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Oren Jay Sofer's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
Oren Jay Sofer
Developing a clear understanding of the teachings and learning to fully inhabit the body have been core parts of my Dhamma practice. These areas, as well a strong emphasis on the heart, inform and shape my teaching. The few years I spent training as an Anagarika in the Thai Forest monasteries broadened my understanding of the Buddha's teachings and instilled a profound respect for the Bhikkhu and Bhikkhuni Sangha. All along the way, I've been particularly interested in how other modalities like Nonviolent Communication and Somatics can support our growth in awakening.
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2020-04-30 Closing Session + Q&A 39:36
Closing session for the month of April online teachings at the Forest Refuge, with Caroline Jones.
Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-29 Question & Answer 37:55
Open Q&A session, includes such topics as: handling restless thoughts; working with persistent worry; relating wisely to creative thoughts; opening the pain and suffering in the world.
Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-28 Devotion: The Heart of Practice 49:24
Without a full heart the practice becomes rote, dry, and uninspired. Without the sacred, we lose our way in the world and misplace our heart's faith in things like money, success, and pleasure. The path invites us to tap into a deeper aspect of the heart/mind and live with a quality of reverence.
Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-27 Living from Moment to Moment: Reflection & Guided Meditation 31:45
A short reflection with instructions on samatha and vipassana practice (calming and insight), followed by a guided meditation.
Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-22 Question & Answer 39:36
Open Q&A covering topics such as: calming the body after an angry outburst and repairing the relational connection; meditating on the 'sound of silence'; using multiple anchors; working with the mind jumping from one thing to another.
Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-21 A Strong and Flexible Mind (part 2): Resolve 48:36
The quality of resolve—strong determination, committment—is guided by wisdom and supported by patience to transform the heart and carry the mind to release.
Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-20 Guided Meditation: Steadying through Resolution 29:38
Resolve or determination is a steady firmness that is both flexible and strong. This meditation explores how to bring this quality into our meditation.
Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-15 Question & Answer 30:35
Open Q&A covering topics such as: anchor vs. choiceless awareness; loss of concentration and self-judgment; patience vs. avoidance.
Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-14 A Strong and Flexible mind (part 1): Patience 47:09
Patience is said to lead the way to enlightenment. Why? Dhamma practice goes against the grain of ordinary life and against the acquiring tendencies of the mind. This talk explores the value of patience and how to we turn the mind towards the spacious flexibility of patience.
Forest Refuge April Retreat Online
2020-04-13 Guided Meditation: Unfolding Patience 30:09
A short reflection and Guided meditation on patience in life and contemplative practice.
Forest Refuge April Retreat Online

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