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Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia
Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia has been offering instruction in Theravada Buddhist teachings and practices since 1990. She is a student of the western forest sangha, the disciples of Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Chah, and is a Lay Buddhist Minister in association with Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California. She served as resident teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts from 1996 through 1999. Taraniya teaches at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and at Dhamma centers in the United States.
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2018-05-01 Refuge As Practice 45:47
Going for refuge mirrors the process of waking up. We settle enough to know what we are experiencing (Buddha); we learn to let things be the way are (Dhamma); and we experience directly the happiness and release that comes from skillful behavior (Sangha).
May 2018 at IMS- Forest Refuge
2017-01-30 Tweaking Our Practice 53:22
This talk addresses several potential difficulties in practice – attaching to ideas about mindfulness and concentration, thinking that nothing is happening in practice, feeling half here and half not, and the tendency to “do” the practice.
January 2017 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2017-01-23 Māna: Conceit 47:18
The Buddha defines three kinds of conceit—conceit itself (māna), the inferiority complex (omāna), and arrogance (atimāna). Conceit is a player in giving rise to a sense of self and perpetuating it though ignorance. This talk offers practical guidance to help meditators see conceit and uproot it through understanding and insight.
January 2017 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2017-01-16 Tanhā: Craving 51:05
This talk outlines the Buddha’s teaching on the three forms of craving—craving for sensual pleasures, craving for becoming, and craving for non-becoming. Taraniya encourages the practitioner to use the retreat environment to observe craving in what may seem like minor or insignificant moments. These moments hold potential for major insights.
January 2017 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2017-01-02 Practicing for the New Year 2017 47:40
Given the conflicts, wars, and divisiveness over the past year, many people ask, “How do we practice with all of this?” Taraniya offers reflections on opening to difficulty, making practical adjustments in our lives to support inner balance, and increasing our capacity to manage mindstates through understanding and wisdom.
January 2017 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2015-01-26 Self-view and the Fourth Satipatthana 58:57
This talk walks through the fourth satipatthana with an eye to realizing how this practice helps us overcome self-view.
January 2015 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2015-01-12 Deconstructing the Layers of Self-View 57:43
This talk includes real practice stories about working with the hindrances and seeing how we deconstruct the layers of self-view.
January 2015 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2015-01-05 Classical Teaching on Non-Self 51:40
The Buddha never denied or affirmed the existence of a self. He merely noted that when we relate to the body, feeling perception, formations and consciousness with attachment, we suffer. Non-identification with the body and mind frees us.
January 2015 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2014-12-30 New Year 2015 47:28
Making full use of perception of the new year to skillfully look back to where we have been and forward to where we are going. .. and at the same time, collapsing time to the present moment.
December 2014 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2014-12-23 Perception: Ideas, Views, Biases 54:32
This talk looks at how we tend to form views based on likes and dislikes... and how we extend our views to form value laden statements about the world, the people in it and even ourselves. We move away from the direct experience into a world of fabrication and delusion. Our ideas become more real than the experience they represent.
December 2014 at IMS - Forest Refuge

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