Mindfulness Skills Training with Sharon Salzberg : Menla Annual New Year’s Dharma + Yoga Retreat
In this archive video recording Sharon Salzberg leads an in depth explanation of Mindfulness practice from a traditional Buddhist perspective.
Includes personal stories & a short guided meditation using concentration on the breath & an abbreviate loving kindness practice.
From the program description:
“Mind, said Buddha, is the key to both happiness and unhappiness. The untrained mind, only partially conscious, is often a victim of itself. During much of our waking life, we are not actually aware of what our minds are doing. All kinds of negative inclinations are continually being reinforced and we act because of thoughts of which we are only marginally aware.
The Buddha taught mindfulness to counter this tendency, to wake us up from mindlessness, and to help us move forward to live with the enormous capacity we have as human beings for wisdom and compassion. The most important function of mindfulness is to serve as a platform for waking up to reality: who we are, the truths of change and interdependence, where happiness actually comes from.
Most particularly, at the heart of the Buddha’s teaching is a vexing proposition: that the self as we conventionally experience it is a fiction. What does this mean? Can we really understand it? What are the implications for how we live our lives?”
This video was recorded at the 2015 “Love Your Enemies: New Year’s Dharma + Meditation Retreat” with Sharon Salzberg & Robert AF Thurman at Menla’s Nalanda Conference Center in Phoenicia, New York.
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching.
She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Loving Kindness and her most release by Flatiron Books, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.
Suggested Books + Audio by Sharon Salzberg
Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection (Book), Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (Book), Real Happiness at Work (Book), Voices of Insight (Book), Loving Kindness (Book), Faith (Book), Love Your Enemies (Book), Heart as Wide as the World (Book), Insight Meditation : A Step by Step Course on How To Meditate (Audio + Book), Room to Breathe: An At-Home Meditation Retreat (Audio), Loving Kindness Meditation (Audio) & Guided Meditations for Love & Wisdom (Audio).
To learn about the Annual Dharma + Meditation retreat with Sharon Salzberg & Robert AF Thurman at Menla please visit: www.menla.us.