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August 2014 at IMS - Forest Refuge

2014-08-01 (31 days) Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

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2014-08-22 Reflection. Satipaṭṭhāna: Learning the holding skill in meditation 20:32
Akincano Marc Weber
Meditation instructions – between the basic outline and the detailed cut-out: On informed choices, defaulting to wrong options – and learning anyway.
2014-08-22 The meeting of Dukkha and Sati - a transformative encounter. 60:29
Akincano Marc Weber
On dukkha and what it means, on sati and its seed quality in the development of stillness, wisdom, brahmavihāra and ethics. 3 specific ways in which mindfulness transforms the experience of dukkha.
2014-08-23 Reflection. Follow-up on 3 transformations of dukkha through sati. About the recurring statement of „supported by seclusion, dispassion, cessation and maturing in surrender“. 22:11
Akincano Marc Weber
Last night’s talk in a nutshell with a few added practical reflections. A brief interpretation of a somewhat enigmatic passage that occurs many times in the Suttas together with the Awakening-Factors and the 8-fold Path.
2014-08-28 Reflection. Dhammānupassanā. Contemplation of Mindobjects and States. 24:49
Akincano Marc Weber
Structural difference of the 4th satipaṭṭhāna in comparison to the other three. Focusing on the nivāraṇa (hindrances) and bojjhaṅga (awakening factors) as possibilities for inquiry and investigation.
2014-08-29 Reflection. (A) Fire simile: When and when not practice some of the awakening factors. (B) What do hindrances feed on? What are the nutriments of the awakening factors? What the texts and commentaries say. 31:25
Akincano Marc Weber
(A) Short exposition of S 53,3 / S v 112: When to practice which particular awakening factors. (B) Exposition of S 51,1 / S v 102-105: a look at a terse text and a commentary’s helpful suggestions.
2014-08-29 On the 4 Paths to empowerment. A fresh look at the teaching on iddhipādā. 47:07
Akincano Marc Weber
The "bases of power“ or the 4 paths to empowerment a) in the context of the suttas and b) in the context of everyday life. A non-canonical detour that maps the pattern of the "empowerment won by ardency, perseverance and concentration of desire / energy / mind / discernment“ with the archetypes; a and a possible reflection on the pattern of seeking success and empowerment in our own life.
2014-08-30 Reflection. Technique-Skill-Attitude. The Myth of the Present Moment - Sati as Relationship. Bhaddekaratta Gāthā - Verses on a single excellent night. 23:25
Akincano Marc Weber
On having a relationship with one’s mind: About the necessity and the limitations of technique, the role of skill and attitude in the meditative process. The (false) myth of "now“ and the difference between 'the present moment' and a 'presently arisen state‘. (Verses of M 131-134)
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