The greatest gift is the
gift of the teachings
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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2007-09-03 Abiding Within Paradox 38:54
2007-09-01 Boundaryless Living 46:20
2007-07-03 Practice Q and A 58:42
2007-03-22 The Tasks of Being Nobody 40:49
2007-03-15 Differentiating Right Effort from Wise Effort 41:16
2007-01-09 Sangha: The Strength in Gathering 44:43
2006-12-19 Practice Q and A 63:24
2006-09-02 The Governing Laws of the Mind 43:59
2006-01-10 Living an Ethical Life 46:01
Pick one of the Five Precepts (refrain from killing, refrain from taking what is not offered, refrain from distorted or harsh speech, refrain from sexual misconduct, and refrain from drugs or drink which cloud the mind) for study this week. This training is intended to heighten your awareness of both the gross and subtle forms of disconnection within that precept. Make a point to examine the subtle areas very carefully. For instance, wise speech might apply to self-beliefs such as your projections, self-doubt, and unworthiness. Refraining from taking life might include any dismissive or negating behavior to another. Refraining from sexual misconduct could imply using flirtation or sexuality in a manipulative or deceitful manner. Refraining from drugs and drink could include caffeine and sugar. Remember the precepts are not meant to foster a sense of failure but to point to a more connected view of life.
2005-12-10 Aligning the Mind and Body 42:12

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