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Dharma Talks given at Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center
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2017-06-27 Cultivating Gratitude and Appreciation 44:31
  Dave Smith
Outlining the role and aim of appreciation and gratitude within meditative practices. A short talk, followed by a guided practice.
Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2017-06-27 Let go of the Past, Future, Present 42:58
  Cheryl Slean
Reflections on how wise mindfulness helps us let go of clinging to the past, projecting obsessively into the future, and grasping or resisting the ever-changing present. Guided meditation in open, choiceless awareness for continuity of mindfulness.
Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2017-06-26 You can either Believe in It, or Practice with It. Reflections on key teachings from Sayadaw u Tejaniya 62:36
  Cheryl Slean
Reflections on clinging and letting go, mindful investigation and the development of the understanding that uproots defilement.
Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2017-06-26 Mindfulness of Mind 46:46
  Dave Smith
An overview of mindfulness of the mind. Investigating attitude. A short talk followed by a guided meditation.
Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2017-06-26 Clinging, Forgiveness, and Letting Go 50:45
  Cheryl Slean
Brief overview of 1st and 2nd noble truths of clinging (suffering) caused by craving, and the process of developing understanding that let's go. Followed by guided forgiveness practice.
Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2017-06-24 Seeing the Truth of Things 54:04
  Cheryl Slean
Dharma practice designed to reveal Dharma--the Truth of Things. When we are ignorant of this truth, and identify with our inaccurate/incomplete assumptions, beliefs and views, we suffer. How Dharma practice develops the understanding that frees us from suffering.
Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2017-06-24 Compassion Talk and Guided Practice 54:33
  Dave Smith
This talk outlines the practice of compassion and the pragmatic styles of development. The talk is followed by a guided practice.
Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2017-06-23 Awakening Compassion thru the Wisdom of Dissatisfaction 55:23
  Dave Smith
Understanding the suffering that leads to the end of suffering.
Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2017-06-23 Cultivating Metta as an Attitude 58:22
  Cheryl Slean
What supports continuity of mindfulness? A relaxed and comfortable body and mind. Cultivating Metta, friendliness, and non-resistance toward whatever is arising helps to relax the mind and body. Talk and guided Metta practice.
Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2016-09-10 Making Peace with Pleasure and Pain 60:31
  Peter Williams
Working with feeling tone (vedana) - essence of Buddhist path is replacing reactivity to vedana with mindfulness of it.
Going to the Woods Insight Mediation Retreat

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