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Concentration Retreat

Concentration (samadhi) defined as the collection and unification of the mind, was emphasized by the Buddha as one of the aspects of the Eightfold Path. It can bring joy to your practice and develop the skillful use of pleasure in the meditative process. Whatever your level of practice, you can improve your Insight Meditation (Vipassana) by strengthening your concentration skills. Your ability to concentrate will develop in response to the attention you give it.

This retreat offers a series of techniques for staying on the meditation object for extended periods of time. We will explore the factors of concentration that lead to the deep absorption states known as jhana. Teachers will also give instruction for utilizing concentration during insight practice.

2014-08-15 (10 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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2014-08-15 Developing Concentration 28:43
Sally Armstrong
An overview of the practice of concentration: why we do it and some helpful supports.
2014-08-16 Morning Instructions Day 1 59:46
Sally Armstrong
Includes walking instructions
2014-08-16 Introduction to Metta for Concentration Retreat 47:43
Adrianne Ross
Friendliness to Body and Mind
2014-08-18 Morning Instructions, Day 3 56:37
Adrianne Ross
Jhanas, Connecting and Sustaining
2014-08-18 Metta Practice, Day 3 44:59
Sally Armstrong
Metta for Benefactor/friend/self
2014-08-19 Beauty, Happiness and the Breath 57:05
Sally Armstrong
Beauty and happiness are important supports and the proximate causes for the development of concentration. Inclining towards these wholesome qualities with balanced effort is an important part of the practice.
2014-08-20 Morning Instructions Day 5 52:42
Sally Armstrong
Guided Meditation: exploring the effort side of maintaining continuity of the breath; aiming and sustaining
2014-08-20 Metta Practice, Day 5 63:48
Phillip Moffitt
Radiating Metta
2014-08-20 The Variety of Samadhi Experience 65:55
Phillip Moffitt
Multiple suggestions for firming up the practice at this point, riding the momentum of a collected, unified mind. Includes 'Gladdening of the Mind' guided meditation.
2014-08-21 Morning Instructions: Gladdening the Mind 51:57
Phillip Moffitt
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