Seattle Insight Meditation Society
By Western Vipassana teachers
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Recent Dharma talks given to the Seattle Insight Meditation Society by senior western Vipassana and Zen teachers. Seattle Insight Meditation Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and welcoming community devoted to offering the Buddha’s teachings on wisdom and compassion to all those who seek them. SIMS encourages an ongoing investigation of our lives for the liberation of all beings and the stewardship of the planet. Find more at http://seattleinsight.org.
||CleanLiving the Paramis||This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/939||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Paramis: Sequential Unfolding||This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/937||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBook Talk: Touching the Infinite||Rodney Smith offers a book talk and Q & A, relating to his new book, Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. In the Satipatthana Sutta the Buddha unfolds the central practices of vipassana meditation. Often refer||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreed, Hatred and Delusion are not Fake News!||Please note: the recording begins as John is already speaking. The Buddha taught that we are all subject to the three Kilesas: Greed, Hatred and Delusion. They are said to be the root causes of our human suffering. Can we investigate these inclinations||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Paramis: Summary||This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/932||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBefriending the Mind/Heart (Part 2 of 2 - Sunday)||Christina offers teachings rooted in several early discourses that focus upon what it means to cultivate a mind/heart that is a friend and what obstructs the clarity and spaciousness possible for us.||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBefriending the Mind/Heart (Part 1 of 2 - Saturday)||Christina offers teachings rooted in several early discourses that focus upon what it means to cultivate a mind/heart that is a friend and what obstructs the clarity and spaciousness possible for us.||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAt the Crossroads||A reflection on how we choose the paths we follow in our relationship to the world in every moment. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/931||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Paramis: Cultivation of Equanimity||This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/929||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A national treasure
These podcasts are a part of a growing library of Dharma talk recordings that are the single most valuable spoken-word recordings I have ever heard. (The full set is available at seattleinsight.org, including a six-class beginning meditation series.) Of course, I'm a biased reviewer--these talks happen to speak to my heart and to motivate my daily practice: they may not speak to yours. The guiding teacher, Rodney Smith, was a Buddhist monk and then a hospice social worker before becoming a full-time dana-supported Dharma teacher. He is committed to extending the authentic practice of Buddhism beyond the monasteries and into everyday life--what he terms 'Urban Buddhism.' His style is direct, sincere, impassioned and so entirely without style or artifice or adornment that when I first heard him speak at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, I dismissed him in my mind. Then I noticed that his talks moved my practice and my life in ways that the fancier stuff did not. Maybe it'll be that way for you, too.
Absolutely the BEST talk I've heard on Buddhism.
Rodney Smith's talk--particularly the "Fourth foundation" is amazing and beautiful and eye opening. He breaks it all down without pretense & ends it so very beautifully that one feels there is nothing more important that following the spiritual path he sets before you.
This has been a boon to me as a new father. I am unable to leave the house to go to the wonderful dharma talks around MN so hearing these from WA is the next best thing! Very good people out West and maybe someday I'll be able to see the center.
Working on being a Buddha and this podcast helps.