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The following eight talks were given by Steven Smith at Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts in 2003 and 2004 during two three-month retreats.
IMS 2004 3-month retreat – with gratitude to Dharma Seed for sharing these talks with us.
2004-06/06 Cool Warmth Of Metta
Overview of four sublime abidings and description of each one, with stories, examples and mysterious positive consequences of actions motivated by metta, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity.
6/16/04: 2004-06/16 Cittanupassana And Awareness Of Awareness
Third foundation of mindfulness. This talk explores the subject of mindfulness of consciousness, the most subtle of the four foundations, which often has quick results.
10/17/04: 2004-10/17 Metta And Mindfulness: Knowing Body And Mind – Part Iii
Examples of happiness from generosity and non-harming, plus the insight practice of happiness of solitude, concentration, contentment and wisdom and equanimity.
10/24/04: 2004-10/24 Metta And Mindfulness: Knowing Body And Mind – Part Iv
Continued – Examples of happiness from generosity and non-harming, plus the insight practice of happiness of solitude, concentration, contentment and wisdom and equanimity.
IMS 2003 3-month retreat – with gratitude to Dharma Seed for sharing these talks with us.
7/21/2003: 2003-07/21 Mindfulness And Supporting Spiritual Virtues
Introduced by gratitude to teachers and lineage. Followed by a thorough description of mindfulness and the four foundations of mindfulness. Concluded by how to support skillful states of faith and courageous energy.
9/29/2003: 2003-09/29 Satipatthana – Part 2
Select readings of Satipatthana Sutta followed by chanting of Dhamma Ruan, with commentary and examples of using four foundations to unravel tangles within, leading one to fulfillment and liberation.
10/6/2003: 2003-10/06 Spiritual Emotions: Power To Liberate
Detailed description of each Brahma Vihara, in generating and pervading them through oneself and to others in receiving them. Examples of each – enlightened leadership; using Brahma Viharas as basis for political freedom. How acts of kindness have rippling effects with unknown and mysterious consequences.
10/28/2003: 2003-10/28 The Happiness Of Insight
Inspiring metaphors and stories for retreat practice and daily life about the happiness & joys of insight meditation not dependent upon what’s happening in the world around us.