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Dhamma Talks

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Instructional Talks:

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Talks by teacher, available on

Michele McDonald

Steven Smith

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Talks from 2018 Hollyhock Retreat, Cortes Island, BC

A series of 3 talks on Metta/Lovingkindness from Steven Smith:




Two talks by Michele McDonald on the theme of Metta:



Two talks by Michele on Vipassana:



Three talks by Steven on the 4 Noble Truths:




Talks from 2017 Hollyhock Retreat, Cortes Island, BC

2013 Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts – Two talks by Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Getting Beneath The Flood Of Fabrication  explores our practice as an attempt to ground the awareness of reality, instead of getting lost in the realm of fantasy that we tend to think of, as our lives. Being a Companion to the Margins of Our Minds explores how and why to bring kindness and interest to our relationship with the parts of ourselves that are the hardest for us to connect with.

2013-06/01 Getting Beneath The Flood Of Fabrication

2013-05/28 Being a Companion to the Margins of Our Minds

2013 and 2012 Recorded Talks:

Vallecitos 2013:  Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation – Six Talks by Steven Smith and Michele McDonald:

These talks were part of a retreat at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch in New Mexico with as theme: Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation. They explore the brahmaviharas or sublime attitudes of loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity

Steven Smith: Metta and Compassion

Michele McDonald: May-I-Be-Safe-From-Inner-Harm

Steven Smith: Joy-In-and-Of-Itself

Michele-McDonald: Kindness-and-Trust-Melt-Resistance-The-Strength-of-Soft-Readiness

Steven Smith: on-Equanimity

Michele McDonald: What-We-Feed-Within-Ourselves-Grows

2012 Kyaswa Monastery, Burma – Three talks by Michele McDonald:

These three talks by Michele McDonald explore the Seven Factors of Enlightenment




2011 and 2010 Recorded Talks:


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Steven Smith (SS) and Michele McDonald (MM)

2007 Classical teachings ~ The Noble Eightfold Path

In 2007, Sayadaw U Lakkhana gave these timeless talks at Kyaswa Monastery in the Sagaing Hills of Burma (translated by Jake Davis):

8 Fold Noble Path I

8 Fold Noble Path II

2003 and 2004 Recorded Talks:

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The eight talks were given by Steven Smith at  Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts in 2003 and 2004 during two three-month retreats.