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Sally Clough Armstrong's Dharma Talks
Sally Clough Armstrong
Sally Clough Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981. She moved to the Bay Area in 1988, and worked at Spirit Rock until 1994 in a number of roles, including executive director. She began teaching in 1996, and is one of the guiding teachers of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioner Program.
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2018-10-11 Supports for Steadying the mind: The Jhana Factors 59:55
There are five factors that are supported for deepening concentration, known as the jhana factors. These factors are developed in any kind of intensive meditation practice but are particularly supportive of the development of samadhi. They also serve to counterbalance the hindrances. When the hindrances are not active, the mind and heart can be
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2018-09-27 3 Kinds of Intention 58:57
3 Kinds of Intention To develop any skill, to fully cultivate any qualities in our lives, particularly on the Buddhist path, we need to engage with three kinds of intention that operate on different time frames. Cetana is the moment-to-moment intention, the urge to do, that we can bring into the field of our mindfulness practice. The next level, Adhitthana, is usually translated as resolve or determination and is one of the paramis. The highest level is Samma Sankappa, right or wise intention. This is the second path factor, after right view, so it is the kind of intention developed by right view. There are three kinds of Right intention - the intention towards renunciation, non-ill will, and non-harming. These skillful intentions can then inform our choices and actions (Adhitthanas), which we keep in mind through awareness of moment-to-moment intentions, or cetana.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2018-09-20 Bringing wisdom and compassion to the judging mind 59:57
Many of us have a tendency to be critical and judgmental of ourselves and others. In meditation, this habit can seem quite strong and can create a lot of suffering. But mindfulness is a wonderful tool to enable us to see these thoughts for what they are, so we can begin to bring wisdom and understanding to them. The good news is, like any conditioned habit, we can learn to decondition them.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2018-09-13 What is Mindfulness? 57:11
Mindfulness is becoming very popular in many areas of modern life: as a stress reduction, in schools, prisons, hospitals, in the workplace and so on. But what is mindfulness, and what was the Buddha talking about when he encouraged us to practice it? Right mindfulness, or Samma Sati, develops wisdom and understanding, decreasing unwholesome states of mind, increasing wholesome
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2018-08-27 The Development and Function of Concentration (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:59
The development of samadhi, a collected and unified mind, is central in the Buddha’s meditation training. This talk looks at how we can skillfully deepen concentration, as well as the place of concentration in various suttas and lists that guide us in the development of concentration, and then the function of concentration to lead to transformative insight.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2018-08-23 Developing a Skillful Relationship to Happiness in Practice and in Life (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:57
Though the teachings on dukkha (suffering) are an important part of the Buddhist path, a skillful relationship to sukha (happiness) actually played a significant part in the Buddha's awakening. This talk explores the wise use of happiness and pleasure and the cultivation of beautiful qualities of mind, especially in concentration practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2018-07-17 Responding with Kindness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:51
Many of us learn to be judge=mental and critical, especially towards ourselves. Metta is a powerful practice to diminish and even transform the tendency towards judging.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta
2018-07-12 Kindness is What Matters (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:27
The essence of Metta is kindness, to ourselves and to all experience. This talk explores how and why we develop loving-kindness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Metta
2018-05-19 Day 6: Big Mind meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 41:06
A guided meditation called Big Mind, based on instructions developed by Joseph Goldstein from the Tibetan book "Liberation through seeing with naked awareness."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Equanimity and Awareness Retreat
2018-05-18 Facets of Equanimity (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:16
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Equanimity and Awareness Retreat

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