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Jill Shepherd's Dharma Talks at Auckland Insight Meditation
Jill Shepherd
Wisdom and compassion are two themes that inform my current exploration of the dharma, and I aspire to integrate these as fully as I can in both formal practice and daily life.
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2022-05-22 05 talk: facing up to impermanence, endings, loss 15:27
Following a reading on the passing of the Buddha, reflecting on the truth of impermanence and how none of us are immune to it; moving into a ritual to acknowledge recent losses, and strengthen inner qualities to be able to navigate change with more ease
2022 Vesak celebration for Auckland Insight
2022-05-22 04 talk: awakening mutuality 16:09
Exploring what Awakening or Nibbāna means, then exploring some words by Thomas Hubl to explore how sangha or community can develop mindfulness, mutuality and mirroring as a support for insight
2022 Vesak celebration for Auckland Insight
2022-05-22 03 talk: introduction to the life of the Buddha 7:39
Finding points of commonality in our own lives with the life of the Buddha, then moving into relational practice exploring what motivated us to step out of the "palace of delusion"
2022 Vesak celebration for Auckland Insight
2022-05-22 02 meditation: cultivating gratitude 22:23
Orienting the heart-mind towards gratitude as a support for muditā, appreciative joy
2022 Vesak celebration for Auckland Insight
2022-05-22 01 talk: What is Vesak? 5:56
A brief introduction to what Vesak is, and the structure of this day of prractice
2022 Vesak celebration for Auckland Insight
2022-05-19 talk: connecting with the more than human world 16:48
Investigating how our sense of community can be expanded to include the more than human world, closing with some relational practice in pairs, exploring our kinship with all beings
Auckland Insight weekly talks 2022
2022-04-10 meditation: mindfulness of mindfulness 27:17
Bringing awareness to the quality of mindfulness itself, and as needed, infusing it with kindness, compassion, appreciation or equanimity
Auckland Insight weekly talks 2022
2022-03-10 talk: sangha as support for facing the challenges of our time 26:28
Exploring sangha as an expression of interconnectedness and how this can be an antidote to mainstream values of individualism; includes perspectives from indigenous climate activists from around the world (Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Bayo Akomolafe, India Logan-Riley)
Auckland Insight weekly talks 2022
2022-03-10 meditation: breathing and resilience 28:35
Short instructions for orienting to the body then breathing, and how returning to the breath can support more resilience
Auckland Insight weekly talks 2022
2022-03-03 talk: Taking Refuge in Sangha p2 - the support of dāna / generosity 26:26
Exploring how generosity is the life-blood of sangha, and how taking refuge in sangha can help strengthen generosity and provide an antidote to some of the toxic effects of capitalism
Auckland Insight weekly talks 2022

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