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Retreat Dharma Talks

Three-Month Retreat - 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 silent retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

2015-09-12 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2015-09-13 Day One Instructions For the Three Month Retreat 39:56
Guy Armstrong
2015-09-13 Finding Refuge 52:45
Greg Scharf
An exploration of the subject of talking refuge - includes chanting of the refuges and precepts in Pali
2015-09-14 What is Mindfulness? 55:38
Sally Armstrong
Mindfulness is becoming very popular in many areas of modern life: as a stress reduction, in schools, prisons, hospitals, in the workplace and so on. But what is mindfulness, and what was the Buddha talking about when he encouraged us to practice it? Right mindfulness, or Samma Sati, develops wisdom and understanding, decreasing unwholesome states of mind, increasing wholesome ones and leading us to more freedom and clarity.
2015-09-15 Morning Instructions - 3 month retreat 16:24
Sally Armstrong
Breath, body and sounds
2015-09-15 Faith 62:48
Kamala Masters
Confidence in our innate potential for transformation.
2015-09-17 Hindrances Can Wake Us Up 62:56
Andrea Fella
2015-09-19 Clinging and Freedom From Clinging 55:25
Kate Munding
2015-09-20 Walking The Path 49:34
Greg Scharf
An exploration of the 4 Noble Truths using the 8 -Fold Path as a framework for understanding how practice unfolds.
2015-09-21 Standing Meditation 48:45
Sally Armstrong
Guided meditation on the standing posture, as a valuable but often neglected part of our practice.
2015-09-21 Bringing wisdom and compassion to the judging mind 59:30
Sally Armstrong
Many of us have a tendency to be critical and judgmental of ourselves and others. In meditation, this habit can seem quite strong and can create a lot of suffering. But mindfulness is a wonderful tool to enable us to see these thoughts for what they are, so we can begin to bring wisdom and understanding to them. they then no longer dominate our heart and mind.
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