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Emptiness: A Meditation and Study Retreat

The teachings, practices and realizations of Emptiness have been important themes in Buddhism from the early days of Theravada on through the development of the Mahayana and Vajrayana schools. In this retreat we will introduce and explore the many meanings and implications of emptiness in Buddhist thought and practice through talks, readings, reflections, guided meditations and group discussions.
2010-11-11 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  
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2010-11-11 Introduction to Emptiness Retreat 49:19
  Guy Armstrong
This talk was given on the opening night of the Emptiness Retreat. It introduces the theme of emptiness as a lack of unchanging essence or substance. This retreat encourages us to explore the possibility that things are not as they appear to be.
2010-11-12 Guided Morning Instructions 42:55
  Gil Fronsdal
Mindfulness of what is happening and how we relate to it.
2010-11-12 Dharma in Brief 1:19:34
  Gil Fronsdal
First talk for the Emptiness: Meditation and Study Retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2010-11-12 The Three characteristics as Pointers to Emptiness 58:13
  Sally Clough Armstrong
2010-11-13 Morning Instructions 39:34
  Guy Armstrong
2010-11-13 Formation of Self-View 1:11:25
  Guy Armstrong
The Buddha said many times that no self is to be found in the phenomena of our senses. But still, the sense of a self in us arises over and over. This talk explores through sutta references how this sense of self is created in the moment and how it can cease.
2010-11-13 Dependent Origination 53:40
  Gil Fronsdal
Talk on Emptiness for Emptiness: Meditation and Study retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2010-11-14 Meditation on the Aggregates 45:48
  Sally Clough Armstrong
2010-11-14 The Five Aggregates Are Empty 69:57
  Sally Clough Armstrong
The Buddha often used the schema of the Five Aggregates to show that what we take to be self is actually impermanent and unsatisfactory, and that clinging to the aggregates will bring suffering.
2010-11-14 The Emptiness of Phenomena 57:07
  Guy Armstrong
All the phenomena of our senses are empty of any solid substance or essence. It may be more appropriate to refer to phenomena as "appearances" rather than "objects." This theme is explored through the Sutta "A Lump of Foam" in the Samyutta Nikaya.
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