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Dharma Seed is dedicated to preserving and sharing the spoken teachings of Theravada Buddhism in modern languages. Since the early 1980's, Dharma Seed has collected and distributed dharma talks by teachers offering the vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) practices of Theravada Buddhism. New recordings are being added continuously from contemporary dharma teachers.

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1004 episodes

Chas DiCapua: The four noble truths

(Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center) Focusing more on the relationship between the first and second truths

Aug 01
Rebecca Bradshaw: Metta: Difficult Person

(Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center) Guided meditation with an introduction

Jul 31
Chas DiCapua: Meditating with emotions

(Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center) How to find the middle ground between suppression and fear of emotions and being lost in them

1h 1m
Jul 30
Chas DiCapua: Metta practice with an easy being

(Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center) Self and good friend

Jul 29
Rebecca Bradshaw: The hindrances as protectors

(Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center) Mindfulness is our best protection!

Jul 29
Tara Brach: Awakening from the Landlocked Self

(Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC) The Buddha taught that our suffering arises from forgetting who we are. This talk explores the trance of identifying as Somebody, and the compassionate witnessing that allows us to discover the freedom of our natural being.

Jul 27
Tara Brach: Meditation: Befriending and Opening to Life

(Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC) This meditation establishes a gentle and caring presence through bringing the image and felt sense of a smile to various domains in the body. We deepen the intention to befriend and relax with whatever arises moment-to-moment, letting life be just as it is. We offer a brief lovingkindness reflection, sensing our heart and mind, and offering whatever wish most resonates to ourselves and others.

Jul 27
Betsy Rose: Non-harming and Abortion - It's Complicated!

(Assaya Sangha) An exploration of the complex emotional, medical, social and ethical issues surrounding reproductive justice. What did the Buddha actually teach about non-harming? How does heated public discourse create false binaries, and push people into extreme positions? What is the way of the compassionate and wise heart as we navigate this heart-wrenching and challenging life situation?

Jul 27
Donald Rothberg: Developing Equanimity and Compassion Together

(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) We begin by examining again the nature of equanimity, identifying seven core qualities of equanimity, including a kind of faith or confidence, illustrated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of his midnight "cup of coffee" experience. We point to two typical distortions of equanimity--being overly cool and cut off some from the awakened heart, and disconnecting from action. We then look at the nature of compassion, and see how the development of compassion helps us to respond to these two distortions. In a parallel way, we see how several typical distortions of compassion, such as pity (the "near enemy"), burnout, and confusion (or lack of wisdom), are remedied by the development of equanimity! Together, they help us develop wisdom and the awakened heart, supported by courage (as we learn from the Vietnamese Buddhist tradition).

1h 8m
Jul 27
Donald Rothberg: A Guided Meditation Cultivating Equanimity and Compassion

(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) After basic instructions in (1) settling and stabilizing attention, and (2) practicing mindfulness, there is 5-minute period of settling and stabilizing. Then there are several practice suggestions for cultivating equanimity, especially by noticing and exploring reactivity and any appearances of the "Eight Worldly Winds." After another 10 minutes or so, there is also guidance in two main ways of developing compassion, through opening in mindfulness to what is difficult or painful, and through a three-step self-compassion practice from Kristin Neff.

Jul 27
Winnie Nazarko: Suttas and Life

(Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center) This talk matches key suttas is related to samadhi development and to poems and stories of people trying to apply these teachings

Jul 24