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Dharma Talks given at Seattle Insight Meditation Society
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2002-12-23 The Sangha 46:01
  Rodney Smith
Sangha is an essential element in the unfolding of ones Path.

2002-12-07 Self-Kindness and Self-Indulgence 42:31
  Rodney Smith
Study a few of your behaviors this week such as sleeping, eating, or recreational enjoyment such as listening to music or watching videos. How much of these activities arise from self-indulgence and how much from self-kindness? Are all forms of entertainment self-indulgent? Since almost any action can be either indulgent or kind, what determines which way you label it? When you consider yourself equally deserving (self-love) then the quality of your action is as important as the result. Do you believe this is a true statement? What does self-love have to do with the way you do things? Isn't it good enough that the results benefit others? Explore this question this week and watch whether you consider yourself equally deserving in your actions.

2002-12-06 Sangha: A Path of Relationship 45:21
  Rodney Smith
Questions for personal inquiry: Do you experience most interpersonal relationships as growth opportunities or troubling? Do you make space in your life for others? Do you frequently feel isolated and lonely? How much of the isolation comes from assumptions about self and other? Do you make the effort to attend gatherings of like-minded people? Reflection: What was your life like before you knew the existence of "a Path"? What is different now? How does the sangha support that Path and your growth on it? Would the Path be the same without the sangha? What efforts do you make to build cohesion in the sangha? Exercise: Become active in your support of like-minded people. Befriend someone from the sangha, volunteer for a community activity, join a like-minded group or become socially engaged in meaningful action. The sangha like the dharma takes each one of us to make it complete.

2002-11-01 Referencing The Moment 38:24
  Rodney Smith
Thought continually moves out to reference something uniquely now.

2002-06-29 Responsibility 45:04
  Rodney Smith
What prevents me from being responsible here and now? Be aware of superficial explanations about your circumstances or busyness. Continue to ask the question through the range of excuses. Whenever the mind stops and says, "This is the reason," pause, and ask yourself if this is true. Is your ability to hold responsibility strengthened through living this question?

2002-01-07 Receiving the World 43:52
  Rodney Smith
Owning or exposing our prejudice as a way of opening to and receiving the world.

2001-12-17 Sitting Practice And Its Effect On Our Life 44:57
  Rodney Smith
The techniques of sitting meditation effects our attitude to life itself.

2001-12-12 Reflections On September 11Th 43:54
  Rodney Smith
Is September 11th about retaliation and patriotism or unending violence of the human mind?

2001-11-01 Why Meditate? 46:52
  Rodney Smith
Exploring the four facets of meditation.

2001-10-01 After The Retreat: What Now? 44:37
  Rodney Smith
The ingredients of a spiritual life using our natural interest and curiosity.

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