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Dharma Talks given at Seattle Insight Meditation Society
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2010-11-23 Satipatthana Sutta, Second Foundation: Feelings Unleashing Thoughts 4:41
  Rodney Smith
Feelings move quickly into a narrative that captures our attention and promotes further images, all with their own feelings and further story. The sense of "I" arises, and we are surrounded by feelings and reactions to feelings, giving us a sense of ourselves in time and space. We call this life.
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta

2010-11-09 Satipatthana Sutta, Second Foundation: Neutral Feelings 58:18
  Rodney Smith
Neutral feelings pervade our life when we try to maintain a high level of intensity for our life's purpose and meaning. Busyness is an indication of this dependency, but as soon as the energy decreases below an established threshold, our mind wonders, and we become dull, listless, and uninterested. Awareness has not waned in the slightest, but we have been conditioned to stop paying attention.
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta

2010-10-26 Satipatthana Sutta, Second Foundation: Unpleasantness Leading to Divisiveness 58:06
  Rodney Smith
Once a moment is avoided, a world view of division and separation springs forth, accompanied by a compelling narrative that justifies the aversion. Now we are in full armor with the world as our adversary, tying us to a ceaseless argument with it.
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta

2010-10-12 Satipatthana Sutta, Second Foundation: The Pain of Pleasure 59:21
  Rodney Smith
Once pleasure becomes a determined pursuit, the world divides itself into a pleasure/pain polarity. We now pursue pleasure, both to sustain a pleasant feeling and to avoid the discontent of pain.<br />
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta

2010-09-28 Satipatthana Sutta, Second Foundation: Leaning into Feelings 62:08
  Rodney Smith
The Second Foundation of Feelings is most easily held within the First Foundation of Body. The body gives clues to the mind's feelings. Postures such as physically leaning toward, away, or wandering in confusion show that the body is moving in alignment to a conditioned reference.
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta

2010-09-14 Satipatthana Sutta, Second Foundation: Feelings Molding Character 61:17
  Rodney Smith
Feelings are the first conditioned reference we offer the moment. Through our feelings we are prepared to turn away, ignore, or grasp the experience at hand. Feelings set up our attitudes, personal story, and character to carry us forward in a predisposed way.
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta

2010-09-08 Sincerity: Hunger for the Truth 41:41
  Rodney Smith
Sincerity is the hallmark of awakening.

2010-09-07 From Science to Art 44:14
  Rodney Smith
The journey from the assurance of a method to the wonder of inquiry is the path from the mind to the heart.

2010-09-05 There is Only Mystery 45:36
  Rodney Smith
In whatever direction we look, the message we receive is wonder.

2010-09-04 Continuums of Practice 45:42
  Rodney Smith
Each of us finds a dharma continuum that resonates, but we must beware false nirvanas.

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