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Dharma talks from meditation teacher Mary Stancavage. These focus primarily on the pragmatic aspects of Buddhist teachings and philosophy drawing strongly on wisdom and heart practices. All are viewed through the lens of learning to live with an Undefended Heart. (photo by @kimanhuynh)

Undefended Dharma with Mary Stancavage Mary Stancavage

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 41 Ratings

Dharma talks from meditation teacher Mary Stancavage. These focus primarily on the pragmatic aspects of Buddhist teachings and philosophy drawing strongly on wisdom and heart practices. All are viewed through the lens of learning to live with an Undefended Heart. (photo by @kimanhuynh)

    An Undefended Heart

    An Undefended Heart

    The idea of an undefended heart seems counterintuitive right now especially with all the suffering in the world. We think that putting up walls will keep us safe but instead the armor just isolates us. The Buddha invited us turn towards the reality of our lives and the world and open to all. In this talk Mary discusses the need for an undefended heart, what gets in the way and how to move towards the freedom we receive by opening our hearts to each moment.Recorded May 19, 2024 for Insig...

    • 31 min
    We Are All of a Nature

    We Are All of a Nature

    In the Buddha's wisdom he invited us to reflect regularly on our mortality which flies in the face of a society which tells us we can be immortal if we just do it all right. The denial of reality and craving for the impossible causes so much suffering and disconnection. When we turn to face the reality of our lives and our shared humanity, we experience a freedom and a connection with others grounded in wisdom and compassion.Recorded May 11, 2024 in the virtual worldVisit Mary's website...

    • 26 min
    Wise Speech in Challenging Times

    Wise Speech in Challenging Times

    The Buddha's teaching on Wise Speech serves us well in these days of great polarization. We have our sides and spew our rhetoric, often without thinking about how we communicate can make a bad situation worse. The invitation, as always, is pause and think about the truth, necessity and kindness of how we connect with others. It does not mean we shy away from difficult conversations or keep quiet in the face of injustice. Instead, it asks us to really be present in how we show up. Recorde...

    • 32 min
    Letting Go Again and Again

    Letting Go Again and Again

    Bhikkhu Analayo suggests that the Buddha's teachings can be summed up in two words, "Let go." Ah, but if it were only so easy. Mary reflects on how the act of letting go gets more and more subtle and challenging the deeper we go and the longer we practice, but the freedom is worth the effort.Recorded April 29, 2024 in the virtual worldVisit Mary's website for more info on classes and teachings.

    • 15 min
    Shining a Light on Grief

    Shining a Light on Grief

    Grief seems to be a constant companion these days and making space for it is an important part of our practice. Grief can be scary and we're tempted to push it away instead of inviting it in. When we do acknowledge our grief, we reconnect with all of humanity and recognize we're not alone. Connecting with grief is empowering - allow yourself to feel and be open to this moment.Recorded April 20, 2024 in the virtual worldVisit Mary's website for more info on classes and teachings.

    • 20 min
    Everyday Impermanence

    Everyday Impermanence

    The teaching of impermanence is a core tenet of Buddhism and our ability to recognize the impermanence we meet each day is so important for us in order to be free. How we relate to shifting and changing experiences while staying in the present is the key. Mary discusses the places we get stuck and how we can let go.Recorded April 13, 2024 in the virtual worldVisit Mary's website for more info on classes and teachings.

    • 17 min

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