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Dharma Talks given at Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center
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2018-06-04 The Simile of the Movie 54:40
  Cheryl Slean
Our 8-fold path of practice as the middle way leading to letting go of enchantment with the 'movies' of our minds, aka suffering.
Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2018-06-04 Embodied Metta 52:01
  Dave Smith
An overview of metta practice followed by a guided practice
Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2018-06-04 The Process of Insight and Guided Meditation 41:07
  Cheryl Slean
Overview of smadhi/mind training path factors of 8-fold path and how they lead to insight - wise effort, mindfulness and concentration. Guided meditation with labeling, deconstructing body-mind experience using labels; feel, talk, image
Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2018-06-03 Awakening Intro Complete View 62:40
  Dave Smith
Using sati; mindfulness to re-organize perception in the service of complete view.
Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2018-06-03 Find Your Own Way to Metta 60:19
  Cheryl Slean
Overview of heart qualities: Several non-traditional ways to cultivate metta - friendliness, kindness, goodwill, including self care, relaxation body scans, breaking the negativity bias by looking for and taking in the good.
Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2018-06-03 Practice Fundementals 50:43
  Dave Smith
Intro to practice, training attention and cultivating awareness.
Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

2017-10-03 Emotions as a Path of Awakening 63:24
  Peter Williams
Our emotions, be they pleasant or unpleasant, are a path of awakening. Through them we get insight into our belonging and unity.
Awakening the Heart in Nature

2017-10-01 Working with Difficult Emotions 58:42
  Peter Williams
Using mindfulness and contact with nature to make friends with our difficult states.
Awakening the Heart in Nature

2017-09-30 Entering Retreat and the Support of Nature 38:44
  Victoria (Tory) Wolf Capron
How to commit to being on retreat, using the support of the retreat container and of nature.
Awakening the Heart in Nature

2017-08-22 Practicing with Vedana in the Forest 45:32
  Erin Treat
The Natural Path to the Heart's Liberation

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