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Retreat Dharma Talks

Three Month - Part 1

This six-week partial of the three-month course is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is an 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 Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

2013-09-10 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2013-09-11 Opening Night - 3 Month Retreat 62:35
Carol Wilson
Refuges and Precepts
2013-09-12 Wise Mindfulness 57:55
Andrea Fella
The Buddha encouraged us to cultivate wise mindfulness, which is more than simply being aware. This talk explores some of the qualities that support wise mindfulness.
2013-09-13 Guided Metta Meditation 61:52
Winnie Nazarko
Some overview comments about Metta (loving kindness), followed by real time meditation instruction for this practice. Q&A afterwards
2013-09-13 Renunciation / Letting Go 66:18
Bhante Buddharakkhita
Renunciation is a gateway to awakening. Through letting go of greed hatred and delusion, we can experience true happiness and ultimate liberation.
2013-09-14 The Three Refuges and Aspirations For Practice 45:13
Bonnie Duran
This talk offers the three refuges as a reflection for practice. The qualities of self reliance, mindfulness and aspiration - are briefly covered.
2013-09-15 Mindfulness Of Pain 61:26
Bhante Buddharakkhita
Through non-reactivity to pain we can begin to understand its true nature and gain insight of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and non-self.
2013-09-15 The Five Hindrances - Part 1 61:58
Guy Armstrong
The hindrances are forces that obstruct or divert the current of our awakening. This talk discusses sense desire, sleepiness and restlessness
2013-09-16 Motivation and Wise Effort 56:53
Winnie Nazarko
Description of the kind of effort needed to liberate the mind and how to make this effort skillfully. Practical ways to work with motivation. Stories illustrating principles.
2013-09-17 Meditation: Experiencing the mind and body directly with right understanding. 61:57
Carol Wilson
2013-09-18 Doubt and Aversion: Two of the Five Hindrances 60:39
Joseph Goldstein
How to recognize and work with these common hindrances
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