Talks: Reflections on the Path

Meditation and Healing Trauma

Meditation and Healing Trauma

Spiritual awakening often involves offering a healing presence to the suffering of post traumatic stress or deep emotional wounding. This talk explores the three key elements that support this process: self-forgiveness, accessing a source of love and safety, and bringing a kind...

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

The Blessings of Deep Listening

Our capacity to listen deeply–to our inner life and each other–is the grounds of true understanding and love. This talk explores the challenges to listening and guidelines and practices that awaken a listening heart.

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

Realizing Your True Nature — Four Reflections

This talk explores a Tibetan teaching through reflection and guided meditations: Our true nature–our inherent wakefuness, openness and love–is closer than we can imagine; it is more profound than we can imagine; it is easier than we can imagine; and it is more wondrous than we can imagine.

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

Trusting Your Basic Goodness

When we don’t trust who we are, we are unable to be at home in our world. This talk explores how we come to be at war with ourselves and the pathway to realizing our basic goodness.

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

Living Aligned with the Heart

We suffer when our words or actions arise from unconscious wants and fears. This talk explores how we can awaken from the habitual ways we cause harm to ourselves and others, and live from our natural intelligence and tender warmth.

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Soul Retrieval (retreat talk)

Soul Retrieval (retreat talk)

In many shamanistic cultures, it is believe that when a person is traumatized, the soul leaves the body as a way of protecting itself form intolerable pain. In a ceremony called “soul retrieval,” the traumatized person is held in the love and safety of community as the soul is...

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

Awakening to the Sacred

The tendency to think “life should be different” and to try to control experience removes us from the wisdom and compassion that naturally gives rise to healing and transformation. We learn to trust the power of our heart and awareness by meeting both the pain and beauty of this life with sacred presence.

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

Taking Refuge

The Buddha taught of three archetypal domains in which we awaken presence and realize freedom. In contrast to our habitual false refuges, these gateways of true refuge are dependable because they express the timeless truth of what we are. This talk shines a light on false refuges, guides us in exploring the meaning of each of the three Buddhist refuges and ends in a ritual of “taking refuge.”

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

Gratitude and Generosity

While we value gratitude and generosity, our daily life can often have an undercurrent of complaint and an anxious kind of self-centeredness. This Thanksgiving Eve talk explores teachings and practices that reconnect us with the sense of wonder and abundance that characterizes...

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

Refuge in Loving Presence

There are times when there is so much fear and reactivity, that the first step in moving toward freedom is to connect with some sense of safety and love. This talk explores how an inner pathway to loving presence can support us in facing and awakening through traumatic wounding.

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

Intimacy with Life

Zen mast Dogen taught that “…to study the Buddhist way is to be Intimate with all Things.” This talk reviews the often unconscious ways that we habitually block intimacy and two trainings of attention that foster a natural sense of belonging to this living world and to timeless presence.

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

Choosing Presence

Spiritual awakening is energized by conscious intention. This talk explores how we get waylaid by habitual wants and fears, and the ways we can connect with the power and purity of our deep aspiration for love, truth and freedom.

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

Behind the Mask

The development of a mask or persona based on our activities and roles is a natural way the ego tries to protect and enhance itself. Yet unless we wake up from our identification with the mask, we are unable to discover the truth and wholeness of what we are. This talk investigates how our masks manifest and the process of wise attention that can free us from a limiting sense of separate self. Includes a guided meditation.

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Skeleton Woman

Skeleton Woman

If we can embrace the whole of our nature with unconditional presence – including the inevitability of change and loss–we discover deep wisdom and enduring love.

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Meditation and Healing Trauma

Two Wings of a Liberating Attention

The attention that serves spiritual awakening is based on the capacity to recognize clearly what is happening in the present moment, and to regard what arises with a kind heart. This talk explores the challenges to a clear and honest presence, and how we cultivate understanding and compassion.

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