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Sari Markkanen's Dharma Talks at Gaia House
Sari Markkanen
Sari started to practice Insight meditation in 2005 after years of other meditative practices. Sari has practised meditation on long retreats at Gaia House, in Finland and in monasteries in Thailand. She completed her Insight Meditation teacher training in 2020 guided by her close teachers Rob Burbea, Martine Batchelor and Caroline Jones. Sari has been sharing Dharma for many years in Nirodha, the Finnish Insight Meditation community, earlier as a Community Dharma Leader trainee and graduate. Previously, Sari taught secular mindfulness (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and she was a pioneer in teaching mindfulness in schools in Finland. Prior to teaching meditation Sari worked for non-governmental organisations working for global justice, human rights and environmental sustainability. She has written two books about mindfulness, kindness and compassion practices for children. Nowadays she is committed to serving Dharma.
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2022-10-29 Morning Intro, and Landing Meditation 10:56
Gaia House Exploring Emotions and Mindstates
2022-10-28 Welcome and Settling Meditation 38:55
Gaia House Exploring Emotions and Mindstates
2022-01-23 Teaching Session with Guided Practice, and Closing Session. 1:34:27
Exploring the map of the jhanas, their beauty and benefit, and how samadhi practice connects with insight and the understanding of emptiness and dependent origination. This includes a guided practice that builds on the guided practices during the retreat. Closing of the retreat.
Gaia House Calm and Contented Heart – a Path of Cultivating Samadhi
2022-01-23 Guided Meditation 31:58
Playing with metta (2) and proceeding into one's base practice (builds on previous meditations from this retreat)
Gaia House Calm and Contented Heart – a Path of Cultivating Samadhi
2022-01-23 Teaching Session & Guided Meditation 1:24:32
Pointers and signposts of deepening, and a few words about metta practice for cultivating samadhi. Guided meditation: Playing with metta (1)
Gaia House Calm and Contented Heart – a Path of Cultivating Samadhi
2022-01-22 Teaching Session 1:10:32
Working with the hindrances in samadhi practice.
Gaia House Calm and Contented Heart – a Path of Cultivating Samadhi
2022-01-22 Guided Meditation, Teachings. 37:06
Playing with the breath (2) (this one builds on the previous practice)
Gaia House Calm and Contented Heart – a Path of Cultivating Samadhi
2022-01-22 Opening Session for the Retreat 1:20:29
Introduction into samadhi practice. Guided meditation: Playing with the breath (1)
Gaia House Calm and Contented Heart – a Path of Cultivating Samadhi

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