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Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness combined with training in lovingkindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and interviews.

2012-03-01 (28 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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2012-02-29 Sitting on the Edge of the World 27:30
John Travis
Transition talk for two month retreatants. Change and the loss of one monthers. Supporting the stillness.
2012-03-02 What has become clear to you since last we met? 46:58
Mary Grace Orr
We can awaken in every moment. This talk introduces the 37 wings of awakening and teachings of letting go into the present moment.
2012-03-03 Metta and Mindfulness as Aspects of One Another 50:10
Sylvia Boorstein
This talk focuses on mindfulness being about 1) clear seeing - i.e. What do you really want to see? What insight leads to liberation? and 2) progressively cultivating the capacity for unconditional kindness. Metta and mindfulness as inherent in each other.
2012-03-04 Suffering and Freedom from Suffering 54:04
Donald Rothberg
We explore the nature and roots of suffering, using in part the teaching of the Two Arrows to help distinguish "pain" and "suffering" linking the latter with reactivity. Being mindful of suffering and reactivity, and learning to experience pain without suffering opens us to greater freedom. We also explore further the nature of freedom and other ways that freedom may be experienced.
2012-03-05 Body as Teacher: First Foundation of Mindfulness 58:04
Heather Sundberg
The central theme of this talk is the Body is the Teacher. Based on the Satipatthana Sutta with First Foundation emphasis, the talk outlines Mindfulness of Breathing, of the four postures, and of full awareness in the continuity of all activities. Offers practical instructions, personal stories, and stories from the time of the Buddha.
2012-03-06 Take the First Step 58:06
Larry Yang
On walking meditation.
2012-03-07 Frog Clarity...5 Spiritual Faculties 53:07
John Travis
One of John's Poems. Talk based on 5 spiritual faculties, more based on faith and heart.
2012-03-08 The Wise and Fearless Heart 56:13
Mary Grace Orr
This talk explores the nature of fear and how it can be countered by the development of the heart. The spacious heart, trained in kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity, supports us in all circumstances.
2012-03-09 Feeling-Tone and Its Importance for our Practice 58:08
Donald Rothberg
We explore the pivotal practice of mindfulness of feeling-tone (vedana), by 1) understanding feeling-tone in the context of the teaching of dependent arising; 2) examining the nature of pleasant, unpleasant and neutral; and 3) suggesting a number of ways of practicing with feeling-tone.
2012-03-10 Get a Grip: Concentration as the Antidote to the Flurried Mind 58:31
Sylvia Boorstein
A review of the hindrances and the way in which the factor of concentration, when applied, steadies the mind and allows for clear seeing to prevail.
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