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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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2010-11-23 Satipatthana Sutta, Second Foundation: Feelings Unleashing Thoughts 4:41
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sincerity is the hallmark of awakening.
2010-09-07 From Science to Art 44:14
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
In whatever direction we look, the message we receive is wonder.
2010-09-04 Continuums of Practice 45:42
Each of us finds a dharma continuum that resonates, but we must beware false nirvanas.

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