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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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2010-04-13 Satipatthana Sutta, First Foundation: Body as the Body 55:48
The body is a residing stranger to most of us. We think we know what it is, but we have not given ourselves to it thoroughly so that it reveals its secrets.
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-03-30 Satipatthana Sutta, Introduction: From Mindfulness to Awareness 3:50
Mindfulness is the tool, awareness is the result. All we need to do to convert the tool into the result is get out of the way.
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-03-16 Satipatthana Sutta, Introduction: Understanding Mindfulness 60:14
Mindfulness is at the heart of the Buddha's teaching, but few people understand how it evolves from the simple practice of being mindful into a mature, full-embodied awareness.
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-03-02 Satipatthana Sutta, Introduction: Wise Effort 56:41
It is important to learn the meditation technique, but to adhere too strictly to the form of the practice can mask self-doubt. Risking doing it wrong begins the "art" of practice, and insight develops within the art of quiet observation free from the pressure of failure.
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-02-16 Satipatthana Sutta, Introduction: Moving the Principle Through the Application 60:54
Guiding the application of the teaching from the sense of self and not the true principle of selflessness is the single greatest mistake made in Buddhist practice and distorts all the revelations.
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-02-02 Satipatthana Sutta, Introduction: Selfless Application 59:10
Let the application of the teaching be informed by the root principle of selflessness and each mindful exercise manifest that selflessness through bare attention and total acceptance.
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-01-19 Satipatthana Sutta, Introduction: Foundations 59:27
The Satipatthana Sutta is the application of the Buddha's teaching. After the view has been offered and an intention has been aroused, it answers the question, "What do I do now?"
In collection The Satipatthana Sutta
2010-01-19 The Satipatthana Sutta 38:02:35
The Satipatthana sutta is the fundamental teaching by the Buddha, revered by all Buddhist traditions, on the application of mindfulness. Mindulness is the the basic teaching that connects the isolated individual to his/her internal and external environments. Through a steady integration of mindfulness our unconscious tendencies become conscious, and we discover a preexisting awareness and interconnectedness to life that changes everything. The four applications of mindfulness (body, feelings, mind, and mind objects), as well as the underlying principles behind it, are explored thoroughly through talks, discussions, dyads, and homework.
2010-01-12 A Paradigm Shift of the Heart 46:55
The true resolution of the heart is not a wavering New Year's pledge but a determination to switch the very paradigm of our life.
2009-12-15 Ten Paramis: Equanimity (2) 46:18
There are a number of ways to incline the mind toward the discovery of equanimity. Each perception of equanimity has a training explored in this discourse.
In collection The Ten Paramis

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