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Reconciliation Practice

Reconciliation Practice

Reconciliation is a beginning point in a process, not the end point. While we may not be able to shift our view, we can have the intent to reconcile. We begin by noticing the differences and saying,...

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Misunderstanding Martyrdom

Misunderstanding Martyrdom

Easter was the impetus for this talk in which Moffitt defines different types of martyrdom and uses the Christ story as a way for us to look at martyrdom in ourselves. Bearing suffering unskillfully...

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Working with Personal Defeat

Working with Personal Defeat

This talk specifically looks at personal defeat in your life. This could be a past or present situation in which you had the capacity to bring about a desired outcome but were unable to do so....

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Starting Over – Dharma Talk

Starting Over – Dharma Talk

Life contains suffering, which is caused by our clinging and grasping. However, we are free in each moment to change our relationship to suffering. We can do that by “starting over,” whether at work...

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Starting Over as Meditation Practice

Starting Over as Meditation Practice

Having to start over is often viewed as defeat. Under the eye of mindfulness, however, it is a profound practice in itself. When you cultivate the practice of starting over, you are reconnecting to...

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Mindfulness of the Body Dharma Talk

Mindfulness of the Body Dharma Talk

The body offers many ways for increasing our awareness, thus becoming a vehicle for transformation. Through the body we get to know our breath and learn to feel it in many locations. The body also...

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The First Foundation of Mindfulness

The First Foundation of Mindfulness

In this talk on discovering the “felt sense” of mindfulness in the body, Moffitt likens the body to a storehouse. The idea behind mindfulness of the body is not to fix the body but rather to develop...

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Living with Difficulty

Living with Difficulty

How can we deal with difficulty when it manifests in our lives? Possible responses include collapse, denial, restlessness, worry, fear, and self-blaming. By living with the difficult in skillful...

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Softening into the Moment

Softening into the Moment

Learning how to relax the attention in meditation can be challenging for many people. Using the language of "softening into the moment," Phillip explains how to fully receive and investigate...

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Three Kinds of Happiness

Three Kinds of Happiness

The Buddha identified three kinds of happiness: dukkha-sukkha, or happiness that’s dependent on the conditions of your life; anicca-sukkha, or happiness that is based on our mind state; and...

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Why Change is Difficult

Why Change is Difficult

Why is it so difficult to change in relationship something that is causing us to suffer? This talk focuses on nama rupa (mind-body) as the basis for inquiry into why it is so difficult to make a...

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Three Types of Selfing

Three Types of Selfing

Moffitt describes three types of “selfing” that undermine our integrity: selfishness, self-centeredness, and self-referencing. Selfishness is when you focus on your own advantage at the expense of...

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Relaxing into Surrender

Relaxing into Surrender

When you’re caught in personality view (sakkaya-ditthi), your life is harder because you get caught in wanting things to be other than they are. The antidote is surrendering your “view” to what is...

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Renunciation Practice

Renunciation Practice

Practicing renunciation can change our relationship to fear, enhance our clarity, offer relief, and empower us by freeing us from the tyranny of the ego. We learn that attachment to being right does...

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Humility & Authenticity

Humility & Authenticity

Authenticity is about the lived experience in the moment rather than a concept. Our Buddha nature contains wise action just as the acorn contains the oak tree; and with practice our Buddha nature...

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Body Meditation

Body Meditation

This meditation increases our embodied awareness — knowing self through the experience of being in the body. We progressively relax areas of our body until we allow ourselves to be supported by...

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What Mindfulness Is and Is Not

What Mindfulness Is and Is Not

Every moment offers an opportunity for practice. We can notice the pleasant and unpleasant in every moment as well as whether our minds are being reactive or responsive when we are stressed. We can...

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Preparing for Transition

Preparing for Transition

When making a transition, it is important to examine clinging: What are we clinging to? Is it the right time to make the transition? Are we clinging because we are not yet ready to move on?...

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Working with Our Inner Gold

Working with Our Inner Gold

We sometimes project admirable traits onto others that we can't yet claim for ourselves. The Jungian psychologist Robert Johnson refers to these admirable traits as "inner gold." Mindfulness teaches...

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Developing Intuitive Awareness

Developing Intuitive Awareness

Presence of mind is required for us to clearly comprehend our intuitive awareness, or wise understanding, which can arise through any sense gate. To know what is called for in any moment and what is...

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