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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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2018-05-09 Building on Retreat, Taking the Practice Home 20:07
Closing Session (part 4): Short reflections on taking the practice home and deepening insights (with comments from Bart van Melik).
Relational Dharma: Waking up Together
2018-05-09 A Meditation for Difficult Conversations: Guidance from the Suttas 2:37:27
Closing Session - part 1. In this short teaching and guided meditation, we explore how to use the meditation instructions in the Simile of the Saw (Kakchupama Sutta, MN. 21) as preparation and cultivation for difficult conversations.
Relational Dharma: Waking up Together
2018-05-05 Reflections on Right Speech 25:45
Brief reflections on right speech and the ethical guidelines offered by the Buddha.
Relational Dharma: Waking up Together
2018-05-05 Guided Meditation: Embodied Kindness 36:34
A loving-kindness meditation rooted in bodily awareness.
Relational Dharma: Waking up Together
2018-05-05 Guided Meditation: Embodied Mindfulness 29:51
Relational Dharma: Waking up Together
2018-05-04 Opening Talk, Refuges & Precepts 40:48
Opening Reflections on Speech and Relational Dharma(with Bart van Melik), Refuges and Precepts
Relational Dharma: Waking up Together
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

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