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Dharma Talks given at Auckland Insight Meditation
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2020-04-09 talk: the relevance of mudita, gratitude or appreciation during difficult times 23:28
Jill Shepherd
An exploration of the role of mudita, appreciative joy and gratitude, as a support for equanimity during challenging times. Includes quotes from an interview with Rebecca Solnit on hope https://onbeing.org/programs/rebecca-solnit-falling-together/#transcript

2020-04-09 meditation: mindfulness of breathing, then gratitude at end 26:33
Jill Shepherd
Beginning by settling into the body and the breath, then towards the end, orienting to mudita, appreciative joy or gratitude for a few minutes

2020-04-02 Equanimity as a resource in challenging times 13:56
Jill Shepherd
A short talk on cultivating equanimity: steadiness and balance, as a resource for ourselves and a benefit for others

2020-03-28 guided meditation for beginners 17:16
Jill Shepherd
A short guided meditation beginning with a body scan, inviting any tension held in various parts of the body to release, then a few minutes of mindfulness of breathing Suitable for complete beginners

2020-03-28 beginning meditation instructions 6:35
Jill Shepherd
A very short introduction to mindfulness meditation suitable for complete beginners

2020-03-26 Short talk: some responses to the coronavirus/karuna-virus situation 15:37
Jill Shepherd
A few reflections on the coronavirus situation, and the possibility of cultivating karuna/compassion as a resource for ourselves and others

2020-03-26 Guided meditation: orienting to compassion 26:18
Jill Shepherd
A guided meditation orienting to compassion, in response to coronavirus

2020-01-30 talk: taking refuges and precepts 31:56
Jill Shepherd
Some reflections on taking the three refuges and five ethical precepts, as a way of aligning with our deeper intentions for the New Year

2019-09-05 Cultivating a generous heart as the foundation of the path 28:04
Jill Shepherd
Exploring the spirit of generosity, caga, as the foundation from which the whole path of practice develops

2018-03-08 The Two Wings to Awakening: Wisdom and Compassion 36:02
Jill Shepherd
An overview of insight and brahmavihara practices, and how they work together to support each other

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