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Winnie Nazarko's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
Winnie Nazarko
Our potential as humans is vast and deep, and can be intentionally developed. There is a way that we can learn to open to all of our experience with kindness and clarity. As we begin to find this stability of heart and mind, wisdom will emerge.This emergence of wisdom, and strengthening of compassion, are the road to our individual and collective happiness and well-being.
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2020-02-18 Motivation, Disillusionment, and Release 45:03
The motivation for practice changes as our initial ideas about what we "get" out of it, meet frustration. As delusion is exposed and let go of, real practice begins.
Strengthening the Heart: Lovingkindness Retreat
2020-02-11 Cultivation 52:16
The idea of cultivation (Bhavana) is the key to Buddhism. This talk relates this concept to the development of the four foundations of mindfulness, especially the first.
Clarity, Compassion and Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat
2019-11-26 Wisdom In Action 63:21
This talk discusses how to practice mindfulness externally as a participant in the world. Buddhist principles for social engagement are reviewed
Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2019-11-19 Samadhi - Concentration 54:22
This talk discusses the role of concentration in meditation, and how to skillfully cultivate it
Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2019-11-12 Sila 44:40
The 8 fold path emphasis moral restraint. This talk discusses the hows and whys of this set of practices.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2019-11-05 Working With Developing The Wholesome 62:18
Two of the great endeavors involve foreclosing and abandoning unwholesome states. But the other two efforts involve the less discussed summoning and developing of the wholesome.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2019-10-29 Continuity Of Practice 55:53
This talk reviews the role continuity of practice has in strengthing mindfulness. The practice day is reviewed, with specific places of opportunity identified.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2019-10-23 Orientation To Practice 47:22
An opening talk for a 6-week retreat. This discusses four qualities necessary for success in practice. These are: strong motivation, renunciation, metta/compassion, and patience.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 2
2019-09-05 Gladding The Mind 55:36
This talk discusses sources of non-sensual happiness including the wholesome state of gratitude. A guided gratitude reflection concludes this talk.
Freedom and Ease of Being: A Meditation Retreat for Our LGBTQAI Community
2019-09-04 Morning Meditation Instructions 1:10:39
Day 1 sitting and walking instructions
Freedom and Ease of Being: A Meditation Retreat for Our LGBTQAI Community

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