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Audio Dharma Talks
From 1998 until the end of 2013, Phillip Moffitt gave a dharma talk to the Marin Sangha nearly every Sunday evening. Many of those talks, as well as some that were recorded at Spirit Rock are available for downloading from the dharmawisdom.org audio library. New talks are posted frequently, so check back often to hear recent ones.
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Audio Dharma Talks
The practice of letting go is very effective for minds obsessed by compulsive thinking. You simplify your meditation practice down to two words: let go.—Ajahn Sumedho
Trust your capacity to practice and find liberation for your mind/heart. Commitment collects and unifies the mind. You are not imprisoned by your past; you are capable of empowerment, change, and well-being. May you have a calm, clear mind.
As best you can, are you able to let go in this very moment?
Michael Stone, host of "Conversations" on KVMR, talks to Phillip about “Emotional Chaos to Clarity,” the emotional storm caused by an untrained mind, and the reactive vs the responsive mind.
Emotional chaos is the result of your mind’s reaction to your experience. The reactive mind is like a puppet on a string being pulled first one way then another by its perception of how things are going. When it likes what is happening or might happen, it is automatically pulled toward wanting to keep what it perceives as pleasant; when it dislikes what has happened or may happen, it pushes away the unpleasantness.
The opposite of a reactive mind is a responsive mind. Your responsive mind knows what you are about. It allows you to stay grounded in your deepest values even in the face of life’s uncertainty. As a result, you gain new insights into your experience, which greatly enhances your ability to tolerate difficult situations and to make wiser decisions.
It's easy to confuse mindfulness and "navel gazing." Mindfulness is contemplation, inquiry, and self-reflection.
When you become obsessive in your contemplation, it leads to navel gazing. Ask yourself: Am I staying in a cycle of suffering? Am I truly present? Am I overthinking something and not letting it go?
New talks are posted frequently, so check back often to hear recent ones.
Mindfulness as part of the Eightfold Path. The eight path factors or elements are often presented as three classifications of practice: panna or wisdom practices, which include right view and right intention; sila or virtue practices, which are right speech, right action, and right livelihood; andsamadhi or concentration practices, which include right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. There is a spiraling, dynamic quality to the Eightfold Path; each element enriches the others directly and indirectly.
You practice forgiveness for your own sake, to not be locked in anger, fear, and resentment. Resentment, whether cold fury or smoldering rage, hardens your emotions, narrows your options in responding to life, clouds your judgment, locks you out of experiencing the flow of life, shifts your attention from those who matter to you to those whom you disdain, and deadens your spirit. Why would you choose to live in this manner?
Having a personal narrative is healthy and provides a necessary context for the many levels of our life experience. Without stories, we would not know how to understand people or events and our lives would lack meaning. Yet, while narratives and stories serve vital purposes, they can also be limiting, destructive, and often lead to unskillful behavior. We frequently suffer simply because the stories we believe have become fixed and rigid. In this talk, Phillip explores skillful and unskillful uses of narrative.