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Carol Wilson's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
Carol Wilson
What I most love in my teaching practice is seeing students become dedicated to their own liberation. As their spiritual practice matures, people light up from within when they begin to understand that personal freedom is possible. This commitment to freedom on the part of the student inspires me to find ways to express my deepest understanding and enthusiasm for liberation.
2009-11-02 Insight 61:07
November 2009 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2007-10-30 Compassion 59:00
The understanding of emptiness manifests in our experience as the intention of compassion. One way that compassion develops is through meeting our own physical and mental suffering with kind awareness.
October 2007 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2007-10-23 Impermanence 52:25
The Buddha said that the perception of impermanence can free our minds from clinging. So why don’t we perceive this accurately?
October 2007 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2007-10-16 Seclusion 59:04
Seclusion or viveka – of body and mind can be an important supportive condition for clear seeing. The hermit, for example, is found in many spiritual traditions.
October 2007 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2007-10-01 Perception And Thought 55:13
Thought is often related to as a “problem” in meditation. It is much more useful to include thought as an object of awareness: once we understand the nature of thought, it loses it power over us.
October 2007 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2007-09-23 The Roots Of Self-Judgment 60:22
Self-judgment is a common and at times almost crippling, mental state. This talk explores some of the conditions that may give rise to this habit of mind.
September 2007 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2007-09-17 All Skillful Means Are For The Purification Of The Heart-Mind 57:42
The Buddha famously stated that he taught one thing, dukka and its end. The heart-mind of non clinging is one way to describe the end of dukkha. One way of looking at the commonality of purpose in the various skillful means of our path is that they are rooted in the mind of non-clinging.
September 2007 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2007-09-10 Viriya - Patience And Courage 54:22
Viriya is a quality of mind that is an essential aspect of our path; frequently mentioned by the Buddha. Often translated as “effort” we can easily confuse this quality with one of striving or “efforting” which leads to suffering. Viriya: patient courage supports mindfulness and wisdom.
September 2007 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2007-09-02 Mindfulness Has No Preferences 50:40
The Buddha said that we continue to live in hostility, with confusion, because we hold onto preferences. Mindfulness practice helps us recognize and trust that awareness has no preferences
September 2007 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2006-12-31 The Stories and Poems of the early Buddhist and Nuns 63:58

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