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Retreat Dharma Talks

Steadying the Mind, Opening to Insight

Concentration is often taught as a separate practice from insight meditation. This retreat, however, will integrate concentration, mindfulness and insight into a single meditative path, using mindfulness of breathing as the foundational practice.

Practicing in this way, the mind becomes more collected and centered, leading to deep states of concentration, peace, clarity and calm abiding. At the same time, awareness opens naturally into mindfulness of the body and states of the heart and the mind, revealing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

2011-05-13 (8 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2011-05-14 First Day Jitters and Hopes 54:31
Bob Stahl
This talk is about addressing the first day of a week of intensive meditation practice. Exploration and instructions on working with challenges around gathering inspiration to deepen practice.
2011-05-15 Concentration In Relation To Insight Meditation 61:42
Richard Shankman
2011-05-16 How To Work With Distractions As Practice 64:12
Bob Stahl
Developing steadiness or undistractability of mind involves working and engaging with what is distracting you. Developing insight and a lighter heart.
2011-05-17 Four Foundations Of Mindfulness In Breath Meditation. 45:49
Richard Shankman
2011-05-18 The reason Why We Steady The Mind To Open To Insight 62:16
Bob Stahl
The heart and essence of the Dharma is to realize the four noble truths and the characteristics of existence. How we realize this is by walking along the eight fold path.
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