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Concentration Retreat

Concentration (samadhi) defined as the collection and unification of the mind, was emphasized by the Buddha as one of the aspects of the Eightfold Path. It can bring joy to your practice and develop the skillful use of pleasure in the meditative process. Whatever your level of practice, you can improve your Insight Meditation (Vipassana) by strengthening your concentration skills. Your ability to concentrate will develop in response to the attention you give it. This retreat offers a series of techniques for staying on the meditation object for extended periods of time. We will explore the factors of concentration that lead to the deep absorption states known as jhana. Teachers will also give instruction for utilizing concentration during insight practice.
2012-08-13 (10 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  
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2012-08-14 Morning Instructions Day One 61:10
  Tempel Smith
2012-08-14 Afternoon Instructions Day One 52:39
  Andrea Fella
2012-08-14 Getting To Know the Neighborhood of Concentration 64:55
  Phillip Moffitt
There are many aspects and dimensions that are part of what we call concentration. Rather than take a fixed view of what your concentration practice is supposed to be like, why not take a tour of the neighborhood?
2012-08-15 Morning Instructions Day Two 54:55
  Sally Clough Armstrong
2012-08-15 Factors that Hinder and Support Concentration 65:10
  Andrea Fella
2012-08-16 Morning Instructions: Day Three 56:17
  Phillip Moffitt
2012-08-16 Deepening Concentration Through Contentment 60:48
  Tempel Smith
Through developing the jhana factors of piti, sukha and ekaggata (delight, contentment and one-pointedness) we can open a deeper ability to absorb with our breath.
2012-08-17 Morning Instructions Day Four 56:45
  Andrea Fella
2012-08-17 Letting Go of Disturbance, Finding Stillness 55:37
  Sally Clough Armstrong
To deepen in concentration, we need to be willing to recognize whatever disturbances or hindrances might be present, however subtle, and to work with them skillfully, ultimately to release them. This allows the mind to settle to the next level of stillness. This talk is based on practice as described in Majjhima Nikaya (2), the Cula-Sunnata Sutta, The Lesser Discourse on Emptiness.
2012-08-18 Morning Instructions: Day Five 55:41
  Tempel Smith
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