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Rodney Smith's Dharma Talks at Seattle Insight Meditation Society
Rodney Smith
More and more, the teaching practice takes me into the community where I engage directly with students. My focus right now is on bringing the continuity of the Dharma into the market place. Although retreating is an important form for self-knowledge, I find myself less interested in the immediate results of a retreat and more interested in helping students investigate their relationship to the ups and downs of their everyday life.
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2010-08-24 Satipatthana Sutta, First Foundation: Mindfulness of the Mind Within the Body 53:13
How do the mind and body relate and does this tell us something regarding our identification with the processes involved? How does "mine and yours" become established within this relationship of mind/body?
In collection: The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-08-17 An Evolution Toward Stillness 46:13
The spiritual journey can be understood as moving from the constricting and confining environment of noise to the free expanse of stillness.
2010-08-15 Adaptation and Surrender 47:01
The Dharma demands a paradigm shift, not a modification of our narrative.
2010-08-14 Aligned with Awakening 46:36
To access the central teaching of the Buddha, all components of the mind, body, and effort must be in alignment.
2010-08-03 Satipatthana Sutta, First Foundation: Death and the Body (2) 59:13
As we explore the body from this sutta, we realize the inevitability of loss and begin to see death everywhere. Death takes us through various stages of realization, altering our life and changing it forever. We learn to live consciously with all beginnings and endings.
In collection: The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-07-06 Satipatthana Sutta, First Foundation: Death and the Body (1) 59:24
The Buddha seems to be encouraging an exploration of the themes of death and the body in this passage of the Satipatthana Sutta. Though all of us know we are going to die, few of us realize that fact as a living truth. This passage is meant to release us from our denial that fixates on permanency and continuity.
In collection: The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-06-08 Satipatthana Sutta, First Foundation: Loving the Whole Body 58:27
We start with an aversive or attractive response to the body or body part, and quickly an emotional attitude arises that fixates upon the appearance; a story is formed, an opinion is held, and our body is made into something it never was. To love the whole of the body requires an intentional reversal of stepping out of those perceptual fixations and embracing the pleasant and unpleasant components in totality.
In collection: The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-05-25 Satipatthana Sutta, First Foundation: Integrating Body and Actions 58:44
Once we have accepted the fact that we cannot control the dharma, our practice opens up to the full catastrophe of living. We open first by backing away from our egoic demands and then by infusing our actions with the wisdom of the body.
In collection: The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-05-11 Satipatthana Sutta, First Foundation: The Body in Movement 61:37
Movement integrates our insights into living reality rather than theoretical assumptions. When the insights become part of the living tissue of our body, a natural spontaneity arises.
In collection: The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-04-27 Satipatthana Sutta, First Foundation: The Image of the Body 56:54
We continually misrepresent the body by forcing it to be governed, controlled, and defined by the mind. When we set the body free from imposed boundaries we find a natural and intelligent life energy that knows its way.
In collection: The Satipatthana Sutta

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