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Jill Shepherd's Dharma Talks
Jill Shepherd
Wisdom and compassion are two themes that inform my current exploration of the dharma, and I aspire to integrate these as fully as I can in both formal practice and daily life.
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2021-10-18 Muditā or gladness as a support for samādhi, unification of mind 24:10
Part two of an exploration of samādhi, unification of mind, and how opening to gladness can support deeper calm and ease
Sydney Insight Meditators
2021-10-07 talk: Wise Samadhi 32:35
Finishing our series of talks on the Noble Eightfold Path with an exploration of Wise Samādhi, unification of mind
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path
2021-10-07 meditation: mindfulness of breathing to develop calm and ease 27:12
Settling in to the body then bringing awareness to the rhythm of the breath to support deepening ease and calm
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path
2021-08-28 41 meditation: compassion for a good friend then oneself 24:50
Beginning by settling the body, before orienting to compassion for a good friend, then extending that compassion to oneself, closing with compassion for all beings
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Connecting through silence, solitude, stillness: cultivating the heart of freedom
2021-08-28 40 instructions: compassion practice 14:23
An introduction to compassion practice, with some suggestions of how to stay balanced when connecting with pain, distress, dukkha
Te Moata Retreat Center :  Connecting through silence, solitude, stillness: cultivating the heart of freedom
2021-08-11 27 meditation: choiceless attention 29:10
Beginning with mindfulness of breathing to steady the mind, then letting go of the primary object or anchor to connect with whatever experiences are predominant, using mental noting to help stay present with changing experiences
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Finding the Heart of Freedom
2021-08-11 26 instructions: mindfulness of mindfulness 19:36
Exploring some different approaches to mindfulness, and how different mindfulness methods can be used to maintain a balanced practice
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Finding the Heart of Freedom
2021-08-09 17 meditation: practising with physical discomfort 29:48
Beginning by bringing awareness to physical sensations, practising non-reactivity to discomfort, then exploring how opening to neutral and pleasant feeling-tones can support the mind to stay balanced
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Finding the Heart of Freedom
2021-08-09 16 instructions: working with pain 12:53
Some different approaches to working skilfully with pain in meditation
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre Finding the Heart of Freedom
2021-07-29 talk: Wise Mindfulness or sati 30:59
Short talk on what makes mindfulness Right or Wise, then a group guided meditation/contemplation exploring different aspects of sati, based on questions from Gregory Kramer's book A Whole-Life Path
Auckland Insight Meditation Living a life of mutual benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path

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