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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

2013-10-04 Sharpening The Five Spiritual Faculties 62:06
Bhante Buddharakkhita
When the five spiritual faculties are aroused, sharpened and balanced - they can cut off the obstacles to the path of enlightenligment
2013-10-05 Retreat is Ceremony: Staying connected during intensive practice 56:20
Bonnie Duran
This talk summarizes the learnings from sitting in on practice interviews, IMS staff, and advise and personal reflections about continuous mindfulness.
2013-10-06 Seven Factors Of Awakening 62:40
Guy Armstrong
The Buddha described seven qualities of mind as leading directly to awakening. This talk describes the development and balancing of the factors.
2013-10-07 Evaluating Your Meditation Practice 54:31
Winnie Nazarko
We have a strong tendency to "grade" our practice as we do it. Generally, this does not work well, and this talks explains why.
2013-10-08 Wisdom Needs Compassion; Compassion Needs Wisdom 60:10
Carol Wilson
How being with our own suffering experiences, with mindfulness and a patient heart, is the beginning of compassion for all beings
2013-10-10 Morning Questions and Answers 15:06
Bhante Buddharakkhita
How to work with the concept of "self" and "non-self"
2013-10-10 Dependent Origination 61:27
Andrea Fella
The Buddha clearly described how suffering (dukkha) comes to be in the teaching of dependent origination. Understanding this teaching helps us to recognize this process at work in our own minds, which allows mindfulness and wisdom to begin to uproot the fundamental cause of dukkha: ignorance.
2013-10-11 Nibbana: the third noble truth of the cessation of suffering. 62:54
Bhante Buddharakkhita
Nibbana or Nirvana is the final goal of meditation practice From the time we begin the practice we begin to experience peace and happiness until we realize final liberation.
2013-10-12 The Attitude that Opens and Transforms the Heart 48:49
Alexis Santos
2013-10-13 Unentangled Knowing 60:56
Guy Armstrong
How the sense of self is created through the links of dependent origination and how not becoming lets us touch a peace that is somewhat unconditioned.
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