Talks and Meditations from Retreats

Retreat


Guided Heart Meditation: Releasing Blame (retreat) (41:39 min.)
Short Talk & Guided Heart Meditation: Releasing Blame (retreat) (41:39 min.)

Our self-protective habits of resentment and blame block intimacy and connection with ourself and others. This short talk and...

The Power of Awake Awareness
The Power of Awake Awareness (retreat talk)

We all encounter “demons” of fear, anger, hurt, craving and shame. This talk explores our key ways of resisting...

Introductory Meditation Istructions and Guided Practice from Retreat
Introductory Meditation Instructions – Guided Practice from Retreat (39:02 min.)

This guided session includes an overview of the primary components in meditation practices, and then guidance in awakening the...

Short Talk and Guided Heart Meditation – Releasing Blame (retreat)(37:50 min.)
Short Talk and Guided Heart Meditation – Releasing Blame (retreat)(37:50 min.)

This meditation explores the meaning of forgiveness and its role in healing and transformation. We then are guided in...

Trusting Who We Are
Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk)

When we are suffering, we are believing something untrue – usually a limiting story about who we are. This...

Meditation: Calling on Loving Presence
Meditation: Calling on Loving Presence (18:18 min)

Often, when we’re really struggling, the only way to find compassion for ourselves is by reaching out to a...

Judgment, Acceptance and Freedom
Judgment, Acceptance and Freedom (Retreat Talk)

The boundary to what we accept is the boundary to our freedom. This talk explores the often unconscious ways...

Retreat MeditationVipassana or Insight Meditation and Instruction: from Day 4 on Retreat (29:20 min.)
Vipassana or Insight Meditation and Instruction: from Day 4 on Retreat (29:20 min.)

Vipassana, also known as insight meditation, is training in bringing a clear mindful attention to our moment to moment...

Conscious Prayer - Finding Refuge in Loving Awareness (retreat talk)
Conscious Prayer – Finding Refuge in Loving Awareness (retreat talk)

Prayer is a communing with our enlarged being. This talk examines less conscious forms of prayer, and how we...

Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves
Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves (retreat) (26:55 min.)

We can’t truly open to the waves of life unless we recognize our Oceanness, the formless awareness that is...

From Judgment to Self-Compassion
From Judgment to Self-Compassion (retreat talk)

When we’ve turned on ourselves with blame and aversion, it’s very difficult to arouse self-compassion. This talk looks at...

Vipassana or Insight Meditation and Instruction: A Path of Practice from Retreat
Vipassana or Insight Meditation and Instruction: A Path of Practice from Retreat (31:15 min.)

Vipassana, also known as insight meditation, is training in bringing a clear mindful attention to our moment to moment...

Worrier Pose - Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear
Worrier Pose – Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear (retreat talk)

While fear is a natural part of our make up, many of us suffering when the “on” button gets...

Retreat Meditation: Loving Kindness - Awakening and Expressing Our Heart
Retreat Short Talk & Meditation: Loving Kindness – Awakening and Expressing Our Heart (36:50 min.)

This short talk and guided meditation remind us that we each have the capacity to awaken our hearts. We...

Landlocked in Fur – Three Domains of Formless Presence
Three Domains of Formless Presence – Landlocked in Fur (retreat talk)

While we have evolved to experience a defining sense of separate self, our potential is to awaken to the...

Meditation: The Silence That's Listening
Meditation: The Silence That’s Listening (morning on retreat) (27:15 min.)

Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of...

Meditation: Spacious, Loving Awareness
Meditation: Spacious, Loving Awareness (from retreat) (30:03 min.)

~ an Open Awareness Meditation ~ When our awareness is awake and open, we naturally respond to this changing...

Short Talk & Meditation: Forgiving and Freeing Our Hearts
Short Talk & Meditation: Forgiving and Freeing Our Hearts (36:53 min)

Forgiveness for others becomes possible when we’ve held our own being with great compassion. This short talk and guided...

Disarming our Hearts: Letting go of Blame
Disarming Our Hearts: Letting Go of Blame (retreat talk)

Anger, judgment and blame create separation—from our inner life and our world. Only by releasing chronic blame can we...

Blog: Tonglen Radical Compassion Short Talk & Meditation: Tonglen - Radical Compassion
Short Talk & Meditation: Tonglen – Radical Compassion (32:43 min)

We are conditioned to avoid suffering – our own and others. By pulling away, we also contract our heart...