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Dharma Talks given at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre
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2020-01-16 03 instructions: sati and samadhi 14:15
  Jill Shepherd
A short exploration of mindfulness (sati) in the context of insight meditation, and how it is supported by clear comprehension (sampajanno) and stability of mind or non-distractability (samadhi)
New Year, New Beginnings

2019-12-24 Short guided compassion meditation for the Australian bushfire situation 14:41
  Jill Shepherd
A fifteen minute guided compassion meditation, offering compassion for all human beings and all other living beings affected by the current bushfire crisis in Australia

2019-08-08 27 guided meditation: compassion for a good friend, and self-compassion 20:46
  Jill Shepherd
Practising with compassion for a good friend who is currently experiencing some challenges, then offering compassion to oneself
Strengthening the two wings of Awakening: Wisdom and Compassion

2019-08-08 26 instructions: compassion and working with painful emotions 19:43
  Jill Shepherd
Some suggestions for working with painful emotions, and using compassion and self-compassion as antidotes to afflictive mind-states
Strengthening the two wings of Awakening: Wisdom and Compassion

2019-07-27 17 talk: fear of freedom 36:07
  Jill Shepherd
Acknowledging that change itself can cause anxiety; exploring some different definitions of Nibbana; and a few suggestions for navigating fear if/when it arises in meditation practice
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-20 16 guided meditation: dyads, exploring fearlessness 25:00
  Jill Shepherd
Working together in pairs, taking turns to describe a time of feeling ease, calm, confidence, courage, and noticing the effect this has on the body, heart, and mind
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-20 15 talk: wisdom and the three universal characteristics 29:54
  Jill Shepherd
How seeing the three universal characteristics of anicca-dukkha-anatta (impermanent, imperfect, impersonal) can support the releasing of anxiety and fear
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-20 14 guided meditation: relaxing the body, stilling the mind 14:56
  Jill Shepherd
A short guided meditation beginning with a brief body scan to relax tension, then using the breath to help steady and calm the mind
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-14 13 guided meditation: dyad practice, exploring gratitude and mudita for oneself 23:56
  Jill Shepherd
Working in pairs, contemplating gratitude for aspects of one's life, then a short written exercise exploring one's own good qualities
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-14 12 talk: comparing mind (mana) and appreciative joy (mudita) 28:43
  Jill Shepherd
Exploring the common tendency of the mind to get caught in comparing, and how the practice of mudita or appreciative joy can be both an antidote and an ally, that helps stop mana from arising in the first place
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

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