IMCC Talks

Visit our IMCC CVille YouTube Channel for the IMCC talks.
The latest uploads: 
        October 25, 2014 - Oct 21 IMCC Dharma Talk by Susan Stone
        October 24, 2014 - 2014 IMCC Residential Retreat, Pat Coffey 

See a list of talks by: 

Sharon Beckman-Brindley

" Cultivating a Heart Unshaken" (August 19, 2014) - 32 min

Our meditation practice invites us to see and investigate moments of conflict as powerful practice and learning opportunities. With the Dharma as guide, we can learn to allow conflict to touch our hearts and show us where we are caught and how we might open in ever deeper and joyful ways.
(This video is missing the last few minutes of talk due to technical difficulties.)

"Conflict As Play" (August 12, 2014) - 38 min

Our meditation practice invites us to see and investigate moments of conflict as powerful learning opportunities. With the Dharma as guide, we can learn to play with conflict, to allow it to open us to ever deeper and more creative possibilities, both internally and externally, in our relations with the world.

"When 'I'm Right and You're Wrong!'" (June 10, 2014) - 37 min

The Buddha speaks of our deep attachments to our own views as one of the "knives in our hearts" that can lead to much discord. In this talk, we explore the presence of these views and attachments as we inquire together into ways of cultivating the freedom that our meditation practice offers - even in the face of deep relational differences.

"Butterflies, Ants, and World Peace" (April 29, 2014) - 37 min

While the Buddha's teachings on loving kindness can sound very noble, when we come right into the practice, it can seem confusing and, ultimately impossible for us mere mortals. In this talk, we explore the deep meaning of the Buddha's teaching and look at simple, practical and nourishing ways to practice loving kindness in our daily lives.

"Who Do You Think You Are" (April 22, 2014) - 37 min

In the Buddha’s teaching, one of the three characteristics of this human life is anatta, or "no self."   We do not, he teaches, exist as separate beings in the way that we think we do. This teaching can be deeply valuable as we work to heal "isms" in our world: the confused thinking and acting of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, able-bodyism, anti-semitism and all of the ways of thinking and acting that keep us separate from one another.

"Taking Refuge In Community" (June 5, 2012) - 39 min

We explore teachings on taking refuge in sangha, the Pali word for "community."  How does refuge in community with one another relate to our silent meditation practice?

"Relationship as Spiritual Path, #5"   (April 24, 2012) - 39 min

We explore the Buddha's teaching on release of clinging and the practical application in our real life human relationships.

"Relationship as Spiritual Path, #4"  (April 17, 2012)  - 38 min

We explore relational suffering in light of the Four Noble Truths and examine ways these can lead to release.

"Relationship as Spiritual Path, #3"  (April 10, 2012) - 37 min

As we explore wholesome and not so wholesome wanting in relationship, we see more clearly the causes of relational suffering which, when known, can lead to release.

"Relationship as Spiritual Path, #2"  ( January 17, 2012) - 42 min

We continue an exploration of relationship in light of the First Noble Truth, seeing how our relationship challenges invite an inquiry into the deep mysteries of this human life.

"Relationship as Spiritual Path"  (January 10, 2012) - 37 min

To be human is to be in relationship. This talk, the first in a series, addresses relationships of all kinds in light of the Buddha's teachings of the First Noble Truth.

"Good Will to All"  (December 27, 2011) - 41 min

To find happiness is to cultivate hearts and minds that are open and loving toward all being and event of our lives. This includes the most difficult beings in our world as well as the very most difficult - ourselves.

 

Pat Coffey

"Challenging Energies to Meditation: Our Limbic Lovers " (October 18, 2014, from the IMCC Residential Retreat)  - 64 min

When cultivating a meditation practice there are challenging energies that arise that are important to understand and befriend. Our perspective on these is critical to the establishment of a powerful practice.

"Holding a Devastating Personal Loss in the Vast Mystery of Creation" (September 18, 2014) - 29 min

Suicide of a loved one is one of the most difficult losses anyone can experience.
Our practice and the vast mystery of this creation can offer us refuge.

"The Beauty of a Compassionate Life” (October 16, 2012) - 33 min


"Cultivating Tranquility: The Foundation of Practice” (September 4, 2012)  - 30 min


"Your partner done left you, your dawg is dyin' and your pickup done threw a rod.....What to do?”  (May 28, 2012) - 39 min

Sometimes life is like a bad country song. Lucky for us that when conditions become challenging our meditation practice offers us practical and soothing support.

"The Awakened Heart/Mind” (May 8, 2012)  - 41 min

We explore Bodhichita, the awakened heart/mind, and its power to make a difference between happiness and anguish.

Unlikely Friendship: Slave and Slave-Owner Descendants Speak on Healing Separation through Spiritual Practice” (March 20, 2012) - 64 min

Courage and hope in the shadow of slavery. Reflections on healing racial separation and finding friendship through honesty, faith and spiritual practice.


"Wisdom Through Relaxing Into the Flow of Nature" (dharmaseed.org)  (December 30, 2011) - 62 min

Wisdom is more of a verb than a noun. It is the continual refinement of perspective and understanding. As you practice moment to moment the laws of nature are gradually revealed and freedom is realized

"Promise of Spring" (April 19, 2011) - 36 min

 

Jackie Erskine

"A Fresh Start" (January 3, 2012) - 39 min

Experiencing the possibility for trusting in Awareness, Truth, and Relatedness. Trust is the basis for examining our beliefs about what is possible for us.

Generosity and Service” (October 25, 2011) - 39 min

Exploring the connection between the "felt sense" of generosity and our acts of service to others.

 

Jeffrey Fracher

"Finding Connection and Community: Taking Refuge in the Sangha" (July 8, 2014) - 36 min

Experiencing the possibility for trusting in Awareness, Truth, and Relatedness. Trust is the basis for examining our beliefs about what is possible for us.

"Acceptance As A Path To Freedom" (April 8, 2014) - 34 min
The talk examines the ways in which our difficulties accepting this human life as it is causes us untold suffering. We will explore the ways in which we can practice acceptance as a means to achieving true freedom in our lives.  The exploration will focus on a modern understanding of the Buddha's ancient teachings on dealing with avoidance and aversion.
(Introduction by Pat Coffey, Speakers Bernadine Anderson and Jeff Fracher)
Slave and Slave-Owner Descendants Speak on Healing Separation through Spiritual Practice.
Courage and hope in the shadow of slavery; Reflections on healing racial separation and finding friendship through honesty, faith and spiritual practice.
 

Heather Karp

The Shady Side of the Sunny Side”  (July 22, 2014)  - 41 min                        


It is really good news that we have the capacity to change the neural structure of our brain - the flourishing science of neuroplasticity - in the direction of greater happiness, compassion and care, verifying what the historical Buddha taught 2500 years ago.  A popular Happiness Industry has grown up around these findings.  But what of the “less than happy-making” feelings and mind states?  Neglecting our “orphans of consciousness” we perpetuate the cycles that lead to suffering. In the practice of Mindfulness we shine the light of awareness, without preference, on whatever arises, in order that we may see clearly. Seeing clearly the nature of emotions we can work with them, responsibly, and with a kind heart, towards happiness independent of conditions.
         

Teresa Miller

A Taste of Freedom”  (July 1, 2014)  - 29 min

What's your favorite way of suffering?  The discipline of practicing allows us to see the phenomenal degree of choice, of freedom, that's possible in any moment, to end suffering. Freedom is present when you open to what's true – what am I aware of?   How am I responding to that awareness?  Mind as spacious as day-blind stars with irrepressible summer firefly light, the taste of freedom is here, now.

Midway Point: Stability, Well-being and Courage”  (February 5, 2013)  - 27 min

Midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we see readily the 3 marks of existence - impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and not self. We can cultivate practices that help us understand these truths: stability allows us to see the flow of change; well-being practices allow us to remember our true nature of radiance, wisdom, joy; acts of generosity and compassion strengthen us, give us courage and point to not self.

Darkness, Light and Lovingkindness” (September 25, 2012)  - 38 min


Grasshoppers and Generosity” (August 21, 2012) - 29 min

Exploring the importance of the spiritual practice generosity.

 

Allie Rudolph

"Self-Compassion and the Path to Freedom" (September 2, 2014) - 33 min

The Buddha's teachings on compassion and love and kindness begins with the practice of first practicing compassion for ourselves.

On Faith” (February 26, 2013)  - 34 min

Sangha and the Path” (October 23, 2012)  - 48 min

The Middle Way: Finding Balance in Tumultuous Times”  (October 23, 2012)  - 38 min

 

Susan Stone

"Three Blind Men & an Elephant" (Oct 21, 2014) - 41 min

On the spiritual journey, we're like the three blind men and the elephant in the ancient Asian story--confused. This talk explores some external and internal reasons for confusion. These include the ultimately inexpressible nature of the path; cross-fertilization producing confusion about the teachings of different Buddhist traditions; the nature of the fourth turning of the wheel of Buddhism in the West. Additionally, confusion as well as increased clarity can result from hearing different teachers, and from our ever-changing understanding as we deepen in practice.

"Ten’s First Rule of Life" (May 13, 2014)  - 31 min

According to Tenzing Norbu, ex-Tibetan monk, ex-cop with the LAPD and a fictional character the first rule of life is: "If you're open to learning, you get your life-lessons delivered as gently as the tickle of a feather. But if you’re defensive, if you stubbornly persist in being right instead of learning the lesson at hand, if you stop paying attention to the tickles, the nudges, the clues--boom! Sledgehammer." The Buddha couldn't have said it better.

"Being You" (May 6, 2014) - 36 min

"Being You" focuses on the many pressures calling on us to adopt false identities. It explores the importance of learning to be who we are and then, more deeply, will explore what we are.

Ox-Herding in Charlottesville”  (December 11, 2012)  - 32 min

The Zen map of the spiritual journey is expressed in the ancient "Ox-herding" pictures. Exploring each of the 10 stages portrayed, we investigate how these are relevant to our lives today.

Fear and Spiritual Practice”  (September 11, 2012)  - 31 min

Exploring our choice of fixating and expanding on fear, or relating to it as spiritual practice by acknowledging fear's presence and relating in wholesome ways that contribute to awakening and joy.

The Banyan Deer, a Jataka story”  (June 26, 2012)  - 38 min

An ancient Jataka fable tells the story of a Banyan deer who taught a king a lesson in nonharming and lovingkindness. Looking more closely, we see the deer also embodied compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.

Seeing Grackles, Rocks and No-Self” (May 22, 2012)  - 41 min

We explore how we usually look but don't see really see what we're looking at and how, in the process, we engage in “selfing,” reinforcing a sense of a separate self who is looking.

Not a Matter of Addition”  (May 1, 2012)  - 29 min

The Buddha taught that the supreme blessing rests in how we live life. We note that the ultimate blessing of “a heart-mind unshaken” involves a shift in consciousness.

The First Nobel Truth”  (March 27, 2012)  - 38 min

The 4 Noble Truths form the foundation of the Buddha's teachings. Members of our community share their experiences and insights around the 1st Noble Truth.

Becoming Nobody, Going Nowhere”  (January 25, 2012)  - 40 min

In a society focused on somebodying, our practice ultimately involves nobodying. The Buddha said no-self is a characteristic of existence, and as we practice, we begin to experience the lightness and joy of nobodying.

The Way Things Are, Our Tasks”  (December 30, 2011) - 33 min

Looking at global environmental challenges and asking what we can do to help heal the planet and our immediate environment. And how, amidst these dilemmas, can we live as spiritual pilgrims with peace in our hearts?

Bahiya Lives - and Loves” (October 18, 2011)  - 33 min

Bahiya died in Buddha’s time, but the awareness and love he embodied live today.

Disenchantment and Beyond” (October 11. 2011)  - 42 min

Disenchantment is a sign of spiritual growth. It expresses as natural lovingness and freedom of being.

Squirrel's Tail” (August 31, 2010) - 42 min

Our minds flicker like a squirrel's tail and we long for a quiet mind. The question is do we identify with the flicking mind or can we simply be mindful of the arising a passing of thoughts and emotions.

 

Kristina Weaver

"Memorial Day as an Invitation for Spiritual Reconnection"  (May 27, 2014) - 34 min

We have become a nation in perpetual war, but the horrors and tragedies of violence are very distant from many of us. Following Memorial Day, IMCC teacher Kristina Weaver will invite us to simply hold awareness of this often avoided truth. Our spiritual path has much to teach us about the roots of war and the conditions for peace, and our practice can bring us closer to our heartfelt concern for the survival of all. This will be a time to reflect on gratitude for life, grief for the losses of war, and hopes for a more just and peaceful world.


Guest Speakers

Leigh Brasington - "Mindfulness, Concentration and Insight" (September 30, 2014)  - 41 min

Leigh explores the practices of mindfulness and concentration, explains how they are connected with each other and how the experience of insight or direct understanding is related to both. He focuses especially on the practice of concentration or indestractability, explaining differences between access concentration and the meditative absorptions / jhanas. Outlining the characteristics of the eight meditative absorptions and offering practice guidelines, he emphasizes that a dedicated daily meditation practice plus retreats are foundation to them all.

Hugh Byrne - "Absolute Cooperation With The Inevitable" (April 15, 2014)  - 46 min

Hugh Byrne - "Guided Meditation" (April 15, 2014)  - 24 min

 


Guided meditations

Susan Stone
Forgiveness”–19 min

Loving Kindness Meditation”–10 min

Embracing Pain with the Breath of Love”–10 min

IMCC is a nonprofit organization established in 1996. Its primary mission is to promote the instruction and practice of Buddhist Insight Meditation and related teachings that awaken an individual’s natural wisdom and compassion. IMCC is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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