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Three-Month Retreat - Part 2

The annual three-month course, including its six-week partials, is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is a rare opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion. Based on the meditation instructions of Mahasi Sayadaw and supplemented by a range of skillful means, this retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
2008-11-01 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2008-11-20 Dependent Origination: An Overview 57:49
  Sally Clough Armstrong
The Buddha considered Dependent Origination to be his most profound insight. This teaching shows us how we get caught in the cycle of suffering, and how it is possible to free ourselves. When we’re not aware of this process, we are blinded by our ignorance and get caught in craving again and again. We create different identities that we cling to, and that limit our ability to be free in the moment. When we’re aware of this process, we can make wiser choices about how to respond, and perhaps even break the cycles of becoming altogether. This talk gives a brief overview of the 12 links of Dependent Origination, and then describes how it works on a practical, moment-to-moment basis in our lives.
2008-11-21 Unity Of Compassion And Emptiness 61:24
  Carol Wilson
Lots of stories exploring Compassion and Emptiness
2008-11-22 Dana - The Practice Of Generosity 51:40
  Greg Scharf
Cultivating generosity a foundation for insight and liberation - including discussions of merit and the practice of gratitude.
2008-11-24 Four Reflections That Turn The Mind Towards The Dharma 57:04
  Annie Nugent
These four reflections on the precious human body, impermanence and death, the law of Karma and the round of Samsara support our practice by helping the mind turn towards the Dharma and away from our deeply habituated tendencies of greed, hatred and delusion.
2008-11-27 Practicing Gratitude And Joy 56:49
  Sally Clough Armstrong
On this day of thanksgiving, it is important to remember what we are actually celebrating: the generosity of Native Americans to the early settlers, and all that they have given us. It is also a day to be grateful for all the blessings in our lives, and to bring a sense of appreciation to the beauty and joy that is all around us. As we incline the mind towards noticing what we are grateful for, we find an increased sense of well-being and happiness in our lives.
2008-11-28 Insight, Views, And Opening To The Mystery 62:39
  Carol Wilson
Walls we may hit in our path of practice.
2008-11-29 The First Buddhist Nuns 56:57
  Greg Scharf
Stories and poems of the first Buddhist nuns drawn from the Therigatha and other sources within the Pali Cannon.
2008-11-30 From Ignorance Come Impulses 61:21
  Guy Armstrong
The first two links of dependent origination say that ignorance gives rise to volitional formations, or impulses. This talk describes successive layers of obscurations that form from ignorance, to a belief in self, to afflictive emotions, to unskillful actions. The path undoes these layers by focusing, in order, on virtue, meditation, and wisdom, finally penetrating to Nibbana.
2008-12-01 How Sila/ Moral Conduct shows itself in the world. 62:43
  Annie Nugent
Testing our wisdom learned whilst on retreat - out in the world.. Seeing the proof of the pudding in our actions, words and thoughts.. or not??
2008-12-05 The Fourth Foundation Of Mindfulness 59:09
  Sally Clough Armstrong
The Satipatthana Sutta (usually translated as the Foundations of Mindfulness) offers a complete description of the practice of mindfulness, beginning with the direct awareness of the breath and the body, progressing through mindfulness of vedana or feeling tone, to the more subtle object of the Third Foundation, mindfulness of mind states. The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness represents the culmination of this series of practices, and can be seen as a direct pointing, again and again, to the possibility of freedom through direct awareness of where we get caught, and how to turn the mind towards liberation. This talk is an overview of the practices of the Fourth Foundation, which can be seen as both the last in the sequence of practices, and as a progression in itself. It also covers how the Fourth Foundation can actually be skillfully interwoven into our practice of the other foundations.
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