Talks: Reflections on the Path

Enchantment and Freedom

Enchantment and Freedom

When caught in suffering we are perceiving reality through a distorted lens. We are unable to see what we really are, and we latch on to the surface appearances of others. By training our minds to pay attention we begin to recognize the conditioning that entraps us, and the love and awareness that shines through these changing forms.

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Enchantment and Freedom

Happiness

The Buddha taught of two dimensions of happiness–that which is based on particular circumstances, and that which arises from unconditional presence. This talk explores the ways we block happiness; the attitude and meditative practice that give rise to worldly happiness and the state of Being that is experienced as pure happiness and freedom.

(Note: Judy Brown’s poem, “Fire,” can be found at:
http://www.judysorumbrown.com/resources/poems.html

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Enchantment and Freedom

Let Everything Happen to You

The now common adage “what you resist, persists” is a deep and important truth. This talk explores the often unconscious ways that we avoid the difficult parts of our experience, and the meditative strategies for cultivating an accepting and healing presence.

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Enchantment and Freedom

Part 4 – Wise Practice – Taking Refuge in Awareness

This four week series reviews many key components of Buddhist meditation practice. Beginning with intention and attitude, we cover the strategies that help us arrive in presence, the key elements of mindfulness, working with difficult emotional states and the practices that awaken our heart. Each week will include guided meditations and reflections.

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Enchantment and Freedom

Part 3 – Wise Practice – The Heart of Buddhism

This four week series reviews many key components of Buddhist meditation practice. Beginning with intention and attitude, we cover the strategies that help us arrive in presence, the key elements of mindfulness, working with difficult emotional states and the practices that awaken our heart. Each week will include guided meditations and reflections.

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Enchantment and Freedom

Part 2 – Wise Practice

This four week series reviews many key components of Buddhist meditation practice. Beginning with intention and attitude, we cover the strategies that help us arrive in presence, the key elements of mindfulness, working with difficult emotional states and the practices that awaken our heart. Each week will include guided meditations and reflections.

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Enchantment and Freedom

Part 1 – Wise Practice

This four week series reviews many key components of Buddhist meditation practice. Beginning with intention and attitude, we cover the strategies that help us arrive in presence, the key elements of mindfulness, working with difficult emotional states and the practices that awaken our heart. Each week will include guided meditations and reflections.

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Enchantment and Freedom

Don’t Know Mind

Thoughts, and more broadly, conceptual knowledge, cannot lead to the direct realization of truth, of reality. While thoughts are an essential part of surviving and thriving, spiritual awakening only becomes possible when we step out of the trance of thinking. This talk invites listeners into the radical openness and freedom of not-knowing.

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Enchantment and Freedom

The Attitude that Perpetuates Suffering

Our conditioning is to conclude that “something is wrong” when we encounter difficulty. This way of relating to experience binds us in a trance–it locks in the identification with a separate, victimized, self; it leads to unwise action and it removes us from presence. This talk guides us in recognizing our often unconscious attitude towards what is happening, and arriving in the unconditional presence that is the source of love, wisdom and freedom.

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Enchantment and Freedom

Celebrating Vesak: Oh Nobly Born

Vesak is the Buddhist holiday that celebrates the Buddha’s birth, enlightment and death. What links these events is the radical and powerful message of all Buddhist teachings: We each have the potential to realize and live from and awakened heart and mind. This talk explores how the key mythological, psychological and spiritual junctures of the Buddha’s life are entirely relevant to our own transformation.

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Enchantment and Freedom

Three Gifts That Serve Freedom

There are three spiritual capacities that are essential for our freedom. The first, forgiveness, is the releasing of stories that this self, or another, is bad. It is an opening of the heart to include all parts of our own being and this world. The second, inner fire, is the...

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Freedom from Trance

Freedom from Trance

We live in the story of being a separate entity, and often, with the felt sense that something is wrong. This talk investigates the genesis of this trance, and the […]

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Enchantment and Freedom

Wise Investigation

This talk focuses on the use of inquiry and investigation in energizing a lucid, mindful presence. The interest and care that underlies wise investigation is essential in both healing difficult emotional tangles and in revealing the very nature of reality. Guided meditation included.

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Intention and Spiritual Freedom – Part 2

Intention and Spiritual Freedom – Part 2

While we can't change the past, it is our intention in this present moment that determines the unfolding of happiness and freedom in our life. When unconscious, our intentions are often shaped by craving and aversion. These two talks explore how we can become mindful of...

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Intention and Spiritual Freedom – Part 1

Intention and Spiritual Freedom – Part 1

While we can't change the past, it is our intention in this present moment that determines the unfolding of happiness and freedom in our life. When unconscious, our intentions are often shaped by craving and aversion. These two talks explore how we can become mindful of...

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Downwind from Flowers

Downwind from Flowers

This talk reflects on ways that we can attend to nature--our inner body, the natural world and our relatedness to each other. Through these domains we can discover the impermanent flow of life, a gateway to pure Beingness and the healing to wholeness that arises from love.

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Awakening Through Conflict

Awakening Through Conflict

The wisdom of the Buddha can guide us not only in discovering inner freedom, but in healing that which divides us from each other. While conflict is inevitable--we are wired toward flight and flight when our needs are not met--it is possible to have our patterns of...

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