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Sharda Rogell's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
Sharda Rogell
My focus in teaching is to provide the support that students need to turn their life to the dharma, to truth, and to find ways to come out of their pain and suffering. The retreat experience is an invaluable aid to this exploration; however, what matters more is how one integrates this under- standing into everyday life.
2007-11-18 What Is True Compassion? 53:06
We usually view difficulties in our life as obstacles or inconveniences, but when we turn toward them as our path to awakening, the expression of our understanding is Compassion.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2007-11-11 Leaving Your Comfort Zone 55:22
Conditions in our life are always changing and out of our control. We search for peace in the conditions rather than realizing peace comes from accepting that they change and ultimately, we cannot control the way things are.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2007-11-03 Becoming Unhindered: The Five Difficult Mind States 57:04
When we are identified with these five mind states they are called hindrances to seeing the way things actually are. Each one is explored along with skillful antidotes to overcome them.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2006-10-11 Our Potential When Suffering Ceases 57:01
Freedom is the cessation of craving (tanha). What is tanha, how can we recognize it and what happens when it ceases.
Metta & Vipassana Intensive
2006-09-21 Turning The Mind Towards Awakening 56:51
Using the Buddha's teaching on the Four Ways of Undertaking Things, we can examine what the basis is for our choices. Is it ego that imposes an idea of what is right or wrong? Or can we listen more deeply to our inner wisdom?
2005-05-09 Out Beyond Our Ideas Of Right And Wrong 53:04
What can we trust? Can we trust our conceptual framework of right and wrong? The Buddha's teachings point to something more reliable. What is it?
2004-12-30 Touching New Dimensions Of Being 50:12
2004-01-03 Choosing Happiness 51:09
2003-12-30 Cultivating The Beautiful 46:22
2002-01-05 Equanimity & Wise Action 46:51
If we learn to act from intuitive wisdom, rather than our ideas of how we should act, we can make wise choices that will lead to a balanced mind and a compassionate relationship to life.

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