauma that are still alive. Distinction between perception and consciousness. How feelings and emotions are experienced in Samadhi. Reclining meditation
Entering the Dhamma Fields: A Five Day Residential Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto

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