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Oren Jay Sofer's Dharma Talks at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
Oren Jay Sofer
Developing a clear understanding of the teachings and learning to fully inhabit the body have been core parts of my Dhamma practice. These areas, as well a strong emphasis on the heart, inform and shape my teaching. The few years I spent training as an Anagarika in the Thai Forest monasteries broadened my understanding of the Buddha's teachings and instilled a profound respect for the Bhikkhu and Bhikkhuni Sangha. All along the way, I've been particularly interested in how other modalities like Nonviolent Communication and Somatics can support our growth in awakening.
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2017-12-10 Balance & Strength in Difficult Conversations: The Simile of Saw 40:22
An exploration of MN.21, The Simile of the Saw as a teaching on right relationship and wise speech.
Right Speech: Words That Lead to Awakening
2017-12-09 The Deep Freedom of Human Needs 59:50
How do hold the teachings on letting go, non-attachment and non-self with the reality of having needs as a human being. What are needs and how do we relate to them with wisdom in a world that is beyond our control, neither suppressing and denying them nor becoming overly fixated or identified with them?
Right Speech: Words That Lead to Awakening
2017-12-09 Guided Meditation: Exploring Needs 32:38
Using attention to identify an unmet need, and to shift to recognizing what matters at the core independent of any situation, time, person, place, or thing.
Right Speech: Words That Lead to Awakening
2017-12-08 Crafting our Words, Shaping the Heart 55:28
Right Speech is a key factor in the cultivation of the Noble Eightfold Path, shaping the heart and mind even as the heart-mind shapes our speech. Our intention is the decisive factor in determine the direction and shape of our speech, our heart and our mind.
Right Speech: Words That Lead to Awakening
2017-12-08 Guided Meditation: Arriving and Opening to Experience 44:58
Early morning guided meditation introducing the practice of samatha-vipassana.
Right Speech: Words That Lead to Awakening
2017-12-07 Words that Lead to Awakening: Right Speech and the Capacity to Connect 62:10
We are social creatures with the capacities for connection, empathy, and understanding. This talk introduces the practice of Right Speech as an essential part of the path to awakening.
Right Speech: Words That Lead to Awakening
2016-10-23 Equanimity: Poise in Life 49:39
The Path of Wise Speech: Living the Teachings
2016-10-22 Right View: How are You Looking at Things? 48:41
An exploration of the teachings on Right View, and how we can use them to examine the assumptions and ideas we have in our relationships and speech.
The Path of Wise Speech: Living the Teachings
2016-10-22 Guided Meditation: Grounding and Opening 32:19
The Path of Wise Speech: Living the Teachings
2016-10-21 Words that Lead to Awakening 53:13
The Path of Wise Speech: Living the Teachings

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