Category Archives: Dharma Talks

Audio recordings of talks given at Victoria IMS retreats and public talks.

Audio Recordings Christina Feldman: Untangling the Tangle (Saturday)

Audio Recordings: Untangling the Tangle (Saturday)
A Study and Meditation Retreat with Christina Feldman

Something within us, within our hearts, wants to feel less bound, less governed by moods, by views, by opinions, by ideas of self. There’s something within us that really longs to find the way to unbind, to untangle ourselves from these patterns of distress that are created and recreated moment by moment.
Through the study of two of Buddha’s suttas, we explored the architecture of our personal worlds and the architecture of distress as a means to finding the end of distress.
This was a study weekend with a large teaching element to it. There were also times for questions, reflections and periods of practice. The weekend was held in a background of silence.

Christina Feldman is a co-founder of Gaia House. She has been leading Insight Meditation retreats worldwide since 1976. She is a Guiding Teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is the author of a number of books including ‘Women Awake’, ‘Way of Meditation’, and co-author of ‘Soul Food’. Recent books include ‘Silence’ and ‘The Buddhist Path to Simplicity’.

2016/09/17 Steve Armstrong Audio files

“Archeology of the Heart”

(A non-residential weekend “Awareness” retreat)

Victoria Insight Meditation Society,  Sept 17, 18, 2016, with Steve Armstrong

In this two-day, non-residential retreat, dhamma teacher Steve Armstrong will offer teachings and instructions that cultivate stable awareness of all experience.  With awareness, we are able to explore all of life: burrowing beneath appearances through the depths of personality, from entanglement in experience to the ever-creative process of being. The journey unfolds deep into layers of past conditioning to discovery of the shifting, tectonic plates of bedrock awareness and the star-dust like conditional nature of reality. With such intimacy, the evolutionary unfolding of wise understanding is revealed.

Day 1 Audio

Day2 Audio

Talks from Retreat with Ajahn Sona, Sunday May 22, 2016

Sunday May 22, 2016. Talks by Ajahn Sona, abbot of Birken Forest Monastery, leading a meditation retreat on the theme: The Joy of Unburdening. Periods of instruction, sitting and walking meditation throughout the day. A few people sent in reflections on their experience from this retreat and you can read their words by clicking here.

  1. Saturday Reflections and Suggestions
  2. Saturday Dhamma Talks and Questions
  3. Sunday Reflections and Dhamma Talk (this page)

DhammaTalk May 21 retreat with Ajahn Sona

Saturday May 21, 2016. Talks by Ajahn Sona, abbot of Birken Forest Monastery, leading a meditation retreat on the theme: The Joy of Unburdening. Periods of instruction, sitting and walking meditation throughout the day.

  1. Saturday Reflections and Suggestions
  2. Saturday Dhamma Talks and Questions (this page)
  3. Sunday Reflections and Dhamma Talk

Talks from May 21 retreat with Ajahn Sona

Saturday May 21, 2016. Talks by Ajahn Sona, abbot of Birken Forest Monastery, leading a meditation retreat on the theme: The Joy of Unburdening. Periods of instruction, sitting and walking meditation throughout the day.

  1. Saturday Reflections and Suggestions (this page)
  2. Saturday Dhamma Talks and Questions
  3. Sunday Reflections and Dhamma Talk

Evening with Ajahn Sona and Margo McLoughlin

Friday May 20th

Guest storyteller and Community Dharma Leader Margo McLoughlin telling a Jataka tale, “The Noble Deer”.  Ajahn Sona then offered comments on the talk followed by a dhamma talk and a question and answer session.

2016/03/26 Pascal Auclair audio files

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House on the second day of a weekend retreat presented by Pascal Aucliar on the 25th and 26th of March 2016.

 

2016/03/25 Pascal Auclair audio files

The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during the first day of a weekend retreat with Pascal Auclair. The retreat was held on 25 and 26 of March 2016.

 

2016/02/20 Margo retreat audio

The following files were recorded at Goward House during a one day retreat given by Margo McLoughlin.

  1. Introduction

2. Meditation instruction

Guided Meditation – Taming the mind – Stilling the water

Guided Meditation – Settling into our experiencing the present moment

Mindful eating instruction

Guided Meditation – Living the poetry of our lives

Dharma talk

Closing

 

 

2016/01/16 Audio Files Heather Martin Retreat

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria. Heather Martin led the weekend on Mindfulness and Metta