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Your Virtues Are Stronger Than Your Defilements

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In this Dharma Talk, Shaila Catherine shares practical teachings from her latest book, Beyond Distraction: Five Practical Ways to Focus the Mind. This series explores five strategies for overcoming distraction in meditation and developing clarity in relationships, work, and daily life. The five strategies are: replacing, examining, ignoring, investigating, and resolving. By understanding how thoughts function and applying these strategies, you can unlock the incredible capacities of your mind to think clearly, reflect deeply, discern what is real, and pay attention to what is actually happening in life.

Shaila Catherine is an author and American Buddhist meditation teacher, known for her expertise in insight meditation and jhana practices. She is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom, and Insight Meditation South Bay, a center for mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom in Silicon Valley, California. Her latest book is Beyond Distraction: Five Practical Ways to Focus the Mind.