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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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2001-02-01 Illusion IV: Taking What Lacks Independent Existence As Independently Existing 39:22
The self is a play upon the field of time and has no reality outside of thought.
2001-01-01 Illusion III: Taking The Momentary Display Of The World As Continuous 38:44
Since time is created by thought, the universe is inherently discontinuous.
2000-12-15 Illusion 1: Taking What Is Insubstantial To Be Permanent 38:34
We deliberately attempt to make the insubstantial permanent because of the implications of an insecure world.
2000-08-28 The Obsessive Mind 45:55
The mind can seize upon anything for its survival and form an entire psychic reality around its wants. Exploring what is behind obsessive thoughts and actions.
2000-08-21 The Moody Mind 41:25
Moods can be so pervasive that they form the psychic posture we have towards life. We can distill our relationship to life down to a mood when we forget the law of impermanence.
2000-08-14 The Isolated Mind 42:06
A mind that cuts itself off from feedback and relationship becomes warped around its own ideas. Our minds can implode in on themselves when we isolate ourselves from new perspectives.
2000-08-07 The Controlling Mind 40:46
We think through the exertion of will we can make the moment safe, but in the end we simply distort what is truly supporting us. One way we distort the Dharma is through our need to control circumstances rather than receive events.
2000-04-24 The Eightfold Path 8: Wise Samadhi 38:31
Samadhi completes the circle as it contains the wholeness of the path with its oneness of mind.
2000-04-17 The Eightfold Path 6: Wise Effort 38:15
Applying effort, without the wise overview, leads to the illusion of self-improvement.
2000-04-10 The Eightfold Path 7: Wise Mindfulness 43:53
Exploring how mindfulness flows naturally from a wise view.

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