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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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2019-08-22 Tenderness Meditation 36:57
  Kate Munding
The tenderness practice instructions during the meditation is a form of metta and compassion practice. It's one that helps ease the nervous system, hold difficulty and stress with care, and cultivates a kind attitude towards our mindfulness practice.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-08-15 The Truth of Suffering 56:32
  Kate Munding
This week will conclude my series on the Three Truths of Existence, aka The Three Characteristics. So far we've explored the truth of impermanence and what it would be like to fully live from the understanding that all of nature, including us, is in constant flux. The last time I was there, we explored the second truth, not-self. We unpacked it's meaning and talked about how it fits with this spiritual path, as well as how it can inspire us in our day-to-day. This week we'll continue the conversation by including the third truth, the truth of suffering. This will be a pointing out teaching to better understand how we feed our cycles of stress, unsatisfactoriness, and unhappiness. We'll also look at how we can untangle and even uproot the habits and patterns in our mind that support such unhappy living and nurture a more wise and peaceful way of being.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-08-08 Dharmas Without Blame 40:52
  James Baraz
With such disorienting events such as mass shootings in the news, how can we find our balance and hold things with equanimity, compassion and a wise dharma perspective. That is the theme for this talk.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-07-25 Insight Meditation in 2019 57:48
  Oren Jay Sofer
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-07-25 Samatha - Vipassana Guided Meditation 46:52
  Oren Jay Sofer
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-07-18 Not Self 48:54
  Kate Munding
I will continue talking about the three truths of existence, aka The Three Characteristics. Last week we explored the truth of impermanence and what it would be like to fully live from the understanding that all of nature, including us, in constant flux. This week I'll be talking about the second truth, not-self. This is a concept in Buddhism that is often miss-understood as no-self giving an impression of nihilism. We unpack the truth of not-self, how it fits with this spiritual path, and how it can inspire us in our day-to-day.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-07-11 Anicca the truth of impermanence 50:09
  Kate Munding
The talk is centered around how to bring wisdom to the truth of impermanence. Anicca (impermanence) is a cornerstone truth of existence and one that we all encounter over and over. How we relate to this truth can make the difference between experiencing this natural law with confusion and aversion or living a life with a heart and mind that is at peace. We'll explore how this truth influences our emotional, physical, and relational lives. We'll also take a look at how miss-understanding this truth can be used as a spiritual bypass and hinder our spiritual development.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-06-27 How we can change our relationship with nature through our practice 50:34
  Kate Munding
In preparation for this weekend, the climate emergency, our response to it as Buddhists and as human beings has been on my mind. I will give the talk related to these themes as well as on how we can change our relationship with nature through our practice to better connect with the reality we and our planet are facing. I know James just gave a talk last week on climate change, but I'm guessing this will offer a different approach and voice to this ongoing exploration.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-06-20 Eco Dharma 44:35
  James Baraz
Inspired by EcoDharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis by David Loy. James shares some perspectives that can give practitioners a sense of how to hold the climate crisis situation skillfully as well as what Dharma teachings have to offer the wider societal conversation at this time.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-06-06 Acknowledging the Wholesome 57:21
  Kate Munding
IMCB Regular Talks

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