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Retreat Dharma Talks

Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat

Western nuns and monks from the Thai Buddhist monastic tradition teach each year at the Retreat Center. The 2011 course will focus on Holistic Awareness – accessing an awareness that supports and balances the body, heart and mind.

2011-04-29 (10 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2011-05-03 An Island Beyond Which We Cannot Go 29:47
Ayya Medhanandi
The Buddha gives us lessons in emptiness. We are compelled to trust so completely to be able to truly receive these teachings, surrendering to the Dhamma, offering everything. We bless each step, harvesting wisdom with a brave heart. And in this remarkable learning, we shall know the unexcelled fragrance of the Dhamma, the island beyond which we cannot go.
2011-05-03 Merging In The Deathless 1:10:22
Ajahn Sucitto
The Buddha teaches the way to the deathless; this way is not through one thing, but through a balance, a mandala of spiritual factors.
2011-05-04 Changing Mind From Being "The Mind" 51:58
Ajahn Sucitto
Mind is not an entity but a network of perception, feeling, and inclinations that affect each other. By directing we can bring around the change of release
2011-05-04 Being With It 69:00
Ajahn Jayanto
Bring kindness to our practice by remembering that we care - and that we practice in relationship to ourselves and others.
2011-05-05 Skillful Inclinations: Parami 64:25
Ajahn Sucitto
Through sustained resolve in terms of meditation - a virtue skillful inclination can dissolve aspects of self-view.
2011-05-05 Summary Of Practice Instructions 19:39
Ajahn Sucitto
2011-05-05 Death And Awakening 49:53
Ayya Medhanandi
Listen deeply to the resonance within where virtue sows fields of goodness, wisdom and compassion, and Death teaches us to let go. At first, we tremble with fear. But out of that fear, we draw strength. Out of anger – a stillness and forgiveness. Out of greed, we draw generosity and gratitude. And from true vulnerability, we awaken to the Deathless.
2011-05-06 20 minutes of meditation and Q&A on becoming, the nature of mind/awareness 63:13
Ajahn Sucitto
2011-05-06 Questions and Answers 1:59:43
Ajahn Sucitto, Ajahn Jayanto, Ayya Medhanandi
2011-05-07 Bring Daily Life Into Practice 58:46
Ajahn Jayanto
Reflections on themes of the retreat in the context of its ending; ways we can use the teachings practically in our lives.
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