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Original Brightness Retreat

2009-01-10 (28 days) Dharmagiri

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2009-01-11 Gathered Attention Here and Now 35:27
Three supports for present moment attention Withdrawing the mind from longing and disappointment for the world Using the breath to steady attention
2009-01-12 From Coarse to Subtle 39:43
An exploration of that which pulls us out presence The subtle breath body & the senses
2009-01-13 Mara - The Ultimate Teacher 30:21
The challenge of dukkha. Without Mara, no Buddha. Path Activity illuminates the hindrances Without hindrance there’s no path That which knows desire and aversion is not desire & aversion ‘I Know You Mara’
2009-01-13 Fruit Arises According to the Dharma 33:21
Path Activity breaks up obstructions Beginners mind, patience, kindness This is how it is Working with how it is rather than how it should be The three streams of karma / energy Samadhi as healing
2009-01-14 The Terrorist and the Treasure 33:55
Kittisaro’s father and mother meeting Ajahn Chah The terrorists of the heart that rob the true treasure Finding a solid footing Ajahn Chah's encouragement to be an earth worm rather than a bodhisattva Ajahn Chah’s take on Samatha & Vipassana Letting go is peace
2009-01-18 The Centrality of Minfulness 37:16
Replacing reactivity of mind with mindfulness Mindfulness as container & as that which reveals & discerns what is Citta conditioned by perception & sankhara Healing the citta through mindful awareness Finding balanced energy as a support for mindfulness
2009-01-18 Suffering as Opportunity 37:19
The Buddha’s reluctance to teach The first turning of the Dhamma wheel The Four Noble truths and accompanying practices Contemplating desire – resolving dukkha – the primary split.
2009-01-19 Through the Gateway of Dukkha 40:19
The 4 truths that en-noble as we grow through them The 8 kinds of Dukkha – Anando, ex marine & monk, bowing through anger Death is also impermanent, seeing through impermanence, one touches peace. When the causes of dukkha break up, it ceases - revealing the timeless dharma.
2009-01-20 Emptying the Boulders of the Mind 43:10
Using the breath to steady the mind, to reflect on impermanence and to see ‘non ownership’ The boulder is not heavy if you don’t pick it up This is ‘how it is’ – methods to access the third noble truth Replacing reactivity with mindfulness – the flood stopper
2009-01-22 Where Letting Go and Embracing the World Meet 39:18
Compassion says ‘I am Everything’ - Wisdom ‘I am Nothing’ Where emptiness leans into aversion and compassion into grasping Ajahn Chah’s reflection on teachings as way of providing balance Metta and the attendant blessings of metta Meeting English football hooligans
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